I’m not sure how we managed to keep this weekend getaway a total surprise but we did. On travel day I had happy kids and an excited granddaughter all packed up for the trip.
After checking into the resort we roamed the halls and enjoyed a nice dinner at the Hidden Trail Bar & Grill which was easily located by the front desk at Stone Hill Lodge. We dined on various kinds of yummy tacos and homemade chips. I even caught sight of Molly the Moose waving to children and stopping for photographs.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to get around this massive complex. I was anxious at first when I realized that we weren’t staying in the part that is adjoined to the indoor waterpark and that we would have to take a shuttle to and from. With kids?? My granddaughter?? In wet bathing suits?? However when we got there I was totally at ease because Wilderness at the Smokies have it all together for you.
Wilderness at the Smokies knows how to handle the big crowds associated with a family oriented destination. There were families and kids running all over the place but we never had to wait for our meals in two of their main restaurants and not once did I feel crowded. This is a large resort with various buildings, outdoor waterparks, indoor waterpark, an indoor adventure place with games and family entertainment, several restaurants and gift areas, and it’s beside the Sevierville Convention Center.
We started the next day with a big buffet breakfast at the Hidden Trail restaurant before changing into swimsuits to hit the MAIN reason we had driven two hours the night before, THE Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark in the Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel and Waterpark Resort.
Shuttles back and forth run every ten minutes pretty much so don’t worry if you don’t make it in the first one that arrives. We didn’t have to wait long in the lobby to catch the shuttle for the three minute, depending on the red light, ride across the street to the River Lodge to the indoor waterpark. Not bad at all.
The Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark was almost magical because you felt like you had entered a warm tropical retreat with cool water and fruity drinks to enjoy. You could pick from water slides, riding waves, surfing, and even relaxing in the huge hot tub. Seating was hard to find but it still wasn’t a huge problem. We just scoped around near the Great Wave area and snagged five lounge chairs in a few minutes. I wanted to be in the center area to keep track of the children. The whole experience was fun and entertaining. The kids all had a wonderful time and so did the adults. It was a really nice experience to have with my family in the middle of winter. We laughed and enjoyed all the water slides. I just enjoyed relaxing in my chaise watching my kids play when I wasn’t having fun with Superdad as we were riding all the slides together.
|My three daughters and granddaughter.|
When everyone was tuckered out we dried off, gathered our things, and went to wait for our ride back to the room. We enjoyed lunch as the kids took a break to rest. Once everyone was rested, and dressed we wanted to hit the Adventure Forest Arcade and try out some of the attractions.
I lost track of time for how long we played because in the middle of playing we stopped for the dinner buffet at The Thirsty Miner then played some more. The buffet was full of so many different foods to satisfy everyone in our party of six. During our stay every employee we encountered was friendly, welcoming, and helpful.
All in one full day we enjoyed an indoor water park jumping waves and sliding down slides in rafts, a big buffet breakfast and a tasty big buffet dinner with shrimp cocktail and BBQ ribs, hours in the Adventure Forest Arcade, black light mini golf, and even deep fried Oreo cookies.
|After playing black light mini golf.|
Everyone was tuckered out and ready for bed.
Our weekend getaway was wonderful and every single one of us enjoyed Wilderness at the Smokies. We want to go back in the summer to enjoy the outside water slides because they looked exciting!
There are two things I want to mention because if you don’t know where they are you will miss them.
~ Upstairs in the Wilderness Adventure Forest there is one of the penny presses to enjoy an inexpensive souvenir so don’t forget a pocketful of quarters and a shiny pennies.
|Monty the Moose|
More information about Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel & Waterpark Resort:
Wilderness at the Smokies is a luxurious vacation and meeting destination.
Wilderness At The Smokies Waterpark Resort is a whole new concept in FUN for your Smoky Mountain vacation! Our exclusive waterparks are only for resort guests and included in the room rate.
Stone Hill Lodge, which is connected to the Sevierville Event Center and Salamander Springs outdoor waterpark, has over 240 gorgeous hotel rooms with several room-style options available. When staying at Stone Hill Lodge you receive access to all resort waterparks and amenities. *Please Note: All rooms are Non-Smoking and Pets Unfortunately are Not Allowed.
River Lodge, which is connected to the Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark and Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark and the NEW Adventure Forest family adventure center, offers over 400 upscale multi-suite rooms capable of accommodating up to 15 guests. Featuring one and two bedroom suites, fully furnished kitchens, fireplaces and unlimited access to all our fabulous waterparks and amenities! *Please Note: All rooms are Non-Smoking and Pets Unfortunately are Not Allowed.
Wilderness Shuttles are available to resort guests every day of the year. Our heated or cooled shuttles will take you back and forth between lodges and waterparks whenever you’d like.
The Wild WaterDome is the largest indoor waterpark in Tennessee! It features a see-through roof that allows you to tan year-round. Inside this 66,000 square foot, state-of-the-art waterpark there is a wave pool, a multi-leveled water play feature, indoor surf rider, scream-tastic waterslides, and two family raft rides. Drench yourself in the splashtastic fun of Salamander Springs outdoor waterpark or Lake Wilderness outdoor waterpark (seasonal).
Get wet and then GO WILD in the NEW ADVENTURE FOREST, family adventure center. Challenge your inner fears on Tree Top Towers, a 3 story ropes course or Mount Wild, a 25 ft rock climbing wall. Get your competitive spirit going by playing a game of laser tag in the multi-level arena, Fury in the Forest or maybe a round of black light mini-golf at Moonshine Run. Don’t forget to enjoy the other great amenities like Copperhead laser maze, Howlin’ Hound Dog Alley mini-bowling, Cubs Climbing Den interactive playhouse, Daredevils Drop spring ride or emerse yourself in the Mega Arcade with over 100 games! If dry outdoor fun is what you are looking for, remember Cataloochee Creek adventure mini-golf, just outside the Adventure Forest doors.
Take a stroll through any of our 3 gift/retail shops to pick out that perfect vacation souvenir or a gift for the ones back home who couldn’t make it. Power through a workout in the fitness centers with clean, state of the art equipment. You may also choose to play a round of golf at The Sevierville Golf Club and then relax and enjoy Hidden Trail Bar and Grill or The Thirsty Miner Restaurant. If you don’t want to miss any of the fun at the waterpark, you can always order your meal at any of our poolside snack bars!
Explore all that The Wilderness At The Smokies has to offer! Check back for updates on new attractions and specials!
**I was not paid to post this and the opinions expressed belong entirely to me, Michelle Lee. I was given a complimentary night along with two meal vouchers in exchange for my honest review and sharing pictures on social media.**