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Pigeon Forge

Home to Dollywood and a replica Titanic, this family-friendly city is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Our most recommended things to do in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Expereince the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world and interact with exhibits that appeal to all ages. Listen to an audio tour that brings the Titanic's story to life. Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic, along with an artificial iceberg. Here, you will receive a passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Once you have followed them throughout the ship, enter the Memorial Room and discover the fate of your assigned person. Stand in awe of the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars. Touch an authentic iceberg, shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s Boiler Room, and learn how to send an SOS distress signal. The Museum is fun for the whole family. It is a living classroom filled with hands-on opportunities that motivate, educate and inspire. Every child receives a special boarding pass profiling a youngster who actually sailed on the Titanic. There is even a special audio tour just for kids that brings the Titanic story to life, as well as an onboard scavenger hunt that adds to the excitement.

Pigeon Forge: Lumberjack Feud Show

2. Pigeon Forge: Lumberjack Feud Show

Enjoy 1.5 hours of competitive lumberjack events featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. These lumberjacks represent both families in a variety of thrilling, fast-paced tests of skill, ranging from chopping and axe throwing to tree climbing and log rolling. Join the fun by cheering for your favorite lumberjack family during the 13 events. During the intermission, children are invited to the stage to cut logs with a lumberjack. Located at Lumberjack Square, the 350-person outdoor venue home to the Lumberjack Feud features padded seating under a covered, climate-controlled grandstand designed for maximum comfort.

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

3. Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River float for the whole family. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through laid-back rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the whole experience. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Be escorted by your guide down 6 miles of this laid-back section of the river while having fun with your family amid gentle waves and bumpy splashes. Soak in spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River Gorge. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

4. Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

Take a thrilling ride on the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster — the longest coaster in east Tennessee and the first one in the world with four uplifts. Travel through stunning Smoky Mountain scenery, 360-degree turns, and several tunnels on over 20 acres of property. Control your own speed through tunnels, curves, and thrilling hairpin turns on a single cart that can go up to 30 miles per hour. The coaster is fun for all ages, with riders ranging from 3 to 90 years old. For an extra unique experience, visit after nightfall where the colorful lights will guide you through a beautiful night ride.

Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

5. Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

Admire the Great Smoky Mountains and the beautiful surrounding area from a unique perspective as you zip through treetops and sky bridges on guided ziplining activity. Feel the thrill of soaring over the forest canopy across 6 zip lines. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and harness. Receive a short safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the day's activities. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform to marvel at great views of the Family Adventure Island. Pass over the Pigeon River, and enjoy the sight of the rushing water below. Become immersed in nature as you soar through the air on 6 zip lines and 2 sky bridges for a total of 2,400 feet in length. Keep a lookout for various species of flora and fauna below.

Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

6. Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River whitewater rafting adventure. Get up close to nature as you splash your way thorugh exciting rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides your with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Follow your guide through lively rapids with equally engaging nicknames such as Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

7. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed islands and coves. As well as the beautiful lake, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains towards the southwest. On this option, you climb to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for better visibility of the National Park. Extended Lake is an 8-minute flight over 16 miles.

Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Magic & Illusions Show

8. Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Magic & Illusions Show

Experience a family magic show in Pigeon Forge performed by Steven Best. Witness up and close tricks conducted in an intimate theater right in the heart of the Smokies. Be entertained by a show that is bursting with fun for any age and venture into a truly magical moment as Steven amazes you with spectacular magic, amazing illusions, charismatic comedy, and some music. Witness mind-bending illusions and enjoy side-splitting comedy throughout the evening with classic sleight of hand tricks. Be ready to be picked to go on stage, with audience participation a key feature of the performance.

Pigeon Forge: Ticket to Lumberjack Feud and Adventure Park

9. Pigeon Forge: Ticket to Lumberjack Feud and Adventure Park

Explore the shows and activities of Pigeon Forge as you adventure around this outdoor theme park. Visit the 1.5-hour lumberjack feud competitive event and enjoy unlimited access to the adventure theme park where you can compete in your own outdoor games.  Watch the Dawson and McGraw families’ in the Lumberjack Show and experience world-class lumberjacks competition. These lumberjacks represent both families in a variety of thrilling, fast-paced tests of skill and prowess ranging from chopping and ax-throwing to tree climbing and log rolling. During the break, children are invited to the stage to cut logs with a lumberjack.  Challenge yourself in the adventure park on the High Woodsmen Challenge ropes courses and speed climbing towers. Create your own lumberjack competition and try your hand at the same events like the professional Jacks and Jills.  Experience a simulated 80 ft. free-fall at the Timber Towers. Try out the Flying Ox, the world's first cable-to-rail zipline roller coaster. It is a must-try 1,000-foot-long ride combining the thrill of ziplining with the track features of a roller coaster. Add on the option of dinner and you'll receive a $25 meal voucher to use while visiting the park.

Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

10. Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

Enjoy picturesque vistas over the Smoky Mountains on this 15-minute flight dubbed the “Ridge Runner.” After taking off from the local partner’s private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning, misty Chilhowee mountain range. Feel the speed of the helicopter as you fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Gaze at historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge in the distance. Along the way, your expert guide will point out facts about the region, like the original designation of where the national park was supposed to be, as well as countless details about the flora and fauna of the region. After covering a distance of 30 miles, you’ll head back to the heliport, enriched by the one-of-a-kind, bird’s eye viewpoint of the mystic Smoky Mountains.

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What people are saying about Pigeon Forge

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 564 reviews

My family and I did the family experience which we all enjoyed since none of us had ever been white water rafting before. I would for sure recommend this to a family, even with smaller children. There were only about 3 or 4 areas where we were rocking badly. Our instructor was amazing and educated us all very well on what we needed to do to stay safe! Our feet were secured the entire time so there was no chance of falling out.

Our visit to the Titanic was enjoyable and educational. It’s a self-guided tour with a handheld device that gives you information on every part of the tour, with staff always around the corner to assist if needed. This would be a great tour for anyone of any age.

Our pilot was very knowledgeable about the area and overall just very friendly. It was our very first helicopter ride and he did a great job of making us all feel at ease. Great experience and would definitely recommend the 25 minute tour!

I found it presented very well. It was interesting and informative.

Enjoyed walking through and listening to the talks about Titanic !