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,…

20 Things to Do with Warm Winter Weather in Pigeon Forge


It might be January, but you wouldn’t know it by the warmer weather we’re having! So if you’ve been singing the wintertime blues and want to take advantage of warmer days, read on. Our 20 fun ways to play in Pigeon Forge take you on guided tours and picnics, to favorite area attractions, and more! Step back in time at…

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…

Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins is Growing this Summer!

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Want a new place to stay on your next Smoky Mountain escape? Check out our new Pigeon Forge cabins for the perfect retreat for a couple, family, or a group of friends. Loaded with games, modern amenities, and lots of conveniences, these beautiful cabins offer the best in mountain living. Hillsong Heaven 5 bedrooms | 5 ½ bathrooms | sleeps…

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…

25 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial with Your Fitbit

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We’re coming up on an important day in the history of the National Park Service: its 100-year birthday! August 25, 2016 marks the centennial of the NPS, and in honor of that exciting milestone, we’re inviting you to explore everything that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blogs with…

10 Activities Your Kids Will Love (That You Can’t Buy in the Apple Store)

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Hiking to a waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kids love looking at nature pics on their phones and iPads, so why not go “behind the screen” and let them see this beautiful scenery in person? The national park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails, including several to picturesque waterfalls. These hikes range in distance and…