Pigeon Forge may be a small Tennessee town, but it’s jam-packed with fun attractions like theme parks and entertaining dinner shows. It’s also conveniently located close to both Knoxville and Gatlinburg if you’re looking for alternative things to do in Gatlinburg. Having a stopover in either city is also one of the best things to do on the way to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Some of the city’s most popular family-friendly attractions include Pigeon Forge Snow, an indoor snow tubing park; and The Island in Pigeon Forge, which has shops, rides, restaurants, and more. Here are many more fun things to do in Pigeon Forge this weekend.
Dollywood is known as the only theme park with southern charm. Co-owned by Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment, it’s surrounded by the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. With over three million visitors annually, it’s also Tennessee’s most popular ticketed attraction. Although Dollywood features 40 fun rides, it also hosts live music performances and traditional crafts stalls. Next door you’ll find Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark, the DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner show.
2. Titanic Museum Attraction
The world’s largest Titanic museum, this two-story museum is shaped like the RMS Titanic. The Titanic Museum Attraction features over 400 authentic Titanic artifacts – a collection valued at around $4.5 million. The interactive and self-guided experience allows you, the ‘passenger’, to walk up the replica Grand Staircase, touch an iceberg, sit in a lifeboat and hear genuine passenger stories, and attempt to stand on a sloping deck. It’s a fantastic family-friendly attraction in Pigeon Forge.
3. The Island in Pigeon Forge
Another one of the most family-friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge is to visit The Island, a one-stop entertainment center. Whether you want to eat at specialty restaurants, shop until you drop at over 60 stores, listen to live music, or get the adrenaline pumping on a ride, you can do all of this and more at The Island in Pigeon Forge. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a 200-ft tall observation wheel and dancing fountains.
4. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
Settle in to watch the longest-running family feud in history between the Hatfield and McCoy families. The show includes a little bit of everything: singing and dancing, Hillbillies diving into a swimming hole, lots of laughs, and jaw-dropping stunts. The show is accompanied by an all-you-can-eat southern homestyle feast of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pulled pork, homemade bread and so much more. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show is one of the best nighttime attractions in town.
5. WonderWorks Pigeon Forge
From the moment you see WonderWorks’ upside-down building exterior, you know you’re in for a fun time. The attraction is part theme park, part science museum, with over 150 interactive exhibits that kids will love. This includes the Inversion Tunnel, the Hurricane Simulator, the Bed of Nails, and the Bubble Room. Other fun activities at WonderWorks include an illusion show, a laser tag course, and a glow-in-the-dark ropes course. Your children won’t want to leave!
6. Hollywood Wax Museum
The largest wax museum in the United States, at the Hollywood Wax Museum you can rub shoulders with wax replicas of your favorite celebrities from TV shows, films, and the music industry. Take advantage of the props and dress up to have your photo taken alongside Sandra Bullock, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center also includes three other attractions: Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, Castle of Chaos, and Outbreak – Dread the Undead.
7. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
Established in 2013, the Snowy Mountain Alpine Coaster is a thrilling mountain coaster ride. At over a mile long, it also features the country’s longest downhill track. As you have full control over your speed, it’s suitable for children too. A ride on the Snowy Mountain Alpine Coaster takes you through the trees and down the mountainside in about eight minutes. This is another one of the top family-friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge.
8. Parrot Mountain & Gardens
Parrot Mountain and Gardens feature four acres of landscaped gardens in a Garden of Eden-style setting. It’s home to hundreds of tropical birds and parrots, as well as many different flower and plant species. In the bird garden, you’ll find about 70 birds on open perches, which you can feed or take photos alongside. There’s also a baby bird nursery, and you can even purchase your own pet bird. Now that is a unique souvenir!
9. The Comedy Barn
The Comedy Barn is proud to be the world’s most successful and clean comedy theater show for the past 25 years. The family-friendly show goes for two hours and includes barnyard animals, magicians, country and gospel musicians, ventriloquists, and comedians. The Comedy Barn says you’ll laugh until you can’t laugh anymore. If you have time, buy a dinner show combo and get discounted tickets to additional performances like the Hatfield and McCoy or Dolly Parton’s Stampede shows.
10. Pigeon Forge Snow
You can hit the slopes year-round at Pigeon Forge Snow, which is a one-of-a-kind attraction and America’s first indoor snow park. Featuring snow tubing hills with a difference, the attraction makes real snow daily and is always a comfortable 60 to 70 degrees. There’s also a Snow Play area, where children can make snowmen in the middle of July. Visiting this snow park is one of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge this summer.
11. Rockin’ Raceway Arcade
Another indoor attraction to check out is Rockin’ Raceway Arcade, which has two main activities available. First up is the go-kart racetrack, which features adrenaline-pumping hairpin turns. There are both single and double seat go-karts available for very reasonable prices. Next up at Rockin’ Raceway Arcade is the retro-themed arcade with its bright neon lights (the perfect Instagram backdrop if you ask us). It has over 150 games and rock music playing all day long.
12. The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
It’s hard to miss Goats on the Roof, as there are literally real goats hanging out on its rooftop. Onsite, there’s a gift shop, a sweets shop stocked with homemade fudge and ice cream, a gem mining area, and of course, the renowned Goat Coaster. Similar to the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster mentioned above, this is another mountain coaster that’s slightly smaller in length but reaches a top speed of nearly 30 miles per hour.
13. Arcade City
If Rockin’ Raceway Arcade doesn’t whet your gaming appetite, head to Arcade City at The Island in Pigeon Forge. FACE Amusement owns both businesses, which use the same Play Card payment system. But whereas Rockin’ Raceway has retro vibes, Arcade City is a more modern facility. It features top-of-the-range games, where you can compete alongside friends and shoot some hoops, play air hockey, and attempt to master the claw to secure a coveted prize.
14. Tomb Egyptian Adventure
Located at The Shops at Lumberjack Square inside a replica pyramid, The Tomb Pigeon Forge is an ancient Egypt-themed escape room adventure. Your team instantly become archaeologists trapped inside an ancient Egyptian tomb thanks to a Pharaoh’s spirit, and you have 45 minutes to solve clues and try to escape. Suitable for the whole family, it’s one of the most fun things to do in Pigeon Forge if visiting with a large group of friends or family.
15. Outdoor Gravity Park
Speaking of fun attractions in this Tennessee town, why not go zorbing at Outdoor Gravity Park? The only zorbing park in the United States, zorbing involves rolling down a hill in an 11-ft inflatable ball filled with 10 gallons of water. Outdoor Gravity Park has three tracks available, including a zig-zag and fast track. Up to three people can ride in one zorb at a time, and it’s available to children aged five years and older.
If you have ever wanted to be Harry Potter for the day, you must visit MagiQuest. It’s an interactive and live-action enchanted fantasy game, where players go on quests and use real magic wands to solve mysteries. But that’s not all there is to do at MagiQuest, as it’s also home to Special FX Pirate Golf, an 18-hole black-light mini-golf course, as well as The Vault Laser Challenge, and Odyssey – A Mirror Maze Adventure