Sadly, summer is coming to an end. In another few weeks, most of the pools will be closing.
Which means that soon, it will be time to start thinking about indoor water parks. Now, I’ve written before about Wilderness at the Smokies indoor water park in Sevierville. But I’ve never even taken a look at Wild Bear Falls in Gatlinburg. After looking at it a bit, I think this will definitely be on our list of places to stay in the future! Looks like so much fun!
Here’s what I found:
- Wild Bear Falls is indoor and outdoor. Some of the pools (I think mainly hot tubs?) are located outside and inside, so you can swim from one to the other. Sounds fun.
- Wild Bear Falls is located inside the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort at 915 Westgate Resort Road in Gatlinburg. One thing that is different about this indoor water park is that you can pay just to go to the water park. Prices are: 3 and under — free; everyone else — $18.95 for a day. There are discounts if you play for multiple days.
- Hours for the water park are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekends.
- Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort is pet friendly! Small pets under 60 lbs. are allowed for a fee of $80. (Service animals can stay for free.)
- In addition to the water park, the resort also offers the following amenities: 2 restaurants, a spa, two outdoor pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, a playground, horseshoes, a dog run, trolley service to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, a marketplace, DVD rentals, and Internet access (for a fee!).
- In Wild Bear Falls, there are eight attractions. They include: Ramsey Cascades (a play structure for kids with slides, etc.); Little Pigeon River (zero-depth spray playground for toddlers); Cades Cove (a lazy river); Clingman’s Dome (a 350-foot long tube slide); Laurel Falls (a 300-foot body slide); Moonshine Hollow (indoor/outdoor hot tub); Grotto Falls (indoor hot tub); and The Swimming Hole (pool for playing and basketball). I love how the names are all Smoky-Mountain related! Cute!
- Make sure you let your little ones know in advance, so they won’t be disappointed. There is a 48-inch height requirement for the big slides.
- Prices vary wildly. I looked at a weekend stay in early October. I choose a one-bedroom villa, with a sleeper sofa. It cost $179 per night before water park tickets. Hmmm … a bit more expensive than I expected. And you don’t get a break for the water park because you stay at the hotel — it’s still $18.95 per person. Interestingly, there is also a three-bedroom villa option, which I like for a group. It costs $395 per night during the fall and sleeps up to 12.
- Right now, there is a special promotion for 2 free water park tickets when you stay at least two nights in a studio or one-bedroom villa and 4 free water park tickets when you stay at least two nights in a 2 or 3 bedroom villa. The promotion ends when 2012 ends.
Well, like I said, I’m putting it on the Beutler family must-do list! I love indoor water parks in the winter! Have you been?