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Summer Vacation Season Should Take You to Pigeon Forge TN

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Whether you’re visiting Pigeon Forge for the very first time or making another trip to this great spot, there are all sorts of things to see and do. Heading to Pigeon Forge with the family? Everyone will be happy. A trip full of friends – none of you will be disappointed! Whether you have little ones, teenagers, or a combination of the two, Pigeon Forge is ideal for every family.

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What to Do

You know you headed to Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood! Spanning 150 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 world class rideshigh-energy entertainmentaward-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world! If you will be arriving mid-day and you just can’t wait to get to Dollywood? No worries. If you enter the park after 3 p.m., your passes will be good for the next day too! Children 3 and under get in free. You will most likely need more than one day to see and do all that Dollywood offers so plan to start your visit at 3 p.m. and you’ll get a day and a half for the price of one day.

Head to Old Mill Square for some shopping. You can even enjoy a southern 3 course meal at Old Mill Restaurant after doing some souvenir shopping around the square.

MagiQuest! Everyone in the group, even little ones and teenagers, will love this dragon guarded castle. Take on a group adventure or split up into smaller groups and enjoy the competition! A mirror maze, pirate themed mini-golf and a laser challenge will keep everyone busy!

The Comedy Barn is an award winning comedy variety show and family friendly. When you purchase an adult ticket you will get one free child’s ticket (11 and under).

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The Titanic Museum lets you take a self guided tour through the ship’s maiden voyage. You will find out the fate of the person who’s boarding pass you are carrying!

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show is full of entertainment and southern cooking. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is another great family friendly spot full of music and fun! You just might have a hard time deciding which show to see so why not see them all! 

Escape the Pharaoh’s clutches at the Tomb. Your family must work together to find success in a battle of wits, or face the Pharaoh’s wrath.

Walden’s Landing is a place to be sure to visit if shopping is something you love to do on vacation. This quaint, family-friendly shopping center also includes a movie theater, restaurants and a mini golf course. There is more shopping over at Pigeon River Crossings too. The Incredible Christmas Placeat the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, is a premier destination for Christmas gifts and collectibles, designer-themed Christmas Trees, novelty and traditional Christmas Lights, and hundreds of Personalized Ornaments.

Spend an awesome afternoon at Flyway Indoor Skydiving where you can get a sense of what it’s like to skydive without falling thousands of feet from a plane! I still don’t know if I would be brave enough.

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The Hollywood Wax Museum will let you take pictures with your favorite action heroes and villains, and you can visit the Hatfield and McCoy’s  where you will be entertained with a perfect blend of stunts, laughs and lovely ladies! You will also fill your bellies with fried chicken, taters, corn on the cob and dessert at this all you can eat dinner show!

No trip to Pigeon Forge would be complete without a little mini golf and the Parkway is like a playground filled with every type of course you can imagine. Plus, if your family has a need for speed, there are tons of go-cart places too. 

If you want to play detective, you can spend an evening at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show! Enjoy a four course meal while solving the case! 

If your family loves spending time outdoors, don’t miss visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove. Stop every now and again to soak up the scenery, take some pictures and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Where to Eat

If you won’t be eating dinner at one of the many dinner shows in the area, no problem. There are so many fabulous spots to try your biggest problem will be deciding where to eat.

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Mama’s Farmhouse is the perfect spot for a family style breakfast that will start any day off right. You won’t want to miss Big Daddy’s Pizzeria & Arcade for lunch or light dinner.

You can step back into the 50’s having dinner at Mel’s Classic Diner. 

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Capelli’s & Granny’sPottery House Cafe and Grille, and the Log Cabin Pancake House are all ideal spots that will be sure to satisfy everyone in the family.

Sweet treats can be found at the Chocolate Monkey  and Nom Nom’s Cupcake Factory.

If you are looking for the best steak around – head to the Alamo Steakhouse, with its hand cut Angus beef, or try some good old fashion southern eats at Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que. The slow smoked ribs and brisket will have you coming back for more!


If you are looking for things to do in Pigeon Forge without spending a fortunate, you can choose from a number of budget friendly and free things to do in Pigeon Forge. The area is beautiful and showcases mother nature at her finest!

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