The city of Sevierville, Tennessee is one of the most visited attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Whether you look forward to seeing the leaves turn colors in the fall, or seeking a quiet spot to enjoy time with your family, many Sevierville vacation rentals are situated in proximity to these attractions and much more. Enjoy the nearby lakes and rivers, or hike the mountains to admire the breathtaking views below. Interactive museums, outdoor activities, and amusement parks beckon families with kids. Other popular things to do include birdwatching at the Seven Islands State Birding Park, as well as touring the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy these 11 activities when planning your trip to Sevierville.

1. Go on a Rainforest Adventure

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The rainforest may not be the first thing you think of when you book your vacation rental in Sevierville, but the Rainforest Adventure Park lets you learn about this habitat while coming face-to-face with a variety of animals that call it home. This park has over 600 different animals representing more than 130 species. A live magic show features some of the park residents, and younger kids love the large petting zoo with goats and sheep. At the end of your visit, let the kids explore the gift shop for mementos of the trip.

2. Pet the Deer at the Deer Farm Petting Zoo

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If you’ve ever wanted to pet deer and other exotic animals, take the children to the Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo and riding stables. This family-friendly activity lets you come face-to-face with a variety of animals, including elk, deer, camels, zebras, and even a pot-bellied pig. Pony rides are available for the younger children, and children 5 and older can ride along the guided trails on horseback.

3. Experience the Thrill of a Lifetime Zip Lining

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Adventure Ziplines has seven different zip lining courses that measure up to 2,500 feet long. Wears Valley has 1.25 miles of line that cover over 43 acres of forested land. The Foxfire Mountain zip line has the tallest and longest zip lines in the Smokies. You can also go across a swinging ridge or take a bear crawler driving tour through the trails.

4. Explore the Forbidden Caverns

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Spelunking is a popular activity for all ages, and it lets you cool off from the heat of a summer day. The Forbidden Caverns lets you explore the hidden caves in the Smoky Mountains along with a guide that can help you maneuver through the dark spaces with confidence. Kids enjoy the unique light displays and the funky music presentations that reverberate around the walls. The trails are all well-lit, and handrails provide increased safety.

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5. Race a Go-kart at the NASCAR Speedpark

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Race siblings and other family members at the NASCAR Speedpark. With eight different go-kart tracks to choose from, the NASCAR Speedpark provides a day of fun and excitement for all ages. You’ll also find 22 other rides to keep kids busy, including bumper cars, mini golf, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a carousel for the little kids.

6. Attend a Concert at the Smoky Mountain Opry

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If you and the family love country music and live performances, visit the Smoky Mountain Opry. One of the largest and most attended variety shows in the region, the Opry delivers a mix of music from a variety of popular artists, including Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Stevie Wonder.

7. Stimulate the Mind at WonderWorks

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WonderWorks is a well-visited attraction in Sevierville. Enter the building into an upside down world, and then step inside the inversion tunnel to put everything upright again. A glow-in-the-dark rope course tests your skill and strength, and a laser tag area is ideal for older kids. Kids of all ages love the 4D Theater and the magic show, where children can volunteer to help the magician with his tricks.

8. Set Sail on the Titanic

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Celebrate the passengers and crew of the ill-fated RMS Titanic at the Titanic Museum. This two-story Titanic replica lets you feel like you’re a VIP setting sail on this fateful cruise liner. Explore the exhibits to see a variety of items rescued from the bottom of the ocean in the wreckage. At the beginning of the tour, you’re assigned the name of one of the passengers and receive a little history about the person. At the end, you’ll learn if that person survived the sinking.

9. Roll Around at the Outdoor Gravity Park

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Instead of sitting in front of the TV at your vacation rental, sign up with the Outdoor Gravity Park to have some fun. You can the kids can climb inside a zorb to spend hours rolling down the hills and bumping into one another. If you like speed, try the Speed Demon trail that sends you down a 1,000-foot hill.

10. Walk Through Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

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Work your way through a series of mirrors, and find your way out of the maze at Hannah’s House of Mirrors, which features more than 288 mirrors. The maze also hosts games to play with your family. Once you are out, spend a few hours in the Wax Museum, where you can locate your favorite star.

11. Go Hiking at the Seven Islands State Birding Park

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Become one with nature at the Seven Island State Birding Park. The park sits on over 416 acres of land, and more than 190 species of bird have been reported here. Take a long hike through the wildlife observation area, or rent a kayak or canoe to float on the French Broad River.

 
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