Top 11 Summer Things To Do in Pigeon Forge

Summer is all about fun, adventure, and memory making to last a lifetime! For your family, adventures to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee can be full of thrilling attractions, local artistry and crafts, or even a few delicious southern specialties. So go ahead and plan your escape to the Smokies and experience why we call this place home!


1. 29th Patriot Festival

Celebrate America at Patriot Park on July 4th, for the 29th annual Patriot Festival! The evening will be full of live music including special guest, Marty Stuart! Food, games, and so much more will take place at this free family-friendly event! So pack your lawn chairs and blankets and hang out before the fireworks spectacular!


2. Tennessee Smokies Baseball

Spend your summer at the ballpark! If you’re visiting the area and take the 407 Exit, you’ll notice the giant stadium where the Tennessee Smokies play. With games going on all week, theme nights, and game day specials, the whole family will have the perfect summer night. Crowd participation is a huge fan favorite at the ballpark as well. Kids can win awesome prizes during the inning by playing games and entering contests! Check their schedule to find the perfect game for you!


3. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration 

Join Dollywood at their Summer Celebration from June 22nd to August 4th! Experience all the rides, shows, and nightly fireworks displays! See the best views of these fireworks at Timber Canyon, Country Fair, Dreamsong Theater, and the Front Gates! It’s a summer you won’t forget at Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country!


4. Cool Off While White Water Rafting

The summer heat index calls for some splashing fun! Rafting in the Smokies will take you on a thrilling adventure down the class III and IV rapids or down the calm class I and II rapids. No experience is necessary for this family fun activity. With a personal guide, miles of river, and even a quick swim, you’ll have the coolest summer ever!

5. SWEETest Summer at Crave Golf Clubput put golf club pigeon forge family fun

Voted BEST mini-golf in Pigeon Forge and top 13 mini-golf courses in the country, Crave Golf Club is the sweetest attraction in the Smokies! Crave offers two candy-themed mini-golf courses that are Willy Wonka approved! Raining? No problem! Crave offers an indoor course with 19 unique holes. Crave also offers mini-bowling, a giant candy store, and escape rooms coming

6. Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

9. Minutes. Long! Yep, that’s 9 minutes full of screams, fun, and a rockin good time! Enjoy coasting over 20 acres speeding through tunnels, curves, and turns! Stay late and experience Rocky Top Mountain Coaster after dark! An array of colorful lights help guide you through the track to take your thrill to the next level!


7. Sail into Pirate’s VoyageFee Hedrick pirates revenge Dinner Show pigeon forge new show

Pirates are sailing into Pigeon Forge, TN! Landlubbers rave about Pirates Voyage Dinner Show and all the stunts, comedy, and fun you can experience. Tickets are on sale now and shows begin in May and early summer. Enjoy the heartiest feast fit for a pirate including: Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Bone-in Pork Chop, Matey’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and more!


8. Hike in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A summer trip to the Smoky Mountains isn’t complete without a scenic drive or hike to see historical landmarks, wildlife, and scenic mountain views. With over 850 miles of trails and several motor trails, there something for everyone in your family to enjoy. For some family favorites check out this list of 5 hikes perfect for families. 


9. ZipliningExcited friends enjoying zip line adventure in park on a sunny day pigeon forge gatlinburg

Catch those mountain views from a new angle! Perspective is everything so why not explore the Smokies by swinging through trees? The thrill of ziplining is one that keeps visitors and locals hanging out in the Smokies all year long. For help finding the perfect zip line for you and your family, check out this list.


10. Titanic

You won’t want to miss the newest exhibit coming to Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge! Beginning July 1st and through November, you can witness the world’s largest collection of Titanic life jackets left in the world. Pigeon Forge is honored to display 7 of the 12 known.

You can also come out to Titanic Museum Attraction on Saturday, July 20th at 8 am for the Titanic Color Run 5K! This event will benefit the East TN Autism Foundation and be full of color. The route will begin at Titanic and go around surrounding properties, down the Parkway, and return to Titanic.


11. The Track

The perfect family hub for all things fun and adventure is The Track! With multiple locations along the Parkway and so many activities to do, your family can pack all the adventure in one spot! For sneak peak at all the adventures you can have at The Track, check out this video:  



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