Our family spent spring break 2013 at the Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. The name is misleading because I thought we'd be in a hotel that would be in or near the mountains with a rustic, outdoorsy setting. This is NOT the case at all - the resort is smack-dab in the middle of the city. While it would have been nice to do some outdoors activities, the nice thing about this place is that you don't even need to leave the property or go outdoors for entertainment. The in-door water park is FABULOUS and great for hours of fun. It's clean, the water temperature was perfect and it really provides a great time. The arcade area is perfect as an alternative once you become water-logged. The ropes course is challenging, fun and safe. My 8 year old even did it and loved it - she was braver and better at it than me. We travelled with 2 other families and it was clear that the ropes course was not for everyone - anyone with a fear of heights, or other 8 year olds might find it too scary as did some in our group. It was too cold for us to use the outdoor water park, but it appeared to be just as fun and it's great that the resort has both in and outdoor water parks. The whole resort was very clean and staff very friendly. My only complaint is that the rooms are VERY small. This isn't great since most people travelling here would be families with kids and by the time you find a place for all the luggage, there is very little floor room to move around. We got a very good value staying at the resort a Sunday - Wednesday (I know it is more expensive on the weekends) - the value was excellent since it included passes into the waterparks. I'm somewhat of a picky traveller and, in general, don't care for hotels because I just don't think any are clean enough. But this did meet my high expectations and we would definitely return and refer our friends. Oh - and sidenote - the Tanger outlet is about 10 minutes away and it is a great outlet with excellent stores. I and the other ladies in our group spent a morning there so if you're into shopping, make sure to budget time to go there. There are great deals to find and it's a great way to get away from the family fun and just have some shopping time.
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