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Tourists flock to this tiny town to have fun at its many amusement parks, but things to do in Pigeon Forge can include many activities beyond trivial thrill rides. Designed to look like the famous 1912 ocean liner, Titanic Museum chronicles the stories of several passengers and crewmembers of the ill-fated ship. Parrot Mountain & Gardens is a heaven for bird-watchers and other nature lovers. A side trip to Cades Cove offers opportunities to explore untamed wilderness and historical mills, churches, barns, and houses dating as far back as 1818. Dollywood, a sprawling theme park owned by country singer Dolly Parton, remains the town's biggest attraction.

Pigeon Forge is best known for its Theme Parks, Dinner Theaters, and Water Parks.

Top 15 things to do in Pigeon Forge

1. Dollywood

Dollywood sits in the verdant foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Owned by country singer Dolly Parton, the venue offers standard amusement park thrill rides, as well as attractions with traditional crafts and music of this region. The park frequently features musical events, with regular appearances by Dolly herself. You can choose from ten themed areas packed with roller coasters, rafting rides, craft exhibits, carousels, water-toboggan rides, and live shows. The park's signature attraction is a narrow-gauge train pulled by two steam locomotives. Try to plan for a stop at the museum dedicated to gospel music. It has an interactive video and sound clips, plus thousands of items belonging to the genre's biggest names.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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2. The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is your one stop shop in Pigeon Forge for affordable family fun all night and day! Explore our terrific new shopping and entertainment complex with more than sixty retail and specialty shops, a number of popular restaurants and eateries, rides and games, dancing fountains, live music, attractions and much more.

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Suggested duration: 8 hours
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3. Parrot Mountain & Gardens

At Parrot Mountain & Gardens you can interact with the colorful birds that fill this sanctuary, including toucans, magpies and, yes, parrots. Take a walk through the park’s Secret Garden, have your picture taken with a tropical bird, or feed some new friends nectar while they rest in the palm of your hands. You can also simply take in a quick bite and a view of the Smoky Mountains while listening to the singing of these captivating creatures from the park’s deli.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Titanic Museum Attraction

Step back in time with a visit to Titanic Museum Attraction, a two-story structure designed to look like the famous ocean liner. Built in half-scale to the original ship, this is the largest permanent venue of its kind in the world. Designers built this structure in a pool, which gives visitors the illusion of being on the ship, adrift at sea. To discover what it must have been like to travel as one of the original passengers of the ill-fated ship in 1912, take a self-guided tour of the venue. As you explore the replica, you can see over 400 artifacts spread over 20 galleries, chronicling the stories of several passengers and crew members.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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5. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Take a tour of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine for a true Appalachian experience. Located in downtown Gatlinburg, the distillery is one of the most visited tourist spots in the Smoky Mountains. Just follow the smell of fermenting grains as you pass an outdoor stage with live bluegrass music, and you'll soon find yourself in an authentic working still where you'll experience the distilling process and learn about the history of the mountain-made moonshine. At the end of your tour, stop at the store for a shot of this much-loved adult beverage.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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7. Zipline

Battle your way through a treetop canopy course, zipping and sliding back and forth through the splendid vegetation of Great Smoky Mountains. You'll feel safe with a pro guide by your side, allowing you to test your skills without getting hurt--you'll face a variety of obstacles, such as swinging vines, hanging nets, and dangling bridges. Choose your own set of challenges, appropriate for beginners and advanced thrill seekers alike. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours navigating a zipline adventure course.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

With almost 2 km (more than 1 mi) of track, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States. The gravity-driven rollercoaster features bobsled-style cars that you can control. Lay off the brakes if you want to reach speeds of up to 43 km/h (27 mph). If you're not going too fast, you'll see great views of Smoky Mountains as you speed along the track. Ride alone, or share the thrill with a partner. Ask about group rates.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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10. Sugarlands Distilling Company, Gatlinburg

Savor the fine quality moonshine and whiskey, and learn about the history of moonshine distilling at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Taste free samples of authentic brews, learn about the behind-the-scenes processes, and shop for a wide range of moonshine flavors, including apple pie, butterscotch, and cinnamon. Enjoy live music, listen to Appalachian storytelling, and take an outdoor adventure tour of the area historically known as “Moonshiners’ Paradise.” People under the age of 21 can enter the distillery, but they can't drink the alcohol on site.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals

At Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals, our jeeps aren't good...they are the best! With brand new inventory and upgraded wheels and tires you will soon find out why we are the best Jeep Rental company this side of the Mississippi.

You may have been to the Smokies before, but if you haven't rolled the windows down, let the soft top back, and cruised through the national park in a Jeep Wrangler, you are simply letting the best in life get by.

Anybody can buy hundreds of dollars worth of Go-Kart and amusement park tickets, be crammed through a turn style and packed into a mile-long line, wait 2 1/2 hours for the 49 seconds of high speed maneuvers followed up by severe dizziness and nausea. You are destined for something bigger, something BETTER.

Come by, pick up a Jeep, and take the family on a whirl wind of adventure they could only, until now, read about in the Sunday paper. Our rental process is fun, easy, and will only take you a few minutes, a precious few minutes you will need, to look in the mirror and remind yourself of how awesome you are going to look gripping that steering wheel as you ride away into the sunset. Forget what your driving instructor told you about 10 and 2, you grip that wheel at noon and leave your worries behind you.

Feeling the itch for adventure? We know...it stings. Call us! We can help. 865-805-5348
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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12. Big Top Arcade

The circus is in town forever at Big Top Arcade! Join in the fun with skill games, driving games, shooting games, and instant win games! There’s almost too much to contain under one circus tent!

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Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

Explore the wonders of the underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The world-class aquarium offers an array of interactive exhibits, with over 10,000 sea creatures of over 350 diverse species. Stand on the moving pathway as it takes you through the aquarium's underwater tunnel to admire giant sea turtles and 3.7 m (12 ft) sharks. Enjoy a hands-on experience in the tide pool exhibit, where you can handle horseshoe crabs and stingrays, or stay for a diving and feeding show with the dolphins. Check the aquarium’s website before your visit, as discount tickets are often available.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. The Old Mill Candy Kitchen

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Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Mountain Valley Winery

Part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, Mountain Valley Winery uses locally grown grapes to craft its wines. Set in the Great Smoky Mountains, the winery is known for its elegant atmospheric tastings and tours. Take a tour through the cellars, then pass through the gift shop and pick up a bottle. The attraction's wines are served at local restaurants, so you can seek out your favorites if you dine locally.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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