Get Your Thrills with Monster
Get Your Thrills with Monster-Size
Smoky Mountain Attractions
For some people, Smoky Mountain Bigfoot attractions are all about the serene, majestic beauty of
the outdoors. For others, it's the excitement and glitz of Dollywood or the Hollywood Wax Museum.
But for a few brave souls who are in the know, the best attractions in the Smokies are all about the
We're not talking about the mysterious Skunk Ape or famed Bigfoot roaming around, but if you're
interested in monster-sized attractions, or those that have monsters waiting to scare you, the
Smokies have many to fit the bill. T-Rexs, monsters of the deep, monster trucks, and a plethora of
generally creepy things all await you in the Smokies.
If you're looking for the loudest fun you can have, look no further than Sevierville, Tennessee,
where you'll not only watch monster trucks, but actually ride in one. Each truck is 12 feet tall, has
66-inch wheels, and weighs a whopping 12,000 pounds. Each truck can carry up to 12 passengers
around its dirt track.
Dinosaur Walk Museum
If you prefer your harrowing roars with fewer decibels, there's Dinosaur Walk Museum in Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee. Here there are over 50 life-size dinosaurs, including an Allosaurus, a Stegosaurus,
and a two-story-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex. These aren't staid old museum bones, either: they're
realistic, scary dinosaurs that seem to have been frozen in their tracks. Add to that their monstrous
roars, and it's easy for a kid (of any age) to tremble in front of T-Rex's mighty jaws.
But perhaps the most appealing part of this Smoky Mountain attraction is the interactive
attractions. From videos to drawing to digging for fossils, there's plenty to keep the kids engaged.
Ripley's Believe It or Not & Aquarium
Finally, in your tour of monster Smoky Mountain attractions, there's the king of the odd, unusual,
and creepy: Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium and the Ripley's Aquarium. One has old monsters
preserved, the other features live monsters of the deep.
As the self-proclaimed "strangest place in Gatlinburg," the Odditorium is a creepy place with a
surreal, eerie atmosphere. You can run through it, just glancing from display to display, but if you
stop to read the history behind the items, it's easy to scare yourself silly.
But a longtime favorite of all these attractions is Ripley's Aquarium. Never mind that the middle of
the Appalachian Mountains isn't necessarily the most logical place for an aquarium. The range of
fishes and sea life you'll see here is simply astounding.
At this water otherworld you'll be intrigued by little monsters like piranhas and jellies, and the huge
monsters like the aptly named Giant Pacific Octopus, which has an arm span of 14 feet. Then there
are the evil-looking sharks in Shark Lagoon. As you glide quietly on a conveyor belt underneath the
aquarium, the sharks and other fishes swim above you. Look closely and you'll learn from firsthand
experience what scary teeth Sand Tiger Sharks have!
If that's not enough to draw you, there's hands-on entertainment as well, at the Touch a Ray pool.
Here, you can lay your hands on small sharks and sting rays under the supervision of the Aquarists.
Even the littlest kids in your family will be able to say they've pet a sea monster and lived to tell the
So, if you're looking for monster-themed adventures, these Smoky Mountain attractions have got
you covered. Many will send you gleefully running for cover, too!