By Darryl Payne
Posted on June 5, 2012
We’re getting to the point where we probably won’t see daytime highs lower than the 70s until next fall. That’s generally good news, except on those hot, humid, insufferable days when all you want is to find a place to cool off. Here are some suggestions for the best ways to do that, whether your speed is wet-and-wild or wet-and-mild.
The swimming pool at your accommodations – From Pigeon Forge hotels to Gatlinburg chalets to Sevierville condos, most lodging providers in the Smokies offer a swimming pool as part of their amenities package. And there’s no extra charge!
National park swimming holes – You can also swim for free in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two of the most popular destinations are the Y in Townsend (a “Y” in the Little River, not a YMCA) and The Sinks.
A tubing attraction – There are several tubing outfitters in the Smokies that can send you on a gentle river float for a modest price. These include rides on the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge and the Little River in Townsend.
Whitewater rafting – A little more expensive, and you have to drive a couple of hours to get to the actual rafting locations, but the trip is worth it for several hours of heart-pounding fun.
Dollywood’s Splash Country – Your most expensive option, but this water park is the Mac Daddy of H2O high jinks in the Smokies. They have everything from a wave pool and lazy river to slides galore and play spaces for younger kids.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.