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Top 4 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer on Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

May 26, 2023

When you spend a summer vacation in the Smokies, you’ll love the long days of sunshine for hours of outdoor entertainment! The weather in the Smoky Mountains during the summer months is generally moderate, especially at the higher elevations! If you happen to be visiting when the temperatures are a bit higher than normal, you’ll find lots of great ways to cool off! Here are the top 4 ways to stay cool this summer on your Smoky Mountain vacation:

1. Hit the Water Slides at Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood's Splash CountryDollywood’s Splash Country is the premier waterpark in the Smoky Mountains, offering everything from thrilling water slides to a wave pool, lazy river and play areas for toddlers! There is truly something for everyone in the family, so bring the whole gang along for a fun day in the Smokies! You won’t want to miss RiverRush, the first and only water coaster in Tennessee, where you’ll race through the trees and experience 4 drops along 1175 feet of track! Some of the other exciting attractions include the Big Bear Plunge, Fire Tower Falls, Raging River Rapids and the Slick Rock Racer!

2. Go Snow Tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow

Another one of the top ways to stay cool this summer on your Smoky Mountain vacation is by going snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow! This unique indoor facility allows you to hit the slopes all year long and you never have to worry about the real snow melting away! The temperature inside of the building is always 60 to 70 degrees, so feel free to come in whatever you happen to be wearing that day! There is a whole hillside of snow tubing hills, as well as a huge Snow Play area where you can build snowmen and snow forts! You don’t need to make reservations, so just show up when you are ready to begin your adventure!

3. White Water Rafting on the Pigeon River

white water raftingWhen it comes to the perfect outdoor activity this summer, be sure to put white water rafting on your itinerary! There are several outfitters in the Smokies that offer trips on the Pigeon River and no experience is necessary to join the fun! The Pigeon River actually features two rafting sections, each with its own level of rapids. The lower section of the river offers class I and II rapids, so it’s more of a scenic float trip that is ideal for families with children. The upper section of the river offers more of a traditional white water rafting trip, complete with a variety of class III and IV rapids that are guaranteed to get you soaked!

4. Stay in a Cabin With an Indoor Swimming Pool

The best way to cool off during your Smoky Mountain vacation this summer is with a stay in one of our cabins with an indoor swimming pool! These amazing cabins provide all the entertainment you need for a fabulous trip to the Smokies, and there is nothing like swimming in the privacy of your own cabin! As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about applying sunscreen or inclement weather spoiling your fun! These cabins feature tons of other fantastic amenities too, such as private decks with scenic views, bubbling hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, game rooms and much more!

Check out all of our cabins in the Smokies today to plan your Smoky Mountain vacation! We look forward to seeing you this summer!