10 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge That You Shouldn't Miss
Set against the misty blue backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a gateway to 500 thousand acres of Appalachian wilderness. If hiking over 800 miles of mountain trails and camping in dense ancient forests isn't your thing, head over to Dollywood for a different sort of fun. Founded by country queen, Dolly Parton, Dollywood combines rollercoasters, waterslides, and live bluegrass and gospel concerts, with a down home country fair.
1. Titanic Museum Attraction
4.5 based on 9330 reviews
Everyone knows the name Titanic! Everyone knows Titanic struck and iceberg! And everyone knows Titanic was lost! She sat at the bottom of the ocean for 75 years before they found her in 1985. A second expedition to the wreck site went out in 1986 and that expedition was co-led by the owner of this museum. The artifacts you see throughout the ship are REAL and valued at over $4 million dollars. You'll be able to touch a growing iceberg, experience the 28 degree water, try and steer the ship and pay tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew that were on the Titanic. You will enter as a guest and leave as a Titanic Passenger!
Reviewed By talk2planes - Athens, AlabamaAthens, Alabama
Really worth doing. Very interesting museum. Veterans discount or come during Veterans Day week and get free entry. Staff dresses in Irwin’s costume. You’re handed a card with the name of an actual passenger that was aboard titanic and find out at the end
2. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
5 based on 3370 reviews
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery was the pioneer in Tennessee's push to provide LEGAL Moonshine to East Tennessee. Since Ole Smoky first opened it's doors in 2010, it has continued to grow and expand into a global leader in moonshine production while staying true to it's Smoky Mountain heritage. Ole Smoky Distillery at the Island in Pigeon Forge is our second distillery to open. The Island provides a great atmosphere in the middle of Pigeon Forge for families to come and enjoy shopping, food, entertainment, and now Moonshine. Our product is made in house and our working still is visible for anyone who likes to see moonshine being made. We offer samples of our moonshine to make sure you like it before you buy it. Some of our products we offer are our Original Moonshine as well as White Lightnin, Moonshine Cherries, Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peach, Hunch Punch, Blue Flame, and several seasonal flavors that will change often. We also offer shirts, hats, glassware, and lots of food products such as BBQ Sauces, Salsas, Jams, Jellies, Butters, and more which are made with our shine as well. We offer live bluegrass music daily on our outdoor stage. Pull up one of our rocking chairs and sit a spell with us, and then you can take home the most authentic souvenir of the Smoky Mountains, Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Reviewed By hq7bam
Fun, fun, fun!
For $5 you can try 12 or 13 different moonshines! It was very fun! They explained to you what you were trying but they did it in a southern shouting way which was very interactive and the bartenders expected you to join in the fun! I wanted to do it again
3. Parrot Mountain & Gardens
5 based on 4098 reviews
Reviewed By zoeniicole - Anglesey, United KingdomAnglesey, United Kingdom
A little upsetting
Having visited USA from Wales,UK I was very excited to see this place with my daughter and auntie. What a beautiful place for the birds that were able to fly freely. Unfortunately we all got rather upset seeing some of the birds in certain caged condition
4.5 based on 15754 reviews
Dollywood, recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks, is known for its award-winning shows, rides and special events. Each season is celebrated with an outstanding festival, and in 2019, Dollywood opens Wildwood Grove, an impressive new area which features 11 thrilling attractions for families to enjoy. Entertainers and artists from around the world visit Dollywood each spring during Festival of Nations. Barbeque & Bluegrass carries the park toward summer with mouth-watering meals and free celebrity concerts throughout the park. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration means extended park hours and nightly fireworks. Fall brings glowing pumpkins, the sweet sounds of gospel music and amazing crafts during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. Smoky Mountain Christmas during November and December is a must-see with more than five million sparkling lights, and delightful holiday shows, including Christmas in the Smokies, transform the park into a winter wonderland. Visit Dollywood.com
Reviewed By Londongirl050 - LondonLondon
Dollywood is a fantastic day out!
I didn't know what to expect from the Dollywood Park, but it's brilliant. Very well laid out, loads of stuff to do and a day isn't enough. I would definitely go back and would recommend to anyone.There is so much to see and as well as rides, there is a mu
5. The Island in Pigeon Forge
4.5 based on 9774 reviews
The Island in Pigeon Forge is a 23-acre entertainment destination offering families affordable fun, both night and day. As one of the newest, most unique shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in Pigeon Forge, The Island offers fun for all ages and occasions, whether you're on a family vacation, a day trip with friends or your honeymoon. The Island is home to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant, the Margaritaville Island Hotel, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, and many more must-see attractions in Pigeon Forge. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and a multi-million dollar show fountain programed to perform to light and sound, The Island in Pigeon Forge is a must-stop on your next trip to East Tennessee!
