Relatively new on the scene in Gatlinburg is Blindshot Barnaby's Circus Golf. Squeezed onto a small plot of land across from the convention center at traffic light #8, it consists of one 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course and a mirror maze--both of which are pretty cool.
The upper facade features animatronic trapeze artists.
I believe that's Mr. Barnaby on the left.
All of these guys sing whenever someone gets a hole-in-one at the end. It's actually quite entertaining.
It's $10 for golf, $8.75 for the maze, or $14 for both. (Half that with Sevier County ID.)
Hole #1 on the left, and #17 on the right. It's a compact course.
So that's how they do it. I always figured it was tape.
Not sure what I'm doing with my golf racket here.
Misty gets her first hole-in-one (of three!)
Step right this way!
Giraffe wants my balls.
What's this guy up to?
No, Smisty! Get out of the way!
I am not actually the monkey boy. Sorry.
Lots of cute theming...
...and scary zebra-eating clowns.
On the left is a video screen with a psychic who predicts how you'll do on the hole.
Lots of cut-out fun, too.
Hole #18 is outside.
Misty rules the day! (Note how the babe is slightly lower than in the last photo. She has been dunked.)
On to the Amazing Mirror Maze.
That's pretty cool.
And now, Misty would like to perform for you her special Mirror Maze dance. There will be no further commentary during the performance.
Bravo! Now then, how do we get out of this thing?
Once again, Misty proves victorious by finding the exit first. (Obviously, I was distracted by the dancing.)
The tiny exit.
And that's Blindshot Barnaby's. Worth checking out if you like indoor golf.
TheRapidsNerd wrote:Any chance of Dollywood Splash Country?
Sorry, I don't do requests.
Nah, just kidding. Anything for the Nerd!
I have to admit, I'm not much of a water park guy. Still, we usually try to visit Dollywood's Splash Country at least once a year--mostly because it's extremely close and we get in free. It just seems like bad form not to go, you know?
A water park close enough to my house to walk to. And they have water waiting for me!
The actual gate. It's a bit of a walk from the ticket booths to the attractions.
This is as bathing suit-ish as we get.
Rules 1 & 2 = Please don't eat diarrhea. Rules 3 through 6 = You and your children are disgusting.
The stand on the left is where you go to rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. The one on the right has the weirdest name of anything ever.
The main fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, if you're into that sort of thing.
The lazy river is my favorite thing here.
Misty totally wins with this photo.
The (only) entrance and exit to the lazy river.
Nice "lots of stuff" shot, if I do say so myself.
Airtime-inducing body slide.
One of them newfangled toilet bowl rides.
I'm not really quite sure what this is, but it looks pretty cool.
Exploding out of its swollen banks, its heaving waters pulsating against-- Excuse me a moment.
Wild River Falls family raft slide.
Individual tube slides.
And now, the most innocuous-looking slide of death ever created.
It's only, like, 15 feet high--and the splashdown pool is shaped like a butterfly! How bad could it be??
But be warned, Dolly is trying to drown you! Evil! Stay away!
"Center for responsible hydration"? So...I can drink the water in the wave pool?
In my view, water parks are all pretty much the same. But at least this one has a nice setting.
Yes. Welcome to Itchy Point.
Cute food stand. And like all food stands at Splash Country, they primarily serve chili. Um....
Fire Tower Falls
We're gonna go with "no" on this one.
Moving right along....
Ah, this looks more our speed.
Cute kids/family area...
...with some low-impact slides...
...and some open water (by which I mean, something kind of like a regular old pool).
I just find the idea of a water jet shooting up through a lounge chair hilarious. What can I say? I'm five.
The water play structure in mid-dump.
The park's second family raft slide, Big Bear Plunge.
Just like on the other one, they pair up parties of two. It makes sense capacity-wise, but it can be a bit disconcerting to suddenly be rubbing arms and legs with half-naked strangers. (Or, you know, totally awesome. I guess that depends on you.)
The splashdown area. This is where you apologize for touching that really hairy dude. (Or, ask for his number. Again, depends on you.)
No...we just came from there. Where the heck is a map?
There, that's better.
Can we eat now?
Yummy flatbread thingies.
Dolly likes butterflies.
The park's main gift shop.
And...the inside of said gift shop.
Well, thank you so much for that little reminder of my own mortality.
Bye-bye, Splash Country! Your attractions may be standard, but at least you're pretty!
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