Friday, August 29, 2014


What has over 100 interactive exhibits... is fun for ALL ages... is big enough for Lazer-Tag... has a World-Class Magician inside... and can take you over Pigeon Forge in a giant, helium-filled balloon?? It's the wonder of WonderWorks in the upside-down building on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

WonderWorks provides a day-long experience for kids and adults where you can experience a hurricane, and earthquake and the cold waters around the Titanic. You can challenge your self with the Natural Disasters Trivia, the bio-feedback game Mindball, the Bubble Lab or the Bed of Nails.

Indoor Climbing Wall in the Great Smoky Mountains
Can you take on "The Rock"?
But for a real physical challenge you can take on the Rock Climbing Wall that is fun for all ages. Take it slow or challenge your friends to see who can make it to the top first!
You can also challenge yourself on the Xtreme 360 Bike Experience-where you try to reach zero gravity, the Virtual Army Experience, and teh Speed of Light. Can you react fast enought to beat the clock?

One of the challenges of the Ropes Course
For a real thrill try the Pigeon Forge Ropes Challenge Course. Imagine, a wall 50 feet tall with obstacles like swinging steps, a tremor bridge and more ropes to climb up and through than a spider's web! Your challenge is to step up and get through the course safely and quickly. Challenge yourself or challenge your friends.

Dude, you simply have to try this!

Wonders of Flight in air!
There is another challenge to face just behind WonderWorks, and that is the challenge of height. Climb aboard the brightly painted gondola and experience a 360-degree panoramic view of Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. The only sound you will hear is your own breathing and the hushed comments from your fellow riders as they take in the breath-taking views while you climb to 400 feet. Don't worry, you are completely safe as the helium-filled balloon is tethered to the ground, and you will be safely and smoothly reeled back to the ground after your ride in this "flying balcony".

Then, journey to the edge of reality - and beyond - with the magic and illusion of Terry Evanswood. Terry is an internationally recognized magician and winner of the "Merlin", and award given only to the most elite of magicians. His show will keep you spellbound and in addition to the magic he will recreate the "Dance of the Fireflies", and internationally know event that happens in the summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Included in the show is a tour down the Hall of Magic that features props, costumes artifacts and personal memorabilia from magicians including Blackstone, Thurston and Harry Houdini!

You can win two tickets to WonderWorks during the week of September 2-8, 2014 by participating in the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. Got to and "Like" and share the WonderWorks Contest picture.

Enjoy the wonders of WonderWorks and all of the attractions, restaurants, theaters, outdoor attractions and shopping in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains. For coupons, maps and information on the area go to Have fun!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Five Oaks Riding Stables Horseback Riding

Nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills, just off the Parkway in Sevierville, TN, is a horseback riding stable that offers convenience, amazing views, and several other attraction adventures - this is Five Oaks Riding Stables.

Family Outdoor Attratction funThe convenience factor is that it is located on the main Parkway that goes through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and into Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is conveniently located across the street from the Tanger Outlet Mall and is close to Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Joe's Crab Shack and Longhorn Steakhouse, so you can ride, zip, do a ropes course, shop and eat from a variety of very good restaurants all within walking distance from each other. And you can stay in the Oak Tree Lodge, where you can walk to all of these activities.

Trail Riding in the Great Smoky Mountains

The amazing views happen when you hop on the back of one of the gentle trail-ride horses and go on a 30-minute or hour-long horseback ride through the hills surrounding the Smokies, through beautiful valleys and across mountain streams. Along with the feast for the eyes you will enjoy a refreshing and peaceful ride allowing you and your family and friends to reconnect with your surrounding as you ride through our 70-acre nature park. Previous riders have called this "the perfect experience" and exclaim,"all I can say is awesome!".

Zipline at night for family funRopes Course near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

The other attraction adventures include a zipline - which is also open at night! - and a TreeTops Adventure so you can spend the day bonding with your family and friends and never have to leave the immediate area. Talk about convenient!

And from August 26 through September 1 , 2014, you can win two tickets to Five Oaks Riding Stables by going to the Best Read Guide Facebook page - - and "Liking" the Five Oaks Riding Stables picture and sharing the photo.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, TN

Parrot Mountain is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the Great Smoky Mountains area that isn't in the National Park. Just follow the rainbow to a landscaped hillside off of Veteran's Boulevard in Pigeon Forge and you will find a bevy of beautiful birds in a forest of tropical plants and flowers. 

Tropical flowers and plants near Gatlinburg
Banana Trees
Tropical birds in the Great Smoky Mountains
Nuzzling Parrots
The entryway to Parrot Mountain is a stacked stone fence like those in Ireland. This is a tribute to Thomas Kinkade’s artwork and a glorious beginning to the largest eco-tourist bird park in the southeast. Follow the paved paths and enjoy the abundance of tropical flowers and trees, and the uniquely designed parrot cottages that house the parrots. The birds are the true treasures of Parrot Mountain and you can see most of them within an arm's length from you, and some you can feed or even have perched on you for an unforgettable photo.

