Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Things to do in  Pigeon Forge

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Packed with attractions and nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is Tennessee's top family-friendly destination. There's no shortage of things to do in this fun-loving town, from the famed Dollywood theme park to interactive adventures such as the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, Rockin’ Raceway Arcade, and Pigeon Forge Snow. For the grown-ups, moonshine distilleries, comedy clubs, and country western bars throw open their doors for a rollicking good time.

Top 8 attractions in Pigeon Forge

Titanic Pigeon Forge

At the Titanic Museum, built to resemble the British ocean liner at half-scale, you take self-guided, interactive audio tours designed to share the history of the ship and its ill-fated maiden voyage of 1912. You’ll receive a boarding ticket with the name and traveling class of a historical passenger whose story is revealed as they explore interactive exhibits—and learn if their passenger survived.More


Country music legend Dolly Parton is co-owner of Dollywood, a family-centered theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Amusements include more than 40 rides and attractions, 15 live shows, and several large seasonal festivals inspired by Dolly Parton and the history of the Smoky Mountains.More

Grand Majestic Dinner Theater

Pigeon Forge visitors looking for dinner and a show won't be disappointed with the live musical performances at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater. Choose from three tribute shows, which cover genres ranging from Motown to country, and upgrade your ticket to include a large all-you-can-eat buffet dinner before the show.More

Main Event Theater

Known for hosting live music tribute shows, the Main Event Theater is conveniently located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. At a show you get to rewind through country music history with Conway Twitty covers, blast through rock and roll's past with an Elvis impersonator, and revisit Las Vegas with the music of Neil Diamond and Tom Jones.More

Red Skelton Tribute Theater

Visitors to the Red Skelton Tribute Theater can enjoy one of the two long-running shows: Brian Hoffman's Red Skelton tribute, which recreates the beloved comedian’s characters and skits from radio and television, or musician Patty Waszak’s variety show, which includes standards and rock favorites performed on a variety of instruments.More
Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center Pigeon Forge

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center Pigeon Forge

While Pigeon Forge, Tennessee may be best known as the home of the Dollywood amusement park, it got a new top attraction when the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center opened in May 2012. Built as a tribute to the U.S. film and television industry, the museum is the largest Hollywood wax museum in the country and the only one dedicated entirely to celebrities. With a large Hollywood sign, a giant King Kong scaling the New York skyline and a replica of Mount Rushmore featuring the sculpted faces of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, it is truly a can’t miss attraction.Covering 22,000 square feet, the museum offers great photo opportunities for visitors as the wax figures stand out in the open instead of behind glass. Take a selfie with Brad Pitt, dance with Michael Jackson or share a bench with Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. And then head up to the roof to get up close and personal with King Kong.More
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

On the edge of the Smoky Mountains, the family friendly roadside stop Goats on the Roof draws visitors with a wide range of attractions, including the eponymous goats that graze on the roof of the building, and also a unique Alpine-style roller coaster that twists and turns through the forest. Unlike traditional roller coasters, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof runs single carts that are driver operated. Riders can go alone or with a friend, and once they’re strapped in, they have control of the ride with a hand brake to adjust the speed. At full speed, the coaster reaches almost 30 mph, the track is about a mile long, and the average ride lasts for about 7 minutes.More
Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge

Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge

The Hard Rock Café Pigeon Forge sports a country twang in the East Tennessee home of Dolly Parton’s famed theme park, Dollywood. This particular location is fairly new, recently relocated from nearby Gatlinburg to a spacious spot next door to the Smoky Mountain Opry. In addition to the main restaurant, visitors can hang out on the outdoor patio, catch a live show on the stage or virtually explore the Hard Rock’s vast music memorabilia collection at the Rock Wall Solo, a 52-inch interactive touch wall. There’s also plenty of memorabilia to check out in person, as the Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge features three main displays devoted to Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Madonna—there’s also a lace dress from Taylor Swift among other country icons.More

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All about Pigeon Forge

When to visit

In summer the humidity is high in Pigeon Forge, and the top things to do are packed full of visitors. Instead, visit the mountain town in spring or fall, when all the attractions are open and much less crowded, too. Some events may be worth the heat and crowds, though, depending on your interests. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Fishing Expo both happen during the summertime.

Getting around

No matter where you’re headed in Pigeon Forge, the best way to get around is by the Pigeon Forge Mass Transit Trolleys. The trolley service offers more than 100 stops around Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, and an all-day ride pass (purchased at the Pigeon Forge Mass Transit office) costs less than US$3. If you have a car but don’t want to drive around the town, you can find free parking by some of the trolley pickup locations.

Traveler tips

If you’re looking to take a break from the family-friendly attractions and find an adults-oriented excursion, visit Ole Smoky Moonshine at The Island and Tennessee Shine Co. on Teaster Lane. Both distilleries offer tastings, as well as tours at their nearby Gatlinburg and Sevierville locations. Their moonshine offerings include outlandish flavors, such as butter pecan, cotton candy, and jalapeño cornbread.

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What does Pigeon Forge have to offer?

Around 10 million people per year visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, drawn to its location in the Great Smoky Mountains and outdoor opportunities like river rafting, horseback riding, ziplining, and hiking. It also is home to more than 40 attractions, including Dollywood, the Titanic Museum, and live music shows.

How many days is enough for Pigeon Forge?

Two to four days allow enough time to experience the attractions in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee—from visiting the theme parks, popping into southern eateries, and seeing a show (or two). Plus, you’ll want to spend at least one entire day at the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

What is the best month to visit Pigeon Forge?

The best months to visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are late April, May, and early June. These months allow you to avoid spring break and the busy summer when prices are higher and places are crowded. During these months, you’ll also enjoy mild weather without summer’s extreme humidity or winter’s unpleasant cold.

How much is the Ferris wheel ride in Pigeon Forge?

The Ferris wheel ride in Pigeon Forge is $15 for adults and children 12 and older, and $10 for children 3 to 10 years of age. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is located on The Island in Pigeon Forge, an entertainment complex that charges per attraction; no admission fee required.

Is the trolley in Pigeon Forge free?

No, the trolley in Pigeon Forge isn’t free, except for children 3 and younger. If you’re not keen to drive around town, the trolley is an affordable option to get from place to place. Each stop has its own fare, but an all-day pass can be purchased for just $3.

What should I wear to Pigeon Forge?

Casual is key when visiting this eastern Tennessee mountain town. Pigeon Forge is known for its southern charm and country-music roots, and you’ll see most people dressed in comfortable clothing. Bring a nice outfit if you have plans to attend an upscale restaurant or dinner theater show while you’re there.

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