If your family is going to spend Christmas time or any time in Pigeon Forge these are some things you may find fun to do. Of course, each family has their own idea of fun. Often a board game and a pot of chili in the cabin is the most fun of all!
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Dollywood – If you only come to Pigeon Forge for one attraction, Dollywood is it. Dollywood during Winterfest turns the entire park into a literal Winter Wonderland with exquisite lighting displays, decorations, Christmas themed entertainment on stage, Christmas themed food items and much more. Many of the thrilling rides will be open as well! www.dollywood.com.
Titanic Museum – A major surprise hit if there ever was one, the Titanic Museum is not only the coolest museum in the city, it is a center for special events and seasonal activities in town too. They have have special decorations and things in mind during Christmas as well and you can see everything they have going on at www.titanicpigeonforge.com.
The Old Mill – The historic center of downtown Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill is the Arts and Crafts community of the city with homemade pottery, foods, restaurants, toys, candy, gifts and much more. The Patriot Park is located just across the street and serves as the central hub of the Pigeon Forge trolley system. www.old-mill.com.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede – The dinner and show that’s been dazzling crowds for over 20 years, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an essential part of the Pigeon Forge entertainment industry and runs special shows for the Christmas season. Some of the best southern food with some of the best southern music and dancing at the same time are waiting for you at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! www.dpstampede.com.
Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals – A four wheel adventure in the Smokies! Owned by Summit Cabin Rentals in Wears Valley, Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals puts you and your family/group behind the wheel of a fully loaded Jeep Wrangler (with open air door options) so you can travel to Townsend, Cades Cove, Rainbow Falls, the multitudes of parks, hiking trails and picnic spots, and everywhere inbetween. Wedding Packages and the “Moto Beasta” available as well. www.smokymountainjeeprentals.com.
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving – There’s nothing like this for miles around in the Smokies! In downtown Pigeon Forge, next to Stewart Drugs, is the only place you can go Skydiving without launching out of an airplane. Safe fun and a thrill ride at the same time! www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com.
The Track – One of Pigeon Forge’s oldest family fun parks is still going strong at the Wears Valley junction in the downtown city. Go-karts, bumper-boats, arcade, miniature golf and one of the few places in town with an area set aside specifically for the kids. You’re also within walking distance to several of the malls, shopping areas and restaurants in Pigeon Forge as well, making the Track a positively convenient and all-around excellent idea for group entertainment in the Smokies. www.pigeonforgetrack.com.
Professor Hacker’s – How many mini-golf places let you take a magnetic mine cart ride to the starting hole? Professor Hacker’s offers some interesting charms just like this, with two 18-hole golf courses going through caves, waterfalls, jails and more, it’s one of the most fun mini-golf stations in the county. www.losttreasuregolf.com/miniature-golf-locations/pigeon-forge-tn.
The Tomb – An Indiana Jones-style adventure in Walden’s Landing, you are trapped inside the eponymous tomb by the curse of a Pharaoh and you must solve its challenges to make it out alive. A 45 minute expedition and definitely something quite different here in the Smokies. www.tombadventure.com.
The Island in Pigeon Forge – A long project in the making, the Island opened to Pigeon Forge in 2013 and it’s been an awesome new center for town ever since. Shops of all kinds, a synchronized water fountain at the front, multiple restaurants and eateries (some of which are unlike anything else in the Tennessee Smokies), a redemption arcade, a trampoline fun zone and the home of the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel that you’ve seen loom over the Pigeon Forge skyline. So much to talk about here, so little room – see more at www.islandinpigeonforge.com.
Alamo Steakhouse – The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
Bennetts BBQ – Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at www.bennetts-bbq.com.
Mama’s Farmhouse – Mama’s is a Southern-style restaurant with a twist and a mission – to recreate the Sunday Dinner experience that was intrinsic to the South in the old days. A comfortable family atmosphere welcomes you in and invites you and all yours to a table where you are fed rounds of fried chicken, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, soup or salad, biscuits, corn bread and much more, until you’re good and full! See their full menu at www.mamasfarmhouse.com.
Big Daddy’s – There are many pizza places in Sevier County, but few give you the creative, gourmet options that Big Daddy’s in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg give you! The menu starts with “Tuscan Pizza”, “Cuban Pizza”, the “Big Kahuna”, “Porky Pie” and more! Desert pizzas and sandwiches are also available. www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net.
Texas Roadhouse – Hot rolls with cinnamon butter, seasoned fries with honey mustard, chicken, steaks, burgers and even a sample of free ribs if you’ve never been to a Texas Roadhouse before is just the start of what the restaurant can offer you! Locations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. www.texasroadhouse.com.
The Smoky Mountain Brewery – One of the area’s favorite hangouts for visitors and locals alike, the Brewery is part, well, brewery, and part restaurant specializing in ribs, wings, pizzas and half-priced pizzas on Tuesday nights, sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti and a ton of other items on the menu. www.smoky-mtn-brewery.com.
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse – Pigeon Forge has an awesome Japanese hibachi restaurant almost center of downtown with Kinkaku. An extremely talented chef will come and cook your dinner in front of you – your choice of chicken teriyaki, steak, shrimp, scallop, filet mignon, tuna, lobster and much more! www.pigeonforgejapanese.com
Bullfish Grill – The Bullfish means Steak and Seafood and then some, and Bullfish Grill has plenty of it to go around with Grand Aged Angus, filet mignon, rib eye steak, wild turkey marinated chops, jumbo gulf shrimp, swordfish, and many more just waiting for your next visit to Pigeon Forge! www.bullfishgrill.com
Golden Corral – The largest and most varied buffet in PIgeon Forge, Golden Corral is where you want to eat when you don’t know what you want to eat, but want a lot of it. Buffet consists of its own bakery, salad station and even a personal chef to cut you your choice of steak. There’s pizza, bourbon street chicken, meatloaf, sweet potatoes, seafood salad and more! http://www.goldencorral.com
Mel’s Classic Diner – Take a trip back to a simpler time with Mel’s Classic Diner, just behind the parkway in Pigeon Forge. Mel’s is a great place for lunch when you just some want good old-fashioned chicken, burgers, shrimp, cheese fries, grilled chicken quesadilla, wings, or even some Cades Cove pulled pork BBQ. Nothing fancy, just good food in an easy to get to location. www.melsdinerpf.com
Mellow Mushroom – A fan-favorite and a burst of color for the restaurant scene in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant offering pies with illustrious names like “Funky Q Chicken” “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Mega Veggie”, “Mellowterranean” and more. Located on the parkways of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. www.mellowmushroom.com/store/pigeonforge
Asian Fusion Cafe – Located near Krogers and the Pigeon Forge Community Center, Asian Fusion Cafe can easily be missed and definitely shouldn’t be for fans of high quality, portion controlled Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian dishes. Hibachi dinners, import and domestic beers, Bento boxes and lots of noodles await you at Asian Fusion Cafe. www.dininginthesmokies.com/_menus/pf/fusian-cafe-pigeon-forge-menu.pdf
Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet – We have more than a few buffets to choose from in Pigeon Forge, but only one seafood buffet as of writing – courtesy of Captain Jim. Features “All You Can Eat” crab legs, domestic and import beer/liquor, fried oysters, calamari, butterfly shrimp, chicken tenders, hushpuppies, flounder, catfish and much more. www.captainjimsseafoodbuffet.com