Unique and Fun Things to Do in Pigeon Forge, TN

This lovely little piece of Tennessee became the place that attracted travelers to the quiet community in the Appalachia beginning in the early 1960’s. From a small community with modest lodging and not much of a draw outside of the natural landscape, to a destination that draws up to 10 million guests a year, Pigeon Forge is a great place for families to get it all in.There are endless attractions and things to see in this gorgeous land connected to the Smokey Mountains, which is exactly why a visit here should be on your family’s Fall to do list.Dollywood
Recognized by the International Applause Awards as one of the best theme parks in the country, Dollywood is probably the top attraction in Pigeon Forge. This was especially true on May 11th of this year, when Dolly Parton herself acted as the Dolly Parade’s grand marshal. At the park, you’ll be sure to enjoy over forty thrill rides and attractions coupled with a ton of great live shows. The one of a kind “Wild Eagle” is the newest ride here and soars 21 stories up above Dollywood and offers a great look at the Smokey Mountains and their fall colors at eye watering speeds. Whatever your reason for visiting Dollywood, you’ll be sure to have a great time enjoying it all!Lumberjack Feud
Be sure to bring your family out to this dinner show like none other. When you arrive, you will find that the crowd has as much to do with the competition as the talent do, pitting families against each other as cheerleaders for opposing lumberjacks. If you have ever been to one of these types of shows before, you know that the involvement is all about having a good time and no hard work is required. Witty and talented performers put on a show that is sure to please every generation of your family. You have the option of just going for the show which is worth every penny of the $30, or you can combine dinner with the entertainment for about $12 more for adults. Kid’s prices are reduced of course. Go show your family a good time they won’t soon forget at the feud. You will all be happy you did.Smoky Mountain Ziplines
If you have never experienced a zip line excursion in the Fall, you are missing out! If you have but, haven’t been to this one, you are certainly missing out. Over a mile and a half of lines take you zipping through the forest at over 40 mph. Safe and exciting, this venue is a must for all. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by army trucks to set the tone of adventure. Quick and clear instructions will have you on your way safe and comfortably. The staff is kind, professional,and most of all fun. The course is perfect for all types of people from the ambitious thrill seekers to the more timid first timers. A wonderful way to enjoy a day out in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Ziplines is another must try attraction.Parrot Mountain and Garden
Even if you are not an avid aviary enthusiast, you will be sure to enjoy the beauty of Parrot Mountain. A little outside of the main part of town, Parrot Mountain and Garden is a great place to get a little down time while being enchanted by the wonder of the wide array of tropical birds and well designed habitat. The birds here love to entertain saying some of the “wildest” things while performing tricks for your attention. Prices vary and are listed on the website, but aren’t steep at all considering the effort these folks put into caring for these remarkable birds. Fly over to Parrot Mountain while in Pigeon Forge. You won’t be sorry.The Old Mill
Are you looking for a great place to bring your family to eat, shop, and spend some time wandering through Pigeon Forge? Well look no further. This quaint village offers a clean and picturesque environment that exemplifies the word unique. Another great destination for the family, The Old Mill combines specialty shops with southern style eateries and restaurants perfect for those with empty stomachs and a thirst for old fashioned crafts and specialty gifts. The parking is free and shops are generally open for most of the day. While the shopping and food are great, I’d suggest the best part of the Old Mill is the environment that is a perfect combination of historical landmarks and beautiful natural surroundings.Zorb
What is a Zorb you ask? It is a wild ride that will have you tumbling down the side of a hill inside a safe bubble with specially designed tracks. Bubbles with and without water inside are available. So, if you want to get wet, know that they won’t be providing dry clothes. Prices vary based on different packages. If you are planning to spend part of your day in Dollywood, know that they are right down the street from each other to plan your trip accordingly. This is the only official Zorb site in the U.S. Now that’s unique and fun!WonderWorks
Again, be sure to bring the family to this one! Fun and exciting for all ages, the building has a fabled “history” of being carried by a tornado from the Bermuda Triangle which should tell you that these guys make it fun and light hearted. The facility is engaging and is full of activities for a low price. The cornerstone of this attraction is Terry Evanswood’s “Wonders of Magic” which draws large crowds so it’s advised to get there early for the best seats. With over 100 interactive exhibits such as the inversion tunnel, laser tag, disaster zone, and challenge zone, your family will have plenty of fun things to do. Prices are about $15 for adult general admission and there are great combo deals as well. Check it out. WonderWorks is open at 9 am 365 days a year.