Reviewed By faithwalknc - Hickory, North CarolinaHickory, North Carolina
Always a great time
From the light show to the blue grass entertainment we had a lovely time. Wish the parking lot on the island was disability parking only. The tram is not easy in our out for those with mobility issues and the lot next to Paula Dean's restaurant is packed
6. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
4.5 based on 4633 reviews
*UPDATE: CLOSED MONDAY, 5-6-19 FOR MAINTENANCE. OPEN TUES AT 2PM.* Monday- Thursday 10-10, Friday-Sunday 10-11! Come Ride the Hill and Feel the Thrill! The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the LONGEST DOWNHILL TRACK IN THE UNITED STATES, with over 1 mile of track and the ORIGINAL ALPINE COASTER in the Smokies! So if you are looking for an unforgettable experience on your vacation here in the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a must do! The carts are designed to carry one or two visitors in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of the velocity (up to 27 mph) and this gives them a unique hands-on experience! Rain, we have rain shields, snow or sunshine, no problem, as the excellent braking effect is unchanged so you can ride year-round! Age restrictions, weight restrictions may apply, parents may need to ride with small children. Our track has colored LED lights so you can experience our awesome Night Rides! The great "Uber Ride" is HERE!
Reviewed By weagejas - Grand Rapids, MichiganGrand Rapids, Michigan
Kids had fun
Kids really enjoy roller coasters so this was right up their ally, Had to take them twice. Veteran discount available.
7. Rockin' Raceway Arcade
4.5 based on 1777 reviews
From kart racing on the fastest slick track in The Smokies to bouncing through more than 150 games of every type, there’s plenty of excitement at Rockin’ Raceway! Check us out online to take advantage of our great deals on our Go-Karts and play cards! We have a deal for everyone!
Reviewed By Amy C - Cowan, TennesseeCowan, Tennessee
Once again. We ended up here. Maddie rain to skyler for a great big hug. It was wonderful that she remembers all those faces.Thank you Amy C for the awesome review. We are pleased that you and your family always stop by and see us, we like to thank that o
8. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
4.5 based on 1183 reviews
Alcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in depth look at American Crime History which includes artifacts from Alcatraz, but this is not a Museum dedicated solely to Alcatraz.Explore American History from a different perspective. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. The museum is 25,000 square feet spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.
Reviewed By madamgail - Cherryville, North Carolina, USACherryville, North Carolina, USA
Awesome place to visit!!
We spent like 2 -3 hrs here! It was amazing and awesome! This place is a must for any one who like crime stuff!! We got our "mugshots" did! They have interactive things in there! It was the highlight of my vacation!! Best part was seeing the cars!
9. The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
4.5 based on 1815 reviews
Family-friendly Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge, TN. Each cart is equipped with hand brake, so you control the speed! Come zip through our mile long track at almost 30 miles per hour. Find us at Goats on the Roof. Fun for the whole family!
Reviewed By 248billm
Actually Have Goats on the Roof
We weren't expecting to hang here all the long, because the coaster was closed for maintenance. That was until we realized there really were goats on the roof. My son loved the feeding bike...pedal a bike to send a cup of food the the roof. The goats love
10. Country Tonite Theatre
4.5 based on 2067 reviews
Repeatedly voted the “#1 Show in the Smokies Year after year”! No matter your age, Country Tonite is THE SHOW you’re going to love! Experience this two-hour powerhouse production that features the best singers, dancers and musicians in the business. There is a variety of performances, not just country! You'll enjoy sidesplitting comedy acts, youth performers, bluegrass and moving gospel and patriotic songs that pay tribute to the veterans serving our great country every single day. More songs, more talent, more energy, and more fun. More memories for you and your family. With all this and Country Tonite being the most award winning show in the Smokies, it’s not hard to see why you just can’t miss this Pigeon Forge show! The 1,500 seat multi-million dollar theatre is located on the parkway in Pigeon Forge and is a equipped with state-of the art sound and lighting. Plus there are two giant video screens! .
Reviewed By wvgrits - Lima, OhioLima, Ohio
A great show!
A great & really fun show! I definitely recommend checking this show out! The music is great! Very friendly cast! We've been twice & the show has been changed but still really good. The dancers are awesome! Tryphena & John & Kevin did amazing on the song