A squad of professional jokesmiths storms the stage to elicit hearty guffaws during interactive improv performances at Rocky Top Playhouse, a venue TripAdvisor ranked as the top nightlife spot in Sevierville. Audience members can sink into their seats within the intimate theater armed with enough popcorn to sustain them through an hour of guttural cardio or to glue together into a dapper beard. Facetious cast members call upon suggestions from the audience while putting on fully improvised productions in the vein of Whose Line is It Anyway?. Spectators can try and stump trained performers with absurd sketch-topic suggestions, such as "funeral party” or “seriously, where is the bathroom in this building?”
Now in its sixth season, Cirque de Chine sweeps across Smoky Mountain Palace’s stage with awe-inspiring flips and twirls as performers don elaborate costumes and props during the two-hour show. Staged by renowned acrobatic troupes from China, the multihued spectacle introduces audiences to scenes such as “Five Flying Motorcyclists” and “Hoop Divers,” the latter of which features players catapulting themselves through circular structures up to 10 feet high, just like basketballs. Against a backdrop of traditional Chinese abodes, dancers build human pyramids, balancing in midair atop teammates’ steady hands as spectators and ziggurat contractors watch, transfixed.
Zorb Smoky Mountains holds the distinction of being the only Zorb site in the country. Born in New Zealand, Zorb globe riding is a sport that involves an inflatable globe and downhill trips, which may cause riders to roll so fast they think they are tearing a hole in the time-space continuum. The hills themselves are specially designed for globe riding and feature both straight and zigzagged trails.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo nurtures a diverse family of more than 600 tropical and temperate species, many born in captivity. Brilliantly hued macaws and finches share space with eccentric guests such as two-headed turtles, hissing cockroaches, and reclusive business mogul Howard Hughes. Elsewhere, guests get up close with a cuddly collective of mammals such as kangaroos, African servals, and coatimundi, as well as cold-blooded crocodiles, lizards, and snakes. Regular visitors can witness the growth of Mason, a baby lemur born January 7, or come back in 2033 to celebrate his first legal bite of fermented berries.
Tennessee Shindig's professional musicians take the stage six nights a week to resuscitate pop music’s most legendary eras with a schedule of pitch-perfect tribute shows. The 5 p.m. Greatest Legends performance kicks off the evening in rollicking fashion, reintroducing ears to a litany of time-honored country, Motown, gospel, and rock 'n' roll tunes. Musicians compete for the spotlight as they flawlessly belt out songs made famous by Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, and other silk-voiced crooners. When performers leave the stage for a quick séance with their spectral counterparts, high-energy dance performances and comedy routines keep audiences enthralled. During the 8 p.m. Tennessee Shindig, musicians draw from their deepest reserves of soulfulness to pay tribute to Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Michael Jackson, and other masters of the microphone. America's Got Talent star Pete Peterkin graces the stage throughout each performance to wow audiences with celebrity impersonations, virtuosic keyboard playing, and championship-level crowd surfing.
Hogg’s & Honey’s Saloon serves up a menu of barbecue, wings, and down-home eats within the fun atmosphere of its two-story, fast-casual restaurant. Diners gnaw on half racks ($10) and whole racks ($17) of pork ribs and savor the honey-barbecue, hot, medium, and mild sauces that ensconce orders of bone-in or boneless chicken wings ($7 for 10 wings). With billiards, a fully stocked bar, and daily drink specials, the saloon is a place where families and friends come to have a good time and settle differences with games of billiards dodge ball.