By Darryl Payne
Posted on December 30, 2010
For decades, Sevierville, TN, was the often-overlooked stepchild of Smoky Mountain tourism. Gatlinburg had been a tourist destination since the 1930s and ‘40s, and since the World’s Fair of 1982, Pigeon Forge had been coming on strong. But in the last 20 years, Sevierville has made up for a lot of lost time and joined the ranks of its fellow Sevier County cities as a destination in its own right.
Part of the reason for that is Sevierville’s ever-growing number of attractions. Starting at exit 407 on Interstate 40, there’s Smokies Park, home to the Southern League Double-A Tennessee Smokies, who play some 70 home games at the park each season. Along Tennessee Hwy. 66 headed toward downtown, you’ll also find Smoky Mountain Knifeworks and Scenic Helicopter Tours.
If you head out east on Dolly Parton Parkway, you’ll see the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, the Deer Farm Petting Zoo and Riding Stables and, further out, the underground wonders of Forbidden Caverns. Smokey Mountain River Romp offers tubing along Pittman Center Road.
In and around the Governor’s Crossing development is the highest concentration of Sevierville, Tennessee, attractions, including NASCAR SpeedPark, Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre (home of Cirque de Chine), Adventure Ziplines of Sevierville, Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo, Five Oaks Riding Stables and Eastern Shanghai Theater (home of Soul of Shaolin).
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.