14 Valentine’s Day Activities in the Smoky Mountains

Two glasses of wine in front of a mountainous landscape.

If you are looking for ideas of where to take that someone special in your life this Valentine’s Day, look no further. The greater Smoky Mountain region is full of activities that will give you and your partner memories to last a lifetime. Whether you want to execute a large or simple gesture, keep reading to see our top picks on what to do this Valentine’s Day.


1. Go on a Coffee Date

Not every kind, loving gesture has to be a large one. Sometimes a small, simple setting like a coffee shop is the perfect place to spend quality time with a loved one. Silence your phones, try a new drink or pastry, and fall in love all over again as you are reminded of quaint beginnings.

Coffee Shops in the Smokies:

Black Rifle Coffee Co.

The Coffee Armory


2. Have an Old-Fashioned Arcade Date

Guy helps his girlfriend drive a fake car in an arcade game.

For those of you who like to play games and have a competitive side, an old-fashioned arcade date in the Smokies is the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to challenge your significant other to air hockey or shoot hoops until you get enough tickets to win them a prize, arcades are a great way to have fun with your loved one. No matter the age, everyone’s eyes light up when they go to choose a prize at an arcade.


Arcade City

Big Top Arcade


3. Walk Around the Island in Pigeon Forge on Valentine’s Day

If you enjoy romantic strolls and wandering in and out of shops, a night walk around The Island in Pigeon Forge might be the perfect date for you and your partner. Stop for dinner at one of their many restaurant options, then walk it off as you look around the various stores. If you want to have an extra special moment, cozy up in one of the pods of The Wheel and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the city at night.


4. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tunnel on road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you are feeling adventurous this Valentine’s Day, go explore the great outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The quiet, calm environment of the woods and the beautiful landscapes set the perfect environment for great conversation and quality time. From Laurel Falls to Grotto Falls, Cades Cove to Foothills Parkway, there is plenty of beauty to be seen.


5. Get Something Sweet with Your Sweetie

Is there anything that screams Valentine’s Day like candy and chocolate? If you and your loved one have a sweet tooth, you should try a new kind of treat. Have you ever had buzzed ice cream? Frozen custard? The world of sweet treats has moved greatly beyond a simple box of chocolates.

Here is a great list of where to find something sweet:

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Rita’s Italian Ice & Custard

Gigi’s Cupcakes


6. Go Axe Throwing

Axe in a piece of wood at Country Roads Axe Co.

Adrenaline junkies will love this date activity. Country Roads Axe Co. featuring West by God Coalfired Pizza is a great place to eat, have fun, and throw some axes. For any couples who are competitive, this date will surely keep you on your toes.


7. Visit a Museum

If you and your partner love learning and immersive experiences, museums make for great dates. If you want an experience that is unique that will give you plenty of fun facts to walk away with, we recommend visiting one of our museums.

Museums in the Smokies:


Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment

Alcatraz East True Crime Museum


8. Stroll Through the Old Mill District

The Old Mill by the River in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

A classic Smoky Mountain favorite, the Old Mill district is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one. Enjoy a meal at the Old Mill Restaurant or the Pottery House Café, stop by the Old Mill Creamery for dessert, then go to the Candy Kitchen for some delicious treats to take home. Buy each other gifts at Pigeon River Pottery or the Old Mill General Store. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the historic atmosphere with this popular stop in Pigeon Forge.


9. Enjoy a Nice Valentine’s Day Dinner

Traditions are timeless, and a nice dinner date on Valentine’s Day is always a good choice. Whether you want steak, seafood, or homestyle southern cooking, the Smoky Mountain region has plenty of options for a wonderful dinner date you will be sure to remember.

Dining in the Smokies:

Alamo Steakhouse

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House

Ancient Lore Village

J. T. Hannah’s Kitchen

Mama’s Farmhouse

Local Goat

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant


10. Play in the Snow

Couple skiing in the mountains.

Is there anything that feels more like a scene from a rom-com than being in the snow with the love of your life? Here in the Smokies, you and your partner can have fun in the snow even if it is not in the forecast. From snow tubing, to ice skating, to snowboarding, skiing and more, we have it all.

Snowy Places in the Smokies:

Ober Mountain

Pigeon Forge Snow

Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snow Park


11. See a show

This Valentine’s Day, mix things up a little by going to a live theater instead of a movie theater. Whether you are interested in tricks, singing, dancing, or other talents, there is surely something for everyone at one of our amazing shows in the Smokies.

Live Shows:

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Murder Mystery Dinner Show


12. Enjoy a Spa Day with your Valentine

If you and your significant other need a chance to slow down and relax, a spa day would be ideal this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy facials, massages, pedicures, and more. Go to a spa and take care of you and your partner the same way you both take care of your relationship.

Spas in the Smokies:

The Spa at Riverstone

St. Somewhere Spa


13. Tour the Rocky Top Wine Trail

Two glasses of wine in front of a mountainous landscape.

Do you and your partner like wine tasting? Do you want to try wines paired with the perfect cheeses and meats? Enjoy Tennessee’s most visited wine trail right here in the Smoky Mountains. You can choose between a self-guided or shuttle tour, and you can add packages to try various foods and get behind-the-scenes looks at how the wine is made. If you find something you like, purchase a bottle as a keepsake from your unique Valentine’s Day date.

Wineries on the Tour:

Hillside Winery 

Apple Barn Winery 

Mill Bridge Winery 

Apple Barn Cider House 

Mountain Valley Winery 


14. Get a New View of the Smokies

Image showing Riverboat from Tennessee Riverboat Co.

Do you want to do something truly unforgettable this Valentine’s Day? Book a trip for you and your significant other to see the Smokies in a whole new way. Get an aerial view from a helicopter or a barnstormer plane. If heights are not your thing, book a trip on a riverboat to see beautiful views along the Tennessee River. Make greater memories by exploring the Smoky Mountains in a whole new way.

Unique Tours in the Smokies:

Sky High Air Tours 

Scenic Helicopter Tours 

Tennessee Riverboat Company 


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