This Smoky Mountain town is overflowing with activities that are sure to please everyone! To help you make the most of your next getaway, here are the best five Pigeon Forge points of interest that you don’t want to miss:
Dollywood is far and away the most popular attraction in the Smokies. In fact, some people come to Pigeon Forge just for the chance to visit this famous theme park. Managed by Smoky Mountain native Dolly Parton, this incredible park truly has something for everyone. Dollywood is more than just a world class theme park. It’s the complete getaway for families looking to disconnect from the world’s distractions and reconnect with each other while nestled in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
The park offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wood coaster; Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster; and FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster. Little ones can enjoy rides perfect for them in Dollywood’s Country Fair, an area specially designed for kids. In addition to the mouthwatering food and outstanding entertainment offered throughout the year, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals.
Even if you never set foot on a ride, you can still have a blast at Dollywood! Guests will enjoy wonderful music shows that feature country, gospel, and bluegrass.
Dollywood is open from late March through early January.
2. The Old Mill Square
The Old Mill is arguably the most iconic of all the Pigeon Forge points of interest. This gristmill was constructed in 1830 and still grinds grain into flour today. When you visit The Old Mill during your vacation, you will find some of the area’s very best restaurants and shops. Both The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe use freshly ground flour from the gristmill to create their delicious dishes and baked goods.
The Old Mill Square is a must see for any family vacation which includes Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
3. Titanic Museum Attraction
The Titanic Museum Attraction is a can’t-miss stop for history buffs or anyone who loves the 1997 Titanic movie. This unique museum is actually shaped like the famous ocean liner! While the outside of the attraction is a half scale recreation of the RMS Titanic, the inside of the museum features full scale recreations of rooms from the ship, including the breathtaking grand staircase.
Guests at the museum will have the chance to see over 400 artifacts from the real Titanic! Everyone who visits the Titanic Museum Attraction is given a card with the biography of an actual passenger on the ship. This attraction is filled with interactive exhibits and is great for children as well as a adults.
4. The Island
The Island is Pigeon Forge’s top shopping and entertainment complex. Visitors can indulge in an eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries, shopping and attractions, rides and game, live music and entertainment. The most famous attraction at The Island is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200 ft. tall ferris wheel that offers breathtaking views of Pigeon Forge and the mountains.
Prepare to be amazed as you watch water dance to some of your favorite tunes. There is a show every 30 minutes from 10 am to 11:30 pm. In between the shows, the fountains shoot up and down over and over; it’s a sight that will put you in a trance.
Parking for The Island is completely free.
5. Dixie Stampede
Dixie Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way.
Celebrate as the North and South join together in a patriotic salute of Red, White and Blue featuring COLOR ME AMERICA, written and recorded by Dolly herself. The Patriotic Grand Finale soars with flying Doves of Peace, luminous costumes and fireworks, reminding you of the pride and spirit of America.