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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!

 

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!

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

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.

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!

10 Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Pigeon Forge

Friday, June 1st, 2018

1. Trampoline Parks

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

 TopJump is one of the hottest attractions in the Pigeon Forge area. It features the new Fire & Ice Ninja Course, trampolines, fun obstacles, 20 climbing lines, The Tower, an arcade, and even a Sugar Rush Candy store. The entire family can have a blast at this amazing attraction, even when it’s raining outside.

Sevier Air

Sevier Air features 38,000 square feet of advanced and junior ninja warrior courses, trampolines, fun obstacles, a climbing wall, dodgeball court, and 3 story net system!

2. Crave Golf Club

Have your outdoor activities been hindered by a rainy day? Why not spend the day putting around the sweetest indoor course at  Crave Golf Club? Enjoy all that Crave has to offer with their 18,000 sq. ft indoor course with 19 holes!

3. Ripley’s Aquarium

When it’s storming outside, you can still have an amazing indoor adventure with Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. You and your family will get to see creatures of the deep up close and personal as you transverse the extensive aquarium. Exhibits cover all types of amazing sea creatures, as you explore the Tropical Rainforest, the Ocean Realm, the Coral Reef, and the Gallery of the Seas.

For instance, you can marvel at 12 foot sharks and giant sea turtles as you glide through the underwater tunnel at Shark’s Lagoon. Ripley’s was also voted one of the best places in the world to see penguins by USA Today, for good reason; you can get an up-close-and-personal view of all the Ripley penguins at Penguin Playhouse! During the summer you can also check out their famous Mermaid Show, which airs every day at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 pm in the coral reef exhibit.

You can enjoy tons of interactive elements like feeding shows in Coral Reef, petting stingrays in Sting Ray Bay, or touching a live jellyfish! Also, don’t miss out on their brand new Shipwrecks exhibit!

One of the most recent (and exciting) additions to the aquarium is the multi-story playground added to Exploration Bay! Your kids are guaranteed to have lots of fun exploring the playground in all its glory. You can check out an inside peak to the playground in our Facebook video below!

New Playground Inside Ripley’s AquariumIt may be starting to get cold outside in the #Smokies, but you and the family can have fun any time of year at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies 😀

Posted by Pigeon Forge Chamber on Thursday, December 22, 2016

4. Museum Attractions

When it’s raining, museum attractions are some of the best adventures Pigeon Forge has to offer. Our museum attractions aren’t your typical dusty repository of information. They make learning fun with interactive exhibits and creative mind stimulating subjects. Whether its immersing yourself in the past, exploring the breadth of scientific discovery, or just having a lot of fun, there’s a museum attraction for you and your family! Here’s a few to look into:

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum is a newer museum attraction in Pigeon Forge, and it is already making an impact. The museum features artifacts and exhibits exploring the history of crime in the United States. You’ll see artifacts like the White Brono O.J. Simpson used to flee from police, Al Capone’s machine gun, and so much more! Interactive exhibits showcase things like the CSI process or the inside of a 19th century jail cell. This interesting and informative museum sheds new light on the history of crime in America.

 

Titanic Museum

History enthusiasts will love stepping back in time with this amazing museum attraction. Built as a replica of the original Titanic, you’ll have the opportunity to see what life on the famous ship was like first-hand. From sitting on a bunk of a third-class passenger, to checking out some of the more than 400 exclusive artifacts, to seeing the ever-growing iceberg found inside, this is a perfect adventure through time. Although you’ll escape the rain, you get the chance to feel the icy waters first hand! How long can you keep your hand submerged?

When visitors step inside the ship, they’ll receive a boarding pass that represents an actual passenger of the ship! As visitors transverse the museum, they’ll have the chance to discover if their passenger was able to survive the tragedy.

The ship is always changing and displaying new exhibits and artifacts. Be sure to check out the wedding dress display full of dresses designed by Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon.

WonderWorks

Wonderworks is an amazing indoor adventure on any day, but especially when the weather isn’t cooperating with you and your family’s plans. Inside, visitors will learn about natural disasters, physics and engineering, light and sound, space, and so much more through more than 100 interactive and engaging exhibits.

One of the best parts of Wonderworks is the sheer number of activities visitors can enjoy. You can try out their four-story, glow-in-the-dark indoor ropes course, overcoming 50 obstacles while you climb four stories. You can also challenge your friends and family in Wonderworks’ laser-tag arena or the video arcade area. Or, you can be amazed by the Wonders of Magic show with Terry Evanswood, the longest headline performer in Pigeon Forge. If you’re outdoor adventure gets rained out, Wonderworks has you covered with tons of indoor adventures for the entire family.

5. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

We’ve offered a lot of fun activities for a rainy day in Pigeon Forge on this list. But, what about flying? Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the experience of skydiving indoors! Flyaway is America’s first vertical wind tunnel, which helps you break from the chains of gravity and soar. You can test your skills in a single flight session or participate in a personalized coaching program. This attraction is a popular training resource for sport skydivers, competition teams, and military units. But, you can enjoy it on a rainy day, today!

6. Pigeon Forge Snow

70 degrees and snowing? This is the forecast everyday at Pigeon Forge Snow! With summertime approaching we’re forced to say goodbye to snow days, but here in Pigeon Forge we’re just saying hello! The first indoor snow tubing and play facility has hit Pigeon Forge and it’s open all year long! Come enjoy all the winter fun while staying comfortable at 70- degrees. This 35,000- sq. ft. facility includes a snow play area and 15- 200ft. lanes for tubing! 

After hitting the lanes, be sure to head over to the snow play area for more winter fun. Build incredible snowmen and form chilly snow angels. The snack bar will have you covered after all that fun! Grab some hot cocoa and relax while watching all the fun from a second level!

7. Ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg

Skate year-round on Ober’s huge indoor ice arena. The 140′ x 75′ indoor ice arena is the centerpiece of Ober Gatlinburg’s enclosed mall. All Ages: $9 ( 3 hr continuous session + skates )

8. Dinner Shows

Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

Relive the legendary rivalry between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s with this hilarious dinner feud featuring a lively 2 hour talent competition between the families and a delicious feast prepared by Granny herself. Guests are encouraged to root for their favorite clan while experiencing hilarious stunts,  foot- stomping music, and toe- tappin’ dancing!

*New features to the show: The High- Diving Hillbillies!

High-diving Hillbillies and Long- jumping Canines: New acts at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

The most fun place to eat in the smokies features a friendly North vs. South competition, unrivaled thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, and, of course, the famous four- course feast. Although you’ll be able to enjoy the indoors, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the wild-west as the performers execute unbelievable feats atop horses.

9. Spa Day

When the rain stumps your outdoor adventure, why not take the day to pamper yourself? Pigeon Forge, TN has world class spas available that offer a wide range of services to all guests. Relax with a massage or facial, here’s a few places to check out:

The Spa at RiverStone Resort

Offering a full complement of day spa services, the Spa at RiverStone Resort is an amazing way to relieve stress. You can escape the daily grind with a wide variety of head- to- toe treatments offered by the spa, from massage therapy, facials, nail treatments, body treatments, waxing, make-up, and so much more! The Spa at RiverStone can help you escape that dreary rainy day.

St. Somewhere Spa

Located at The Island inside the Margaritaville Island Hotel, The St. Somewhere Spa offers a rainy day retreat unlike any other. With a full- service salon and spa offering six luxurious treatment rooms, locker rooms with rain showers, a nail bar, mosaic pedicure bench, makeup bar, spray tan room, and the calming room complete with a custom water feature, you’ll be sure to find relaxation as you wait for the rain to go away.

10. Art Studio of the Smokies

Looking for a creative date? There’s so much fun to be had at Art Studio of the Smokies, even when the weather may be less than ideal. Art Studio of the Smokies offers art lessons, paint parties, kids art camps, digital camera instruction, and adobe Creative Cloud instruction in the heart of Gatlinburg.

 

 

See What’s New to WonderWorks

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Augmented Reality is a Reality at WonderWorks!

It’s summer vacation and the kids are begging for an adventure, but heat is just too much. Look no further, WonderWorks has opened 5 NEW EXHIBITS the kids will love! So beat the summer heat and explore all the new and exciting features, we’ll even give you a sneak peak!

  • Professor Wonder’s Adventure- explore the history of WonderWorks and how the adventure came to life! This spatial augmented reality adventure will take guests on a 3D experience that transforms the area they stand in, into an “unreal” experience where they will see the history of WonderWorks.
  • Dig It! Interactive Sandbox- Explorers will experience land, sea, and safari in this futuristic exhibit. Guests hold the power to manipulate sand to produce unique environments reflected electronically over top of their sandy creations. Using light projections, each hand motion and sand movement will produce unique environments for guests to explore.                                                                             
  • Google Moon & Google Mars- WonderWorks’ astrology and space zone offers many ways to explore the planets. Using Google’s new 3D software,guests can get up close and personal studying the Moon and Mars.                                           

  • Draw Alive- Design creatures and watch them come alive in their own giant wall sized environment. Create unique and colorful creatures, place them under our scanner and watch your masterpiece come to life as they swim, fly and move throughout the world.