Touans, macaws, parrots and other tropical birds
Toucans and other tropical birds
Eco-tourism at bird sanctuary
Blue Macaws
The birds are the stars of Parrot Mountain and you will hear their chatter and singing as soon as you approach the gardens. You can enjoy colorful, full-sized parrots of all colors of the rainbow; Australian Lorikeets that will drink nectar from a cup in your hand; Toucans; a silvery-cheeked Hornbill; Magpies, Lories, Macaws and more all living and flying around in the natural habitats.

Buy baby birds at Parrot Mountain
Baby Macaws
You will also see baby birds in the Bird Nursery in all stages of development. Watch them being fed, pet some of the babies, and even buy a bird or two if you want. The staff will prepare you for the care and feeding of your new pet and you can purchase all of the starter supplies that you will need to raise a healthy, happy bird.

Parrot Mountain receives rave reviews from visitors and even horticulturists who have said that "these gardens rival the best". But there is no way to describe the spiritual and peaceful feeling that you will get when you stroll through Parrot Mountain. You will have to see it for yourself.

You can win two tickets to Parrot Mountain during the week of August 19 through the 25th by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest and "Liking" and Sharing the Parrot Mountain photo. Go to

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Friday, August 8, 2014


You are looking for a new, fun, outdoor experience. Something that will take you to new heights and dizzying speeds. An adventure to make you holler "Wahooo!" And the answer is Wahoo Ziplines in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. A zip-line is designed to enable a rider to go from one end to the other propelled by gravity. It is also called an aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, zip wire, flying fox or Tyrolean crossing.

Safety first at Wahoo Ziplines
Wahoo Ziplines, located between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, is the place to spend 2 hours flying, soaring, bouncing and zipping through the canopy of trees at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! But it is safety first at Wahoo and they will help you put on your harness, adjust your helmet and give you a safety briefing to prepare you for a safe journey through the trees.

Smoky Mountain Outdoor AttractionsExtreme outdoor adventures near Pigeon Forge, TN

At first you will tentatively step-off of the platform, unsure of just what will happen and how you will handle it. But after your first flight from platform to platform, you will find yourself running or diving off of the platform and pushing yourself to faster speeds and daring moves, all the while yelling "Wahoooo!"

Outdoor attraction near Gatlinburg, TN
Every tour puts you on 6 very unique ziplines that are anywhere from 40 to 250 feet off of the ground, and anywhere from 900 feet to 1600 feet long - that's over a quarter of a mile! You will be soaring through and above the trees just like the birds and other wildlife hang out. This is extreme adventure at its finest and you will enjoy an amazing outdoor experience.

You can win 2 Wahoo Ziplines passes by going to the Best Read Guide Facebook page and "Liking" the Wahoo Zipline Contest photo at:

During your trip to the Smoky Mountains you will want to eat, maybe stay overnight, catch a live show, so some shopping or other outdoor or indoor attractions, and you can find information on all of these things to do and coupons for discounts at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


“I wanna be a cowboy…” sings Toby Keith echoing the sentiments of so many of us when we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. There aren’t many jobs for cowboys these days but you can experience the trail ride at Jayell Ranch, conveniently located one block off of Veterans Parkway between Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN, close to Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country.

On the trail you can leave the hustle of the city below and enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains, fresh air, and lush foliage all from the strong back of a gently horse. You will ride through more than 200 acres of trees and mountain views along a 4-mile trail on your friendly horse.

Then, if you are looking for a different way to view the Smoky Mountains you can strap onto a zipline and sail through the air. At Jayell Ranch you climb aboard a 2.5 ton military monster truck and ride to the top of the mountain. There you will receive instruction and safety tips, strap into your harness, hook onto the line and take off like Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Or Superman, or a Jet Pilot or anyone you want to be. It is just you and the elements as you soar above the ground and through the air creating an experience that will last you a lifetime.

Jayell Ranch is family owned and operated and is located on a farms that has been in the same family for over 200 years. On this property was the first house built outside of Shield’s Mountain Fort, the first major settlement in East Tennessee. The folks at Jayell Ranch invite you to come and view this historic site, relax and sit on the porch and rock the stress of the day away or enjoy horseback riding or ziplining. You satisfaction, fun quota and safety is their highest priority, so come on partner, saddle-up at Jayell Ranch.

You can win 2 horseback rides or zipline rides at Jayell Ranch during the week of August 5-11, 2014! Simply go to and “Liking” the Jayell Ranch Contest Photo.

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