Pigeon Forge, TN is a great place for a family vacation. There is something for all ages and many attractions. It's a beautiful city located in the Smoky Mountain area.
There are several outdoor activities for the family including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and over 100 hiking trails nearby.
Dollywood is a fun theme park and home to six roller coasters and four water rides. There are several attractions inside of the park such as a full-size steam train and many other rides. Dollywood is open March through December. Ticket prices for ages 12 and up are $57.25, ages 4 through 11 are $46.00, and Senior tickets are $53.90.
The city of Gatlinburg is just a few minutes drive from pigeon forge. There you can visit Ripley's Believe it or not Museum, Ripley's Aquarium, the Space Needle, or Ober Gatlinburg.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is home to more than 350 species of animals. Walk through the tropical rainforest, or watch the sharks in the lagoon. There are also several interactive displays. Prices for the Aquarium are $22.99 for adults, $11.99 for ages 6-11, and $5.99 for ages 2-5. Be sure to check their website for deals. If you plan to visit more than one attraction combo tickets can be purchased with a discount.
The Space Needle observation tower is 400' high to the deck. Ride the elevator up to a beautiful 360 degree view of the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg. The tower is open all year-long. Ticket prices are $6.95 for adults, $3.00 ages 5-12, Senior's $4.00, and children under 5 are free. You can also buy a one time family pass for $15.00.
Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and has many attractions.
- Take the aerial tram up the mountain. Roundtrip tickets are $11.00 for adults, $8.50 ages 7-11, and children under 6 are free with a paid adult.
- The Alpine slide is an 1800' track. Zip down ski trails and through the woods while controlling your own speed. Tickets are $7 each, children under 6 are free but must ride with an adult.
- Check out the ice skating rink with ticket prices at $9 each, which includes skate rental and 3 hour use.
- Be sure to take the kids to Wild life encounters, where they can see and learn about bears, birds of prey, and other animals. Tickets are $6 for ages 12 and up, $4 ages 7-11, and kids under 6 are free with a paid adult.
- Ride the scenic chairlift up the mountain. Tickets are $7, with children 6 and under free with a paid adult.
- Ride the carousel, chair swing, play miniature golf, or go water tubing with tickets as low as $3.50 per person for each attraction.
Cades Cove is a beautiful valley with an 11 mile auto tour loop. Discover historical landmarks such as old homesteads and churches. Many visitors see an abundance of wildlife during the tour, such as bears, deer, and elk. There are also campgrounds in this area, and several hiking trails.
If shopping is on your list of things to do, then check out Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall. The mall is nearly 220,000 square feet and has something for everyone.
During April through September there are many car and truck shows.
There are several choices available for dining, from typical fast food restaurants to dinner with a show. Lumberjack feud is a dinner show where while you eat you can watch lumberjacks compete in sawing and log-rolling. The building features a sports area with trees, a pond, and waterfall. Southern style menu with prices as follows: Ages 12 and up $42.95 plus tax, ages 3 - 11 $18.95 plus tax, ages 2 and under are free with a paid adult.
The Hatfield and McCoy dinner feud is the well-known story of the two families who never got along. Watch and laugh as the two families unknowingly show up at the same party and the feud begins. Southern style menu; prices vary depending on showtimes.
The Dixie Stampede is dinner with a wild west show including live horses, actors performing stunts, and a live band. Southern style menu; prices vary depending on showtimes.
The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner show features a southern style menu. A murder mystery unfolds as you dine, can you figure out who did it? Tickets are $41.83 plus tax ages 13 and up, $21.67 plus tax for ages 2 - 12, ages 3 and under are free IF the child will be sitting in your lap, or $10.93 plus tax for a child under 3 for a seat and no meal.
If you prefer not to drive all over town, you can board the Fun Time trolley. Fares range from .50 cents to .75 cents per person. The trolley makes over 100 stops in town. March through October the trolley operates from 8:30 am to midnight. In November and December the service runs from 10 am to 10 pm. The trolley is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Always check the visitors website for Pigeon Forge for special savings and vacation packages for all seasons. Ticket prices listed in this article are based on current prices and are subject to change, so always check with each attraction when planning your trip.