  • Doodle It- With the recent addition of the arts added to STEM education standards, WonderWorks is proud to introduce even more artistic components to the attraction. This backlit drawing board invites artists of any level to make their mark and show off their creativity for guests to view and continuously add to.

“We recognize that our guests visit us often, sometimes multiple times a year” said Ed shaffer, General Manager, “We want to honor our mission by not only providing the fun factor, but also to offer an innovative and educational experience for all ages to enjoy. Our latest additions are on the leading edge of technology, spur creativity, and who doesn’t love to play in a sandbox?”

In addition to new exhibits, WonderWorks list of special events continues to grow. To provide a fun learning environment for everyone, Wonderworks recently added Sensory Nights, where exhibits are altered to provide limited stimulation to adults and children with special needs.

To learn more about WonderWorks or purchase tickets online, visit: www.wonderworkstn.com

WonderWorks is a science focused indoor amusement park that combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits, there is something unique, fun, and challenging for all ages. The family attraction hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. WonderWorks is home to locations in Orlando, Pigeon Forge, Panama City Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Syracuse.

New Attractions Underway in Pigeon Forge

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is growing! The Mountain Mile is Pigeon Forge’s newest development underway and will supply multiple restaurants, shops, and attractions for tourists to enjoy!

The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops development is currently under construction located along Teaster Lane and Jake Thomas Blvd in the middle of Pigeon Forge. If you’re familiar with the area you’ll know that this new attraction is surrounded by the Cal Ripken Experience baseball complex, the LeConte Center where conventions and events are held, as well as as The Island complex. The Island is home to many well- known landmarks such as: Paula Deen’s Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Margaritaville Island Hotel, and the list goes on!

With the addition of The Mountain Mile to the community, we are seeing over a mile long and 174+ acres coverage of the new project.

The latest news revealed The Mountain Monster is now under construction and will feature three rides all from a 200- foot tower which will overlook the Smoky Mountains! Stan Checketts, attractions inventor, states, “This fits perfectly with our goal to provide the most exciting and safe experience for thrill seekers.”

Aerial video footage of The Mountain Mile:

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2nd Annual Ole Smoky Summer of ‘Shine Line Up

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Ole Smoky Distillery has announced their 2018 entertainment series, Summer of ‘Shine. This year, the leading moonshine company, in partnership with Moonstruck Management, is expanding their genre of musical acts by bringing in some rock and country artists to their mix of talented bluegrass bands.

The program will kick off with a performance from John Popper and will continue with big names such as Ashley McBryde, Love and Theft, Everclear and Eve 6. Ole Smoky has also booked a handful of authentic bluegrass bands that are always crowd favorites including Hogslop String Band, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, The Cleverlys, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and more.

“Last year’s Summer of Shine program was a great success and we are looking forward to our second year hosting amazing events that everyone can enjoy,” says Robert Hall, CEO of Ole Smoky. “Not only was it great for our business, but it also encouraged people to visit the area, which in turn brought much business to other establishments in Sevier County.”

This concert series comes as Ole Smoky gears up for the opening of their 4th distillery in Nashville, where more great musical entertainment will be offered.

 

Summer of ‘Shine Series Line Up

(Schedule subject to change)

Shows at Ole Smoky Distillery, Holler (903 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN)

5/25/18                Balsam Range

5/26/18                Loose Strings

6/7/18                   Love Canon

6/30/18                Michael Cleveland

7/27/18                Lonesome River Band

8/11/18                The Wayfarers

9/21/18                Ralph Stanley II

10/6/18                Hogslop String Band

10/12/18             The Cleverlys

10/26/18             Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

 

Shows at Ole Smoky Distillery, Barn (131 The Island Drive Pigeon Forge, TN)

6/14/18                Ashley McBryde

7/13/18                The Cleverlys

8/3/18                   Hogslop String Band

8/9/18                   Love and Theft

8/29/18                Everclear

10/4/18                Eve 6

 

For more information about Ole Smoky and an up-to-date Summer of ‘Shine line-up, please visit www.olesmoky.com.

