Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August in the Smokies

Its August. Summer's about over. School starts any week now. Tears are shed. Acceptances are low.

Still, its still summer until its September and there are still plenty, PLENTY of things to enjoy in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. If you've been waiting all summer for a good time to come over to the mountains - now is the time.

Dollywood is shifting between its Kids Fest and Gospel Harvest Fest, but everything you've come to see is still there. The rides are still running, all the fine restaurants are still serving, and the shows are still showing. Its a fun full day of activity no matter when you come. And don't forget about Splash Country either! Its open until early September and all the big, wet slides and rafts and pools and waves and playgrounds are still waiting for you to enjoy them!

There's also Ober Gatlinburg, a mountain top fun center for the whole family. You can drive or take the scenic Aerial Tramway to the entrance where a centralized, multi-story building awaits you with indoor shopping, eateries, indoor ice skating, mini golf and an arcade. Outside are the Alpine Slide - two 1800 feet slides through woods and ski trails. The Water slide requires no swimwear at all and the Blue Cyclone Rapids promise up to 2.9 Gs of speed. Ober should provide at least half a day of fun and excitement for your group.

Lets say you want to hit Downtown Gatlinburg one more time. No problem! The Gatlinburg Attractions Association offers something every few hundred feet or so up and down the sidewalks, from anything Ripleys (including the grand Aquarium!) to Camp Thunder and Fort Fun in Reagan's Terrace Mall. There is also Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre which is a unique experience here in the Smokies and the Space Needle which scrapes the heavens. The choices are vast: www.attractions-gatlinburg.com

Time's running out to grab one last series of summer thrills here in the mountains, so be sure to take advantage of them while the temperature is still hot.