Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation destination, known for its attractions, entertainment, and scenic beauty. Here are some of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge:

Visit Dollywood

As the #1 rated theme park in America, according to Tripadvisor, Dollywood is the world-famous theme park offering exciting rides, live shows, and plenty of Southern-style hospitality. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth it. They have leveled-up their roller coaster game with the addition of Big Bear Mountain in 2023.

Dollywood firechaser roller coaster
Dollywood firechaser roller coaster

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Take a scenic drive or go hiking in the National Park, which is only a short drive from Pigeon Forge. You can either enter through Gatlinburg or through Wears Valley. This is the most visited National Park and it’s free park admission! There are hikes, waterfalls, historic cabins and many other adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Mini Golf along the Parkway

With dozens of Minigolf places along the Parkway, you’re sure to find one that piques your interest. From the candy-themed Crave, Hillbilly golf, Toybox golf, Pirate themed adventure golf, blacklight golf, Egyptian safari golf, and more, you’ll have choices for all shapes and sizes. There are golf courses that are both indoor or outdoor, and all are guaranteed to give you quite the memorable experience.

Visit the Titanic Museum Attraction

You can’t miss it from the Parkway, since the Titanic Museum is a massive replica ship. Explore the history and legacy of the famous ship through interactive exhibits and recreated scenes. It features many items recovered from the actual wreck. Tickets for adults are about $30.

Visit the Unique Experiences

WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park that combines education and entertainment. Housed in an upside-down building, the attraction offers over 100 hands-on exhibits and interactive displays across six different wonder zones. These zones cover various themes such as physical challenges, space exploration, and natural disasters. WonderWorks aims to make learning fun for visitors of all ages.

Beyond the Lens is an interactive museum and attraction that explores the world of pop culture, technology, and conspiracy theories. The exhibits cover a wide range things including virtual reality experiences, celebrity encounters, pop culture, and immersive games. Beyond the Lens aims to engage visitors with multimedia presentations and hands-on activities, making it a place where technology and entertainment converge.

Ultimately, the choice between WonderWorks and Beyond the Lens depends on your personal interests. If you enjoy a mix of science and adventure with a focus on hands-on exhibits, WonderWorks may be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you’re intrigued by pop culture, technology, and interactive experiences, Beyond the Lens might be more appealing. Both attractions contribute to the vibrant entertainment scene in Pigeon Forge.

Outdoor Gravity Park

Roll down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball! This unique and memorable attraction is sure to garner some laughs and memories with the family. This is a great summer activity and bring your swimsuit because you’ll likely get wet. More details here.

Take a scenic drive along the Pigeon Forge Parkway

This popular road is lined with attractions, shops, and restaurants, and offers beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains. You’ll find everything from go-kart racing, dinner shows, museums, about 30 mini-golf options, entertainment options, and restaurants galore! Avoid the tourist traps and eat like a local.

Visit the Island

This shopping, dining, and entertainment complex features a variety of attractions, including the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the Fountain Show. There’s something for everyone in the family at the Island.

Enjoy a dinner show at the Pigeon Forge theaters

There are many theaters in the area, offering a variety of live shows and performances, including music, comedy, and magic. Some of the top recommended are Dolly Parton’s Stampede (high production value with horses), Hatfield & McCoy (great food & comedy), Pirates Voyage (best for kids), and the newest show in 2023, Array.


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Mountain views from the deck
Mountain views from the deck
Cabin view of the back deck
Cabin view of the back deck
Fire pit at dusk
Fire pit at dusk
7-seater hot tub
7-seater hot tub
Game room equipped with ping pong, foosball, and pool
Spacious Game room and movie space
Open living room
Open living room
Dedicated movie space + Popcorn machine!
Battle on the arcade games
Battle on the arcade games
Dining room + Kitchen island
Upstairs king master bedroom with mountain views
Upstairs king master bedroom with mountain views
Second upstairs king bedroom with views of the mountains
2nd upstairs king bedroom with views of the mountains
Downstairs queen bedroom and Roku TV
Downstairs queen bedroom and Roku TV
2 twin bunk beds in the open game room
Jacuzzi off the 2nd king bedroom
Newly remodeled kitchen + island
Newly remodeled kitchen + island
Driveway at dawn
Driveway at dawn
Access to the community pool
Access to the community pool

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky lift is a classic attraction in Gatlinburg takes you up to the top of Crockett Mountain directly from the heart of town. This chairlift ride has been a landmark on the Parkway since 1954.

Float the river

During the summer/fall, you can rent a tube or hire a whitewater raft guide to float the Little River or Pigeon River. The is a wonderful time to cool off and enjoy the scnery from the river. Contact River Rat (in Townsend, TN) for tubing, Rafting in the Smokies (in Gatlinberg), or Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) rafting (in Hartford, TN) for whitewater rafting.

Visit the Mountain Mile

As one of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s most unique shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations, there is something for everyone. Between the Monster Drop, Monster Launch, or Monster Swing, this big shopping center and entertainment area is great for the thrill seeker. It is also a fantastic place to shop, get dinner, or play lawn checkers.

Go shopping

Pigeon Forge has a variety of shopping options, ranging from souvenir shops to unique boutiques. The Island is a great place to window shop.

No matter what your interests, there is something for all ages.

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