©2018 Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC. All Rights Reserved. OLE SMOKY, OLE SMOKY TENNESSEE MOONSHINE, OLE SMOKY WHISKEY, and SHINE RESPONSIBLY are registered trademarks of Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC.

 

7 Shopping Spots to Take Mom for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Mother’s Day is just on the horizon, and you’re probably trying to plan the perfect day for mom, right? Yeah, me too. Between the brunches and the shows, you’ll have plenty of time to check out some of the awesome shopping spots in Pigeon Forge. So, we thought we’d get this list together of the 7 shopping spots you need to check out on Mother’s Day.

1. Tanger Outlets Sevierville

Address: 1645 Parkway #960, Sevierville, TN 37862

Tanger Outlet Center Sevierville is home to over 100 of the nation’s leading brand name manufacturers and premium designer labels. It’s like all of your favorite names got together at savings up to 70% off! In addition to the fabulous savings you experience every day at Tanger, they’re happy to bring you extra special coupons and offers to help you save even more. Stop by our shopper services when you arrive to get your Tanger Outlet special coupon book! Come explore our brands and shop with the best!

Mother’s Day Exclusive Offer: Valid May 4th – 13th, FREE $10 Tanger Gift Card
when you purchase a Tanger Gift Card of $50 or greater. Simply show the offer on the Tanger App at Shopper Services to redeem.

They are located on HWY 441 at traffic light 13.0 or 13.1. For more information, give us a call at 865-453-1053 or visit www.tangeroutlets.com.

2. Cupid’s Petal Flowers and Crafts

A rose from Cupid's Petal Flowers and Gifts.

Address: 849 Glades Road Suite 2C6 , Gatlinburg , TN 37738

Choosing the right flowers for mom and be tricky, but at Cupid’s Petal Flowers and Crafts they always get it right! Cupid’s Petal Flowers and Crafts is a local florist located in Gatlinburg that provides high quality floral and gift items to its guests. Visitors can get a wide range of flowers from the shop, as it offers both locally grown flowers and flowers shipped from all over the world!

The staff here knows flowers! If you’re unsure about what to get mom, be sure to get some help from the experts on staff at the shop. They’re sure to point you in the right direction and their creative team makes floral art with their arrangements that consistently impresses their customers – just check out their Facebook reviews!

Don’t think you’ll only find flowers here, either. The shop has a wide variety of unique gifts available as well. Whether you’re looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift or just want to take mom to a shop she’ll love, Cupid’s is sure to impress.

Learn more about Cupid’s Petal Flowers and Crafts


 

3. The Old Mill

Address: 175 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge , TN 37868

You simply haven’t experienced true Southern cuisine until you’ve sat down to an old-fashioned breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant. Take mom out for a delicious lunch or dinner at one of the top restaurants in the Smokies! Stoke your appetite with a menu that features hearty Southern classics like country-fried steak, sugar-cured ham, pot roast and gravy, chicken and dumplings and chicken potpie. Dinner specialties are served in generous portions along with the signature corn chowder, salad, fresh vegetables and dessert. All of the fresh vegetables are served family style – complimenting each dinner and lunch entree. The famous pecan pies are made from scratch daily at The Old Mill Restaurant. These delicious pies will serve eight and are available year round!

 

4. Honeysuckle Rose Boutique

Honeysuckle Rose Boutique has a wide variety of goods that it offers.

Honeysuckle Rose Boutique has a wide variety of goods that it offers, including handmade local pottery.

Address: 3008 McPherson Lane , Sevierville , TN 37862

Does your mom crave an upscale and eclectic shopping experience? Look no further than Honeysuckle Rose Boutique, located in Wears Valley, TN. Your mom is sure to love it as she browses the bath and body products, accessories, gourmet foods, and home décor offered by the shop!

The shop boasts one-of-a-kind local items side by side with unique, hard-to-find products from around the country. Your mom will love the amazing selection of awesome handbags and accessories, and she won’t be able to resist the huge candle selection or gourmet recipe mixes either!

The diversity of this shop is impressive, so be careful visiting this store. You might not be able to convince mom to leave!

Learn more about Honeysuckle Rose Boutique 

5. Nourish

Address: 131 Island Drive , Pigeon Forge , TN 37863

Nourish features handmade natural bath products made from the best skin moisturizing ingredients that mother nature has to offer. Give mom her choice of products to create a spa day at home! She’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of products such as: soaps, moisturizers, candles, bath products, and even aromatherapy items!

