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Your Guide To Labor Day in The Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

It’s a three- day weekend and time for a family getaway! The kids are looking for adventure and you’re probably looking for shopping and family friendly excitement. Pigeon Forge has everything you need for a relaxing, exciting, and breathtaking Labor Day weekend!

The end of summer is near and you’re looking for one last family getaway before the start of fall. We’ve put together ideas for all attractions your family will love on this long weekend!

 

Courtyard Marriott

Be sure to pick a hotel with lots of amenities such as a pool, on site restaurants and guest laundry! Trip Advisor’s #1 hotel in Pigeon Forge, The Courtyard by Marriott, offers an indoor pool, outdoor lazy river, bistro, fitness center, and guest laundry! Chill out all weekend long at most relaxing hotel in Pigeon Forge.

 

Shopping at Tanger

Head on over to Tanger Outlets for amazing deals beginning August 31st through September 3rd! Visit your favorite name brand stores for exclusive deals and savings you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Cades Cove

If you’re looking to interact with nature and experience the beauty of these Smoky Mountains up close and personal, be sure to drive through Cades Cove! Enjoy 11 miles of a breathtaking Smoky Mountain backdrop for your drive! Make some stops along the way at historical homes and churches…you might even see some wildlife friends! Just be sure to keep your distance!

 

Pigeon Forge Restaurants

We can hear your stomach growling! While staying in Pigeon Forge you’ll clearly notice that we aren’t lacking in the food department! You and your family can enjoy so many options offered in town, and we even recommend a few! Looking for some southern soul food? Be sure to check out Bennett’s Bar-B-Que! The kids are craving a pizza night? Stop into Big Daddy’s Pizzeria! And for dessert, stop by Mad Dog’s Creamery for some savory ice cream to enjoy a break from the summer heat!

 

White Water Rafting

Speaking of summer heat…you must be looking for a way to cool off? Don’t worry, the river is still flowing perfectly! Drive on over to Hartford, TN for a thrilling trip down the Pigeon River with Rafting In The Smokies! I you’re looking for excitement or relaxation; they’ve got a trip for you. Raft the upper or lower Pigeon River and even take a swim to stay cool!

 

Dolly Parton Dinner Shows

Wanting dinner and show?! And we’re not talking about the kids blowing soda through their nose at the dinner table… Try heading to an award winning dinner show, Pigeon Forge is full of them! Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Celebration! Are two of Pigeon Forge’s most exciting, family- friendly dinner shows. These shows incorporate four course feasts, acrobatics, animals, stunts, music, and hilarious comedy!

 

Crave Mini Golf

Enjoy the outdoors while the weather is beautiful! Crave Golf Club is perfect for families and they even have indoor and outdoor putting courses! After hitting your hole in one be sure to head inside for a quick game of mini bowling and milkshakes 🙂

 

Ziplining at Foxfire

Exploring the outdoors is relaxing and good for the soul- at least we think so! Take the family to Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park for a day of ziplining and so much more! Foxfire offers ziplines, forest covered canopies, walking trails, waterfalls, and even America’s Longest Swinging Bridge! Take a break from the action at Zippin Pig’s BBQ which is open through Labor Day, perfect timing! Don’t head home before making your way to Wylie’s Cider for tastings and bottled products!

 

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud is Pigeon Forge’s Newest Adventure!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

The newest family friendly adventure is OPEN! The jacks are back and ready for a high energy competition between some of America’s award winning lumberjacks!

Take a seat in this 350- person outdoor stadium and settle in for the battle between the Dawson’s and the McGraw’s as they compete in events such as: underhand chop, log rolling, ax throwing, speed climbing, springboard chop and so much more! Watch to see which lumberjack makes it to the top of the 60- foot high logs, crosses logs without falling in the pool, and who can stay on the longest during the log rolling battle! Cheering and yelling are encouraged and it may even get you pulled on stage to saw some logs with the lumberjacks!

 

 

“Pigeon Forge has become a second home for my family and me. The community has been warm and welcoming from the moment I opened Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to bring this action- packed show full of family fun back to the area for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”- Paula Deen

 

COMING SOON—->

Not only will be able to enjoy the thrilling show, but visitors can enjoy the additional adventure park this upcoming fall! After watching the mighty lumberjacks compete in all events, you can get the chance to have your own competition. With stimulated elements from the show, you can compete in log rolling, speed climbing, springboard chops, and even take a trip on the ziplining roller coaster or take the plunge from the 80-foot drop tower! A multi- level themed park and playground will make it’s debut this fall at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Adventure!

