A Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies charge into the 2011 post-season with a rollicking medley of power hitting and top-notch pitching. The Smokies sit perched atop the SOU North division with two weeks left to play, bolstering their No. 1 position with league-leading stats, including 123 home runs and 9,460 spat sunflower seeds. Fans can hunker down in the concrete confines of Smokies Park for an evening of playoff-caliber baseball, savoring four meaty hot dogs and refreshing soft drinks. While the Smokies' playoff opponent has not yet been determined, families or friends of four will be sure to enjoy a late-summer evening rooting their favorite sluggers or conversing with third-base coaches in their native language of ear tugs and macarena dance moves.
This international museum is the only facility of its kind, completely dedicated to the evolution of women's basketball and the talented athletes who helped the sport grow. Bounce buffs can learn the history of women's basketball through the museum's exhibits, including multimedia presentations, numerous basketball artifacts, original photographs, scrapbooks, and old uniforms. Guests inspired by the abundant wooden-court knowledge can try their hand on the facility’s basketball courts, featuring hoops of three different heights (representing the past, present, and future of the sport) and a vertical-leap challenge, allowing you to show off your superb ceiling-dusting skills. No trip to this historical vault is complete without investigating the world's largest basketball, 30-feet tall and weighing 10 tons, which sits atop the museum's northern hall and, during winter months, is used as the base of the world’s largest snowman. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission to the museum.
Wahoo Ziplines centers on the country’s longest over-water zipline, a six-line stretch that runs for a total of more than two miles in length. The canopy tour is two hours in length and offers scenic views of the mountains and surrounding terrain from up to 250 feet in the air. Guides help visitors of all ages don the harness before launching them from hilltop to hilltop at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
The independently owned Reel Theatres Movies on the Parkway beckons movie-goers with a fleet of first-run films in a family-friendly setting. The cinematic domicile unspools a rotating roster of blockbusters, including coming attractions The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, and Conan the Barbarian. While awaiting a scheduled appointment with a movie, film-goers can visit the arcade (not included in this Groupon) to train for future real-life encounters with unrelenting Pac-Men. Dolby Surround or DTS Digital Sound envelop eager eardrums with the sounds of cinematic car crashes and sumptuous scores, while the wall-to-wall screens embrace larger-than-life storytelling and giant shadow puppets. An included large bag of freshly popped popcorn inspires buttery thumb-wrestling, while the theater's well-stocked concession stand proffers hot dogs, nachos, candy, and other noshable notions.
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.
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.
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.