10 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge That You Shouldn't Miss

November 28, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Set against the misty blue backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a gateway to 500 thousand acres of Appalachian wilderness. If hiking over 800 miles of mountain trails and camping in dense ancient forests isn't your thing, head over to Dollywood for a different sort of fun. Founded by country queen, Dolly Parton, Dollywood combines rollercoasters, waterslides, and live bluegrass and gospel concerts, with a down home country fair.
Restaurants in Pigeon Forge

1. Dollywood

2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4101 +1 865-428-9488
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Dollywood

The 2010 Applause Award winner, Dollywood is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres and located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies, 20, than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. Guests visiting the Great Smoky Mountains can stay just a stone’s throw away from Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country at Dollywood Cabins. Accommodations range from quaint spaces just for two to sprawling floor plans that sleep up to 30 people. Guests are treated to sweeping mountain views while some cabins actually overlook Dolllywood’s popular Craftsman’s Valley area. Cabin guests receive exclusives such as free reserved parking at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country and complimentary admission to Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Reviewed By lynn l - Hillsborough, New Jersey

Loved the rides and park. It was super crowded. I was told the average people in a day in the summer is 13k and there were 23k there on 4/3. Lines for rides were long but not crazy. Lines for food were ridiculous. 40 minute wait for a chicken sandwich.

2. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

131 Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-5283 +1 865-436-6995
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 1 reviews

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery was the pioneer in Tennessee's push to provide LEGAL Moonshine to East Tennessee. Since Ole Smoky first opened it's doors in 2010, it has continued to grow and expand into a global leader in moonshine production while staying true to it's Smoky Mountain heritage. Ole Smoky Distillery at the Island in Pigeon Forge is our second distillery to open. The Island provides a great atmosphere in the middle of Pigeon Forge for families to come and enjoy shopping, food, entertainment, and now Moonshine. Our product is made in house and our working still is visible for anyone who likes to see moonshine being made. We offer samples of our moonshine to make sure you like it before you buy it. Some of our products we offer are our Original Moonshine as well as White Lightnin, Moonshine Cherries, Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peach, Hunch Punch, Blue Flame, and several seasonal flavors that will change often. We also offer shirts, hats, glassware, and lots of food products such as BBQ Sauces, Salsas, Jams, Jellies, Butters, and more which are made with our shine as well. We offer live bluegrass music daily on our outdoor stage. Pull up one of our rocking chairs and sit a spell with us, and then you can take home the most authentic souvenir of the Smoky Mountains, Ole Smoky Moonshine.

Reviewed By seabiff - Louisville, KY

We had a wonderful time Taste testing moonshine. Very good flavors and the bar tender very fun and entertaining. Highly recommended for 5.00 even of u don’t buy a bottle it’s a good time. Look for coupons and you can save a little money. Tons of flavors and tons of fun

3. Rockin' Raceway Arcade

2839 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3315 +1 865-318-3550
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rockin' Raceway Arcade

There is nothing like walking thru the doors of our Giant Jukebox and into the Biggest and best arcade in the Smokies, then experiencing the fun and excitement of this Timeless arcade. From one end of the building to the other you will find games of every type, and for every age of your family. Lights bells buzzers and whistles whirl away as you win tons of tickets to redeem for fantastic prizes at our awesome redemption center. There you will find everything from tootsie rolls to Ipads. Then step outside and rev up the engines on the Smokies fastest slick track. Spin your wheels as you slide thru the curves of this thrill filled attraction. Open daily 10 am for all your gaming and adrenaline needs.

Reviewed By Melanie B

We have been many times here and each time it’s just as great if not better then the time before. Always great payout in tickets and they have great employees that are very happy to help. Kayla was super nice as we had a 10 year old trying to figure out how to spend her 50000 tickets. Not once did she make us feel rushed. Thanks and can’t wait to come back soon!

4. Parrot Mountain & Gardens

1471 McCarter Hollow Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862-7248 +1 865-774-1749
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Parrot Mountain & Gardens

Reviewed By Travelguruler - Louisville

This was my second trip but the first for my girlfriend and her children. There is large variety of birds. My favorite part is the ability to interact with the Cockatoos, Macaws, Eclectus, Sun Conures, African Gray, Cockatiels and other small parrots. They offer seeds for 25 cents and allow you to feed and handle the birds. You can even purchase some hand fed parrots as well.

