Tennessee Traveler: Visiting Wilderness at the Smokies waterpark

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT) -- When you visit this week's Tennessee Traveler location, you might imagine you’re in South Florida – maybe even in the Caribbean – but you’re actually in Sevier County.

There are palm trees and waves right in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, all under the glass dome of the Wilderness in the Smokies Indoor Water Park.

It's the perfect place on a cold day, and Ellen Liston knows it well because she works there.

“We have become a weather man's dream because it's always 84 degrees in here in our indoor water park,” she says.

Imagine that – 84 degrees! You come in with a coat and end up in your bathing suit.

“One of the neat things is, if it’s cold outside, maybe even snowing, you don’t ever have to leave,” says Liston. “You can come for the weekend; you can come for a couple of days during the week.”

Liston says it's a great getaway to shed that cabin fever, featuring a complete beach experience that even includes a surf rider.

"The surf rider is for folks who maybe have never done the knee board experience whether out in the ocean or lake or something, so our life guards are specifically trained to show people how to do that,” says Liston. “And it's so much fun to watch some of the competitions that go on between siblings or friends.”

There's also a bona fide beach.

“I love to watch people in the wave pool,” says Liston, “It's one of the most fun things, especially if they're kind of riding the wave back and forth, really a great family adventure. Wilderness at the Smokies is fun whether you are a kid of three, whether you are 13, maybe you're 63."

And that’s a cabin-fever-buster for sure.

Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.


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