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An Ultimate Guide To Visiting Pigeon Forge, TN

An Ultimate Guide To Visiting Pigeon Forge, TN

Hey there, travel enthusiasts! If you’re on the hunt for an adventure that won’t break the bank but is heavy on fun, charm, and incredible views, then you’ve got to hear about our jaunt to Pigeon Forge, nestled right in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.


The Must-Dos of Pigeon Forge

If you’re wondering how to kick-start your trip, whistle along to the tunes at the Smoky Mountain Opry—a dazzling medley of music that’ll have your toes tapping. Or, find yourself cheering on a wild show at Dolly Parton’s very own Dixie Stampede.

Our ultimate guide to visiting Pigeon Forge has dozens of suggestions!


Take a stroll through the Smoky Mountains and stumble upon the gem that is Dollywood. Owned by the iconic Dolly Parton herself, it’s nothing short of an adventure-packed sanctuary that draws over three million visitors a year. It’s not just the rides; the stories, the shows, and the heritage celebrated make Dollywood a Tennessee crown jewel.


Take advantage of the world’s tastiest cinnamon bread at The Grist Mill or the unique finds at Mountain Laurel Home. And if that’s not enough Dolly for you, take a splash at Dollywood’s Splash Country or dream away at DreamMore Resort.


Consider jumping around at TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena for a dose of adrenaline. Picture this: trampolines, virtual reality, arcade craziness, and ninja courses. And guess what? Your selfie game will thank you at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Snap a pic with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll or get goofy with Will Ferrell.


Don’t miss out on The Comedy Barn for a laughter-filled evening that’s all about good, clean fun—the whole family’s invited! Speaking of family, you can’t leave without trying The Track, where mini-golf and go-karts will have everyone beaming with joy.


Shop, Dine, and Unwind at The Island

When the sun dips, The Island beckons—a vibrant explosion of shops, tasty bites, twinkling rides, and those perfect people-watching spots we all adore. With more than 60 shops to explore, from the unique Savannah Bee Company to the relic-rich Patriot Peddler, retail therapy here gets a whole new meaning.


The Island’s snack game is strong, too! Byrd’s Famous Cookies or the sweet concoctions at Big Rock Candy Kitchen? Now, that’s a delicious dilemma.

While you’re there, wisp up 200 feet high on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and gasp at Tennessee stretching beneath you.


If you can afford the splurge, I recommend SkyFly: Soar America, where you’ll feel like you are flying over some of the top sites in the United States; think Soarin’ at Disney. Be sure to drop in Ole Smoky Moonshine for a samplin’ of the beloved Appalachia spirits.

And before you call it a day, hit the arcades at Arcade City, including the classics and top popular games, and don’t miss out on some serious shopping therapy at The Island’s fanciful stores.


A Touch of History and Jungle of Fun at Pigeon Forge

Ever wanted to crack a case? Work your detective skills at Alcatraz East, where crime history comes alive. Fast-forward to the luxurious and tragic past aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction, where you’ll step into the shoes of actual passengers and crew members. Over 400 artifacts are on display, plus you can walk the Grand Staircase and touch an iceberg.


And hey, whether you’re a kid at heart or bringing your little ones, the wild and whimsical mini-golf at Toy Box Mini Golf will leave you gleaming. The giant Rock’Em Sock’Em robots can be seen from the road. Afterward, soak up some Civil War history with a 90-minute stage show at Buttonwillow Civil War Theater.


Challenge yourself at an escape room. At the Great Escape Room, adventurers can choose from four different experiences: Poker Night, Escape Artist, Mountain Top Murders, or Rob the Mob. Each provides the thrilling challenge of finding your way out in under 60 minutes.

Photo from Great Escape Room website.

Dine Like a Local Legend

Ready to chow down? Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Show is your chance to become part of history’s most delicious rivalry. I don’t know about you, but devouring an all-you-can-eat feast while cheering on feuding families sounds like an unforgettable time to me!

Curious about what is on the menu? Fried chicken, pulled pork BBQ, soup, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, bread, coleslaw, and dessert.


Are you craving some nostalgia with a side of hearty meals? The historic Old Mill dishes out just that, enriching the soul with the spirit of the Smokies’ ancestors. While there, indulge in a complimentary wine tasting at Mill Bridge Winery or scoot over to Pigeon River Pottery for a dose of craftsmanship.


And we’ve barely scratched the surface of Pigeon Forge’s food scene! From Bullfish Grill, where the seafood and ribs reign supreme, to the fluffy pancake stacks of Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, your palate will thank you.

Suggestions for what to eat at Bullfish include the Spicy Shrimp and Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, which are fall-off-the-bone goodness. At Flapjack’s, the Campfire Skillets are an alternative if you want to skip the sweet pancakes.

Since you’re so close to Sevierville, don’t miss their fantastic food scene, too.


For those longing for a taste of Texas, hit up Alamo Steakhouse for a signature steak (aged, hand-cut in-house, and grilled over an oak fire). At Timberwood Grill, the appetizers (namely Timber Spears and Gold Nuggets) and robust drinks are a prelude to a feast to remember. I’ve never seen anything as cool as the red Solo Cup Ole Smoky Moonshine sampler. 


And our top pick? Frizzle Chicken Cafe serves the scrumptious Frizzle Chicken and Waffle, which is one of the best, and a whole menu full of other goodies. 


The award-winning Local Goat is a treasure trove of local flavors that support nearby farms. The Cheese Fondue appetizer served with French bread, apple slices, and soft pretzels is satisfying and tasty. Pair your meal with a creative craft cocktail or fine wine from their extensive selection. 

You can even buy the artwork right off the walls!


Where You’ll Lay Your Head in Pigeon Forge

During our stay, we cozied up at the Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, and guys, it’s a total winner. Imagine waking up to a hot breakfast (complimentary, of course!), zooming through emails with free Wi-Fi, and then splashing down an epic pool slide—yeah, that was our morning routine! 


The place oozes that rustic, cabin-in-the-woods vibe but with all the chic comforts. Think plaid vibes and Smoky Mountain charm right out of your balcony.


Pigeon Forge Beckons

Whether it’s the enthralling history, lush outdoors, splendid shopping, drool-worthy dining, or just quality family time, Pigeon Forge, TN, is your canvas for creating unforgettable tales.

Join me in celebrating this cozy corner of the world, where every road has a story and every flavor a memory. Here’s to your next Great Smoky Mountains vacation adventure!

My meals and activities were paid for by the CVB during my visit to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All opinions and reviews are my own and unbiased.

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Astrid Vinje

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Oh my, so many fun things to do with the family! I would love to visit Dollywood (I’ve always been a fan of Dolly Parton), but I think my kids would get a kick out of MagiQuest (they love playing it whenever they visit Great Wolf Lodge).

Taylor Hardy

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

My husband and I played MagiQuest for the first time, and we had a lot of fun!

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