WonderWorks is an attraction that combines education with entertainment – called “edutainment.” The first thing visitors notice about WonderWorks is that the buildings are built to as to appear upside down (the idea is to challenge one’s mind of apparent reality). It is a science and education-themed indoor amusement park and has plenty for everyone of all ages. It is located just next to the impressive Titanic Museum (another must when visiting Pigeon Forge).
WonderWorks has a number of branches around the country (including Branson, Missouri). They have numerous interactive exhibits that enable guests to learn about natural phenomena and experience them firsthand. In all, there are over 100 hands-on exhibits at WonderWorks. They are designed to challenge visitors’ minds and spark their imaginations.
WonderWorks – The Edu-Tainment Attraction Of Pigeon Forge
“This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda Triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory, carrying it to Music Drive in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where it landed upside down. Luckily, all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.”
WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is considered one of the top things to do in Pigeon Forge, being one of the town’s best attractions. It is also massive, with some 42,000 square feet of “edutainment.” Walk into their upside-down building with the ceiling under one’s feet and the floor over one’s head and explore. They have six Wonder Zones offering tons of family fun.
Experiences include feeling 71 mph hurricane force winds at their Hurricane Shack, experiencing zero gravity, getting some NASA treatment at the Astronaut Training Gyro, and much more (like lying on the death-defying Bed of Nails).
Think of it as a science fair, an amusement park, and a children’s museum all rolled into one.
It is a great activity for team-building events, homeschool groups, scouting troops, large families, and student groups. They also have several birthday party packages offering loads of fun – party options include laser tag, pizza, soda, arcade game cards, a fully stocked party room, and, of course, general admission.
Visitors can expect to spend between two and four hours experiencing the various exhibits and attractions in WonderWorks’ massive building.
Examples Of WonderWork Pigeon Forge’s Attractions
Some of the most notable attractions are the Inversion Tunnel, the Xtreme 360, the Hurricane Simulator, the Bed of Nails, the Climbing Wall, the Wonder Coaster, and the Ropes Course – to name just a few of the over 100 attractions at the park. The Inversion Tunnel makes visitors feel upside down with a combination of colors, patterns, and circular motions.
- Attractions: Over 150 Exhibits And Attractions
Xtreme 360 is a pedal-powered, upside-down carnival ride, while the Hurricane Simulator lets people feel the power of a hurricane in the wind tunnel. The Wonder Coaster is a multiple-axis virtual roller coaster that goes through what seems like endless loops and rolls. It has a full 360 degrees of pitch and roll.
The Ropes Course is the largest in the world and is over 50 feet tall. Climb up four stories and cross tremor bridges, and swinging beams, and overcome over 50 obstacles. The Ropes Course feels psychedelic and atmospheric with the black lights and is considered perhaps the best attraction at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge.
There are some minimum height restrictions for some activities (48″ for Wonder Coaster and Ropes Course, e.g.). There are also weight restrictions of 225 lbs – 300 lbs depending on the attraction.
Planning A Visit To WonderWorks Pigeon Forge
Visitors can save $2 per ticket by purchasing the tickets online, and more discounts are to be had by having a family or group booking together (group rates for groups of 15 or more people). There are also promo days (like Homeschool Days, Scout Appreciation Days, and others).
- Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm Daily
- Tip: Don’t Wear Flip-Flops or Sandals – Many Attractions Require Closed Toe Shoes
- Adult: $32.99 (Plus Tax) – Aged 13-59
- Child: $24.99 (Plus Tax) – Aged 4-12
- Senior: $24.99 (Plus Tax) – Aged 60+
WonderWorks is open year-round. Note that during the peak season, it can be very busy – especially on the weekends. It can even get to the point of being reminiscent of a nightmarish grade school field trip.
Visitors can experience wait times to just get into the building and rides – even with advance tickets purchased online.