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Pigeon Forge Fun: 20 Ways to Play!

Festivals devoted to food, art, music, culture, holidays…there is no end to the fun events going on in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Pigeon Forge community calendar is packed with things to do year-round. If you’ve been here, you know. And if this is your first time planning a trip to Pigeon Forge in the Smokies, you’re in for a treat! While we could go on and on…and if you check out our blog you’ll see we do…we’ve rounded up 20 ways to play in Pigeon Forge, perfect for your family vacation to the mountains!

1. Play the day away – with roller coasters, shows, and more – at Dollywood.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

2. Step back in time on the R.M.S. Titanic.
Titanic Museum Attraction
2134 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

3. Take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.
131 The Island Drive
Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

4. Spend the evening laughing and eating at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud.
119 Music Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

5. Cool off with waterslides at Dollywood’s Splash Country.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

6. Explore and more at WonderWorks – the upside-down building on the Parkway.
100 Music Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

7. Run from Zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead.
110 Showplace Blvd. Unit C
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

8. Break out at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.
131 The Island Dr Suite 9139
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

9. Fly down the mountainsides on the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.
867 Wears Valley Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

10. Learn about the infamous criminals of the past at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
2757 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

11. Play some ball – or go for a walk – at Patriot Park.
186 Old Mill Ave
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

12. Pose with celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
106 Showplace Blvd Unit A
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

13. Have a date day with tastings and tours at Mountain Valley Vineyards.
2174 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

14. Check out the animals at the RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo.
109 Nascar Dr
Sevierville, TN 37862

15. Burn some energy at TopJump trampoline park.
3735 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

16. Shop til you drop at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville.
1645 Parkway #960
Sevierville, TN 37862

17. Race around the go kart track at NASCAR SpeedPark!
1545 Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862

18. Take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

19. Guide yourself on a Dolly-themed tour: Dollywood, Splash Country, Stampede, and the Dolly Parton Statue! 

20. Enjoy a lovely day hitting around at the Sevierville Golf Club.
1444 Old Knoxville Hwy
Sevierville, TN 37876

Don’t forget to check out our Pigeon Forge cabins for a place to call home while you’re away! From 1-bedroom cabins perfect for couples to 3-6 bedroom retreats for families and friends to huge large group lodges for retreats and reunions, our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins cover everyone!

Where Have You Been? Check out the New and Improved Pigeon Forge

Long overdue for a vacation or tired of the same old stops? It’s time to revisit the Great Smoky Mountains because there is SO much more than what you can remember! After going year after year with family to Pigeon Forge, I thought I knew everything about the area. But after visiting Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove, Ole Red, Anakeesta, and the SkyBridge, I realized I was so wrong and that the tourist town had come into its own in the second decade of the 21st Century.

These, and so many more new attractions, revitalize what made this area boom with tourism following the 1960s with an attention to the therapeutic beauty of the mountains, the importance of cultural art and history, and how being cooped up in a cabin with friends and family can be some of best times you didn’t know you needed. Check out some of our favorite new stops you have been missing out on in the past couple years:

Wildwood Grove in Dollywood
The newest expansion to the South’s premier theme park is like seeing the Smoky Mountains through the dream-filled eyes of Dolly Parton. Everywhere you look there are magical mountain creatures, fairies, giant butterflies, extravagant flowers, and water features. In the center of Wildwood Grove, a giant tree is filled with hypnotizing lights and butterflies, filling the night sky with a dream come to life. Of course, the 11 new rides supply you with all the same excitement and thrills we have come to expect from Dollywood, but this area is especially fun for families with young children.

Soaky Mountain Waterpark
90 MILLION dollars. That’s right. This impressive waterpark foot the bill to create a state-of-the-art waterpark like you’ve never experienced! Ground breaking began on August 6, 2019 and is expected to be finished in time for the summer 2020 season. There is SO much to be excited about when it comes to this park, from a water coaster that will be the first of its kind in the world to the 24,000-square-foot “not so lazy” river. Check out Knox News’ entire piece for all the coming highlights!

Anakeesta
Since its grand opening in 2017, this dreamy mountaintop attraction has continued to build on to its already stunning campus. With restaurants, ziplining, treetop walkways, shopping, and gorgeous garden trails all centered around the beauty of the Smokies, you are in for a real treat at the end of the Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain.

Ole Red
If you have ever watched The Voice then you know exactly who Blake Shelton is, but did you know he has his own restaurant and bar that is all about singing talent, just like the show? The country music star and his team are constantly scouting for the area’s up-and-coming talent and using the stage at Ole Red to put them on full display while you dig into mouthwatering Southern cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Good food, good drinks, and good music – what more could you ask for during a night out in Gatlinburg?

SkyBridge
You want some jaw-dropping views? Take a walk across the nation’s longest suspension bridge, spanning 680’ across and 140’ above the forests of Gatlinburg! The 5’ wide bridge has a glass bottom at the midpoint where you can look straight down (if the heights thing doesn’t bother you too much) and then look out to the city of Gatlinburg surrounded by massive mountains and stunning skylines. As a part of SkyLift Park, the SkyBridge really puts the beauty of the Smokies on full display.

