At Pigeon Forge, a moment can last a lifetime. When the time is right, the whole family can find their moment in the mountains. There are rides for the thrill-seekers, rib-sticking restaurants for the foodies, and more shows and attractions than you can shake a stick at – all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge is bursting at the seams with things to do for all ages. Test your putting skills with a game of mini-golf or race to the finish at one of our go-kart tracks. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, go on an adventure in the Smoky Mountains or spend an afternoon strolling through one of our city parks. Get your adrenaline pumping with one of our extreme adventures, such as whitewater rafting or zorbing. Enjoy outstanding music performances and entertainment at Pigeon Forge theater shows. Discover an array of fun along the Parkway and even more things to do in Pigeon Forge to keep the whole family entertained.
People come to the Smokies for a lot of reasons throughout the year, and many of those reasons ultimately add up to Dollywood. The reason for Dollywood’s success is simple: three decades of providing serious, high quality entertainment with shows, festivals, arts and crafts and, most definitely, the rides. Dollywood, both with their flagship park and their nearby Splash Country waterpark, offers a slew of rollercoasters, thrill rides, children’s rides and play areas and much more that would take more than a full day to fully explore. Dollywood offers festivals throughout most of its operating year that influence its live shows, decorations, shopping and food offerings on top of having the most incredible attraction park space in all of Tennessee. See why Dollywood and Splash Country are as famous as they are at www.dollywood.com.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede!
The first and best known dinner-and-show attraction in East Tennessee, or maybe Tennessee in its entirety, is Dolly Parton’s Stampede! Formerly known as Dixie Stampede, this attraction is owned and operated by the same folks who handle many of Dolly Parton’s attractions in Pigeon Forge such as Smoky Mountain Adventure, Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country. You and your group get served a 4-course feast while you witness a breathtaking salute to the South with horses, acrobatics, song performances and much more. https://dpstampede.com/
Bear Country Fun Park
Located in the south side of town, close to The Spur connecting Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge, Bear Country Fun Park is a family fun park with a convenient location owned by the same company that has The Track family fun park further up the parkway. Bear Country features a go-kart track, bumper boats, blaster boats, country carousel, arcade and more. www.bearcountryadventures.com
The Island in Pigeon Forge
A long project in the making, the Island opened to Pigeon Forge in 2013 and it’s been an awesome new center for town ever since. Shops of all kinds, a synchronized water fountain at the front, multiple restaurants and eateries (some of which are unlike anything else in the Tennessee Smokies), a redemption arcade, a trampoline fun zone and the home of the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel that you’ve seen loom over the Pigeon Forge skyline. So much to talk about here, so little room – see more at www.islandinpigeonforge.com.
The Island Wheel
See that huge, multicolored ferris wheel in the distance? That’s the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and if it’s been a while since you’ve been to the Smokies, it could be quite a surprise for you to see it (though it’s an even greater experience to ride it)! The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel takes you for a huge circular ride into the sky to see the city and mountains in a way you’ve never seen it before. Definitely a must-do while in town. www.islandinpigeonforge.com
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show
A feud with food! That’s the main focus of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, one of the largest and most successful theaters of the last five years here in the Tennessee Smokies. The highly entertaining show is performed while a highly nourishing meal is served to your group. The feast includes fried chicken, pulled pork bbq, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, homemade bread and more. www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Undoubtedly one of the biggest things to come to the Smokies in a long time, Ole Smoky Moonshine can be reasonably credited with starting the distillery industry in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. What makes this store such a hit? Simple – high quality moonshine and LOTS of it! Nearly two dozen flavors are available in mason jars along the shelves and free tasting is available too. Ole Smoky can be found in downtown Gatlinburg and in The Island of Pigeon Forge. www.olesmoky.com
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
It’s not every day you get to ride something thrilling on Wears Valley Road, but that’s exactly why the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is such a big hit! A quality thrill ride visitors staying in Wears Valley won’t need to wade through traffic and spend an arm and a leg to try, this coaster takes you up and around the green tops, back areas and hidden scenery of the area at a high speed and altitude. Appropriate for most ages. http://www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com
Alcatraz East Museum
Fans of true crime and crime history will find much to enjoy at the Alcatraz Museum in downtown Pigeon Forge. This huge, 25,000 square foot museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits of true crime items, including O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco and Ted Bundy’s VW Beetle. There are copious group and children’s amenities along with interactive exhibits showcasing crime history all the way back to Medieval Europe, the process of fighting crime and more. www.alcatrazeast.com
TopJump Trampoline Park
Bring out your inner ninja, gymnast or saiyan with a visit to the TopJump Trampoline Park in downtown Pigeon Forge! This is the Smokies’ first trampoline park and it offers a lot of exciting athletic opportunities you can’t easily reproduce at home. There is a giant room with lots of trampolines, a “Clip ‘n’ Climb” climbing adventure, arcade, candy store for some additional energy (just don’t overdo it!) and more. www.topjump.com
One of Pigeon Forge’s oldest family fun parks is still going strong at the Wears Valley junction in the downtown city. Go-karts, bumper-boats, arcade, miniature golf and one of the few places in town with an area set aside specifically for the kids. You’re also within walking distance to several of the malls, shopping areas and restaurants in Pigeon Forge as well, making the attraction incredibly convenient physically as well. www.pigeonforgetrack.com
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at www.bennetts-bbq.com.
