Summer Fun with Kajun

Summer Fun with Kajun

We are less than a month into Spring at the time of this writing, but we’re always looking ahead, planning ahead and encouraging our guests to do the same when it comes to planning a Smoky Mountain getaway. All of our seasons have periods of varying traffic and events with major popularity and expected turnouts, so planning ahead by a month or even a whole season is not overdoing it in the least.

If you’re looking to come out to the Smokies to find Summer memories waiting to be made, the time for planning is now. In this article, we’ll help save you a bit of time by helping to recommend some specifically awesome-in-the-Summer things to enjoy along with information from and links to their official websites.

Let’s begin!

* The Ripken Experience *
405 Jake Thomas Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 366-3101

From their website:
“The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge features a breathtaking backdrop of the Smoky Mountains and overlooks the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge consists of six youth turf fields with lights, batting cages and bullpens on each field to give every player a true Big League experience. For a unique angle on the game, view it from the deck of our 14,000-square foot clubhouse with stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. Six turf field replicas of professional ballparks are designed with unique dimensions and characteristics to offer fun challenges for teams as they play throughout the week. Combine a Big League baseball atmosphere with a top family vacation destination at your next Ripken Experience.

There’s nothing better than being able to pack the stands with your friends and family, so let us do our part in making the experience accessible. Park for free, skip the gate fees, and pack a cooler full of drinks & snacks. Don’t worry – we’ll always have concessions fresh and ready for those midday meals and ballpark cravings.”

* Dolly’s Splash Country *
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(800) 365-5996

From their website:
“Dollywood’s Splash Country is the perfect mountain oasis for families to cool down and chill out this summer. Located adjacent to Dollywood theme park, Dollywood’s Splash Country features a variety of water attractions for both the thrill-seekers and pool-loungers in your family. Add in a private retreat and a delicious poolside treat, and your crew is set for the perfect day of togetherness in the Smoky Mountain sunshine.

Rides include:
* Bear Mountain Fire Tower®
* Big Bear Plunge®
* Fire Tower Falls
* Mountain Scream
* Mountain Twist
* Raging River Rapids
* SwiftWater Run

The Lifeguards of Dollywood’s Splash Country have been afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection available in the aquatic industry. Jeff Ellis & Associates have awarded the Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award, for consistently exceeding the criteria mandated for aquatic safety certification.”

* Townsend Wye River *
Laurel Creek Rd & Little River Road, Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 436-1200

From their website:
“The Wye river that accommodates thousands and thousands of swimmers, tubers, waders, and fishermen that visit every Summer (and seasons beyond). Calling it a river may be sort of a misnomer as it’s considerably more narrow (on average maybe about 25-30 feet wide) and shallow than most rivers you’ve been to, but it is perfectly accommodating for a family looking for free fun in the National Park.

As you can imagine, tubing down the river here is quite popular, and if that sounds like something you need to put on your Summer “to-do” list, you’ll find plenty of professional tubing companies to accommodate you and your group. Some even provide shuttle service to and from the river and prices for tubing may start at $9.00 a person.”

* Wonderworks *
100 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 868-1800

From their website:
“One of the top things to do in Pigeon Forge, WonderWorks Indoor Amusement park, is one of the best Pigeon Forge Attractions. With over 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.

With the ceiling under your feet and the ground above your head, WonderWorks will turn your world upside down. Pass through the inversion tunnel to realign yourself and start your adventure! Inside you’ll find six wonder zones for loads of family fun!”

* The Titanic Museum *
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(417) 334-9500

From their website:
“As the whole world remembers the world’s most famous luxury liner, Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tn. will continue to open the door to the past in it’s one-of-a-kind way – letting “passengers” experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers.  As visitors touch a real iceberg, walk the Grand Staircase and third class hallways, reach their hands into 28-degree water, and try to stand on the sloping decks, they learn what it was like on the RMS Titanic by experiencing it first-hand.

Each guest entering the ship will receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. Feel their spirit presence in the galleries where over 400 personal and private artifacts are on display. Many are on display for the first time in the world. This collection is valued at over four and a half million dollars. This is a self-guided tour.

Discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall.”

* The Village Shoppes *
634 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-3995

From their website:
“For Gatlinburg shopping at its finest, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stoplight #6 on The Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg lies the Smokies’ most unique destination shopping experiences. Step in to an Old World atmosphere and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this favored Gatlinburg destination. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint, European-themed village atmosphere near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Cherokee and Asheville.

Shops include:
* Candle Cottage
* Cartoons & Toys
* Celtic Heritage
* Coffee & Company
* God’s Corner
* Pepper Palace
* Tervis
* The Cheese Cupboard
* The Day Hiker
* The Donut Friar
* The Hayloft
* The Honey Pot.”

* Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community *
668 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6921

From their website:
“The Arts and Crafts Community is the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States. As such it doesn’t disappoint in the diversity of crafts you can see when you visit. You’ll find a wide assortment of items from dulcimers to stuffed bears to ceramics. The artists often will talk with visitors and discuss the history of their craft. Each shop offers plenty of free parking.

Finding the perfect souvenir to remember your Gatlinburg vacation is easy when you visit the Arts & Crafts Community. With over 100 artists and craftsmen, Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community is a living, breathing tribute to the history of Tennessee. The carvers, weavers, watercolor artists, casters, soap makers, potters, silversmiths and dozens of other artisans skillfully demonstrate their abilities before thousands of visitors. The community is located on an 8 mile loop road that’s designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The Arts & Crafts Community can be reached using the Yellow Trolley from downtown Gatlinburg.”

The best part of these recommendations is that you’ll be visit them any time of the Summer from a short driving distance of our vacation homes in the Smokies. Weeks of memories, fun, and great things can found in this suggestions alone. For more attractions, visit and