Sevier Air Trampoline and Ninja Warrior Park
If you have any fans of the show American Ninja Warrior they will absolutely LOVE this new attraction in Sevierville, Tennessee, the third sister city to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. There are interactive games that involve dodging, hitting targets, and speed obstacle courses, along with smaller trampoline areas for younger ninja warriors!

Escape Rooms at Crave Golf Club
From shooting zombies to racing the clock to save yourselves from a disasterous submarine ride, enter the high-adrenaline situations of your favorite movies in The Escape Rooms at Crave Golf Club! These fun, immersible storylines are a cool break away from your normal tourist attractions. While you are there, play through one of Pigeon Forge’s premier miniature golf courses, bowl, and much more!

With so many new things to do and relaxing views on the deck of your cabin, you get the best of both worlds in one magical vacation in a Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains.

8 Awesome Field Trips in Pigeon Forge & the Smoky Mountains

Aaaahh, another summer has come to an end and the school year is already here. During pre-planning, fight those early signs of anxiety or stress over the work to be done by planning a fun field trip! These 8 fantastic Smoky Mountain field trip ideas can be made in a day or created into an exciting overnight cabin trip for the class or homeschool group. Plan a big retreat with your homeschooling network by splitting the cost of a large lodge in Pigeon Forge! With field trip ideas ranging from environmental science and cultural arts to history, there is something for every age group and subject to conform to many core curriculums.

1) Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Culture, History, and Art
October 2019
$7 Per Person, Kids 12 & Under Free
Arts and crafts, food, music, and budget-friendly; what more could you ask for in a field trip?! This unique event gives visitors an opportunity to watch artisans at work while they create beautiful leather goods, intricate jewelry, complex quilts, charming birdhouses, blown glass, and so much more. With demonstrations of how so many different household items are made, students can learn to appreciate what creativity and hard work can do along with more contextual insights to what day to day life for the early settlers looked like. Many of the artists hail from the local Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the nation’s largest and oldest group of independent artisans, where their crafts have been handed down through the generations.

2 Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Environmental Science & Biology
Year-round
Ticket Prices Vary by Specials and Group Rates
Voted “The Best Aquarium” by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice 2019, the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies boasts captivating exhibits with over 200 species native to the ocean, tropics, and Antarctic climates! There are also resources specifically available for teachers and those planning a group field trip, here!

3 Titanic Museum
History
Year-round
Ticket Prices Vary by Specials and Group Rates
More than just a tourist attraction along the Parkway of Pigeon Forge, the Titanic Museum allows visitors to feel personally connected to each passenger and crew member who would forever be a part of this monumental ship’s unfortunate history. At the beginning of the tour, each guest is assigned a real person who was aboard the colossal ship, providing a human context to the lives and culture of the times. There are even real artifacts and pieces of the RMS Titanic recovered by multiple expeditions for you and the students to see up close!

4 Dollywood
Theater & Culture
Year-round
Check the website for promotions and group pricing!
Not all field trips have to be overtly educational, and during the school year the teachers and the students could really use the break for some rollercoasters, a wide variety of theatrical shows, and tons of delicious foods. With group discounts and seasonal events in constant rotation, Dollywood is a fantastic way for your students to have fun together while experiencing the magical world Dolly Parton designed with young minds and hearts at the center of her efforts.

5) Cades Cove
History & Environmental Science
Year-round
FREE!
With authentic, preserved cabin structures nestled among some of the park’s most beautiful scenery, Cades Cove is a fun, easy field trip you can incorporate so much into. Make it a pioneer field trip by having the kids dress up, pack sack lunches to picnic under the pavilion, and learn all about the early lives and times of the Smoky Mountain settlers.

6) Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
History, Arts, & Environmental Science
April 21 – 25, 2020
Check out prices for student and adult options!
Educational guided hikes, photography workshops, nature journaling, birding with professionals, and a host of other curiosity-inspiring panels and activities make up this ever growing, exciting event! The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is hosted by the area’s top experts and educators in the fields of environmental science, wildlife research, and the environmental arts.

7) Wilderness Wildlife Week
Environmental Science
Around the beginning of the year, keep an eye out for 2020 dates
FREE!
Boasted as one of the nation’s top educational wildlife events, the entire week is packed with seminars, guided hikes, workshops, and more all centered around the overflowing abundance of forestry and wildlife in the Smoky Mountain area! Kids and teens will love the hands-on experience and gain a wealth of knowledge while having a ton of fun.

8) 107th Cherokee Indian Festival
Culture, History, and Art
October 9-12, 2019
Ages 6-10: $5; General Admission $10
Children’s Day (Wednesday) every child 17 and under is FREE
This incredible cultural event is rich with art, dance, games, rides, and more! The gates open daily at 9 a.m. and stay open until 11 p.m. The members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will put on daily demonstrations of their tribe’s sporting events, handmade arts, music, and dance – a rare opportunity for your students to experience the beautiful preserved culture of our nation’s original inhabitants.