Tips and Tricks To Navigate The Pigeon Forge Car Shows

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to a few spectacular events which keep visitors coming to the area every year to indulge in all different types of car shows each Fall and Spring! These semi- annual shows are known for showcasing rods, classics, and customs of all makes and models! These weekend long shows are great for all enthusiasts to meet and greet while greeting the opportunities for amazing awards and cash prizes!

 

The Shades Of The Past Car Show and Pigeon Forge Rod Run are coming up quickly and we’re here to give you all the important information for the two biggest shows this fall in Pigeon Forge, TN. Aside from the weekend festivities, we’re going to give you all the information on how to maneuver Pigeon Forge the best way possible!

 

36th Annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup

Experience over 2,300 different rods in one place! Walk around for a legendary swap meet and even stick around to see who will win amazing prizes! Free parking is available at the Pigeon Forge Parking Lot on Teaster Lane. Trolleys will pick up and drop off during show hours at .50 cents/ per person each way. Free parking is also available on Veterans Boulevard where buses will pick up spectators. Parking at Dollywood’s “F” lot will be available for $15 per / per day. 

 

Dates: September 7th- 8th

Location: Dollywood’s Splash Country

Admission: $10/ day. Kids 12 and under are free!

Prizes: 1932 Ford Hi- Boy Roadster, a $10,000 cash prize, and so much more!

 

Pigeon Forge Rod Run

This 3- day swap meet event offers so many prizes, show cars, and fellowship amongst all rod lovers. The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is an annual event and is definitely the largest car show event in the Pigeon Forge area.

Dates: September 13th- 15th

Location: LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

Prizes: Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards, $10,000 cash giveaway!

 

Getting Around Town

A common question most travelers to the area have is, how to avoid traffic on the parkway during these weekend events? Although golf carts are the best way to maneuver around the high traffic volume areas, there are a few requirements in places to operate these vehicles.

All golf carts being driven on sidewalks, parking lots, and on the parkways are required to have safety equipment such as:

  • Head, tail, stop, and front and rear turn signal lamps
  • Reflectors- red on each side near the rear and also one red on the back of the cart.
  • Parking brake
  • Driver’s side exterior mirror, and either an interior mirror or exterior mirror on passenger side
  • Non- plexiglass windshield
  • Seat belts
  • VIN number

 

Rentals are always available in Pigeon Forge for your convenience. All rentals are certified to be used on the parkway, sidewalks, parking lots, etc. If you’re looking for golf carts or scooter rentals be sure to check out these options!

 

Cart Rentals

Convenience and style make getting around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg with ease during the busiest weekends in town. They offer low speed vehicles with 4 seat and 6 seat options from the best manufacturer in the business E-Z-Go.

Reserve your cart here

 

Scooter Sales and Rentals

Reserve scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers for your smoky mountain travels. Be sure to note special event pricing for the upcoming car show dates:

Sep 6 – 8 and Sept 13 – 15

$75/Day or $18/Hr or 3- day rental for $200

Reservations for 3 day rentals only during special events (call 865-366-3306)

Online Reservation system will be unavailable from Sept 1-15

Reserve your scooters and strollers here

 

Avoid The Parkway!

The main parkway that runs straight through Pigeon Forge is always pretty busy and car show weekends amplify this times 100! A few tips would be to take an alternate route/ road to get to either Dollywood’s Splash Country or The LeConte Center for these events.  Rather than taking the parkway, try hopping on Teaster Lane and Veterans Boulevard. Both of these roads connect and run parallel to the parkway to save you from the many traffic lights and other drivers!

If you’re staying in a hotel close to the event location, try walking the parkway! The walk is flat and allows you to either walk along the parkway or take a detour to the greenway for more scenic views! Enjoy walking by all shops, attractions, and restaurants without getting stuck in all the heavy traffic!

2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

The Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival is back again this year for an evening full of colorful glowing balloons, food trucks, entertainment, family- friendly activities, and so much more! For the full scoop on the event, keep on reading—>

 

WHAT?

Mark your calendars for the summer’s most colorful event at The Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival! Professional balloonists light up to create a beautiful glow all around the Townsend sunset. This is the second year of this successful festival and it’s going to be even better than last year’s events. You and your family will be able to enjoy:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Crafters- demonstrating and selling products
  • Family- Friendly Activities including: balloons, face painting, rock wall, and more!
  • Food Trucks
  • Local Craft Beers
  • Wine Tastings

Balloons will inflate at dusk and be lit for about an hour. The event is weather permitting- that means if it rains, the event will continue with a candlestick glow.

