Spin like an Astronaut, Climb a Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course, and Feel an Earthquake at Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge

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Looking for things to do in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? We sent KAG Contributor Kristina Hernandez to Wonderworks to check out all the exhibits and activities. She had a blast with her kids and is telling us all about the rides, 4D movies and activities like rock climbing, a ropes course and a bubble lab! Read on to find out why you should put Wonderworks on your Pigeon Forge itinerary.

There is a huge building in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that looks like it was picked up by Godzilla and thrown hundreds of feet, where it landed on its head and cracked on all sides. It’s hard to miss, honestly, and it was one of the first places my kids noticed as we got to the town.

It’s called Wonderworks and the building itself had me wanting to plan a visit. So I did.

**Tickets were exchanged for this review. All our opinions are those of the author.

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Things to Do at Wonderworks

Wonderworks is indeed an upside down building and even emits creaking sounds when you enter. Looking up in the lobby, you’ll find an upside down staircase and floor and upon buying your ticket, you immediately pass through a bridge that seriously will make you dizzy if you stay on it for too long since around you are spinning walls of colors and lights.

From then on, it’s pure fun and amazement. The gist of Wonderworks is to engage the guest to explore science and learn how things work – but do it in a way where you’ll never want to leave.

You can sit in a little dining room that shakes like an earthquake or feel what it’s like to be stuck in the middle of a hurricane with 74 mph winds at your face – don’t worry, you’ll be wearing goggles. You can try out indoor rock climbing, extreme bike racing, and test your basketball and baseball skills.

There is a huge indoor ropes course in the space room lit up with black lights and is glow-in-the-dark (closed-toe shoes are required). I really wanted to do this but my seven-year-old was a little afraid so we skipped it. We did try out the flight simulator and virtual air hockey. I was sold when I got to sit in a spinning apparatus that is used for astronaut training (I did this because my dream as a kid was to be an astronaut!).

There is an awesome Bubble Lab where kids can create ginormous bubbles from soapy water – just watch them here or you’ll end up with a kid whose pants are soaked. There is an indoor roller coaster ride that is part simulated and part actual roller coaster since you sit in a rotating cube that mimics the ride. In the same area of the museum is a 4D XD Motion Theater.

Wonderworks also has a laser tag course and for an extra fee, you can see a big magic show.

Mom Review of Wonderworks

This place was never-ending fun. There are over 120 exhibits to enjoy. While there are plenty of things to do with the smaller kids, I think that older kids will love it even more since they are tall enough to go on most of the rides. For the rides, most of them require kids to be at least 42” tall. Rope climbing requires the person to weigh at least 40 pounds. My youngest didn’t qualify for most of them but it definitely didn’t stop her from having fun.

Allow at least two hours at Wonderworks to really do everything, more if you see the magic show.

Want to Go to Wonderworks?

Wonderworks Tickets are $28/adults, $19/kids. Wonders of Magic show tickets are $19 for both kids and adults. Be sure to grab the many coupon books around town or check out discounts online before you buy your ticket. You should be able to save a few dollars with those.

100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge

Would your family enjoy a visit to Wonderworks?

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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