We recently packed up and head to Wilderness at the Smokies. We needed some family time and an idea for one of the boy’s birthday- two birds one stone. Wilderness it was.
Wilderness is home to the Wild WaterDome, Tennessee’s Largest Indoor Waterpark, which features a see-through roof that will weather-proof your vacation and give you the opportunity to tan inside all year long. Along with year-round indoor waterpark fun, you will find two outdoor waterparks right outside your guest room door! And remember to check out the Adventure Forest dry, family adventure center. Featuring a 3 story ropes course, multi-level laser tag, black light mini-golf, mega arcade and much more.
Here are a few reasons we will definitely go back
You pay for your room and all water park passes are included with your stay! If you live close and are just heading up for just one night you still get TWO days of fun. How great is that?! You can preregister for you room at the front desk as early as noon; they’ll text you when it is ready. While you are not guaranteed access to your room until 4pm you can start enjoying the waterpark as soon as you preregister! So arrive in your swimsuits ready to have fun! If you need to bring a small bag with your phone, wallet etc you can get locker.
Check-out time is at 11:00am, however, after you check-out you can continue to use the waterpark all day! There is also free WI-fi, free parking and free water .
Be sure to check out the Specials Offers page! They run some great deals throughout the year.
For a large family like ours it can sometimes be, let’s say “challenging” to find something everyone can enjoy at the same time. Wilderness has that covered. Not a single child used the word bored, sighed at me or rolled their eyes during our stay. Not a single one.
The indoor water park has slides and rides for kids of all ages. Everyone had a blast. Our toddler loved the smaller play areas and the sloped entrances to the larger pools. My older guys were tall enough to ride the larger slides and they loved them. The layout is great too. The smaller child areas have just tone way in or out so I could stand there keeping an eye on them and still be able to see the bigs getting on the water slides.
Going in the summer allowed us the option using both the indoor and outdoor parks. That meant more big slides for the older boys and a lazy river for this mama. During our stay we tried all the rides and no one could decide which was their favorite! It was too close to call. (And yes, I tried all of them too. Even the Wild Vortex. A trap door… A 39-foot vertical free fall drop… Speeds up to 40 mph. The boys didn’t believe that I would do it. Street cred.)
It rained for a bit on our second day, but it was not a problem. We headed inside to Adventure Forest. The boys had a blast on the climbing wall and ropes course and bowling and playground and on and on. Again, there was some thing everyone could do. We could have spent an entire day just in that area.
4. Various Spacious Rooms
There are a varitey of rooms available at Wilderness so any size family/group will fit. We stayed in a one bedroom deluxe suite. It had plenty of room for our whole crew. It allowed us to enjoy our time in the room and truly relax.
They boys slept in the room with two full beds. This allowed THE HUSBAND and I to stay up late in the other room, lounging on the couch by the fireplace watching football. Does fall get any better than that?!
I also loved that we had a full kitchen. It is great if you live close and are just running up for a weekend, pack a cooler and you can spend all your time at the resort, no need to run out for anything! If you’re staying for an extended period of time you can run to the grocery store and not have to eat every meal out. The kitchen was equipped with utensils (place settings for up to 12 people), pots, pans, toaster, coffeemaker, full size refrigerator, microwave, stove, and dishwasher.
4. Very little packing
Seriously, we packed toothbrushes, swim trunks, pajamas and a t-shirt or two. We could because everything else we would need was provided. Towels for example. When you arrive you will get towel cards that you exchange your card for a towel. When you’re done at the waterparks, exchange your towel for a card. Life jackets and tubes are also provided in the waterpark, so don’t worry about packing those. Water is provided free so no need to pack water bottles either.
For those of you that are local did you know you can have a birthday party at Wilderness?! I did not but it sounds like such a fun option especially in the winter!
Anything else you want to know about Wilderness at the Smokies?! Leave a question in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer.
*We were given a discounted rate on our room in exchange for an honest review of our experience. All views and opinions expressed are 100% mine. You can read the Coupon Katie disclosure policy here.