 

WHERE?

The event takes place at The Townsend Visitor Center at:  7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

 

WHEN?

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 3:00 PM- 9:00 PM

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

  • The balloons will not be launched. The event is for glow purposes only.
  • All parking is $20. Pre- purchase of parking tickets is encouraged.
  • All pets must be on a leash and waste bags are required.

 

For the full entertainment line-up and list of food truck vendors, visit: http://gsmballoonfest.com/

 

Get Tickets Here

 

Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

It’s Tax Free in Tennessee! The best time to stock up on back to school items, styling your Fall wardrobe, and experiencing the best deals on electronics is this weekend only.

The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27th and ends Sunday, July 29th at 11:59 p.m.

Over the holiday weekend computers, laptops, etc. with a price of $1,500 or less, and clothing apparel and school supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, are exempt from state sales tax!

Learn more here:

Tennessee

 

Shop Tanger Outlet’s Sidewalk Sale

Be sure to head to Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, Tennessee for the ultimate Tax Free Weekend shopping experience! With so many stores offering summer blowout deals, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone in your family. Not only can you find the Tax Free Sidewalk Sale from July 27th- 29th, but Tanger is also extending sales for an extra 25% off now through August 19th! Could it get any better? Well, YES! Tanger Outlets has even extended store hours on Fridays and Saturdays for more time to gear up for back to schools items and apparel!

 

Be sure to take advantage of the savings upon savings at Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, Tennessee! For more information visit: https://www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville

6 Thrilling Things To Do in Pigeon Forge

Friday, July 6th, 2018

White Water Rafting

This one of a kind adventure takes place along the Upper and Lower Pigeon River in Pigeon Forge, TN. Although there are many different rafting companies they all share the same river and rapids for you to enjoy! The Pigeon River is one of the most popular rivers for white water rafting in North America. With class rapids from I to IV, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Top 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the Smoky Mountains

 

Ziplining

There are so many companies that provide ziplining tours in Pigeon Forge, but there’s also SO MANY MOUNTAINS! There are so many different landmarks, wildlife, and scenic views surrounding the area, so no matter where you book your trip, you’ll be sure to have a blast!

Top 5 Ziplines In The Smoky Mountains

 

Rowdy Bear Mountain

Although it’s in Gatlinburg, Rowdy Bear Mountain is home to two amazing thrill rides including the First Mountain Glider in the world! Have fun year round for the whole family, right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Mountain coasters offer the most adventure being a roller coaster on the side of a mountain that allows you to be so close to nature and wildlife!

Website: http://www.rowdybearcoaster.com

 

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. Instead of using synthetic material, the attraction’s slopes are covered in genuine fresh powder. Our snow tubing is really fun for the whole family, from 3 to 103! In addition to tubing, Pigeon Forge Snow offers other classic winter activities. There is a snowplay area where guests can build snowmen and make snow angels.

Website: https://pigeonforgesnow.com

Sky High Air Tours

Experience the romance and adventure of flying in an open cockpit Biplane with a modern day Barnstormer. Breathtaking bird’s eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area provide an incredible photo opportunity. Flights start with a hop around Sevierville that lasts about 8 minutes to get a taste of what flying in a biplane is all about. The 15 minute Barnstormer flight will go out over Pigeon Forge, around the foothills and pass by Dollywood. The Ultimate Sight Seeing Tour is a 30 minute flight that will fly over scenic Douglas Lake, along the French Broad River and then follow the Parkway to Pigeon Forge. The airplane is a true vintage 1927 open cockpit Biplane, lovingly restored to “like new” condition.

Website: http://www.skyhighairtours.com

 

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever dreamed of flying? Stop dreaming and learn how to fly! Flyaway Indoor Skydiving can give you the experience of flying without the fear of jumping from a plane or falling out of the sky. At Flyaway, America’s first vertical wind tunnel, you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program.

Website: http://www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com

5 Places To Take Your Pets In The Smoky Mountains

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

When planning your family’s next getaway there can be some stress on what to pack, where to stay, and of course what to do with the pets! Dropping the dogs off at the kennel can be so stressful on them and your wallet so why not bring them along?

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is not only family friendly, but it’s also pet friendly! The smoky mountains are full of places to go with your furry friends. You wouldn’t want to be stuck inside a hotel room all day and neither do the pets! We’ve got the best places to visit with furry friends in mind!

