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Check Out This New Family-Friendly Attraction in the Smoky Mountains

by Holly Riddle

Dec 20, 2023

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Anyone who’s ever traveled to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains before knows the area boasts a host of family-friendly attractions, resorts and activities. For those who haven’t visited in a while, though, a new attraction is on the horizon, premiering this winter.


Xperia: Ocean Journey is a digital experience ideal for the child who can’t get enough of sea creatures and other marine life. With immersive storytelling, realistic “animal” encounters and self-guided explorations, Xperia: Ocean Journey engages the senses for a one-of-a-kind educational activity, encompassing contributions from international audio and video designers, and displayed via audio and visual elements ranging from projections and LED displays, to audio from more than 300 surrounding speakers.


“Our goal is to provide an educational and entertaining adventure that showcases the beauty and importance of the world’s oceans, while simultaneously bringing a touch of the coast to Tennessee,” said Summer Blalock, general manager, Xperia.


The experience takes about an hour to 1.5 hours and is open to guests of all ages (those under the age of 7 may need more help enjoying the experience). Tickets start at $15.50 and the indoor attraction is open year-round.


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