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Top 7 Things To Do In Pigeon Forge

Nestled in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, Pigeon Forge is extremely popular as a vacation destination. It is a small town situated in Tennessee, USA offering numerous activities for tourists throughout the year.

Pigeon Forge is the perfect family-friendly vacation spot. From theme parks to outdoor sports, this small town has it all. More than 10 million people visit Pigeon Forge annually. It drives around $1.5 billion in revenue every year.

Organizing your trip beforehand can save you a lot of time and energy. If you know where to go and what to expect, you can manage your time efficiently to cover all the tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge. Here is a list of the top things to check off your bucket list while staying in Pigeon Forge.

1.    Visit Dollywood

Dollywood is one of the main tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge. It is named after Dolly Parton, the legendary singer and owner of this amusement park. As a tourist attraction, Dollywood is an all-rounder. The kids can enjoy some mild rides like bumper cars, swings, etc. If you are a bit adventurous, Dollywood offers a range of rollercoaster rides that gives you just the right dose of adrenaline.

In addition to the rides, Dollywood holds the 50s to 60s-themed shows, along with seasonal events like Harvest Festival in the fall. Any tourist site is incomplete without souvenir shops. Dollywood has multiple of those so that the tourists can keep a piece of the town with them.

Dollywood is situated in the heart of Pigeon Forge. There is a wide range of places to stay near Dollywood, and if you are looking for a comfortable accommodation, you can consider Cherokee Lodge condo rentals.

2.    Enjoy The Local Theatre

Local theatres represent the art and culture of the area. For this purpose, the authorities in Pigeon Forge have invested in theatres and comedy clubs.

If you enjoy theatre, you should check out comedy and cultural shows in various theatres of Pigeon Forge. The Comedy Barn Theatre is diverse in the shows that it offers to the audience. The singers amuse the tourists with local country music and songs. The jugglers and comedians offer family-friendly entertainment. People also indulge in light snacks to go with the shows.

Look into the existing reviews of the ongoing shows to ensure the best experience. After watching a show, also leave a review for future tourists to find.

3.    Parrot Mountains and Gardens

If you are a fan of colourful birds and exotic plants, this place is a must-visit. Parrot Mountains and Gardens houses hundreds of tropical birds. Numerous colourful flowers, plants and trees add to the beauty of the gardens. It is one of the major highlights of Pigeon Forge.

Tropical birds in the Parrot Mountains are free to fly around the gardens. Tourists interact with the birds by feeding and holding them. These gardens are open to the public from March to November when the weather is not too cold for the birds. Parrot Mountains and Gardens have perfect reviews from tourists. Tickets are available for solo and group visits. Group visits are recommended due to multiple discounts offers.

4.    Smokey Mountain Alpine Coaster

Smokey Mountains are a great tourist attraction if you have an adventurous streak. Pigeon Forge offers coaster rides that run their course through the forests and mountains. Smokey Mountain Alpine coaster is a thrilling ride that includes a one or two-person ‘sled’ that goes along a more-than-a-mile-long track through the mountain. As a rider, you can adjust how fast and slow you go. The tracks are illuminated with colourful lights and include scenic routes. In addition, there are exhilarating drops and turns along the way.

Although you can purchase single-person tickets, Smokey Mountain Alpine Coaster also offer discounts on group coupon purchases. If you are visiting with your family, it is best to go as a group to avail the amazing discounts for an exciting experience.

5.    Ziplining In The Mountains

Ziplining is another adventure you can indulge in while in Pigeon Forge. You can soar through the forests in the mountains for a magnificent view of the mountains and the valley.

Legacy Mountain Ziplines offer seven zipline courses spread across 400 acres of land. The riders are harnessed to two lines for additional safety. They are equipped with the standard safety outfit including a harness, helmet and gloves. The staff is extremely professional and polite.

In addition to ziplines, there are also rope bridges that riders can walk across. This course offers scenic views of Smokies and Mount Le Conte. Soaring 500 feet above the ground, you can catch breath-taking views of the forests, mountains and valleys. Before you go, make sure you visit their website to catch their timings and prerequisites.

6.    Visit the Wineries and Breweries

After a long day filled with adventure, wind down by visiting the local wineries and breweries. Pigeon Forge wineries offer beautiful sceneries of valleys and mountains as a backdrop for wine-tasting. In addition to the view, wineries like Rocky Top Wine Trail offers a unique experience to tourists.

Rocky Top Wine Trail includes four wineries and a cidery in the form of a trail. The first winery you visit gives you a ‘passport’ which you can get stamped at each winery. Three stamps get you a complimentary glass of wine. A visit to all four wineries and the cidery earns you an additional gift.

The famous breweries in Pigeon Forge include Yee-Haw Brewing Co and Smokey Mountain Brewery. These breweries offer food that complements different beers. They host live music sessions once a week to keep the local spirit alive. Tourists enjoy the local environment of the breweries and usually have a wonderful experience.

7.    Indulge in Local Cuisine

Pigeon Forge offers southern soul food to all the foodies who visit from far and wide. If you are a foodie looking to explore different tastes in food, various restaurants cater to this indulgence through a variety of local cuisine. In addition to restaurants, look for street food and satisfy your taste buds with some local spices and recipes.

Wrapping up

Despite being a small town, Pigeon Forge has made its mark as a unique vacation destination. It caters to the adventurous, the curious, the artistic, and foodies, all in one place. With so many fun things to do in Pigeon Forge, you should do your research and make a travel itinerary to make the most of your experience.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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