Remember all those times playing catch in the backyard, dancing on his toes, giggling at his snore, being tickled without mercy, and eating dessert before dinner without telling Mom? Dads are extra special — they make us laugh without reason, hold us on sad days, give words of wisdom, and love us unconditionally. With Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17, 2018) just around the corner, surprise the dad in your life with a last-minute trip to the Great Smoky Mountains — where adventures await, manly museums can be found, hearty grub is aplenty, and breathtaking mountain views make it all worthwhile!
The Great Outdoors
Filled to the brim with outdoor activities, the Smokies means adventure time for Dad! Start with a thrilling helicopter ride for an eagle-eye view of the beautiful cities and sky-high mountains through Scenic Helicopter Tours, sure to put big grin on his face! Next, take a chondola (chairlift + gondola) to Anakeesta, an aerial adventure park where you can race through the trees on the Dueling Zipline Adventure, walk 40-60 feet above the forest floor along the Tree Canopy Walk, and grab crispy onion rings, hickory-smoked wings, a tender pulled pork sandwich, and a fully loaded sundae at Firefly Village restaurants.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also nearby, making a drive through Cades Cove a great option for Dad. Witness historical sites, wildlife galore, and stunning valley views — all from an air-conditioned vehicle! Is golf more his thing? No problem! Check out the picturesque Gatlinburg Golf Course, featuring 18 holes to conquer and epic mountain views with every swing. Just make sure he doesn’t get caught doing donuts with the golf cart on the green…
More Outdoor Options!
- Take an off-road excursion through the Smokies via an original military hummer!
- Get your spook on and delve into the haunted history of Gatlinburg with a ghost tour.
- Fish together, shoot a few rounds, and picnic by the water at the Gatlinburg Sportsman’s Club!
- Free fall at 120 miles per hour before parachuting to the ground with Skydive East Tennessee.
Aircraft & Car Museums
After exploring outdoors, head inside local museums for a calmer change of pace. Hit up the Tennessee Museum of Aviation to learn more about vintage aircraft, including jets, fighters, helicopters, amphibians, and more. Who knows? You may even encounter an unscheduled Warbird flight demonstration!
If cars are more his speed, take Dad to Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum, displaying 90 American-made muscle cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Looking for something with a bit more pizazz? Head to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, where you can see 2 Batmobiles up close and personal! Plus, you’ll find feature-film favorites, like Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds, Back to the Future’s time machine, and the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard.
Make Him Laugh!
If there’s one thing true in this world, it’s that dads love to laugh…and eat. So, why not combine the two and pair food with comedy at a dinner show? Open a barrel of laughter at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, a country comedy show with an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord! Cheer for your favorite family as the two battle it out mountain-style with bursts of song, dance numbers, and incredible stunts — all while digging into fried chicken, mashed taters, pork barbecue, corn on the cob, homemade rolls, cool coleslaw, creamy soup, and Granny’s dessert!
Sure to be a side-splitting success with Dad, the Comedy Barn Theater presents a rib-tickling, award-winning show with clean comedy for all. Watch talented animals perform extraordinary tricks, magicians execute beyond-belief stunts, jugglers juggle like there’s no tomorrow, bands belt out a gospel tune, cloggers dance to the lively beat, ventriloquists use live performers, and comedians bring a double dose of belly laughs to the audience. What a fun way to top off the night!
Log Cabin Retreat
After spending all day exploring town and tackling local attractions, venture to your own log cabin for a snooze in the master suite’s king-size bed. Better yet, relax those tired muscles in the outdoor hot tub with an impressive star-gazing view. Too excited to sleep? Bust out the spiked sweet tea from the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler and play a couple rounds of pool, air hockey, and shuffleboard. Or take on the shooting and racing arcade games and put Pop’s name on the leader board!
In the morning, whip up a bountiful breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen, ready for buttered toast, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, fluffy pancakes, and endless pots of joe! Enjoyed with an awe-inspiring mountain view…what could be better? Perhaps an afternoon barbecue on deck — the Smoky flavors can’t be beat! Once the food settles, lounge by the private indoor pool or take a well-deserved nap on the plump living room sofa. When evening sets, pass around buckets of popcorn (biggest goes to Dad) and settle in for an action flick on the projector screen with surround sound in the home theater!
- Fill up on coffee goodness with Java Time, a gift basket loaded with a variety of gourmet coffee, tasty treats, and 2 Gatlinburg history mugs.
- Make breakfast a breeze with Mountain Breakfast, a gift basket jam-packed with fresh ingredients, pancake mix, condiments, banana muffins, assorted fruits, orange juice, and coffee.
- Enjoy a homemade, 4-course meal at the cabin prepared by an experienced personal chef with Savory Solutions Personal Chefs & Catering.
Show the dad in your life just how much you care by taking Father’s Day up a notch this 2018 with an impromptu trip to the Smokies!