 

  • Cades Cove

Enjoy scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from your car. Cases Cove offers an 11 mile loop where you can drive through wooded areas, experience historic homes and buildings, and even see a few of natures furry friends along the way!

  • River Rat Tubing

Dogs tube for free at River Rat tubing. Tube are provided and tethers are available for rent for $2. Tubing down the river is exciting and relaxing at the same time and you’ll be relaxed knowing your pets are enjoying it with you!

  • The Island

The Island is the perfect family friendly area for you to hang out, eat, shop, and play with your furry friends. There are plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating as well as common areas with fountains and rocking chairs for your enjoyment.

  • Patriot Park

Enjoy a picnic and outdoor fun at Patriot Park! This large grassy area is perfect for pets to come and run out all their energy. Located right next to the Old Mill, there are shops and restaurants to see as well!

  • DoggyWood

Although dogs are not permitted into DollyWood Theme Park, there is a kennel/ doggy daycare center available to watch pets while you enjoy the rides. Reservations are encouraged as slots fill quickly.

CLIMB Works Newest Attraction!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

CLIMB Works in The Great Smoky Mountains has introduced an all new Zipline Tour for all the thrill seekers out there! “Soar high above the mountain top on our NEW dual- line Mountaintop Zipline Tour- you’ll experience higher vantage points and longer lines than ever before!”
Each zipline offers so much including 360˚ panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National park, longer ziplines for more action, and race your friends on the dual- lines!

 

What’s Included In The Tour?

ATV Ride
Begin your adventure with over a half mile ATV ride to the top of the mountain. Each ride can hold up to 6 passengers.

 

6 Side- By- Side Zipline Runs
Each new line is higher and longer than any other! 6 Lines allow you and a friend to zip together side by side through the tree tops and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.

 

4 Sky Bridges
Not only can you zip through the Smokies, but CLIMB Works has also added 4 aerial sky bridges for additional views and adventure! After the 2 hour tour across the bridges, you get to rappel back down to the ground at controlled speeds.

 

Additional Information

  • CLIMB Works is located at: 155 Branam Hollow Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • CLIMB Works is open Mon- Sat 7AM- 7PM, Closed Sun
  • The NEW Mountaintop Zipline Tour is a 2.5 hour adventure with water provided for all guests!
  • For more information check out their website at: https://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mountains/

Hiking at Foxfire

Monday, June 25th, 2018

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of hiking trails with beautiful features such as waterfalls, caves, and bridges. Imagine hiking trails that feature America’s Longest Swinging Bridge, over Foxfire Gorge, animal pastures, and canopy tours through the trees for views unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Well, it’s all possible at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park!

You can hike so many different trails that lie over 150 acres! Trail allows you venture through exquisite forests, tranquil waterfalls, pastures full of animals, and paths along waterways.

Be sure to check out the main event by walking across The Bridge To Prosperity, America’s Longest Swinging Bridge, which stretches 335’ across Foxfire Gorge and the Whispering Winds Covered Bridge, home to thousands of wishes hanging from the ceiling!

 

For More Information

 

Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park website: https://www.foxfiremountain.com/

Address: 3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876

Mermaids Have Arrived In The Smokies!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Make your summer one to remember by checking out Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies for their one of a kind exhibits and daily shows. Pet the stingrays at Touch- A -Ray Bay, Watch the penguins at Penguin Playhouse, and Joke with the Jellies! Explore famous shipwreck reenactments, meet President Abraham Lincoln, and  explore the replica from Chuuk Lagoon all at Ripley’s Shipwrecks exhibit!

Back for Summer 2018…

The Mermaids are back for the summer now through Labor Day! Watch the Mermaids perform every day at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. You also will get the chance to meet the Mermaids each day at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.

For more information and tickets visit: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

 

Top 10 Things To Do in Pigeon Forge

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the hot spot to explore amazing attractions from zip lining and white water rafting to snow tubing and shopping! Whether you’re looking to get your thrill on or just sit back and relax on your vacation, we’ve got the info to help you plan your Smoky Mountain getaway the right way. We’ve put together a list of Pigeon Forge’s top attractions for you to check out while you’re here!

 

     1. Explore the Outdoors at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park

In the heart of the mountains, this 150- acre outdoor park is full of adventure! With major zip lines including The Goliath and  The Waterfall Canopy Tour, hikes and trails, Rope Jungle, Wiley’s Cider and more, you and the family will enjoy all that Foxfire has to offer. Enjoy the thrill of each adventure with the Total Challenge package!

