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What's New In The Smokies? – Part Two

New water coaster at Wilderness of the SmokiesWhen we started digging into our last blog post - which was an overview of new attractions, restaurants, shops and lodgings in the Smokies - we had no idea that we were opening up a whole can of vacation-themed worms. There was way more to bite off than we could chew in one blog post (not that we're into eating worms…), so we're back this week to wrap things up and let a few more of those wiggly critters out to play.


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Go Car Crazy In The Smokies!

Many cars to see in Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgVisitors to the Great Smoky Mountains sure do seem to love cars. And we're not necessarily talking about their own vehicles (although on any given day in the Smokies, you'll see plenty of those). What we're referring to specifically are custom cars, trucks and other assorted four- (and two-) wheeled vehicles. Whether they're new or vintage, original equipment or heavily modified, there's definitely a fascination with all things automotive here in these mountains, everything from muscle cars and old-school VW Beetles to classic roadsters like Corvettes and Mustangs.


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Spring Is An Eventful Season In The Smokies

Ride a zipline in the Smoky MountainsSmoky Mountain Railroad is operating its special Bunny Hopper Express train through the end of March - a 4.5-hour train ride through the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA is having a special Easter weekend March 29 through 31, and there's also an egg hunt at Wear Farm City Park in Pigeon Forge. Lastly, look for Easter at Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg on March 31. It consists of a morning sunrise service 2,700 feet above Gatlinburg.


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It's Time To Head Outside!

Officially, there are still two more weeks of winter, but the warming temperatures and blooming vegetation are telling us that more pleasant days are just around the corner. That means it's almost time to shed those winter layers, throw on the shorts and short-sleeved shirts and start playing outside again. So if you're thinking about visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in the next few weeks, your fun-time options are expanding by the day. This week, we're sharing some of our picks for things to do here in this later-winter/early-spring period that will help you shake those winter blues for good.


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Holiday Entertainment Part 2

See a Christmas Show in the SmokiesIn our last post, we introduced you to just a few of the many music theaters in the Smokies that are offering themed holiday entertainment to celebrate the Christmas season. But in hindsight, we realize we only scratched the surface of what's available when it comes to nightlife in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. So in the spirit of giving, we're back with a few more Smoky Mountain venues that, collectively, offer a wide variety of stage productions. Consider any of these destinations the perfect end to a perfect day in the Smokies - which could also include a visit to Goats on the Roof in Pigeon Forge.


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Pigeon Forge Winterfest!

Winterfest lightsSure, it's technically still autumn (and will be for another six weeks). But here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we're looking ahead to the next season. That's because everyone is already celebrating Winterfest, the annual four-month-long festival during which we celebrate winter, the Christmas holiday, seasonal shows and much more.


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Many Facts About Mini Golf

Play mini golf among huge dinosaurs.There's no doubt about it: Miniature golf is a must-do activity when you're on vacation. And it seems like no matter which vacation spot in the country you visit, there's always a mini golf course nearby. You'll find them in big cities, and you'll find them in some of the most remote, podunk places you can imagine.


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Mountains of Music – Part One

Where to hear music in the Smoky MoutnainsPigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville have a reputation for their live music shows. The area's community of music theaters has been going strong for more than 30 years now. In years past, performers such as Lee Greenwood and Louise Mandrell starred in their own shows in Pigeon Forge. Such venues typically offer a variety of music and other forms of entertainment on a fairly large scale. Some theaters seat as many as 2,000 guests, and many also offer a dinner component as part of the entertainment. Examples include places like Country Tonite Theatre, Memories Theatre and the Grand Majestic Theater. Of course, Dollywood theme park itself is home to a variety of different theaters and music venues.


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Learn About The Smokies Through Podcasts!

Podcasts are having a moment these days. They've been around for some 20 years, but instead of fading into the background like so many obsolete technologies and media have, podcasts have actually enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years.


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This Summer, Hit The River

As human beings, we seem to have a natural affinity with bodies of water. That would explain why so many of us head to the ocean for summer vacations or why we can spend days and days on the lake, enjoying recreational fun like water skiing, tubing, jet skiing and more.


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One Day In Pigeon Forge

One of our goatsIdeally, your summer trip to the Smokies this year is a full week-long extravaganza, giving you plenty of time to do a lot of cool things - everything from an adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to full days at multiple major attractions. And that would still leave enough time to fill in with shopping, shows, special events and dining out.


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Fun With Four-Legged Friends

All kinds of creatures at Rainforest ZooWe don't call ourselves Goats on the Roof for nothing. In the tradition of the original Goats on the Roof attraction, which has been a mainstay on the Wisconsin tourist scene for decades, we feature live goats on the roof our main building. This time of year is prime goat season, because it's warm enough for our friends to relax and graze up on the roof, but it's not too hot for them to be outside.


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Taking The Fun Outside

Ride the Goat CoasterNow that spring is in full swing, more and more folks are heading outdoors to take advantage of these warmer days and, when they're fortunate, abundant sunshine and blue skies. Weather like this is made for outside play, especially when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. So next time you're in our area, consider either of both of our recommendations for Smoky Mountain attractions where the good times can be enjoyed during what is arguably one of the most pleasant and beautiful seasons of the year.


