By Darryl Payne
Posted on August 14, 2013
Vacation time was meant to be playtime, which means that when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, you should try to take the work out of what should otherwise be a fun experience. We know that there is certainly some responsibility involved in safely traveling to and around the Smokies, but don't forget to take a childlike approach to having fun. In other words, allow yourself to play in the Smokies!
There are lots of places in the Smokies where parents and kids alike can lose themselves in worlds of fun, adventure and excitement. Whether it's indoor or outdoor, here are a few ideas for where to go to get the most out of family playtime.
• Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo (Sevierville) – See, pet and feed deer, llamas, zebras, sheep, goats and much more.
• WonderWorks (Pigeon Forge) – This interactive museum of the mind is full of hands-on exhibits and activities to keep all ages amazed. Also has a tethered balloon attraction.
• Dollywood (Pigeon Forge) – What better place to play than one of the most popular aquariums in the Southeast.
• Ober Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg) – With skiing and snowboarding in winter and activities like alpine slides, water slides, go-carts and more in summer, this is a mountaintop playground in the Smokies.
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.