For more details check out their website: https://www.foxfiremountain.com/

 

     2. Enjoy A Show at Comedy Barn

Comedy Barn has been packed with side- splitting comedy and talented acts for 23 years! Providing clean family oriented comedy, this is the best show in town for the kids to enjoy. Bring the family in for the award winning comedy show with world class dancers or enjoy the Amazing Animals Pet Show for the “Comedy Critters!”

For more details check out their website: http://comedybarn.com/

 

     3. Cheer On The North and South at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Check out this Dinner Attraction on your next vacation! With a four- course feast, live animals, thrilling stunts, and a friendly competition between the North and the south, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat! Show up early for a musical performance by Mountain Ruckus in the Saloon!

For more details check out their website: https://dpstampede.com/pigeon-forge

 

     4. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Tanger Outlets 

For the best shopping in Pigeon Forge, head down Tanger Outlets. Whether you’re looking for name brands or local retailers, Tanger Outlets has what you are looking for. With over 100 stores offering constant discounts and sales, you will enjoy your shopping spree while adding up those savings!

For more details check out their website: https://www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville

 

     5. Perfect Your Putt at Crave Golf Club

With an indoor and outdoor 19 candy-themed hole course, your family can step up their golfing game at Crave Golf Club. Be sure to use the spinner and add another layer of fun and excitement to your Crave experience. Not only can you golf, but crave offers mini bowling, a milkshake bar, and even a candy wonderland. Talk about a sugar rush!

For more details check out their website: https://www.cravegolf.com/

 

     6. Ride The Rapids At Rafting In The Smokies 

Looking for an outdoor adventure? White Water Rafting is the perfect way to spend a summer day in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether your family wants a relaxing and scenic view or a thrilling and exciting experience, Rafting is the way to go! Rafting In The Smokies offers trips down the Pigeon River and rides on either class I and II rapids or class III and IV rapids!

For more details check out their website: https://raftinginthesmokies.com/

 

     7. Meet the Mermaids at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

The Mermiads are back for the summer! Be sure to check out the mermaid show to watch them as they swim with the stingrays and fish. Watch as the mermaids perform under water acrobatics and tricks to entertain families during the show! Check out Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for a complete schedule of shows going on now through Summer 2018!

For more details check out their website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

 

     8. Tackle the Trampolines at TopJump 

In the heart of the mountains, this 150- acre outdoor park is full of adventure! With major zip lines including The Goliath and  The Waterfall Canopy Tour, hikes and trails, Rope Jungle, Wiley’s Cider and more, you and the family will enjoy all the adventures that Foxfire has to offer.

For more details check out their website: https://www.topjump.com/

 

     9.  Layout in the Lazy River at Courtyard by Marriott  

What perfect way to spend the day than soaking up rays and watching the kids play in the pool?! When finding a place to book your Pigeon Forge vacation, be sure it has accommodations fit for the whole family. With 24- hour amenities including: lazy river, indoor pool, fitness center, 3 fire pits, and Starbucks Coffee, there’s no surprise why the Courtyard by Marriott is Trip Advisor’s #1 hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

For more details check out their website: https://www.courtyard-pigeonforge.com/

 

     10. Play at Pigeon Forge Snow 

Hot or cold, rain or shine, Pigeon Forge Snow stays open year round – and by using their snow technology, it never melts away! With a 35,000 square ft. indoor facility, your winter wonderland dreams come true with up to 12 lanes of the fastest snow tubing regardless of the time of year. Leave your winter jackets at home, it’s always 60-70 degrees inside!

For more details check out their website: https://pigeonforgesnow.com/

Make Pigeon Forge Your Top Destination In The Smokies

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Pigeon Forge is one of the nation’s most visited areas for family vacations, meetings & reunions, conventions and so much more. Whether you are coming in for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an event, or just needing some rest and relaxation, Pigeon Forge is the place for you!

As your family plans your next vacation, you always stop think about where the best place to go is for the whole family to enjoy. Is there going to be lodging fit for your family?  Can you find delicious restaurants that everyone will love? What attractions are there that the whole family can do? There’s no need to worry, I’ve got the scoop on everything you and your family will need to make Pigeon Forge, Tennessee your top destination!

Lodging in Pigeon Forge provides many options with thousands of hotels, resorts, cabins, campgrounds and more! Looking for top- rated hotels, cozy cabins, or luxurious resorts? You can find it all in Pigeon Forge, TN. When you’re looking for the best place to stay, you want to make sure the hotel can perfectly accommodate your family. Maybe you’re looking for great amenities, low prices, or central location? Below I’ve put together a list of the best hotels for your family.

