If outdoor wonders, exotic animals, and ocean mysteries pique your interest, today’s
blog will be a treat! In it, we look at three of our favorite spots to immerse yourself in
the natural world while visiting the Smoky Mountains! Let’s get wild!
Sugarlands Visitor Center and Museum
Our first recommendation is Sugarlands Visitor Center! Here, you can take a walk through the local wildlife exhibit, watch a short documentary about the national park, and enjoy a visit with local park rangers. With a natural history museum, rotating park exhibits, and all the information needed to hike and explore
the Smokies, your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should begin with Sugarlands Visitor Center!
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
If you are looking to connect with the underwater animal kingdom, and want to do so in a way
that’s fun for the whole family, look no further than Ripley’s Aquarium. This sprawling
aquatic wonderland features more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures in its 10 themed
galleries (the penguins are a fan favorite!). While there, make sure you don’t miss out
on the 340-foot long underwater glidepath featuring sea turtles, giant stingrays, and
RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Last but not least is the RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo! Themed by the same
contractors who helped build Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney World,
RainForest Adventures offers a seemingly magical connection to the more than 600
animals who call it home. In our opinion, outside their native habitat, there is no
better way to see the beautiful creatures of the world’s rain forests than the
The opportunities to learn about local, underwater, and exotic wildlife, indigenous plant life, and the
Smoky Mountains themselves are endless and we hope these recommendations
prove a good starting point for you and your family.
If you need a place to come recharge after days spent exploring, we have a campus
filled with cabins built with your comfort in mind, and booking one is easy! To reserve
yours, give us a call or visit our website today!