wilderness_at_smokiesWe live near the beach so I never thought that I would head to an indoor water park, but when we were given the chance to visit the Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee, we jumped at the chance.



Wilderness at the Smokies is located in Sevierville, Tennessee.  Although it is only a few minutes from the main road, you feel a bit off the beaten path because of where it is situated.  You can be in Downtown Gatlinburg in about twenty or thirty minutes depending on traffic and there are several shopping and restaurant options nearby.


The hotel rooms are housed in two different buildings that are across the street from each other.   We stayed in a typical two bedroom hotel room but we were pleased with all the extra amenities.  I was especially pleased with the large trashcan in the room.  Don’t you hate it when hotel trashcans are so small that they fill up the first night?  There are several other room options at Wilderness at the Smokies.  There are one and two bedroom suites and you can book rooms with full kitchens to help defray your vacation costs by eating meals in your room.  Even though the two buildings are across the street from each other, they aren’t incredibly close.  There is a free shuttle that runs every few minutes from building to building for your convenience.

Water Parks

The water parks are guest exclusive so you cannot visit without staying in the hotel.  Water park admission is included in your hotel room rate so when looking at the room price!  There are three different water parks: the Wild Water Dome Indoor Water Park; the Lake Wilderness Outdoor Water Park; and the Salamander Springs Outdoor Water Park.  We stayed in the hotel attached to the Salamander Springs Outdoor Water Park and we spent much of our time here.  There is a climbing structure, a hot tub, several slides and a zero depth pool for the toddlers.  The Wilderness Outdoor Park has a lazy river and a small wave pool.  There are cabanas and lounge chairs so that you can get some sun if you would like.  The Wild Water Dome is where your teens and tweens will want to spend most of their time.  There are several very large slides, a giant wave pool, and a play structure for the younger kids.   

Other Amenities

There are several restaurants available as well as take out options and snack bars.  The food is reasonably priced.  We ate in the hotel for one meal and the rest of our meals out in town.  The kids will be begging for quarters when they spot the arcade.  There are a couple of retail shops and a paint your own pottery shop.  There is both golf and mini golf.

Our Thoughts

The water park has a lot to offer but keep in mind that it is a little smaller than the huge water parks you might find at theme parks.  We really enjoyed our stay at the Wilderness at the Smokies and we would definitely return for a visit.  It is actually located almost half way (8 hours each) between my sister and me so we are thinking about having a long weekend vacation to get the families together!

Here is a video I put together after our adventure!   

Wondering if an indoor water park is worth it?  Visit Finance TravelingMom’s article Indoor Water Parks? Worth it or Not? 

Disclosure: We were guest of Wilderness at the Smokies and were provided a two night stay with water park admission.