12 Winter Activities You Don’t Want to Miss
There are many reasons why Pigeon Forge is such a popular destination for vacations, honeymoons, reunions, retreats, and weddings. The Smoky Mountain town is home to a large variety of restaurants, fun family-friendly attractions, fantastic mountain scenery, quaint little chapels, 5K races, food festivals, live music, holiday events, and so much more. And with attractions and activities that can cater to large groups, couples, outdoor enthusiasts, kids, and wine and art lovers, there truly is something for everyone. Gone are the days of stressing through an entire vacation to find something that everyone will love. The Parkway is lined with fun things to do, making it easy to entertain anyone. It’s a great place to visit no matter what time of year it is, but winter is an especially popular time to head to Pigeon Forge. That’s because you’ll often have some beautiful snow, you have budget-friendly skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, cozy cabins are incredibly inviting in cold weather, and there are endless opportunities for fun within a short drive of most cabins. If you’re heading to Pigeon Forge this winter, you’ll have lots of options for staying entertained. Here are just 12 of our top ideas for fun winter weather activities in Pigeon Forge!
- Go skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Just down the road from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg offers even more fun during your stay in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s also home to a favorite attraction – Ober Gatlinburg. Along with indoor ice skating, an alpine slide, restaurants, and an arcade, it also offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing! Kids can learn at the ski school, and there is even a terrain park for the more adventurous boarders!
- Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island. The all-glass gondolas on this 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel are the perfect place to enjoy winter views spanning the city. There are also dozens of shops and some great celebrity-owned restaurants at The Island, so you’ll have plenty more to do there on a winter day.
- Take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Home to more than 800 miles of trails, this popular (the most visited in the U.S., in fact) national park provides many opportunities for outdoor winter fun. Hiking is just one of the ways you can take advantage of the beautiful snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls – just be safe!
- Drive at the Blake Jones Racing Center. If it’s too cold outside for go karts, head over to Blake Jones Racing Center. Their indoor electric go karts are tons of fun no matter the weather! They also have bumper cars and an arcade.
- Use your wits to escape...at The Escape Game in Pigeon Forge, that is. Located at The Island, this real-life escape game requires guests to work together to try to escape a locked room. Find clues, solve puzzles, and get out in under 60 minutes!
- Warm up with whiskey…and moonshine…and wine. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are now home to several wineries and distilleries. If you’re 21 and over, you can get free samples and pick up some wine, whiskey, and moonshine to take back to the cabin. Some Pigeon Forge favorites are the Old Forge Distillery and Ole Smoky Moonshine at The Island.
- Race down a hill in a giant orb. At the Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, the Fishpipe and the OGO are favorite summer activities. But this winter, try the DRYGO – the giant ball minus the water!
- Touch an iceberg. At the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, you can touch an iceberg, feel how cold the water would have been on that fateful night, try to stand on a sinking deck, walk the Grand Staircase, and explore the ship as a passenger or crew member before learning your fate. It’s a unique and moving experience that’s great for a winter day!
- Stay inside. Personally, one of my favorite winter weather activities in the Smokies is staying inside a warm cabin! I love curling up in front of the fireplace, having some hot chocolate, and watching some movies while bundled up in bed. Of course, I always take a dip in a bubbling hot tub before calling it a night!
- Take a scenic drive. A wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Smokies is with a scenic drive. There are some great options in the area (including the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail), all with beautiful overlooks along the way. Pack some snacks, drinks, and a jacket and camera for when you want to hop out for a bit.
- Get in some exercise. The Pigeon Forge Community Center offers basketball courts, pools, exercise equipment, and much more. Check it out for some indoor fun this winter.
- Shop ’til you drop. What better way to pass a busy day than hours of shopping? Head over to the Tanger Outlets in neighboring Sevierville to get great deals on clothes, accessories, electronics, home goods, specialty foods, toys, tools, and more!