At Nourish, they are proud to be doing their part to keep the planet clean while reducing the carbon footprint. They have operated as a green company since the 1990’s, providing environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable products that are good for our bodies and the earth. They make recycling a priority and invest in every effort to minimize the environmental impact of the daily routine. All products are only packaged in recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable containers.

As always, Nourish products contain:

  • no parabens
  • no sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulfate
  • no animal products
  • no petroleum
  • no harsh detergents
  • no mineral oil

6. Lenox Outlet

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Address: 1645 Parkway, Suite 930 , Sevierville , TN 37862

Found in the Tanger Outlets, the Lennox Outlet offers the finest china, crystal, flatware and gifts at savings of up to 70% of the suggested retail price. Your mom will love checking out their diverse and beautiful selection!

One really cool facet of this shop is the ability to purchase items as open stock rather than as traditional place settings – that is, if you want to buy one mug out of a set, you can help mom to add to her collection! You’ll also find plenty in this awesome shop outside of utensils, as the store offers a wide variety of goods.

Be sure to check out this awesome shop, and when you’re done, you’ll have the entire Tanger Outlets to explore.

Learn more about the Lenox Outlet. 

7. Flat Creek Village Specialty Shops

Address: 3599 Newport Highway , Sevierville , TN 37876

Take your mom somewhere where the past comes alive at Flat Creek Village Specialty Shops!  Located only about 20 minutes from Pigeon Forge, this exceptional location has a huge selection of antiques, signs, quilts, braided rugs, bath items, local crafts, cabin décor, garden décor, farm equipment, tools, western items, jams and jellies, and even fresh produce!

The way the village is organized will be sure to keep your mom intrigued, as it is set up with a central hub surrounded by a circle of storage units each with its own theme and unique items. Stepping into one of the units is like taking a step back in time, and you never know what awesome item you might find next!

Moms that love antiques and vintage items will thank you for bringing them to this eclectic shop where she could browse for hours here and still have plenty more to see! If you do end up visiting the shop, be sure to also check out the Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center, which can be found right down the road.

Learn more about Flat Creek Village Specialty Shops

 

 

Spend Your Day at The Island in Pigeon Forge!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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As a native East Tennesseean, one of the first things I had to do once I arrived in Pigeon Forge was visit The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The Island in Pigeon Forge isn’t what you would call a “hidden gem,” but many people just see The Wheel and maybe the fountains. Trust me, there is much more to The Island than a big wheel and some water. I spent the entire day just wandering around people watching, shopping and, most exciting, eating!  Granted, I’m usually always eating but I was able to explore the unique and delicious restaurants that are offered here! 

Where To Stay

If you plan on spending your day here, why not STAY at The Island?

The Margaritaville Island Hotel is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting to escape the everyday, discover a new outlook and just chill! Each of the 134 guest rooms offers island inspired décor, stacked stone fireplace and private balcony overlooking the river, village shops or Island Show Fountains. A wet bar is also available in every room complete with refrigerator, microwave and you guessed it- Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker! If the classic beach theme isn’t enough, how about a swimming pool…ON THE ROOF!!! The Margaritaville Hotel also has a coffee shop and bar. (Not together…that would be weird.) To make reservations of for more info on the Margaritaville Island Hotel, click here.  

The Margaritaville Island Inn offers paradise in the smokies all year round! After a day in the mountains, bring you and your family back to the Inn for a fin flippin’ island escape. The Margaritaville Island Inn’s contemporary coastal hotel rooms, two pools and indoor gathering space invite you to kick back and unwind after an action-packed day in the mountains. The Margaritaville Island Inn is a laidback, tropically inspired choice for active travelers, couples, or the whole family. Practical amenities that make your stay comfortable and special touches that make it fun have been thoughtfully included for your enjoyment. Check Inn and chill out! To make reservations of for more info on the Margaritaville Island Inn, click here

Where To Eat

There are so many great places to eat at The Island, you really can’t go wrong but here are some of our favorites!

