Spring Break in The Smokies 2020

Spring is in the air and that means it’s officially Spring Break in Pigeon Forge! You’ve been planning your trip and counting down the days to move south and experience all the fun! The Smokies are packed with award winning attractions, restaurants, and hotels that are perfect for your family and friends. Whether you’re wanting to explore the outdoors or experience all the thrills of the exciting attractions, Pigeon Forge covers all the things on your list. Come see the leaves growing back and flowers blooming in Cades Cove, and see all the new rides and sights throughout The Smokies! Here’s a guide for you to have the best Spring Break in the Smokies this year!   


What’s Going on in Town?


Spring Corvette Expo

March 20th- 21st: Come out for the 43nd annual Corvette Expo Featuring Horsepower and Hotrods in Pigeon Forge at The LeConte Center. There is a $12 admission fee for visitors. 

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations

March 14th- April 20th: Dollywood’s Festival of Nations displays the most captivating entertainment from around the world during this month-long celebration of music, dance, food and art.


Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

April 4th- 5th: Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the 22nd annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament! Fun for all – adults, children, tourists and locals. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event! Over $10,000 in cash & prizes! Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the largest trout tournament in the Smokies!


Spring Rod Run

 Calling all car enthusiasts! The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run will take place April 16th- 18th, 2020. Prizes including, a $10,00.00 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill will be given out. The event will take place at The LeConte Center.

Check out all upcoming events HERE


Outdoor Adventures


Be sure to also check out these family hikes in the Smokies —> Family Hikes


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Mini Golf at Crave Golf Club

Mini golf is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening when the sun starts to set! Luckily there are plenty of options in Pigeon Forge for you to show off your awesome putt putt skills. Check out Crave Golf Club for a hole in one full of fun! Crave offers 2 courses, indoor and outdoor, both complete with 19- holes and some sweet themes along the way. The “Spin Zone” offered at each hole really adds potential to increase the competition!



 This unique outdoor family experience by immersing guests of all ages in the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors. Admission to Anakeesta includes a scenic ride via the Chondola to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you enter our magical Firefly Village. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Gatlinburg on your way. At the top, you’ll enjoy majestic scenic views of Mt. LeConte, quaint gift shops and casual dining at our Smokehouse BBQ food truck or savory pastries, pies, cookies, hot drinks, and of course ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. NEW for 2020 is an amazing observation tower, treehouse challenge course and more! 

Largest Expansion at Anakeesta Opening in 2020!



Parrot Mountain & Garden of Eden

As you enter the garden you’re awed at the landscaping, then you look up and you’ll see toucans, a silvery-cheek hornbill, magpies in the garden flying freely. It is beautiful to see the birds in flight. When you exit the secret garden you will come to the bird garden. There you will find approximately 70 birds on open perches and here you can feed them seed from your hand, have pictures made with them, or just walk around and look at them.  



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Zip over Family Adventure Island as well as the breathtaking views of the Mountains. For amplified adventure, try racing through the trees with friends and family. You’ll experience a total of 6 ziplines crossing 2 skybridges, for a total run of 2400 feet lasting about an hour. 



Indoor Activities


Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

The only place in Gatlinburg where you’ll find shrunken heads, a 12 foot tall scrap car parts robot sculpture, an authentic vampire killing kit, one-of-a-kind artwork, tons of hands-on interactives, and a wicked spinning vortex tunnel! 



Arcade City

Shoot some hoops, take down a few bad guys, master the claw and cross the finish line first – there are endless ways to get your game on at Arcade City. A family-friendly modern arcade with an easy-to-use play card system, there’s something for everyone! 



Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Experience the sensation of skydiving indoors! After a brief training session your instructor will help you take flight! At Flyaway, America’s first vertical wind tunnel, you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly. They give you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session.


Alcatraz East Crime Museum 

Calling all CSI fans! There are 20 different exhibit areas to explore that will cover five themes; the history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture. From authentic pieces used as evidence in well-known criminal cases, to interactive exhibits and activities, Alcatraz East will offer something compelling and educational for guests of all ages.



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Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies

An Ultimate Underwater Experience without being wet! Explore the lush, unique and beautiful worlds of the Tropical Rain-forest, Ocean Realm, Coral Reef, and Gallery of the Seas, and the Best Shark Exhibit in the Most Spectacular Underwater Tunnel in Shark Lagoon. Play in the New 3-Story Discovery Treehouse & Play Center! Enjoy entertaining hourly dive and feeding shows in Coral Reef, Stingray Bay and Penguin Playhouse. 


Don’t Forget The Food!

Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge

Discover a Rock & Roll dining experience like never before at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge! Check out all the memorabilia, rocking music, and of course the freshest menu in town! Try the 24K gold leaf burger for some “rich” flavor that will rock your taste buds!


Huck Finn’s Catfish 

Feast like family at Huck Finn’s Catfish! This family favorite has been around for years and keeps visitors and locals coming back for more. Their extensive southern menu also features such delicious items as country fried steak, grilled chicken, frog legs, fried or grilled shrimp, steaks, pork loin, fish and chips, chicken livers…and many more.


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