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Off-Season Fun In Pigeon Forge

We're about one week into a new year, which means that a lot of things have slowed down in the Great Smoky Mountains. In the national park, several road closures are in effect due to winter weather conditions and scheduled repairs/maintenance. Most of the music theaters in Pigeon Forge are on a winter hiatus, as are Dollywood and a number of outdoor-based attractions.


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Winter Wonderlands in the Smokies

Ski or snowboard at OberHave you been out to Goats on the Roof yet this holiday season? If not, you should swing by the next time you're in Pigeon Forge. We're all decorated for Winterfest, so even after dark, our family attraction is a sight to see.


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4 Typically Summertime Things You Can Do This Winter

Race go-carts in winterWelcome to winter, the season for snow skiing, ice skating, Winterfest-light viewing, sitting on Santa's lap, Christmas shopping and all sorts of things a person can do when visiting or vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.


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Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains

See millions of lights in the Smoky MountainsNow that Halloween is in the rear-view mirror, it's time to set our sights on two of the year's biggest holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the Smoky Mountains, we include both days in one big festival called Winterfest. It's actually a four-month-long observation in the Smokies - from mid-November through February - an entire season-long celebration of winter (and late fall) and the many holidays and festivities that accompany it.


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A Fall Day In The Smokies

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains.Autumn doesn't get much better than it has been lately here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Most days in the past few weeks have been sunny, clear and pleasantly cool, while nights have gotten down into the 30s (but without subjecting us to freezing temperatures). Combine that with all the cool things to be found in the Smokies on a daily basis as well as all the unique special events going on in the area, and you've got a whole list of reasons to come visit the mountains in the very near future.


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Enhance Your Trip With Digital Assistance

Cades Cove in the National ParkIt seems that there's an app for everything these days. No matter your interests, hobbies, type of job or family life, digital assistance in the form of a specialized application for your phone or electronic device seems to be a given.


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Unusual Attraction…

Goats are our specialty in Pigeon Forge.By definition, an attraction is a business that is interesting enough on some level to compel people to visit it. In the Smokies, we measure attractions by the dozen, everything from Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to the many music theaters of Pigeon Forge and destinations like the Titanic Museum Attraction.


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It's Showtime, Folks! – Part 2

Pigeon Forge dinner showA couple of weeks ago, we shared some of our recommendations for music theater shows in Pigeon Forge. From country music and comedy to murder mysteries and equestrian entertainment, we revealed how there's a little bit of something for everyone on the stages of the Great Smoky Mountains.


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A Day Of Fun In Pigeon Forge

Ziplining in Pigeon forgeSo many places to see, so little time. That's the dilemma facing most Smoky Mountain vacationers, because visitors to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville literally have hundreds of attractions to choose from. It can be overwhelming, especially for those who may never have been to the area and have no previous experience when it comes to what's worth seeing and what's not.


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Big Golf Or Little Golf?

Beautiful golf course in Pigeon Forge, TNSpring is Goldilocks season in the Smokies. It's not too hot, and it's not too cold. In general, the weather here is just right for all kinds of outdoor fun, including everything we have to offer at Goats On The Roof. It's hard to beat a pleasant spring day when you're enjoying our alpine coaster, gem mining attraction and live-goat exhibits.


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Animal Attraction

Feed the goats at Goats on the Roof.If you have a soft spot for all things that walk on four legs (and sometimes six or more), then you need to plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. The region is known for its population of black bears, not to mention all kinds of other critters that live in the wild, including deer and elk. If you take a drive or a hike into any remote region of the national park, there's a decent chance you'll spot some sort of wildlife. (Always respect the native fauna and keep a safe distance from them.)


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Escaping FROM The Smokies…

Great place to spend an hour trying to escape.Usually, you hear people talking about escaping TO the Great Smoky Mountains for a romantic getaway or vacation. But for the past few years, more and more visitors to the area have been spending time trying to figure out how to escape FROM the mountains. That's because escape-room attractions have become all the rage in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.


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The Need For Speed

Race at Blake Jones for family fun.In the classic '80s movie Top Gun, lead characters Maverick and Goose famously said, “I feel the need, the need for speed!” In their case, that meant hopping into the cockpit of a fighter jet. However, the next time you're on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, we'd like to suggest a mode of transportation that will allow you to move along at a good clip but is also much less risky: go-carts.


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Ziplining In The Smokies!

At Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge, they're proving that any time of year is a great time to hook onto a sturdy steel cable and take off flying through the air like a bird. The popular outdoor attraction is open from March through December, offering numerous opportunities to experience the sensation of zooming through the treetops of the Smoky Mountain foothills.


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5 Facts You Didn't Know About The Goat Coaster

The Goat Coaster in Pigeon Forge.An alpine coaster, also known as mountain coaster, is a fairly new amusement ride that you will definitely love as the thrill it gives you is really incredible. The most important thing you need to know about this particular Pigeon Forge attraction is that it is perfectly safe. In fact, it is much safer than its predecessor, an alpine slide, especially considering the most advanced technology used to reduce the risk of accidents.


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Top Family Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN

Pigeon Forge has many attractionsThe variety of attractions available in Pigeon Forge is so great, there can be no doubt every member of your family will find something to enjoy. Check out our list of the coolest options you should try when visiting this incredible resort:


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