5. Mill Bridge Winery

3331 S River Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3449 +1 865-366-1664
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 187 reviews

Mill Bridge Winery

Reviewed By Ryan B - Jamestown, Ohio

Caleb. Thank you for the wonderful experience you offered us at the winery yesterday. I told him it was my friends birthday and he went above and beyond to make her feel special. This was my first time in here and the wine was FANTASTIC. We will be back for sure.

6. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

867 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-7703 +1 865-365-5000
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Come Ride the Hill and Feel the Thrill! The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States, with over 1 mile of track. So if you are looking for an unforgettable experience on your vacation here in the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a must do! The vehicles are designed to carry two visitors in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of the velocity (up to 27 mph) and this gives them a unique hands-on experience! Rain, snow or sunshine, no problem - the excellent braking effect is unchanged so you can ride year-round! Tickets and packages are now available, age restrictions may apply, parents may need to ride with small children. Our track has thousands of colored LED lights so you can experience our awesome Night Rides! The great "Über Ride" is HERE!

Reviewed By freefallin713 - Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster was so fun!! It is a must when visiting Pigeon Forge! Amazing views of the mountains and town!

7. Arcade City

131 Island Dr, Ste. 1105, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-5283 +1 865-286-0149
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Arcade City

Arcade City is a new boutique arcade that gives our customers a S.T.A.R. experience which stands for Something They'll Always Remember. We offer a unique family fun experience for all ages with a great atmosphere, the newest games and prizes. Our staff is knowledgeable, outgoing, helpful, and friendly ensuring you have an awesome visit at Arcade City. Come check us out and see for yourself...

Reviewed By Q6315YHsharong - Johnson City, Tennessee

Our family has been here twice in the last few months for outings and have had a great time each visit. Each time had a warm welcome from Frank as we walked in, he's always very helpful. Our most recent visit just a few days...MoreThanks for calling us a great place! I'm so pleased you were well taken care of by Frankie. He is a great guy who truly wants our guests to have a great experience. Look forward to your next visit.

8. The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

1341 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-7713 +1 865-366-7337
Excellent
78%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

Family-friendly Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge, TN. Each cart is equipped with hand brake, so you control the speed! Come zip through our mile long track at almost 30 miles per hour. Find us at Goats on the Roof. Fun for the whole family!

Reviewed By Dawn W - Geneva, New York, USA

Fun at dusk/dark. Good speed. Beware not to be behind slower rider. 2nd time down is only $5. Good deal. Would definately do again!

9. Big Top Arcade

3275 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3421 +1 865-365-4243
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 907 reviews

Big Top Arcade

Big Top Arcade Features the Latest and Greatest Games for every generation. Skill Games, Driving Games, Shooting Games, Redemption Games, Big Top Arcade is "Gone Green" with the Embed Card system, No more Tokens No more Tickets, Everything is done with a Re loadable Playcard that you purchase. Put any amount of money on your card.. swipe your card at the desired game of choice and Presto the Tickets you win will load to your card instead of coming out of the game. Register your card to save up for the really big prizes at our Redemption counter or cash them in when you are done playing. Our Redemption has the largest selection of the greatest prizes available, everything from Tootsie rolls to Ipads.

Reviewed By teetaylor67 - Hampton, Virginia

Our first time visiting Big Top Arcade and we had a blast! The staff was very friendly. The facility was very cleaned and well maintained. It was fun for all ages but I believe the grownups ( mainly me) in my family had more fun than the younger ones. It was a great place to spend some time with my family. If you get a chance to visit Pigeonforge, TN, you have to stop by Big Top Arcade.

10. Titanic Museum Attraction

2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-2995 +1 800-381-7670
Excellent
71%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Titanic Museum Attraction

Everyone knows the name Titanic! Everyone knows Titanic struck and iceberg! And everyone knows Titanic was lost! She sat at the bottom of the ocean for 75 years before they found her in 1985. A second expedition to the wreck site went out in 1986 and that expedition was co-led by the owner of this museum. The artifacts you see throughout the ship are REAL and valued at over $4 million dollars. You'll be able to touch a growing iceberg, experience the 28 degree water, try and steer the ship and pay tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew that were on the Titanic. You will enter as a guest and leave as a Titanic Passenger!

Reviewed By GTPicker - Mifflintown, Pennsylvania

This is one of the best museum's I have ever been to. Such a beautiful and thoughtful recreation of Titantic and story's of her passengers. The collection of artifacts is second to none. Don't forget to stop and talk to Lowell on the "bridge" of the ship! What a unique person!!

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