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Eight Tips for An Unforgettable Weekend in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States and holds much to offer. Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, it is a great weekend getaway for those looking to unwind from their hectic lives.

From gorgeous mountain views to fun attractions like water parks, museums, and much more, it is a quaint little town with big-city entertainment.

With a bobsled and gondola ride, an indoor waterpark, and one of the world’s tallest water slides, there is enough to keep the kids happy! Not to mention the countless sporting fields where you can play soccer and courts to rollerblade.

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Pigeon Forge is also home to Dollywood, a theme park with tons from country music legend Dolly Parton. You can even take your family down to Ripley’s Aquarium, where they will be amazed by creatures living under the sea.

With that in mind, if you are looking for more than scenic views, keep reading to know what awaits!

  1. Live Entertainment Shows

Live entertainment is a terrific way to get into the holiday spirit. You can watch live shows and performances or take part in them yourself. Here are some fun options:

  • Dinner Shows: Dinner shows are a fantastic way to spend time in Pigeon Forge. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud is one of the best dinner shows in Pigeon Forge that features singin’ and dancin’, along with lots of stunts, comedy and more. 
  • Live Music: If you love music, Country Tonite Theatre is one of the best in Pigeon Forge that features live music sessions, comedy and dance. 
  • Comedy Shows: Comedy shows are another popular choice because they are always hilarious and offer immense value.
  1. Visit Dollywood

Dollywood is a theme park based and has many attractions and rides. It has been around since 1972, when it opened its doors as a family entertainment destination. Today, it has grown into a world-renowned attraction with over 80 rides and attractions that include roller coasters, water slides, children’s rides, and live shows.

You can also participate in Dollywood’s annual festivals, the Harvest Festival or Smoky Mountain Christmas. The park is open year-round and offers plenty of fun for all ages!

  1. Where to Stay

Many people who visit Pigeon Forge want to rent an entire home instead of just renting out a room or apartment while there— this is where renting out affordable places comes into play. Renting out a big enough place for family means you get all the benefits of having someone else take care of everything. 

Depending on your budget and other requirements, you can find loads of accommodation options in Pigeon Forge. We suggest staying close to nature to take in all the views. Also, ensure that you book your place before heading out. 

  1. Take a Ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is the tallest observation wheel (200 ft) in the eastern United States, found in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It has 36 enclosed gondolas that can carry up to 8 people each. You will enjoy a spectacular view of this quaint town if you decide to go on a ride. 

  1. Visit The Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum is a beautiful place to learn about history, especially if you want something to keep your kids entertained. There are a lot of interactive exhibits, a movie theater, and information about the sinking of the Titanic. If you are unsure what your child wants to do while in Pigeon Forge, this is one place where they can find something fun!

  1. Spend a Day on the Island in Pigeon Forge

If you want to spend a day of fun with the kids, look no further. The Island, as it’s called, has many rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water parks, and more. There are also plenty of restaurants on site with great food options.

There is a beach within walking distance of the Island if you want to take the kids and soak up the sun. However, if you are unsure about swimming in open waters, we recommend renting a raft.

  1. Visit the Speed Zone Fun Park

Speed Zone Fun Park is the perfect place to spend time in Pigeon Forge. The park features over 20 rides and attractions, including the famous roller coaster and bumper cars.

The roller coaster is one of its most popular attractions, with riders zooming up and down hills at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour! Riders can also enjoy bumper cars or mini golf on a course designed for adults (no children allowed). There are also go-carts available for rent if you want.

  1. Visit Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains and is found just outside Pigeon Forge. At 6,643 feet above sea level, it is a beautiful place to experience nature at its most beautiful—without being scared of heights!

Clingmans Dome is home to over 1,800 flowering plants and more than 100 animals. Several hiking trails lead you through this natural wonderland. Take advantage of the outdoor activities if you want an adventure to leave your senses reeling—possibly with some bruises from the rough terrain.


Pigeon Forge is the perfect spot to spend an easy, stress-free weekend. It is full of shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions that satisfy even the pickiest nature lover. You can get so much done in one short weekend. 

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