A to Z Things To Do in The Smokies in 2020

A. Anakeesta

This family friendly outdoor adventure is full of exciting and fantastical experiences. Stroll along the 16 bridge Tree Canopy Walk 40’–60’ feet above the forest floor, and explore the whimsical Tree House Village Playground with the kids.

B. Bike the Smokies

Bike the Smokies makes it easy for you to get outside and appreciate the Smokies in an up-close and personal way with hourly rentals and a variety of guided tours. Slow down and truly experience the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains in a whole new way – by bike. Whether you ride alone, with friends or your whole family, a bike tour in the Smoky Mountains creates lifelong memories.

C. Cades Covecades cove great smoky mountains national park

Every season holds something different in Cades Cove. Weather the leaves, flowers, or wildlife bring you here, you’re sure to see that and so much more. Cades Cove is perfect for early morning bike rides, afternoon drives and picnics, and even horseback riding. Even better, you’ll enjoy the scenery the entire time.

D. Dollywood

The areas largest attraction is full of thrilling roller coasters, family friendly shows, and adventures around every corner. You can experience the all new expansion Wildwood Grove this spring. With brand new rides, attractions, and sights, your family will love every second!

E. Exercise

Explore over 4 miles of Pigeon Forge on the Greenway. This is a great way to get out on a pretty day for a walk, run , or bike ride along the Little Pigeon River!

F. Fall

One of the most beautiful times of year when visitors come to explore. Each fall, the leaves all through the mountains change from greens to stunning oranges, reds, and yellows! The best place to drive around and experience the beauty is the Cades Cove loop!

G. Golfingput put golf club pigeon forge family fun

Discover scenic views and and stunning landscapes in The Great Smoky Mountains. With picture perfect scenery, you can enjoy your golfing game at any of the areas courses. From challenging to leisurely, you’ll find your hole- in- one course in Pigeon Forge! For the whole to enjoy, take everyone to Crave Golf Club for the sweetest mini golf game in town!

H. Hiking

Plan your next vacation by exploring the best Pigeon Forge hiking trails! Discover exciting adventures and beautiful views in The Great Smoky Mountains. With hundreds of trails in the smoky mountain area, there is something for everyone. Your discovery begins here and here’s a few of our favorites

I. The Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge is your one stop for shopping, restaurants, and the entertaining fountains! Be sure to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and play like a pro in the arcade. There are so many wonderful places to shop and things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Clothing, souvenirs , candy and more…you can find it all here!

J. Jumping

Looking for a way to get the energy out of the kids? Take them to TopJump or Sevier Air for a blast. With so many different trampolines and courses, the kids will love it and you’ll get a break!

K. Killer Exhibits

Get a behind-the-scenes look at crime history in America at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. This museum includes interactive displays and artifacts that cover criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, law enforcement, crime prevention, forensic science, and our justice system.

L. Live Shows

Pigeon Forge offers live show stopping performances packed with star studded talent. Watch world class dancers, singers, and musicians light up the stage with music that’s sure to get your toes tappin’! With the talented comedians, dancers, and singers in the area, you family will love all the shows offered in Pigeon Forge! Be sure to check out the magnificent horses at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! Coming Soon to Pigeon Forge: Pirates Voyage! This high thrill adventure dinner show is sailing into town this spring!

M. Museums

Pigeon Forge is packed with Museums! With hundreds of exhibits in each museum, there is something for everyone. Museums aren’t just for historical purposes, Pigeon Forge is full of museums packed with fun and interactive exhibits and things to do! Be sure to check out all of Ripley’s fascinating museums right here in the Smokies!

N. Nature Trails

Not only is hiking a must do while on your trip to the Smokies but exploring all the motor trails is a great way to spend the day. One to check out is Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail! Enjoy the sights and sounds of forestry and waterfalls during this slow drive.

O. Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is the perfect attraction no matter what the season is! In the colder months you can enjoy shredding the slopes, ice skating, and sip on hot cocoa. When the warmer months roll out you can enjoy scenic views from the aerial tramway, glide down the mountain coaster, and so much more! With all the things to do indoors and outdoors, Ober Gatlinburg is a perfect family attraction. 

P. Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge Snow is the first indoor snow facility in the entire United States that offers REAL snow all year long. It uses state of the art snowmaking technology to transform its 35,000 square ft. indoor facility into a winter wonderland, complete with up to 12 lanes of the fastest snow tubing regardless of the time of year.

Q. Quiltfest

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at the 25th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest™. Quilters from all around will come together in Pigeon Forge for this ultimate quilting event. A Mountain Quiltfest 2019 is a four-day long event spanning from March 20th through the 23rd. Quilters have the opportunity to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for your viewing pleasure.

R. Ripley’s

Experience all eight Ripley’s attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, 5D Moving Theater, the frightening Haunted Adventure, and even the Marvelous Mirror Maze. Not to mention the Guinness World Records Adventure, and two fully themed mini-golf courses! Ripley’s has so much to offer to the Smokies!

S. Spas

After a long day of hiking, head over to The Spa at RiverStone Resort for a full body massage and relaxation! With a location just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains, you can sink into a tranquil treatment.

T. Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets is your one stop for name brands at unbeatable prices! What could be better? Stores such as Old Navy, Kate Spade, Lenox Outlet, bare Minerals, Nike, and so much more are all in one places with ever changing sales!

U. Under Water

Experience underwater adventures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! See thousands of exotic sea creatures, playful penguins swimming, and enjoy the clear underwater tunnel of Shark Lagoon! Seasonally, you can even experience the swimming mermaids and their shows. There are so many things to do and see at Ripley’s!

V. Visitor Information

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a natural playground with so much to see and do. When visiting the area, be sure to stop by the Sugarland’s Welcome Center and talk to the Great Smoky Mountains Association. They have so many interesting and fun information about the park. They can also provide a list things to do and hike to explore during your visit!

W. Whitewater RaftingRafting in the Smokies Pigeon forge

Explore the best Pigeon Forge white water rafting! Scenic views and thrilling rapids are in store for you and the family. The Pigeon River offers rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. No matter what level of thrill you’re seeking, the Smokies has you covered! Be sure to check out Rafting in The Smokies for your next adventure!

X. Xtra SWEET!

We all get a tooth or 10 while on vacation, be sure to check out all the dessert, candy, and specialty shops that are scattered through town.

  • Crave Golf Club is one sweet attraction. With one of the largest candy shops and displays along with a milkshake bar, it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Mad Dog’s Creamery– The hot summer months call for ice cream! No matter how you like it, Mad Dog’s can make it. Try one of their ice cream burritos!
  • Old Mill Candy Kitchen– for the homemade delicacies, you have to stop here! Caramel apples, gourmet chocolates, and so much more are here for you to enjoy.

Y. Young Kids

When traveling with young kids, it may be hard to find activities suitable for the whole family. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a great list for you! Check it out here

Z. Ziplining

Imagine swinging through the trees and seeing the Great Smoky Mountains from a birds eye view! Well, it’s all possible with the best ziplining in Pigeon Forge.

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