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Courtesy of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

Key Info

203 Sugar Hollow Road

Price & Hours

$24 for one roll; $57 for three rolls; $90 for five rolls; more rolls also available
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Amusement Parks, Sports, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 2.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Outdoor Gravity Park is home to the only zorbing park in the U.S. What is zorbing you may be wondering? It's an activity and an extreme sport that originated in New Zealand. Basically, you climb into a giant, 11-foot inflatable ball and roll down hills and across various terrain, enjoying the speed and bouncing along the way. The Outdoor Gravity Park offers a few different tracks riders can choose from: one zigzags down the mountain, one is a straight shot down the hill with an emphasis on speed and another combines a bit of zigzagging and speed. Water is added to the inflatable balls (cool water in the summer and warm in the winter) to make for a slip-and-slide type of experience. Dry zorbing is also available from November through March.

Expect to laugh until your sides hurt after zorbing down the hill, say many recent visitors. Travelers described this as an extremely fun and unique activity, and many added that the staff here is excellent. Some warned that it is a bit pricey, especially if you want to roll several times, but most agreed that it was well worth the money spent and recommended purchasing more rolls upfront for more savings.

Riders must be at least 5 years old and may not weigh more than 260 pounds. Tickets are available per person and range in price depending on how many times you want to ride or roll down the hills. One roll costs $24; three rolls costs $57; five rolls costs $90; 10 rolls costs $170 and 20 rolls costs $340. On-site amenities include changing rooms and bathrooms, merchandise for sale, and a vending machine with snacks and drinks. The attraction is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Outdoor Gravity Park's website for more information.

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