5 Ways to Shake it Up for Mother’s Day

Are you tired of the same old, same old? Tired of getting your mom or the mother of your children a bouquet of flowers every year for Mother’s Day? Then freshen up your Mother’s Day traditions with a trip to the Smoky Mountains this year! The Smokies are filled with unique ways to celebrate the special women in your life. Whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, or sophisticated socialites, you’ll find something in the Smokies to impress them and say a BIG thank you for all their love and care throughout the year!

  1. Go Racing
    For those adventure-loving moms out there, the Smoky Mountains have a variety of attractions that will keep your hearts racing and your adrenaline pumping, starting with the SpeedZone Family Fun Park in Pigeon Forge. Featuring the fastest go karts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this family-friendly attraction is a great option for families celebrating Mother’s Day together. Mom and Dad can race around the go-kart track while the kids play at the arcades, or you can get the whole family together for a game of laser tag. At SpeedZone Fun Park, you’ll find everything you need for a full day of fun.

    Another unique attraction where you can go racing yet still experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, this coaster will take you as fast or as slow as you like. You’re in complete control with your individual brake handle, and you can ride by yourself or with a friend. Other ideas for big-time adventure in the Smokies include going off road with a rented Hummer or Jeep, ziplinging through the Smoky Mountain trees, or taking a helicopter ride over the mountains.

  2. Act like Kids
    We always say that dads can act like big kids, but sometimes moms want to jump in on the fun, too. A massage and a vase full of roses may not be what the special woman in your life is all about, and those things certainly won’t be as memorable as a day of fun at Smoky Mountain attractions like Fannie Farkle’s! Buy her an Ogle Dog instead of a generic box of chocolates and take her to the arcade where she can really de-stress with a game of Skee Ball. You might be surprised at how much fun she has, and don’t feel like you need to have the kids with you to visit this fun-filled attraction.

    If visiting an arcade isn’t what you had in mind for Mother’s Day, you might try a round of mini golf instead. A couple favorite courses in the area include Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf and Hillbilly Golf, both located in Gatlinburg. There’s also mini golf at Ober Gatlinburg along with an ice skating rink that’s open throughout a year, a wildlife encounter, and so much more!

  3. Break out of Jail
    Don’t worry! We’re not hoping you’ll come all the way to the Smokies only to be locked away. We’re talking about a game—The Escape Game at The Island in Pigeon Forge. All you need to participate are 2 to 8 players. Players will be locked in a room together and will only escape if they can work together to decode secret messages and uncover a series a clues. Make this an activity for the whole family, especially if you have older kids or teenagers—if nothing else, mom will appreciate the chance to have her entire family hanging out together in one room!

    The Escape Game is not the only fun activity at The Island. There’s also the tallest attraction east of the Mississippi—the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel—along with shops, restaurants, rides, and more. After you “break out,” be sure to take mom out for a delicious dinner at Margaritaville or Paula Deen’s new place and explore the other exciting sites at The Island.

  4. Spook Around Town
    Nighttime in the Smokies…stories of early settlers and forgotten graves…if this sounds familiar, then you might be on a Ghostwalk in Gatlinburg! For moms who love mysteries and who aren’t afraid of the dark, try the Haunted Historic Gatlinburg Ghostwalk, which will give you a brand-new perspective on Tennessee’ s most popular tourist destination. Learn real stories of the Cherokee Indians and early settlers, and see for yourself the places where their spirits are claimed to still haunt.

    But there’s most than ghost tours in the Smokies. There are also guided day hikes, interpretative walks, and backpacking trips with A Walk in the Woods as well as horseback tours through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re bringing a mom who’s ready for a change of pace or for some fresh mountain air in the great outdoors, try one of these tours through the beautiful Smokies.

  5. Sip and Savor
    Maybe adventure and adrenaline are just way outside your mom’s comfort zone. If that’s the case, then try a Smoky Mountain wine tour with her instead. The Rocky Top Wine Trail in the Smokies consists of 5 different wineries within just a few miles of each other, and by visiting all of their locations, you’ll have the chance to try over 60 unique varieties of wine!

    Another idea for a sophisticated afternoon on the town is a visit to the Wild Plum Tea Room located in the historic Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. Now open for the season, this Austrian-style tea house offers homemade food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your mom or the mother your children for a quiet afternoon of hot tea and pleasant conversation that she will treasure for a lifetime.

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