May 13

5 things to do while visiting the Smokies on tired legs


Just like with the restaurants, I asked and you delivered. Thanks so much for your feedback. Here are the top 5 activities (in no particular order) to do on tired legs after the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies [/nzs_heading]

This Aquarium is located in Gatlinburg and was voted the number one aquarium on Tripadvisor. It’s a bit pricey and will cost roughly $20 per person, but they offer a HUGE variety (sharks, pengins, etc) and you can pet the sting rays. This could be a nice alternative to hiking if you have tired legs and kids.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing [/nzs_heading]

Depending on where you’re coming from, tubing in Tennessee in September may be too cold. But if you’re used to colder temperatures, this can be a lovely way to see nature while relaxing in an inner tube. River Rat is a family company in Townsend that will get you hooked up with all of your gear. You’ll spend around $10 a person, depending on the size of your group.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Ober Gatlinburg Scenic Chairlift [/nzs_heading]

This is the least expensive, and possibly my favorite option for tired-leg activities. For $7 a person, you can take a long ride on a chairlift in Gatlinburg and see some absolutely incredible views of the Smokies. Can you imagine doing this in September, when all the leaves are changing to fall colors? I cannot wait!

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Townsend Balloon Rides [/nzs_heading]
You can take a hot air balloon out of Maryville, Townsend, Gatlinburg, and just about any other town around the Smokies. These rides last about an hour, but you’ll need to call to get more information: 1-800-611-1298.

[nzs_heading heading=”5″] Smoky Mountain Ziplines [/nzs_heading]

You can zipline for hours through the trees and mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains with Smoky Mountain Ziplines but be prepared to drop between $70 and $125. This group is located in Pigeon Forge and provides you with equipment and a guide. They also offer military and senior discounts. What a way to experience the scenery in this area! Especially with the fall colors coming through.

Let me know if I missed anything, or if you have any experience with these locations. And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to register for the Great Smoky Mountain Half.


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