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Address: 22 Needmore Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713-9528
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We do a jetboat ride that is 40 min. on the water and we offer combination...

We do a jetboat ride that is 40 min. on the water and we offer combination hike and jetboat ride trips that are 4-hr all-inclusive adventures. We have a new Adventure in the Park which features a longer boat ride with a chance to swim and have a snack and a drink (two hours total). Check out the website.

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Lots of fun!!!

Wonderful experience, would do it again, beautiful lake, great people, they take pictures for you, which is great, I don't have to many of the entire family

Reviewed May 26, 2016
Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
Reviewed May 26, 2016

Wonderful experience, would do it again, beautiful lake, great people, they take pictures for you, which is great, I don't have to many of the entire family

Thank cin179
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have a great time on our trip. Our driver was Claudine and she was wonderful. She would stop the boat a few times to give us some information about the area - and found her tidbits of info to be really interesting. My husband and daughters agreed this to be one of the highlights of our trip and definitely... More 

3 Thank Mlz8212
Commerce, Georgia, United States
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a fun ride. Prepare to be wet! The only reason it's not a 5 star is the price, although it's not too high for the amount of fun you have. If you look in some of the area welcome centers you can find coupons.

5 Thank Nick K
Accokeek, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2014

I booked a 1pm ride, which is normally 50 minutes in length, but they had a group of hikers to pick up and asked if we wanted to come a little early. We ended up boarding around 12:30pm which allowed for us to have extra time on the water and enjoying the BEAUTIFUL scenic views!!! Our guide was wonderful (Queen... More 

5 Thank DrValMo
Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a group of six ranging from 7 to 62 years and everyone had a blast. Our driver lived up to her title as the Queen of Spash and we ended up soaked which felt wonderful in the 90 degree heat! Well worth the 1.5 hour drive from Asheville.

1 Thank Barbara R
Solitaire0723, General Manager at Smoky Mountain Jet Boats, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review - we look forward to seeing your group again! More 

Franklin, North Carolina
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a great activity for all, young and old. A bit tricky to board the speed boats, big broad bench seats, clean. High speed fun, great scenery of forests, mountains and waterfalls and great private homes, fun for a whole family. Do take a windbreaker jacket with as it gets a bit chilly after being splashed during a 360... More 

3 Thank Gesie64
Bryson City, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2014

We had company in town and have been wanting to go out of the Jet Boat rides ourselves. The staff was super friendly. Our driver, Matt, took us on a thrill ride and was very educated about the boat, lake, and history of Bryson City. It was fun for both the adults and kids. A permanent smile on all our... More 

3 Thank KLuna84
Thomasville, Georgia
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59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

My daughter and I took the trip over the Labor Day weekend and had a lot of fun. The boat had people of all ages and everyone enjoyed it.

1 Thank Wheeler1
Sanford, Florida, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2013

As my grand son said "Grandpa Bob that was the best fun in the whole world!" John and Claundine where fun. informative, and friendly. We enjoyed the hike lake swim with picnic lunch and of course the boat ride. Great fun for all ages our group was 4 to 64.

2 Thank Robert B
Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is my second ride on Fontana in the jet boat. What fun. This is great fun for the family, entertaining, and a roller coaster on the water so to speak. Our second ride was better than the first. This has become and annual tradition. We'll be back. It's not flashy, it's not polished, but it's fun and the guys... More 

1 Thank popsontheroad

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