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Wildreness at The Smokies- 4 Reasons We Will Go Back

 

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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

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1.Value

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.

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2. Variety

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.)

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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.

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4. Various Spacious Rooms

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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.

Zoo Knoxville $1 Admission November 10-13, 2016

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Zoo Knoxville will be offering $1 admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item or pet food Nov. 10-13, 2016, during their Dollar Days event.

During the Dollar Days event, general zoo admission tickets for ages four and up are $1 each and parking is free. To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for Dollar Days guests, a limited number of tickets are available for each day,and advance online purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased online here  beginning at noon on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

Dollar Days attendees should also bring a non-perishable food item or bagged or canned dog or cat food donation in addition to each ticket to help other local non-profit organizations Mission of Hope, Young-Williams Animal Center,and Knox County Office on Aging’s Knox PAWS program.

Mission of Hope is a volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken areas in rural Appalachia. In order to help meet the increased demand of the holiday season, they are requesting donations of non-perishable food items. They are also accepting donations of new children’s toys and hygiene items.

Young-Williams Animal Center serves the community by providing compassionate care to animals, working to find homes for adoptable pets, providing affordable spaying and neutering services, and educational programs about animal welfare. The center is in need of dry and canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and new pet toys.

Knox PAWS matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors; physical,emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program works with area animal shelters to match senior pets with senior citizens. PAWS is in need of dry and canned dog and cat food and new pet toys.

Dollar Days tickets are valid only for the date printed on the ticket and no rain checks will be offered for this special event. Tickets will not be sold at the zoo’s ticket window on the days of the event. Dollar Days will take place rain or shine. Limit six tickets per order.

And don’t forget you will get all new and renewing zoo members will receive a gift card for 50% off a Navitat tour for up to four of their friends and family if purchased through Nov. 15, 2016. The 50% off gift card can be redeemed through May, 2017.

50% off Navitat Canopy Adventures When Renew or Purchase Zoo Knoxville Membership

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Zoo Knoxville and Navitat Canopy Adventures are partnering to make Knoxville even more wildly fun!

To kick-off the partnership and encourage locals to take advantage of the adventures they can have at Zoo Knoxville and Navitat, all new and renewing zoo members will receive a gift card for 50% off a Navitat tour for up to four of their friends and family if purchased through Nov. 15, 2016. The 50% off gift card can be redeemed through May, 2017.

If you are a current zoo member and opt to renew your membership early to get in on this great deal don’t worry, Your membership will be renewed for one year from its expiration date, not the date of their renewal purchase.

Zoo Knoxville members now receive $5 off Navitat treetop tours at Ijams Nature Center, which include more than 60 adventure elementsincluding ziplines, bridges, swings, nets and elevated tunnels. Toursare offered during the day and night, when the treetops are transformed by twinkling lights.

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Dollywood Light The Way 5K Walk/Run November 11,2016

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Looking for a fun local 5K to run?! Check out Dollywood’s Light the Way 5K 

Dollywood is proud to be hosting the 5th annual Light the Way 5K  on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 11 p.m. Light the Way 5K participants are treated to a unique race course decorated by Dollywood’s four million Christmas lights, which will illuminate the path throughout the park.

Both runners and walkers are welcome at the Light The Way 5K – so make plans now to run, prance or dance your way through Dollywood to benefit two great charities .

The race will be chip timed and managed by Scenic City Multi-Sports, which also will be offering free photos to all participants to download, tweet and share on Facebook. Awards will be presented to the top three overall for male and female participants. The top three finalists in each age division receive hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments custom-made for the event by Dollywood’s master glassblower.

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Light the Way 5K as the race is limited to 2,500 participants. Early registration between Sept. 2 – Oct. 15 is $32; regular registration and race day fee is $35. Register online here. Race day registration takes place from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.

Proceeds from the event benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) and the Share It Forward (SIF) program at Dollywood. KSB, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization which focuses on waste reduction/recycling, litter prevention and beautifying public spaces through education and community based programs. KSB’s goal is to protect the natural beauty of the area that millions of visitors come to see each year. SIF is a non-profit charity established for the purpose of raising and using funds to assist The Dollywood Company employees and their families in times of need. The program is funded through employee donations which are matched dollar for dollar by The Dollywood Company and, up to specified limits, by the shareholders of Herschend Family Entertainment, the park’s operating partner.

Zoo Knoxville BOO! at The Zoo 2016 Ticket Giveaway #2

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BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition for 30 years, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment including dancing with some of your favorite characters in the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash Tent, the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

When is this super fun event!?

October 6 – 9, 2016
October 13 – 16, 1016
October 20 – 23, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
each evening

$9 per person
Children under 4 admitted free
Free parking

$2 off for Zoo Knoxville members and U.S. Cellular customers

Tickets are available for purchase at Knoxville Zoo, or by phone at 865-637-5331 or online by clicking here.

Please note – toy guns will not be permitted at Boo at the Zoo. Thank you for your cooperation.

I am excited to be working with Zoo Knoxville to give some lucky Coupon Katie readers a four pack of tickets to this years BOO! at the Zoo!!   Just leave a comment telling us what costumes you’ve chosen this year!   

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Winner will be chosen at random from all entries and notified via email used to enter. Winner must be in US and 18 years of age and will have 24 hours to claim prize. Winner is responsible for transportation and all other costs associated with attending Boo! at the Zoo 2016.

Free Kids Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP (10/31)

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Monday, October 31, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., kids ages 12 and under can enjoy free Scary Face Pancakes, at participating IHOP restaurants. (limit one per child; dine in only)

Additionally, and for the entire month of October, Scary Face Pancakes will be included as part of IHOP’s Kids Eat Free offer, which lets kids 12 and under to eat free with the purchase of adult entrées from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. daily.