Margaritaville Restaurant: Take a bite out of paradise at Margaritaville’s own restaurant! Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Margaritaville is located on the south end of The Island in Pigeon Forge, a must-see retail and entertainment attraction featuring the 200-foot high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel as a centerpiece. The Margaritaville restaurant’s natural materials, exposed wood and warm tropical colors create a welcoming, laid back atmosphere with unique dining spaces, a concert stage, and multiple bars. A large exterior deck overlooks the Little Pigeon River where guests can enjoy outdoor dining and live music at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar complete with an oversized fire pit. In addition to the restaurant, the Margaritaville retail store gives guests the opportunity to extend their visit by taking the music, fashion, and flavors of Margaritaville home with them.

Timberwood Grill:  Timberwood grill brings you the genuine taste of the mountains. Inspired by the legendary hospitality of the people who have called the mountains their home for generations, this lodge-themed dining experience is one we are sure you will enjoy.

Delight in our hearty food and delicious drink creations that are truly as unique as the legendary mountain men and women of yore.

Dick’s Last Resort: If you’re looking for something a little different in your dining experience, Dick’s Last Resort is where you need to take the family. Yes…the family. You may have heard about Dick’s but this IS a kid friendly atmosphere. If you don’t have the best sense of humor, that’s okay because you’ll leave with one.  Oh, did I mention they have AMAZING food as well?  Dinner and sarcasm!

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: “Hey y’all, they’re open!” One of the most popular places to dine at The Island, is the world famous “Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.” If it’s been a while since you’ve had a down home southern meal, then head on over to Paula Deen’s. Once you’re done eating the delicious food, bop over to the Paula Deen Retail Store and grab yourself a souvenir from your favorite chef. If you’re planning on visiting Paula Deen’s, you may want to call ahead for reservations at 865-366-1510 or click here.

Cinnabon: If you’ve never experienced Cinnabon…oh boy are you in for a treat.  The smell of cinnamon baked goodness as you walk in will have you drooling before you hit the cash register. A perfect snack for walking around…load up and eat 2…or 12.

Poynor’s Pommes Frites: If you’re in the mood for some amazing German cuisine, you HAVE to stop by Poynor’s. They have an amazingly friendly staff, a really cool environment and spaghetti ice cream that will make your heart happy. (It’s not really spaghetti…or is it?) You can also find Pommes Frites, Belgium Fries and dipping sauces, sausages and bratwursts on the menu.  Walk in hungry…leave stuffed and happy.

The Fudgery Fudge & Fun: The fudge itself is top of the line and is made in front of your eyes with no short cuts and the best ingredients this side of eastern Tennessee. Fudge lovers can pick up fudge by the pound in twelve different options ranging from rocky road and chocolate peanut butter to maple nut and extraordinary chocolate. There are other savory products as well with their signature chocolate sauces and crunchy candy apples. Stop in and discover a world of fudge during a trip to The Island!

Places To Shop

There are so many wonderful places to shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Clothing, souvenirs , candy and more…you can find it all at The Island! Here are some places that you’ll want to have on your “to-do” list when you visit!

Bootleggers Winery: Wine lovers rejoice!  No fancy setup, just what every wine lover wants…WINE!!! While the focus is on wine, the decor is beautiful!  The staff is amazing and best of all…they have WINE!  Did I mention they have wine?

Nourish Natural Bath Products:Nourish features handmade bath products using the best skin moisturizing ingredients mother nature has to offer.  Bar Soaps, bath fizzies, salt srubs and much more! All of our products are made by hand with health and well being in mind. We invite you to browse our store and find a new favorite bath product!  

Doc’s Magic: Do you believe in magic? The guys working here have the best sense of humor and clearly love what they do. This store is a great place for the kids to grab a souvenir, learn a magic trick and grow up to be the next Darren Romeo. But don’t expect to find out how they make the tiger disappear…I asked…they wouldn’t tell me…

International Flair: The only place at The Island where you can find Pandora jewelry. Whether you’re looking for something fun and rare or sophisticated and classy, International Flair is a great place to stop!

Monogram BoutiqueSpecializing in personalized items, The Monogram Boutique is the perfect place to find just the right gift for anyone! Add a personalized touch to any of our wide variety of items such as handbags, clothing, hats, baby gifts, and much more!

Ole Smoky MoonshineOne word is all you need to know…MOONSHINE. I have your attention now, don’t I? Ole Smoky has a distillery, tasting bar and retail store all under one roof. Best of all, the Pigeon Forge location has exclusive flavors that the others don’t!

The bottom line is, you can easily spend an entire day at The Island in Pigeon Forge.  There’s so much to do, so much to see and so many places to eat, you’re bound to find something that the entire family will love!

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