More than 10 things to do in Pigeon Forge TNE

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If you’re looking for a fun family vacation spot that checks all the boxes, consider traveling to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You won’t run out of things to do and your trip is sure to start kids talking about ‘next time’. This is a holiday win! Here are the top things to put on your family’s “don’t miss” list when visiting Pigeon Forge.

The writer received free housing in Pigeon Forge and admission to specific activities. All opinions belong to her.

My teenage daughter and I spent six days at Pigeon Forge this summer and found no shortage of fun and family friendly things. I’ve heard about this destination and watched Pigeon Forge have fun in the social media feed for years. Now that we’ve experienced the Pigeon Forge firsthand, we’ll definitely be planning a return trip. The mountain scenery as well as the many activity options left us wanting more.

10 Fun Things To Do In Pigeon Forge With Kids

Really great views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Image credit: Terry Marshall Holder.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pigeon Forge and nearby cities such as Sevierville and Gatlinburg lie at the entrance to the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether or not you’re visiting the park for sightseeing, hiking, or other outdoor activities (I wouldn’t recommend skipping them), the Smokies wallpaper makes for a great setting for your family fun.

There are plenty of things to do within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two of my favorite spots are Cades Cove and Klingman’s Dome. The latter is the highest point on the Appalachian Way. It’s a steep hike but the road is paved and there are plenty of places to stop and rest.

Further Read: 18 Must-see National Parks You Have To See For Yourself

Kids and Parents on Dollywood Entertainment Tour, one of the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge TN
There is something for everyone in Dollywood but as a mother of two daughters, I think it’s perfect. Image credit: Jill Robbins

2. Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country

Dollywood is a wonderful family amusement park located just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge. The two parks are located on a common site but separate admission is required for each park. Dollywood has something for the whole family.

Dollywood

This is a great park for young people. The ride strikes a great balance between not being extreme and intimidating. The thrill rides were enough to keep my family interested but not so intense that we couldn’t enjoy most of them together. There is also a selection of games geared for younger children that can accommodate adults as well.

A measuring station near the front of the park measures kids once and provides a wrist strap that indicates what they can ride on to simplify boarding. My kids were way too tall for this, but I remember when they were smaller and they were stopped several times throughout the day (sometimes more than once per attraction) to get measured, so this is a plus for parents of little ones.

Standard theme park fare available: turkey legs, hot dogs, and kettle corn. There is also a sit-down restaurant serving a family style of home cooking, Aunt Granny’s.

Moms tip: I highly recommend Timesaver Passes. Unlimited time-saving passes is $80 per person and allows you access to a private Timesaver font, bypassing the regular one. We visited on a Friday in June when the park was crowded and walked straight to every but one trip.

Dollywood Splash Country

In addition to the Dollywood Theme park, Dollywood also has a water park: Splash Country. This family-friendly water park is located near Dollywood park but has a separate parking area and entrance. The park is beautifully landscaped and has a wave pool, lazy river, splash platform for kids, several water slides and more. Check out Dollywood discounts and specials here.

Putting a tween at Crave Mini Golf, one of the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge TN
Crieff has an indoor and outdoor mini golf course. Image credit: Jill Robbins

3. Mini golf

Although we can play mini golf at home, this is one of my kids’ favorite holiday activities. Pigeon Forge has many locations where you can play mini golf as a family. We tried both Toy Box Golf and Crave Golf Club and enjoyed them both. Crave has both indoor and outdoor courses.

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Women's feet in sandals with a long view of a mountain coaster track, one of the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge TN
Guests aren’t supposed to take the phones on the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster but I snuck up on this one. There are two cameras on the course and an opportunity to purchase your photos while on the ride. This would be a bad place to lose your phone. Image credit: Jill Robbins

4. Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

This was one of our family’s favorite activities at Pigeon Forge. The ride, from start to finish, takes 9 minutes, so it’s a bit too long for a roller coaster ride. The trolleys can accommodate one or two people. You can buy single flight tickets or all day tickets. You will get a discount on frequent trips.

Rooftop goats and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster are other mountain coasters to check out in the area.

Read more: What is a roller coaster and why you need to ride one…Now!

Pigeon Forge Snow in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, one of the fun things to do
Pigeon Forge Snow is a new activity to do on a hot summer day in Pigeon Forge. Image credit: Jill Robbins

5. Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge Snow has a snow tube stream as well as a snow play area. Pay by the hour. There is a parental control area upstairs. If you visit during the hot summer, Pigeon Forge Snow might top your list of fun things to do.

