We had the best time down in Tennessee this March. As adults, my husband and I spent a few days in Nashville, enjoying the night life but this was our first time hitting up Tennessee with our little ones.  Our resort was located in Sevierville, in close proximity to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  Although our resort had TONS of kid friendly activities (so many that I couldn't imagine going without kids), we spent a few days hitting up some fun stuff in and around town.

One thing that I do while planning our vacation is check our www.Groupon.com and www.LivingSocial.com. These two discount sites can save you tons of extra money. We purchased two outtings on Groupon and saved 50% on horseback riding and 60% on Ziplining. 

The hubby and I decided to do an afternoon alone and once we arrived, were bummed we didn't bring the kids.  We went to the Jayell Ranch for a ziplining adventure.  Adam, our guide was a blast.  We are HUGE Walking Dead fans and I think our tour was an extra 30 mins due to us sharing and comparing our WD theories.  We paid an extra $20.00 to add an additional 3 lines and it was worth it.  The weather was  misty and wet but we still had a blast.  The ranch also offered horseback riding and ATV course, 

www.Jayellranch.com

www.Jayellranch.com

A first for us was horseback riding, Our daughter had been talking non stop about this part of the trip.  She didn't care about the slides, the food, nothing, only the horses.  Turns our, both the kids were naturals. The Douglass Lakeview Stables was nothing over the top to look at.  BUT, the workers and our guide was great.  She was so good with both kids (each had their own full size horse.)  Our tour was a little over an hour long. Muddy, cool and full of fun.  my horse kept walking me into bushes...I'm not sure she liked me. 

If you are in the area, a must see is the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show.  We went to the early show and the kids were enthralled. The food was amazing: corn on the cob, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, opossum soup (I'm thinking cream of chicken) a biscuit and chocolate/Oreo pudding for dessert. The show itself was a blast and very interactive.  My husband and I even got to go onstage with 8 other people to compete in a hillbilly event.  It was pretty fun. 

No Lynch vacation is complete without hitting up a cupcake shop and this one was no different. Except, this time, the cupcake shop was a winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.  The Sweet Shoppe of the South smelled delicious as soon as you walked in.  We ordered a dozen cupcakes and took them home for lunch (yes, lunch,. It's vacation, ,don't judge) The cupcakes did not disappoint and neither did The Island of Pigeon Forge, the super cute shopping center filled with stores, restaurants and rides. 

Things To Do:

  1. Dinner Shows
  2. Hiking the Great Smokie Mountains
  3. Dollywood
  4. Ripley's Believe It or Not (there are tons of these places)
  5. Cooter's Place in the Smokies
  6. Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
  7. White water rafting
  8. Shopping 
  9. Golfing

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