Most people tend to come to the Smoky Mountains in a group, whether it’s with parents, grandparents, cousins, and kids. You and the family are looking to plan the best family vacation ever and you’ve decided to come to Pigeon Forge. Looking for activities that’s fit for the whole family can sometimes be a challenge due to age, height restrictions, and the size of your family. Don’t worry I’ve been there too. Traveling with a big family was always hectic but I loved every minute of it! I’ve created a list for you and your family of the coolest activities and experiences yawl will never forget on your vacation to the Smoky Mountains.
1. Crave Mini Golf
As of the newest attractions here in Pigeon Forge, Crave Golf Club is the “sweetest” activity for the family to show off much more than their mini golf skills. With the candy- themed atmosphere and innovative courses, your family will have a great time with a little friendly competition. Crave offers 2 courses, indoor and outdoor, both complete with 19- holes and some sweet themes along the way. The “Spin Zone” offered at each hole really adds potential to increase the competition!
Don’t forget to check out the mini bowling for a fast- paced experience. The kids will love it and so will adults! After your golfing and bowling adventure, head to the Sweet Shop and Milkshake Bar for a sweet treat!
Check out Crave’s website here: https://www.cravegolf.com/about-us/
2. The Island Ropes Course
Let kids unleash their inner daredevil while you relax…..on the ground. This ropes course located at The Island is perfect for the kids to play on while you sit and enjoy the fountains and shops! There are two courses offered which include the Sky Tykes Course and the Sky Trail Explorer. For anyone like me, the Sky Tykes is great! Focused for smaller children and those who prefer to be closer to the ground, this course is designed for younger kids under 48″ tall. As for the second trail, Sky Trail Explorer, kids are challenged with wobbly walkways and tightrope nail biters all while exploring up 3 stories high! If you’re brave enough, there’s a Quick Jump at the end for kids to enjoy a free fall experience!
Check out The Island Ropes Course here: http://islandinpigeonforge.com/play/the-island-ropes-course/
Foxfire Mountain is an adventure park situated on 150 acres in the Great smoky Mountains. It’s about 20 minutes away from Pigeon Forge, but worth the drive! The park offers ten different adventures to its guests including the fasted, longest, and highest biplane in the area! They also offer a giant climbing wall and the longest swinging bridge in America!
Kids who are 10 years old and older can enjoy any of Foxfire’s two zipline courses. The Goliath Zipline course is the highest at 475 ft and longest in the Smoky Mountains. On the Goliath Zipline you’ll reach speeds up to 55 mph! There’s also the Waterfall Canopy Tour, which is a popular family adventure. This tour takes you across seven platforms and two sky bridges as you biplane over creeks, waterfalls, hillsides, and cliffs.
In addition to the zippiness, families can enjoy king around the property, visiting farm animals, an ATV Bear Crawler off road adventure (3 years and older), climbing walls (5 years and older) , and even the Tree Climber Aerial Course ( 7 years and older)!
Check out Foxfire Adventure Park’s website here: https://www.foxfiremountain.com
4. Gold Rush Stables
Gold Rush Stables offers a 2 1/2 mile trail that takes an hour to ride. We have 5 trails to accommodate any level of experience. All trails are safe with no extreme trails. Being open 7 days a week helps to squeeze in that extra fun during your family vacation with available times all day long! Rides begin at: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm. The stable also has kid friendly horses (minimum age of 6 years old)
Check out Gold Rush Stable’s website here: http://goldrushstables.com/gold-rush-stables/
If you’re looking for ways to get the sugar rush out of your kids, look no further. Take them to TopJump Trampoline Park, let them run out all the energy, and relax while you sit in a comfortable chair. Sounds like a dream right?! I know… Let the kids experience all that TopJump has to offer with open jump, trampoline dodgeball and basketball courses, a ninja warrior course, and the clip ‘n climb course. Clip n’climb is the largest of it’s kind in the U.S. which offers anyone over the age of 4 to clip themselves on any of the unique climbing walls, and obstacles. There are 21 different climbing lanes for your child to enjoy!
Along with all the jumping fun, TopJump also offers a huge arcade and of course, the Sugar Rush Candy Store with every type of candy you could imagine!
Check out TopJump’s website here: https://www.topjump.com
6. Rafting in the Smokies
Okay I know what you’re thinking… big rapids and small children don’t go together! Luckily, our friends at Rafting in the Smokies get it and they want to make sure your family has the best experience! Float down the lower section of the Big Pigeon River, which has calm Class I and Class II rapids. Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, your family and friends will be escorted down 6 miles of this casual and laid back section of the river. No experience is necessary! This trip is open to anyone 3 years old or older – life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets are provided and required for all participants.
The scenery surrounding the upper and lower sections of the Pigeon River is just as breathtaking as the river itself. Skirted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon River has carved its rocky riverbed through some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee.
Check out Rafting the Smokies’ website here: https://raftinginthesmokies.com/rafting-in-the-smokies-float-trips/
7. Stay At A Hotel With an Awesome Pool
Make sure your vacation is perfect by staying somewhere where the kids and walk to an afternoon full of fun! RiverStone Resort and Spa offers condos for your stay with an outdoor lazy river, indoor pool, kids playground, and even a riverfront picnic area!
The kids will love staying at the Courtyard by Marriott with the 24- hour outdoor lazy river and indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and 3 fire pits! leave the tubes at home, they provide them for you! Hotels aren’t just for sleeping, enjoy and have where you stay in the Great Smoky Mountains!