Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pigeon Forge: The Aquarium

It was supposed to be a nice weekend getaway.  However, when my husband booked the trip, he wasn't aware that there were major car shows going on (we're talking thousands of extra people) which made traffic go from bad to horrendous.  Sitting in bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic and taking an hour to drive a couple miles really put a damper on our spirits.  Especially when Emory threw temper tantrums frequently.

However, we still managed to have some fun.  The first night we just went to The Old Mill Square.  The boys enjoyed the Toy Store and the Candy Kitchen!
Emory and his giant sucker

Elliott found "Lego" candy blocks

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Day 2 was a bit busier.  The boys enjoy aquariums immensely, but we don't have any within a reasonable distance of home, so this was a nice surprise for them.  It's not huge, but it does offer a fun, educational experience.  It was a pleasant experience and the boys loved it, but I'm glad we got a homeschool discount.

I do appreciate the eye-level exhibits for little ones

The sharks were a big hit, as always.
Emory had no fear, and enjoyed the touch tank.

Feeling inside a shark's stomach

Can you see Elliott's head peeking out on the right?

After the Aquarium we walked around Gatlinburg for a bit, before getting a bite to eat.

Emory liked the ducks of course.

Afterwards we went back to the hotel for a nap, then that evening we walked to a little kiddie amusement park.  They boys LOVED the rides!
A train ride

No motion sickness!!

Elliott enjoyed the swings

Emory cried to get on the "horsies" then never would ride!

Both boys loved the airplanes, even though daddy was a nervous wreck!

So as not to bombard with too many pictures, I'll share the last leg of our trip (we actually left a day early because the traffic got to us) in another post, but here's a sneak peak!

You can now Check out part 2 of our trip:  Parrot Mountain!


  1. I wish we had penguins at our aquarium, my oldest has always loved penquins! Though we can see them if we go to the HIlton hotel downtown, lol. Thanks for sharing at FTF!!

  2. Too bad the traffic was so bad for you:( Looks like the aquarium was a hit so that was good. There is a Ripleys in London but I haven't ever gone inside since it is so expensive, but now that you say you have been disappointed twice I think I will continue to avoid it:) My 7 yo son loves the books tho. Thanks for sharing on the Home school field trip hop:)

  3. Sounds like a neat little get away. I have the same feeling about the Ripley places I've visited as well, but live and learn--your boys had fun and that's whats important.