Wilderness at the Smokies – Sevierville, TN – Part Two – Smokies Surfrider

This summer we had the opportunity to spend two fun filled days at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee.  We had such a great time!  One of my favorite memories of this trip was the look on my son’s face when he realized he was tall enough to ride the Smokies Surfrider

The waterpark writes the height of the rides for the little ones on their hand.  My son looked at his hand, looked at the height on the sign, looked at his hand again.  Then he turned to me with eyes so wide, questioning me.  I gave him a big smile and he immediately got in line. 

With the little guys, they start at the bottom of the surfrider.  The lifeguard holds on to the board, Big S hopped on, and she let it go.  I love the look of determination with a smattering of fear!

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And up he went!

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It was hilarious because Big S didn’t weigh enough so he just kept going right up and over.  No surfing here! 

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See our other posts from our Wilderness at the Smokies trip: a video of our adventure and Wilderness at the Smokies – Sevierville, TN – Part One – Salamander Springs.  You can read my full review of the hotel and the waterparks on Trekaroo.

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Disclosure: We were guests of Wilderness at the Smokies for two nights.  Water park admission is included with every hotel stay because you must be guests of the hotel to visit the water park.  While on this trip, we paid for everything else including our meals and the gas to get there.  My reviews are based solely on my experiences and opinion with no outside influence.

Wilderness at the Smokies – Sevierville, TN – Part One – Salamander Springs

Last week, I shared my video of our experience at Wilderness at the Smokies!  Today I am going to go into a little bit more detail on our visit.  We got to visit Wilderness at the Smokies for two nights as part of the Trekaroo Superoo program.  If you have followed this site for awhile, you will know how much we love Trekaroo.  Trekaroo is kind of like a Trip Advisor for families!  You can do a search for a city or area and get reviews by families just like you and me for hundreds of hotels and activities!  If you haven’t already, definitely stop by and check it out!

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The Wilderness at the Smokies visit was so great for us as a family!  We spent an evening and a day splashing in the water at the three different water parks.  We have visited waterparks all over the country.  This waterpark resort is definitely not the biggest, but it isn’t the smallest either!  Our favorite of the three water parks, Salamander Springs, is what I am going to share with you today!  To see my full review of Wilderness at the Smokies on Trekaroo, head to my Trekaroo Passport.

When we first arrived at the hotel, we were so bummed when we realized that we were staying across the street from the large indoor water park.  Once we checked in, we had a chance to look out one of the windows where we spied Salamander Springs!  Salamander Springs is full of water slides, pools, hot tubs, and play structures great for kids of all ages but in particular, the younger kids.  My three year old was able to go down all the slides on her own.  They splashed around the pools and loved exploring the huge play structure.  The structure had slides, tunnels to crawl through, steps to climb, and a bucket that dropped gallons and gallons of water on unsuspecting children every few minutes! 

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Even the itty bitty toddlers can have a great time splashing around.  There is a small section set aside just for your youngest children with a little pool, slide and swings.  It is manned by its own lifeguard.

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The best part about staying next to Salamander Springs was that when our kids got tired of being in the sun and water, we took them upstairs to our room for a snack, rest and some tv time.  When we were all rested, we were ready to head back downstairs. 

I loved the fact that there were plenty of lifeguards watching and interacting with all of the children.  I also loved being able to sit in a chair while my kids romped around into the water.  I did not feel the need to have to follow them around as they played like I did at some of the bigger parks.

Disclosure: We were guests of Wilderness at the Smokies for two nights.  Water park admission is included with every hotel stay because you must be guests of the hotel to visit the water park.  While on this trip, we paid for everything else including our meals and the gas to get there.  My reviews are based solely on my experiences and opinion with no outside influence.

Next up – Part Two – Wild Water Dome Indoor Water Park.

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Sevierville Hotel Review

Lost Sea Adventure – Sweetwater, Tennessee

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On this road trip, we vowed to slow down.  If we saw something that made us want to stop the car, we would.  The Lost Sea Adventure was exactly one of those things…we were in the middle of Tennessee.  What on earth could the Lost Sea Adventure be?

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We were not disappointed!  This roadside attraction has a large cavern and an underground lake that you can take a boatride on.  The cave has quite a history!  We decided to skip the cave tour because it is 1.5 hours and you must go on a tour.  Even though we weren’t on a time crunch, we did have a timeframe that we wanted to stick to.  Instead, we headed over to the Old Sweetwater Village.  We visited the store and stopped by the Blacksmith Shop. 

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While at the General Store, we purchased a bag of dirt for five dollars.  We took it over to Red Ruby’s Gem Mine were the kids got to sift through the dirt and see what they found!  Both kids got several large stones and tons of little ones.  With a purchase of the bag of dirt, the kids got a little card with pictures of the gems they might find all labeled.  Big S spent almost an hour looking at his stones and comparing them to the pictures.

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The Lost Sea Adventure is located about 5-7 minutes off of the interstate and is worth the drive if nothing else but the walk around the village to stretch your legs and the relatively clean restrooms.  There is also a small shop where you can get snacks and ice cream.

The Lost Sea Adventure is located at 140 Lost Sea Road in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

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The Diner – Sevierville, Tennessee

When we are on the road we try to continue to encourage our kids to try new foods, but sometimes chicken tenders and french fries are just what the traveler ordered!  When we were staying at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee, we decided to help save our budget one afternoon and eat off of the hotel grounds.  The Diner was right down road so it was the perfect lunch spot.  This 50s diner is reasonably priced and had so much to choose from.  Daddy J and I just had burgers and the kids had chicken tenders.  They loved it when their chicken tenders came out with the smiley fries.  They did say that they did not taste very good but the chicken was a hit! 

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Stay tuned next week because I will sharing pictures of all the yummy seafood we gorged ourselves on while staying on the Eastern Shore of Virginia!

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