We’re all about family travel but it’s also important to make time for “you” travel – traveling with a friend or traveling with your partner. Parents need to get away too and a couple’s getaway can do the whole family so much good.
This post has been created in partnership with Visit Sevierville. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Dave and I headed to Tennessee a couple weeks ago for friends’ wedding and we decided this was the perfect time to tack on an extra couple days to get away – just the two of us. And oh, how we needed it. (Secret: if you’re a parent, you likely do too. You just might not realize it.)
It’s amazing how a little time away without needing to worry about the kids can be just what a marriage needs. Truly, I believe it’s what the whole family needs sometimes.
Can you remember a time where you…
… enjoyed a meal where you didn’t navigate cutting someone else’s food, have to clean up a spill, or didn’t eat your meal cold?
… didn’t worry about losing someone or went a whole 20 steps without needing to say “stay with us”?
… didn’t have to stop for the bathroom one million and one times because “they didn’t have to go” 10 minutes ago?
… were able to just relax and enjoy a (mostly) uninterrupted conversation with your partner?
While I love spending time with my kids, raising kids and “doing life” is hard and our most important relationships tend to get a little stretched. That’s why I partnered with Visit Sevierville for this awesome couple’s getaway.
Parents, find someone you trust to have the kids a few days and buckle up those seatbelts. We’re showing you how to be carefree and kid-free for just a few days with 9 things to do in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Things to Do in Sevierville, Tennessee
There certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do in Sevierville. All it takes is a drive down the main strip and you could plan out your whole trip on location in 20 minutes. But why do that when I can give you the scoop? You’ll be set for your next couple’s getaway and bonus points that most of it’s also family friendly. I’ll include a few things we didn’t see but thought looked interesting and mark those with a (*).
- Tennessee Museum of Aviation – The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is located right beside the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. It has 2 distinct sections – the section that has memorabilia and historic information and the section that has actual aircraft. It is a manageable size for 1-2 hours of your time, and while the history/memorabilia section may not keep young ones’ attention, they are sure to love the hangar with the aircraft. If you love history – especially from the era of the World Wars – you are sure to love exploring this area.
- Sky High Air Tours – Not for the whole family, but great for a couple or parent/child duo, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a bird’s eye view of Sevierville, TN from a 1927 WACO Biplane. It doesn’t get much cooler than that, especially if you get a little giddy at the thought of flying in such a piece of history. (Just wait until I share that trip with you.)
Sevier Air – This trampoline park also has a Ninja Warrior Course. Mom and dad, pay for that bracelet and get yourself out on the trampolines. In fact, take yourself on a date night to a trampoline park. And yes, give that Ninja Warrior course a try. You all! Just wait until you see the video of my husband. This place was so good for us. I’ll be sharing more about why parents need to go be kids sometimes.
Walking History Tour of Sevierville, Tennessee – If you love history you’re going to want to take a walking history tour. If you can take a tour with Carroll McMahan you want to. Born and raised in the area with deep family roots, he makes historic Sevierville come alive. And don’t you worry if he leads you down an alley. There’s fascinating history down it.
Why take a picture of an alleyway that’s clearly under construction?
Sevierville, Tennessee is revitalizing just as so many towns and cities are across the country. This narrow alleyway once was where a bus passed through in times long gone by. Now it’s being updated to be seating for a restaurant.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works – If you love weaponry, both practical and fantasy, you will LOVE this showplace. It’s huge and has something for everyone, including a wide selection of kitchenware (and yes, top of the line kitchen knives). But beyond this, there is The Relic Room, which is chock full of historic items and oddities. My husband could have spent hours there. (Sorry babe! This girl needed to eat!)
Sevierville Distilling Company – While there are any number of distilleries in the area I recommend a stop at this specific distillery. Why? I can’t say it’s the best distillery in the area since I haven’t been through every one of them but I love that they are a small startup distillery that uses local ingredients where possible and turns out a solid quality product with a focus on doing what they can to be sustainable. I know it’s quality product because we tried them all. Yenoh is my favorite. I wouldn’t turn a bottle of it down if you wanted to send it my way. Or the Tennekela. And by the way, they don’t use Everclear as a base for any of their products.
Dollywood* – This was top of my list for things I wanted to do in Sevierville, but we didn’t end up having time. I do love Dolly Parton. This just means I need to get myself back there sometime.
Ziplining* – There were several ziplining locations but one right along the Parkway – Adventure Park Ziplines caught my interest and looks like a lot of fun.
Titanic Museum* – Just over the border from Sevierville is Pigeon Forge with a wide variety of attractions. We didn’t visit so I don’t have anything to suggest there except to say the Titanic Museum caught my eye. A friend recently visited and they said it is amazing.
Have you been to Sevierville, Tennessee? What are some more things we should add to the list? Make sure you check out the Visit Sevierville website to see more things to do in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Where to Stay in Sevierville, Tennessee
No matter what your budget is, there are so many places to stay in Sevierville, Tennessee – from hotel chains in the middle of all the action to a cabin in the woods, you’ll find just the spot you need to rest and recharge. I’ll share where we stayed and what we thought of it soon.
Where to Eat in Sevierville, Tennessee
There are a ton of eating options packed into Sevierville and the surrounding area. We know you’ll have a hard time choosing so we tried some out and did the hard work for you. Stay tuned for the dish on that.