Children walking through tree trunks in the water at Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park, one of the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge TN
There are plenty of adventure activities for kids to take part in at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Show, including a rolling simulator. Image credit: Jill Robbins

6. The Lumberjack Runner Paula Deen

There is a lot to do here. The adventure park includes the first of its kind zip-lining, The Flying Ox, free fall, ropes course, and more. The lumberjack runner’s 1.5-hour show occurs twice daily. Guests cheer for Dawsons or McGraws as both teams engage in a variety of great lumberjack competitions. The show is heavy on audience interaction and is a great all-round time.

Woman posing outside Sky Fly Soar America, one of the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge TN
Sky Fly Soar American is located on The Island, a popular tourist spot for dining and entertainment. Image credit: Jill Robbins

7. Sky Fly America

Sky Fly Soar America is located on Margaritaville Island. The island is a popular tourist destination in Pigeon Forge with plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining options.

Sky Fly Soar America is a one-ticket attraction similar to Soarin’s ride in Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Guests go on a simulated trip around the United States, seeing several sites showcasing nature and natural beauty before returning to Pigeon Forge. The entire experience takes about 20 minutes.

8. Top Jump Trampoline Park

Top Jump Trampoline Park is a great place for kids who have a lot of energy with their tired parents. There’s plenty of trampolines to jump in, as well as a climbing track, a gladiator-style obstacle course, and a dribbling ball. There is also a dedicated area for young children and a parental control platform.

Jumpers start and end in blocks, so you may have to wait a bit before the jumping period starts. We waited about 40 minutes from the time we entered the door until the kids jumped in. This included waiting in line, signing waivers, payment terminal, security video, and a wait of about 25 minutes for our group to get started together.

9. Track Family Fun Park

Track Family Park features go-kart rides, interactive arcade games, mini golf, horseback riding and more.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at night in Pigeon Forge TN
So beautiful at night, it’s the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Image credit: Audra Rogers

10. More fun things to do at Pigeon Forge with Kids

Here are some of the things we wanted to do and couldn’t get to. This will definitely be on our list next time!

Things to do in Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum
The Titanic Museum is a popular tourist spot in Pigeon Forge. Image credit: Titanic Museum Allure

Other Pigeon Forge Activities

You’ll find plenty of other options to enjoy year-round at Pigeon Forge. If you don’t see what you love to do at Pigeon Forge, this list just highlights what our family did on our trip.

Are you a Christmas fanatic? You’ll find Christmas 365 days a year with the largest Christmas Village in the South. Whether you’re looking for Christmas decorations or just want to enjoy that holiday atmosphere, Incredible Christmas Place is a fun place to put on your list of things to do in Pigeon Forge. If you really want to get in the holiday spirit, there’s a Christmas-themed hostel.

If you like an escape room / escape game, laser tag or ziplines, there are plenty of options to do so here. Do you want more adventures like skydiving, horseback riding, white water rafting, horseback riding or ATV riding? You’ll find them at Pigeon Forge.

If someone in your group is interested in playing golf, this guide to Pigeon Forge golf courses will help you find the perfect place to go.

places to stay

We stayed at the Margaritaville lodge and camp. This is a newer property in Pigeon Forge and is part of the RV Hotel and Park. We stayed in the King Deluxe Room which works great for families. Deluxe King Room has a king bed, pull-out sofa and separate “tent” area for children with two twin beds. There is also plenty of floor space, which is suitable for large families.

The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville has a pool with hot tub and waterslide, and there’s a lazy river in progress. There are organized kids activities, live music on the weekends and other fun – check reception for a schedule. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, Fins, and a camp store that sells sundries (including alcohol and some RV supplies) as well as some food, coffee, and juices.

There are plenty of other accommodation options in Pigeon Forge, including Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort as well as hotels, cabins, and vacation rentals at various rates. Use this interactive map to help you find a place to stay in the area.

Read more: Review: Tennessee Mountain Valley Resort

Where to eat in Pigeon Forge

There is no shortage of good food at Pigeon Forge. There is a restaurant that advertises country cooking or pancakes about every quarter mile. You’ll also find plenty of places to grab an ice cream and maybe even sample a little moonshine or check out the distillery if you’re feeling adventurous. There are also plenty of fast food restaurants and familiar franchise restaurants. Most of the attractions I mentioned above have a combination of gift shop/candy shop on site. There are plenty of opportunities to grab sweets.

If you want something extra special, check out:

Things To Do At The Pigeon Forge Hatfield And McCoy Dinner Show
It’s easy to find the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner runners from the road. Image credit: Audra Rogers

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