Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre#5 in Best Things To Do in Gatlinburg
This vaudeville theater pays homage to the music halls of the late 19th century with variety shows that include singing, dancing, magic and audience participation. According to recent travelers, the two-hour shows are suitable for all ages.
Recent visitors said this local theater is great for kids and described it as an affordable activity the whole family can enjoy. Attendees particularly enjoyed the "Paper Dance," a routine performed by men in their underwear that consistently has the audience laughing, and the skits that required audience participation.
The theater is located at traffic light No. 3 near the Ripley's Aquarium. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Adult tickets cost $24.95; tickets for children younger than 12 cost $8.90. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. The main season runs from May through December, including a special holiday show, with only a handful of shows running from January through March. Visit the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre website for more information on shows and to purchase tickets.
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#1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
One of only a few national parks that do not charge an admission fee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also the most visited, welcoming more than 10 million travelers annually. The 522,427-acre park is shared by Tennessee and North Carolina with the border running through the center. In addition to hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, the park offers historical exhibits, including original Appalachian cabins, and scenic drives to popular spots like Cades Cove and the waterfalls on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. If you love seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, Cades Cove is a great place to spot deer and black bears. Start at the Sugarland Visitor Center to get an overview of the area's history and pick up trail maps, or head to what is known as "the locals entrance" at Greenbrier a little more than 2 miles east of Gatlinburg. Trailheads to Ramsay Cascades, Porter's Creek and Injun Creek start here, and it's often much less crowded than other areas of the park.
Recent visitors raved about the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, describing it as "a must-see" with awesome views. The one-way, narrow road can be crowded in peak seasons (summer and the month of October), so reviewers advised going early in the morning, especially to hike the many trailheads that originate along the way. Many visitors recommend hiking to Grotto Falls (stop No. 5 on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail) and most were also excited to see bears and other wildlife along the route. Recent visitors also said the Cades Cove Loop is a great place for viewing wildlife, but they advise packing a lunch and drinks and to be prepared to spend a half-day or more exploring the historic cabins and sites along the way. As with the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, traffic can be heavy during peak times.
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