There are more than 40 attractions in the Smoky Mountain town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee so it is easy to find something to do and that everyone will enjoy. Pigeon Forge has the common attractions like miniature golf and go karts to the uncommon like the New Zealand invention zorbing at the Outdoor Gravity Park. There is the upside-down attraction, WonderWorks, the Titanic Museum Attraction, indoor skydiving at Flyaway, two self-controlled mountain coasters, and the amusement park, Dollywood.
With all of the choices in Pigeon Forge, you are guaranteed to have a good time!
You cannot talk about things to do in Pigeon Forge without mentioning its neighbor, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States with 20 million visitors annually.
Our top 10 things to do in Pigeon Forge are:
#1 – Outdoor Gravity Park.
We are a little biased but the “bucket list” item zorbing is a MUST DO. Outdoor Gravity Park is home to the iconic New Zealand zorbing adventure, OGO, where fun lovers slip, slide and get wet – no tumbling. The OGO ball is 11 feet high, 11 feet fat, and bouncy, sits perched at the top of a 1,000-foot hill. In a moment, its 300 square feet of plastic will go rolling towards the bottom—but only after a couple of things happen. First, up to three people dive into the sphere's belly. Then some of Outdoor Gravity Park's attendants toss 10 gallons of water into this signature attraction, and finally close the door on what's known as the OGO. The H2O makes for a slippery ride, though one without tumbling. The fast and adrenaline-packed descent is more akin to a bouncy water slide. IF YOU WANT TO STAY DRY, they offer a dry option fall, winter, early spring called DRYGO. So if you want to go zorbing you can go to Pigeon Forge on travel 5000 miles to New Zealand. www.OutdoorGravityPark.com
#2 – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the blue-like smoky mist that surrounds them. These beautiful peaks make a picturesque backdrop for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. In the Smoky Mountains you will discover 500,000 acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness on one of the oldest uplands on earth. The mountains are over 90 percent forest and home to diverse wildlife. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hikers’ paradise offering 800 miles of trails for hiking, exploration and plenty of sightseeing. In addition, there are a variety of activities throughout the year; like the unique synchronized fireflies at Elkmont. Weather conditions in the mountains tend to be moderate for most of the year making it a favorite vacation spot for couples and families alike. For a good map from the National Park Service go to: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/grsmmap2-2.pdf
#3 - Dollywood.
Dollywood is a themed based amusement park with rides, shows, food, and even lodging. A new ride goes up every year, so there is always something new to experience at Dolly’s famous park. There are also plenty of themes thru the year; come at the beginning of Dollywood’s season to experience cultures from around the world, or come during the summer for world class Barbeque and Bluegrass! It is the complete Smoky Mountain destination getaway for families looking to disconnect from the world's distractions and reconnect with each other. www.Dollywood.com
#4 - The Ripken Experience - Pigeon Forge.
If you have a youth baseball team this is the ultimate place to visit and play a tournament. Cal Ripken has set the standard of excellence for playing youth baseball and has built the world's finest youth baseball complexes in Pigeon Forge. Visit their website to find tournaments to enroll your own team in, or plan a day for the family to come and watch! www.ripkenbaseball.com/pigeon_forge
#5 – The Mountain Coasters.
There are several of these self-controlled mountain coasters throughout the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas. Each track is unique and offers an experience you’re sure to remember! You control your speed as you zip down the tracks, and can even go up to 30 mph! You’ll fly arounds corners as you zip down the mountain side in your personal coaster! For more information check out The Coaster at Goats on the Roof at: http://thecoastertn.com/
#6 - 32nd Annual Dolly's Homecoming Parade.
A must do if you like parades or Dolly Parton. The parade is May 5, 2017 and is a free event. Come watch as local entertainers, colorful floats, military veterans, and marching bands make their way down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to welcome the grand marshal, Dolly Parton, home. Pigeon Forge’s most anticipated parade usually draws over 50,000 Dolly, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountains fans. The parade will begin at 6:00 PM and travels from traffic light #7 to light #3. And, of course, you get to see Dolly Parton in person! For more info visit: http://www.pigeonforgechamber.com/event/32nd-annual-dollys-homecoming-parade-2017/
#7 – Rafting.
While this feature of the Smoky Mountains is only available during the Spring and Summer seasons it sure is worth the wait! Take a wet ride down the Little Pigeon River with an expert guide helping you along the way! You can ride the lower Pigeon for an easier, more relaxing ride or if you’re a bit of a daredevil you can make your way down the upper Pigeon which is home to some class 3 and 4 rapids. Be careful not to get thrown out! Check out Smoky Mountain Rafting to check out the schedule for 2017: http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/
#8 – The Island.
Right in the middle of Pigeon Forge, the Island is home to numerous attractions and mouth-watering restaurants. Ride to the top of the Island’s Sky Wheel to get a bird’s eye view of the strip, or take in the sunset over the Smokies! After you can could go bungee jumping, try your hand at their ropes course, or test your wits at the Escape room! After all of those thrills take it easy in Paula Deen’s restaurant for some Fried Chicken, or head into Ole Smokies Moonshine Distillery for some of that good ol’ mountain shine! Visit http://islandinpigeonforge.com/ to plan out your itinerary!
#9 – Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.
Flyaway is America’s first vertical wind tunnel, where you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program. www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com/
#10 – Dinner Shows.
Pigeon Forge is home to some of the best dinner attractions this side of the Mason Dixon. You can chose from the Dixie Stampede, a heart pounding battle between the North and South all on horseback, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, a comedic take on the famous clash of families, or the Lumberjack Adventure where you’ll find lumberjacks racing to climb, saw, and split timber in two! All three will provide you and your family with enough entertainment to forget that they all have food too! You’ll enjoy some down home cooking that’s almost as good as Grandma makes it, and portions enough to satisfy even the largest of appetites. There are also plenty of shows you can enjoy before you eat dinner. The Comedy Barn will have you rolling on the floor with laughter, and Country Tonight will have you on your feet dancing with their amazing singers and musicians. For more information visit: http://www.mypigeonforge.com/where-to-eat/dinner-shows/