Hot rolls with cinnamon butter, seasoned fries with honey mustard, chicken, steaks, burgers and even a sample of free ribs if you’ve never been to a Texas Roadhouse before is just the start of what the restaurant can offer you! Locations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. www.texasroadhouse.com.
The largest and most varied buffet in PIgeon Forge, Golden Corral is where you want to eat when you don’t know what you want to eat, but want a lot of it. Buffet consists of its own bakery, salad station and even a personal chef to cut you your choice of steak. There’s pizza, bourbon street chicken, meatloaf, sweet potatoes, seafood salad and more! http://www.goldencorral.com
Mel’s Classic Diner
Take a trip back to a simpler time with Mel’s Classic Diner, just behind the parkway in Pigeon Forge. Mel’s is a great place for lunch when you just some want good old-fashioned chicken, burgers, shrimp, cheese fries, grilled chicken quesadilla, wings, or even some Cades Cove pulled pork BBQ. Nothing fancy, just good food in an easy to get to location. https://www.melsdinerpf.com/
The Bullfish means Steak and Seafood and then some, and Bullfish Grill has plenty of it to go around with Grand Aged Angus, filet mignon, rib eye steak, wild turkey marinated chops, jumbo gulf shrimp, swordfish, and many more just waiting for your next visit to Pigeon Forge! www.bullfishgrill.com
Huck Finn’s Catfish
Now here’s a Southern food restaurant with a twist – you order your entree of Catfish, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Gator Tail Dinner, Shrimp, Rainbow Trout and many other excellent lunch and dinner plates, and then you get endless helpings of “vittles” (hush puppies, beans, dill pickles, cole slaw and more) to go with them. It’s one of the most creative and fun restaurants in downtown Pigeon Forge! www.huckfinnsrestaurant.com
JT Hannah’s Kitchen
Located in central downtown Pigeon Forge, JT Hannahs offers a subdued atmosphere based on one of the city’s past cornerstone figures and a little something for everyone. If you’ve got a group that all want either soups, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, chicken or seafood, bring them to JT Hannahs and everyone will be more than satisfied! www.jthannahs.com.
Might be a bit presumptuous to call Cheddars in downtown Pigeon Forge the biggest restaurant hit there in the past 5 years, but seeing how many visitors they pull in everyday and how awesome their dishes are, the truth wouldn’t be an inch off! The service, atmosphere, prices and most definitely the food are worth the hype at Cheddars, and you shouldn’t leave town without trying their Lemon Pepper Chicken, Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Baked Spasagna, Grilled Salmon or their Chicken and Waffles. www.cheddars.com
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
A highly hyped up restaurant that lives up to it can be found at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Paula Deen personally opened this restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes chicken and waffles, creamy hashbrown casserole, beef pot roast, Georgia fried catfish, ooey gooey butter cake, “Best Ever” Southern Fried Chicken and much more. You’ll see why this restaurant is a big deal when you stop in. www.pauladeensfamilykitchen.com
Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
Probably the biggest seafood restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is a great place for dinner with the guys, dinner with the gals, and other kinds of associated congregations. Serves dishes like Shrimp Cavatappi Pasta, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Rainbow Trout with Pecans, Shrimp Pot Pie, Snow Crab, and non-seafood entrees like Filet Mignon, Applewood Smoked Porn Loin, Ribeye and more you can see at www.harpoonharryscrabhouse.com.
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