The Island in Pigeon Forge is alluring from the Parkway thanks to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, but it may pack a lot more fun than you originally assumed. Even walking around The Island can be a bit overwhelming as your eyes are drawn in all directions, especially to the hypnotic lights of the choreographed fountains!
After spending a full day, from morning to night, running along the brick walkways around the fountain and past the giant metal zipline obstacle course, return to your Pigeon Forge cabin with incredible views to pass out! We can help you navigate The Island at Pigeon Forge for a day packed with mouthwatering meals, top-notch shopping, and tons of unique fun!
Breakfast – Get Up and Go
After waking up from a great night’s rest to beautiful views of the Smokies in a mountain cabin, you are hungry and in need of coffee! If your plans are to head to The Island, no need to make multiple stops along the way for breakfast and coffee, because you can find it all in your one destination.
Wake-up With Paula Deen’s Cookin’
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen breakfast menu is a truly Southern experience, with big portions and big, savory flavor in every bite! While overlooking the The Island fountain, watch as hearty plates of country classics hit the table like chicken ‘n waffles, Applewood smoked center-cut bacon, and creamy hashbrown casserole. Dig in!
Need coffee to get your day really started? You have some great options here, including Margaritaville Coffee Shop and Cinnabon. Get your classic, simple hot or iced coffee brew from Margaritaville Coffee and take a seat by the fireplace to slowly sip on your morning energy while it kicks in. Cinnabon has a delicious coffee version of their treats; you may never take your mouth off the straw before you finish your sweet, rich drink!
Shopping – Fill Up Your Bags
Now that you are well fed and energized, early morning is a great time to get some shopping done! Explore more than 60 shops that range from apparel and house décor to Smoky Mountain souvenirs and jewelry – and so much more. Here are a few of our favorites:
Earthbound Trading Company
This eclectic shop takes you to one of those shops you accidentally stumble into with tapestries draped from wall to wall, small meditating turquoise Buddhas, and earth-toned flowy textiles. Pick up some gemstone jewelry or boho home décor to help the feng shui of your living room. It’s a hip store with some unexpectedly cool finds in the middle of Pigeon Forge.
We are obsessed with the “world’s first smart cup”! Find every size and style of the cup that comes with a lifetime guarantee; it’s dishwasher safe, keeps ice frozen for longer and hot drinks hot for longer. Get a Tervis to represent your favorite college or professional sports team or a kid-size Tervis with their favorite movie character.
The Island Trading Post
Struggling to find the best souvenir for that one family member or friend? The Island Trading Post guarantees a unique gift for everyone! Peruse the abundant selection of tees, jewelry, candy, cosmetics, and more for that perfect gift for someone else (or you).
Lunch – Recharge for the Day
Take the Island Express to the parking lot to drop off all your shopping finds in the car and hop right back on the train to continue your day at The Island. After walking around the 60+ stores, you have worked up quite the appetite; no matter what you are in the mood for, there are delicious options for everyone! Here are the best fixes to appease your hunger, but not put you to sleep:
This hippie-inspired atmosphere is home to some of the best baked-on-the-stone pies. Order at the counter and wait for your unique pizza on the patio at Dude’s Daiquiri Bar. Pizza is done right at Mellow, and they are the easiest lunch to share!
Poynor’s Pommes Frites
Go international at The Island and get a little taste of a Germany in this bratwurst stand! Order your favorite authentic German brats or try something new like fresh-baked Bröcthen! Poynor’s Pommes Frites is perfect for a small meal to hold you over from the middle of the day to dinner.
Fun Activities – Play the Day Away
The Island is full of fun for the young, young-at-heart, and the thrill-seekers! After watching The Island Show Fountain and letting your lunch settle, get moving and get into some seriously awesome fun…
The Escape Game
You have one hour: can you emulate the heroes from your favorite action-thriller movies to find your way out? Choose your adventure in The Escape Game! Escape from prison with your fellow inmates before the warden comes down on all of you. Find the hidden treasure of gold before the mob cashes in on it first! Get your hands back on a priceless piece of art in an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist or repair your shuttle before you run out of oxygen and power and become part of the landscape on Mars!
The Thunderdome is sure to catch your eye; this enormous 32-foot-high aluminum dome is structured around 4 trampoline bungee jumps. Soar high into the dome or get a little adventurous and try some flips!
The Island Ropes Course
Kids will love this free-standing zipline course with over 25 different elements to find their way through! There is even a simulated free fall at the top of the course where you can cheer them on as they conquer their fear of heights.
Dinner – A Delicious End to the Night
Finish off the evening with a delicious meal before heading back to the cabin for some much-needed rest! You are sure to sleep extremely well after such an exciting day and a full belly; end the day on a high note!
Priding themselves on an authentic Smoky Mountain taste, you will love their savory steaks, hearty burgers, and delicious drinks. The lodge atmosphere and genuine Southern hospitality will have you feeling right at home.
Dick’s Last Resort
Dick’s Last Resort is a dining experience like no other. Thin-skinned folks, beware, because this less-than-classy but always hospitable staff is locked and loaded with sarcasm and laughs! Join in with them or watch while someone else is the pun of the joke. Sarcasm is the love language of Dick’s Last Resort- and they would loooooove to have you!
After such a memorable day at The Island in Pigeon Forge, you are probably wondering how to top a day like that! Hundreds more attractions, from events and dinner shows to outdoor adventures, scatter the entire Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountain area near your cabin! Want to save a little money after a day of spending? Our cabins offer fantastic amenities and plenty of relaxation; you have budget friendly and luxury cabins to choose from!
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