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If you haven’t been to Pigeon Forge yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. This All-American mountain town located in Eastern Tennessee is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and is a major tourist destination with a long list of exciting things to do and see.
In addition to the beautiful natural scenery and miles of great outdoors to explore, there is also a plethora of shops, restaurants, shows, and attractions for visitors of all ages. In fact, you’d probably have to spend at least a week trying to take in everything Pigeon Forge has to offer. But if you only have a couple of days to spare, here are some of the best things to make sure you take in during your visit.
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What Is It? Dollywood, a theme park and water park owned by Dolly Parton, is perhaps the most popular attraction in Pigeon Forge.
Why Do It? The theme park, which spans over 150 acres, features 40 rides including roller coasters, water rides, kids rides and classic favorites, 15 different shows, real Southern-style dining and 5 of the South’s largest festivals including the Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival, and Smoky Mountain Christmas, which features over 4 million lights!
Good to Know: In the summertime, make sure to save some extra time for Dollywood’s Splash Planet, a water park with wade pools, slides, splash areas and river rapids.
What Is It? WonderWorks isn’t your typical amusement park.
Why Do It? Not just because it’s indoors, but also because the building itself is upside-down. The story goes that the once top-secret laboratory used to be located in the Bermuda Triangle, but after an experiment went awry, it ended up landing upside-down on Music Drive in Pigeon Forge. Now, kids (and adults) can explore the over 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” that challenges their minds with more than 100 hands-on exhibits.
Good to Know: Don’t worry, you won’t have to do the whole thing upside-down… you’ll pass through a special Inversion Tunnel that will get you back right-side-up before you enter the six Wonder Zones.
What Is It? History buffs will definitely want to make a stop at the fascinating Titanic Pigeon Forge – the World’s Largest Titanic Museum Attraction.
Why Do It? You don’t just learn about the historic ship here, you get to experience the whole thing, from walking the hallways and parlors, seeing the cabins and Grand Staircase, and eventually, touching a real iceberg and reaching into freezing 28-degree water. You’ll also view more than 400 artifacts that were salvaged from the ship and its passengers, and try your best to stand up on the sloping decks. And if all of that wasn’t realistic enough, each guest receives a boarding pass of an actual Titanic crewmember or passenger upon entering the museum.
Good to Know: Before you exit, you can find out what happened to them in the Titanic Memorial Room, where 2,208 names line the walls.
What Is It? The Island in Pigeon Forge is a one-stop destination in and of itself.
Why Do It? This massive shopping and entertainment complex has more than 60 shops and 18 restaurants. The list of attractions goes on and on with rides, games, an arcade, an escape room experience, a ropes course, the 200-foot high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and The Island Show Fountain that dances and changes color to music all day and night.
Good to Know: You only have to park once and then can walk to everything all in one spot!
What Is It? Also owned by Pigeon Forge native Dolly Parton, the Dixie Stampede is a fun-filled, action-packed dinner attraction that is open to visitors of all ages.
Why Do It? Enjoy some authentic Southern cuisine while watching the live show that features 32 horses, dramatic lights and sounds, and even pyrotechnics!
Good to Know: At Christmastime, make sure to check out Christmas at Dixie Stampede, where you and your family get to go along on a holiday trip and meet elves, watch as the Sugar Plum Fairy brings toys to life, and take in the majesty of the living nativity.
What Is It? The Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge is the only place in America where you can go zorbing.
Why Do It? Zorbing is basically being inside a giant, human hamster ball (or an 11-foot transparent sphere, to be more exact). If you’re brave enough to jump inside one of these giant balls, you have your choice of 3 different zorbing experiences – The Speed Demon, where you’ll race down a 1000+ foot hill; The Extreme Zig Zag, an adventurous back and forth track; and the FUNnel, a combination of the other two tracks.
Good to Know: Riders can also choose a wet zorbing experience called H20GO, where 10 gallons of water (cool in the summer and warm in the winter) is added to the sphere before you’re sent off down the hill!