Sprawling across 160+ acres of verdant grounds, Circle G Ranch curates a herd of more than 700+ exotic animals, allowing visitors to cruise down a 3-mile path to get close to the curious creatures. Zebras, emus, deer, and alpaca trot up to vehicles for handfuls of delicious feed, and guided safari-truck and camelback tours impart nuggets of information on the park's wildlife. After treks, visitor head to the petting zoo to visit a rotating gang of cuddly animals, such as baby lambs, goats, and parrots, along with an African crested porcupine and a family of sulcata tortoises.
Bronzing Bar Tanning Studio keeps its clientele looking sun kissed with an array of tanning services. The studio boasts both UV tanning beds as well as airbrush tanning, which employs a DHA-based formula to leave skin looking evenly bronzed for up to seven days.
Jon Dee has been entertaining audiences with the mystical arts since the age of 14, when he owned his own magic shop and performed tricks at the tables of local restaurants. In his humorous and family-friendly show, Jon displays the power of the human mind as transfixed volunteers cluck like chickens or compete in an '80s-style dance competition. A veteran youth pastor, Jon hypnotizes volunteers in a relaxed, safe setting and also bookends shows with a positive message on the power of the mind. Like races to the moon, shows are scheduled at the Gatlinburg Space Needle anywhere from two to six times a week and also include light-hearted sprinklings of magic, ventriloquism, and comedy.
Appalachian Outdoors’ seasoned guides shepherd thrill buffs through whitewater adventures along the raging upper Pigeon River and the tamer lower Pigeon River. Clad in Coast Guard–approved life vests and helmets, rafters of all experience levels work together to safely paddle and solve salmon's riddles as inflatable vessels carry them swiftly through Cherokee National Forest. Though the upper river's Class II–IV rapids are only suitable for paddlers at least 8 years old or weighing 70 pounds, the lower segment's softer waters and hammock-like rocks welcome younger kids.
The days of dragons, princesses, and magic wands are revived at MagiQuest, an interactive medieval quest experience for all ages. The course takes visitors through a live-action game that creeps through dungeons, a village, and a fairy forest as players encounter myriad characters, sneak through secret doors, defeat a goblin king, and return jewels to the princess. The fun doesn?t stop when the game ends, as MagiQuest also has an on-site black light mini golf course, a laser spy challenge, and a mirror maze.
Providing FAA and National Park Service approved in-air viewings for almost four decades, Scenic Helicopter Tours levitates nature-lovers high above scenic vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The six-minute Douglas Lake flight ventures 1,500 feet above ground and covers a 12 mile route beyond the French Broad River. Photo-documentarians can snap shots of such photogenic subjects as Mount LeConte or the hyper-glamorous Douglas Dam while enjoying a ride about as smooth as a car. Upgrade your journey in a black and yellow whirligig to include dramatic narration from the wisdom-laden pilot with a headset rental at $4.50 per person.