Rated #1 on Trip Advisor, the Courtyard by Marriott offers a wide array of amenities while being centrally located in the heart of Pigeon Forge! Your family can check into a room and enjoy the 24- hour amenities such as the lazy river, indoor pool, 3 area fire pits, and Starbucks coffee. With almost every room providing an outdoor balcony, you’ll feel like your in a resort! Well… you practically are!

Website: https://www.courtyard-pigeonforge.com/

Get the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains by staying in a fully equipped cabin. Closer To Heaven Cabins offers a very luxurious selection of cabins suited for any trip including honeymoons, anniversaries, and family vacations all located in the beautiful mountains while still being close to the action packed attractions.

Website: http://cabinrentalpigeonforgetn.com/

Discover luxurious accommodations close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Offering large group space, condos fit for every family, and a spa to melt away your stress. Spend the afternoon in the lazy river while the sound of trickling waters of the Little Pigeon River prepare you for a day of exploration, relaxation and excitement amid the scenic surroundings of the Smoky Mountains.

Website: https://www.riverstoneresort.com/

 

Escape reality at the Margaritaville Island Hotel. With a great location at The Island attraction, your family is just a few steps from restaurants and activities. Take a break from the action and relax at the St. Somewhere Spa just below your guest room. After your day of fun you can check out the Margaritaville restaurant to keep the beach vides going all day long. The spacious rooms and a rooftop pool, your family will fit in perfectly!

Website: http://www.margaritavilleislandhotel.com/

 

We know nobody is a happy camper when they’re hungry. I’ve put together some suggestions of Top Restaurants in Pigeon Forge. When you come to Tennessee you can probably guess what you’ll find a lot of… Bar- B- Que! Although some people don’t share the same love, we’re here to give you the best Bar- B- Que options as well some other Pigeon Forge restaurants we think your family will love!

Winning TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2017, Bennett’s Pit Bar- B- Que is known for having the best slow-smoked ribs, beef, chicken, sausage and pork for 26 years! With every recipe made from scratch and in house, what else could be better?!

Website: https://www.bennetts-bbq.com/

 

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner and voted best steaks in Sevier county, Alamo Steakhouse is a no brainer for lunch or dinner! Bringing Texas to the Smokies since 1999, you’ll find the freshest steaks, burgers, sides, and sauces here!

Website: https://www.alamosteakhouse.com/

 

Let your creativity shine by customizing your own pizza! Offering over 50 fresh ingredients and hand- crafted dough, your taste buds will be singing. Big Daddy’s also offers wings, sandwiches, salads and more for the whole family to enjoy!

Website: https://www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net/

 

While your family is in Pigeon Forge, you may want a few options on things to do in town! Although there’s hundreds of different activities, shows, outdoor adventures, and attractions in Pigeon Forge, I’ll give you a list of my top suggestions to check out!

 

What better way to spend the day than exploring the ocean…while staying in Tennessee? With so many exhibits to see and sea creatures to interact with, your family will never want to leave! Play with penguins, stand under sharks, and pet the Moon Jellies at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies!

Website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

 

Looking for an outdoor adventure? White Water Rafting is the perfect way to spend a summer day in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether your family wants a relaxing and scenic view or a thrilling and exciting experience, Rafting is the way to go! Rafting In The Smokies offers trips down the Pigeon River and rides on either class I and II rapids or class III and IV rapids!

Website: https://raftinginthesmokies.com/

 

Forget plain old putt putt, SWEETEN up your game and head over to Crave! With an indoor and outdoor 19- hole course, your family can step up their golfing game. Not only can you golf, but crave offers mini bowling, a milkshake bar, and even a candy wonderland. Talk about a sugar rush!

Website: https://www.cravegolf.com/

 

For the best shopping in Pigeon Forge, head down Tanger Outlets. Whether you’re looking for name brands or local retailers, Tanger Outlets has what you are looking for. With over 100 stores offering constant discounts and sales, you will enjoy your shopping spree while adding up those savings!

 

Website: https://www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville/stores

 

In the heart of the mountains, this 150- acre outdoor park is full of adventure! With major zip lines including The Goliath and  The Waterfall Canopy Tour, hikes and trails, Rope Jungle, Cider and more, you and the family will enjoy all the adventures that Foxfire has to offer.

Website: https://www.foxfiremountain.com/

 

Well, there you have it folks! Those are just a few tips and suggestions to you plan your next Pigeon Forge vacation!