Pigeon Forge Attractions: Top Things to Do on a Family Vacation

Situated in the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge offers mountain goodness paired with Southern fun. Whether it’s for a quick weekend getaway or week-long adventure, the area will keep visitors busy. Fun fact: Vacationers will find over 40 Pigeon Forge attractions. To get started, we rounded up a few of the most popular.

5 Pigeon Forge Attractions for Families to Try on Vacation

Dollywood and Splash Country

Dollywood’s theme park, one of the world’s best theme parks, offers award-winning entertainment and thrilling rides. Have a great time on 40 rides, such as the Barnstormer, Mystery Mine and Thunderhead roller coasters. In between thrills, catch a show and laugh the night away. Dollywood also has plenty of restaurants serving tasty Southern cuisine.

If taking a summer vacation in Pigeon Forge, buy tickets to Splash County. This 35-acre parks helps families cool off and features, slides, pools, rides and waves. It’s the perfect place to break from Tennessee’s heat.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the U.S., Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers activities year-round, including hiking, fishing and wildlife-watching. And don’t forget the waterfalls. Pack a lunch and explore over 80 trails located in the park. The whole family will enjoy the fresh air, exercise and looking for the Smokies resident bears and birds. Remember: Bears should not be approached. To stay safe, read these tips.

Island at Pigeon Forge

Packed full of entertainment, rides and shops, Island at Pigeon Forge encourages families to play day and night. The district houses indoor and outdoor attractions, including a Ferris wheel, ropes course, mazes, rides for all ages and games. In addition, find over 60 shops for souvenirs and locally made items. Families also have access to over 15 restaurants serving quick orders and sit down meals.

Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum, an interactive museum, has 400 artifacts that represent this epic historical event. Walk up the Grand Staircase, steer the ship and touch a real live growing iceberg. Take time to hear survivor stories, see special exhibits and find a gift for someone special.


Wonderworks offers an educational family attraction in Pigeon Forge. Learn and play with over 100 hands-on activities and see a live magic show. Marvel at the inversion tunnel, anti-gravity chamber, hurricane hole and replica of the Mercury space capsule. WonderWorks even has a re-creation of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

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