Pigeon Forge, TN is seven hours from my house, so it’s a bit far for a weekend getaway. However, in writing two articles for TravelChannel.com about Pigeon Forge, I learned that there is a lot to do there as a family, as well as some fun places to stay that your kids will love.
Take a look at eight things your kids will love about Pigeon Forge. They may inspire a visit in the not too distant future. For even more ideas, visit MobileBrochure.com for just-like-print brochures and tickets for many of the must-visit attractions in and around Pigeon Forge.
1. Zip Lines. Truly, you can’t leave Pigeon Forge without racing down a zip line or navigating a treetop ropes course. Even better, kids as young as three can ride the zip lines with a guide or parent. My friend Kath of FamilyTravelsUSA took on the zip lines at Wears Valley Zip Line Adventures and she said she’d recommend adding the experience to a family bucket list.
2. The Singing Santa. Stay at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge where it’s Christmas every day of the year. Kids will love taking in the 12-foot Christmas tree in the garland festooned lobby. Breathe in and you’ll find it even smells like gingerbread throughout the inn. Look for the much-lauded “Singing Santa” to share a few Christmas classics every Thursday and Saturday evening.
3. Dinner Shows. If you like entertaining dinner shows, you’ll find more than a few in Pigeon Forge. Try the Dixie Stampede for a four-course family dinner and an exciting show that includes horses, rings of fire, music and more. Or, try the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show for clogging, mountain dancing, yodeling, comedy, and “granny’s famous dessert.”
4. The Giant Ferris Wheel. Head to the Island, a new outdoor retail and entertainment center, and you’ll find dancing fountains, a carousel, arcade games and the 200-foot Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. It’s one of the tallest attractions in the southeast and offers unmatched views of the Smoky Mountains. Go now for incredible views of the changing leaves.
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While arcade games and dinner shows are great, the main reason to come to Pigeon Forge is for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s so much to do in the Smoky Mountains, like hiking, horseback riding, fishing and picnicking. And, of course, don’t forget about the Junior Ranger program for little ones.
6. Llama Treks. Where else can you hike the Smoky Mountains with a llama by your side? Check in with Smoky Mountain Llama Treks for adventures with llamas that can last just an hour or as long as overnight. Even better, you can add a zip lining or rafting excursion on to your llama trek for a full day or weekend of fun. Taylee and Cinnamon are eager to meet you for your trek.
7. Yogi Yurts. In nearby Cosby, book a stay at the Great Smoky Mountain Jellystone Camp-Resort. Kids will love staying in the all new Yogi Yurts, which include a mini fridge, bunk beds and a picnic table. Or, check in to the Cindy Bear Lodge for more of a glamping experience with a full kitchen and bathroom, TV and DVD player. Look for movie nights and scavenger hunts at the campground.
8. The Alpine Coaster. For high-speed fun, ride the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster along twists and turns down the mountain. Billed as the longest downhill ride in the United States, kids and adults will love speeding down more than one mile of track. It’s a great way to take in the scenery. The alpine coaster runs rain or shine.
For more on Pigeon Forge, take a look at the two articles I wrote for TravelChannel.com: Outdoor Adventures in Pigeon Forge and 5 Unique Places to Stay in Pigeon Forge.
Photo Credit: Jerry and Pat Donaho