Unique Attractions in the Smokies


The Smoky Mountains are home to WAY more than good pancake houses, hiking trails, and live country music. Even for the seasoned visitor, they have a few surprises in store. We’ll list some of our favorite unique attractions below. Make plans to see them all during your Pigeon Forge stay in 2017! Real-Life Mermaids For all the skeptics out there,…

25 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial as a Family

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We’re almost there—the 100th birthday of the National Park Service is just around the corner! Begun on August 25, 1916, this amazing organization celebrates its Centennial in 2016, which means 100 years of protecting and preserving our nation’s most prized lands. Among the parks protected by the NPS is our beloved Great Smoky Mountains. Bringing in the most visitors of…

What’s New to the Smokies in 2016

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Cal Ripken Baseball Complex 405 Jake Thomas Road | Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 So maybe this first item isn’t for everyone, but we at least want you to know about this brand-new, state-of-the-art baseball complex opened by Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. himself! Ripken traveled to Pigeon Forge in early March of 2016 to open this 6-stadium…

Try These 10 Ways to Beat the Heat Indoors

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When you think summer, you probably think swimming pools and family picnics. But sometimes—especially when the nation is experiencing record-breaking highs, like this summer—it’s just too hot! So we’ve put together 10 ideas for summer fun where you can have a great time without breaking a sweat. Try to “escape” at The Island. Think you’ve got what it takes to…

Spend Your Summer with Ripley’s in the Smokies

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If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you probably know that the Ripley’s franchise is a staple there. In Gatlinburg, just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge, you’ll find 7 Ripley’s attractions for thrill seekers, young kids, families, candy lovers, couples, and big groups. This summer, check out some (or all!) of the fun Ripley’s attractions in the Smokies….

If you love animals, here’s why you HAVE to go to Pigeon Forge

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You know that Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains are all about fantastic scenery. The Smoky Mountains bring in millions of visitors each year who are looking for great views of the mountains, trees, and wildflowers. But the Smokies is known for an abundance of something else: the wildlife! Tourists are always on the lookout for wildlife, especially…

Power Your Summer With Rides & Slides

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With school out and summer well on its way, it’s time to start planning your summertime escape to Pigeon Forge! With so much to do for people of all ages, Pigeon Forge is a great choice for your family vacation year after year. Not only does Pigeon Forge offer the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains, but also a variety…

Jumping to New Heights in the Smokies

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When summertime hits, we’re all ready to get outside and enjoy the excitement the Smoky Mountains have in store. Hiking, fishing, cycling, and swimming are a few of our favorite things to do in the great outdoors. But when you book your Smoky Mountain stay in Pigeon Forge, you’ll be able to add jumping to your list! All you need…

Parrot Mountain & Gardens in Pigeon Forge

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1471 McCarter Hollow Road | Pigeon Forge, TN 37862 Imagine a tropical oasis in the Smoky Mountain hills. Imagine enjoying a delicious lunch while listening to the soothing sounds of a waterfall and the unique songs of hundreds of exotic birds. Sound too good to be true? Not at Parrot Mountain & Gardens! Located next to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash…

Centennial Celebration for 100 years of NPS!

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On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service – a service that has played an integral role in this country’s past, present, and future – will turn 100 years old! In celebration, the National Park Service will host a centennial celebration with exciting events and announcements throughout the year. You’re encouraged to find your park – the Great Smoky Mountains…