Looking to get away? Hours from Atlanta, a new water park is opening soon

Soaky Mountain Waterpark will open by the end of the month in Sevierville, Tennessee

If you’re looking to splash around the water park this summer but you don’t want to stay in Georgia to do it, a new one is opening soon and it’s just four hours away from Atlanta.

Soaky Mountain Waterpark is opening in Sevierville, Tennessee Saturday, June 27, according to a Wednesday Facebook post from the attraction.

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“ATTENTION all you thrill-seekers and water adventurers! We have great news! Soaky Mountain Waterpark will officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS JUNE 27th 10am - 7pm!” the notice said in part.

Wilderness at the Smokies guests who purchase tickets and season pass holders can attend a sneak preview of the 50-acre state-of-the-art park on Thursday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a press release.

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“We can’t wait to unveil our amazing new destination to the public! It is such a fun place for families and truly features something for all ages to enjoy, all in a beautiful mountain-modern park setting,” the park’s general manager Dave Andrews said in a statement.

Among the attractions at the park are a 35,000 square foot wave pool called Soaky Surge that can create six-foot-tall waves, a 24,000 square-foot adventure river called Black Bear Rapids and a kid activity pool area called Boomers Bay. There are also two high-intensity body slides and two five-person raft rides.

The park is also taking precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Officials are strongly encouraging guests to buy daily admission tickets online before their arrival due to restricted capacity levels, but accommodations will be made for season pass holders. Masks are not required in the park, so guests can wear them if they choose. They won't be allowed in or on any water attractions, however.

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The team has adhered to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for water safety amid the coronavirus pandemic and the agency has said there's no evidence that the disease can be spread in the water. The pandemic has also led officials to postpone the park's grand opening until 2021.

“We want to throw a big celebration to mark the opening of this fabulous waterpark, but for right now, we will have to wait and practice responsible social distancing and other safety precautions outlined in our Safer at Play Program,” Andrews said.

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There are three passes guests can purchase.

Season passes are on sale now through June 26 for $99.99 and are valid through the 2021 season. All-day passes are $44.99 for one park admission and include all slides and attractions. Anyone under 42 inches tall can get an all-day, single admission pass for $39.99, which includes all slides and attractions. Tickets are required for children ages three and up. Wilderness at the Smokies guests can buy discounted admission for up to $20 off daily admission ticket.

Soaky Mountain will be open through Labor Day, with more select days being considered through mid-September.

Soaky Mountain Waterpark opening
10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27
175 Gists Creek Road Sevierville, Tennessee