Gatlinburg - Pigeon ForgeUnited States of America

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This town, on the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has unusual tourist attractions, evening shows and plenty of local history.

Pigeon Forge, a major tourist stop on the way to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, knows how to keep visitors entertained. There are dozens of theaters and entertainment venues hosting everything from musicals to magic shows, as well as amusement parks, museums and the ever-popular Dollywood.

Catch a trolley and explore the town. Trolley fares are low, and there are stops at more than a hundred different destinations. Spend a day at Dollywood, the theme park named after country music star Dolly Parton. You’ll find rides for all ages, along with classic country music, restaurants and gift shops. Go for a splash in the nearby Dollywood Splash Country Water Adventure Park. Older kids and adults will love the selection of slides and rides, while youngsters can mess about in a specially-designed play area.

Go prospecting in the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, where you can buy a bucket and collect gems of all shapes, types, and sizes. For more fun, check out the TOMB Egyptian Adventure. You’ll have to solve problems and outsmart the Pharaoh to escape. History buffs and boat lovers alike should take a look at the Titanic Museum Attraction. It features interactive exhibits and dozens of fun and educational activities.

For some local history, stop by Old Mill Square. Admire the old buildings, enjoy the atmosphere, and grab a bite to eat or shop for souvenirs. Take some time out in a natural setting at Parrot Mountain and Gardens, a refuge for injured or homeless birds. Here you can admire the birds up-close and feed them from the palm of your hand.

If you’re looking for a fun night out, head to one of many comedy clubs, see a musical, or be wowed by magicians. There’s a huge selection of entertainment venues around town, so you’re bound to find something to your taste.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Photo taken from Ober Gatlinburg, such a beautiful place.
trover photo by Anthony Creamer

Chalet Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Chalet Village, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are top sights worth seeing.

Chalet Village
This was early winter on an un-named stream off Jones Cove Road in Sevier County, TN.
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Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain might not have many top sights, but Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum and Sevierville City Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Thunder Mountain

Top Hotels in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
4 out of 5
2525 DreamMore Way, Pigeon Forge, TN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥8,379
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

This family-friendly Pigeon Forge resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dollywood's Splash Country, Dollywood, and Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction. LeConte ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,475 reviews)

"Property was beautiful and view of the area was great."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Wilderness at the Smokies - Stone Hill Lodge
Wilderness at the Smokies - Stone Hill Lodge
3.5 out of 5
190 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN
¥10,981
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

This family-friendly Sevierville resort is located in the mountains, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Sevierville Convention Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tanger Outlets ...

3.9/5Very Good! (947 reviews)

"It was very clean and very close to the convention center"…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Wilderness at the Smokies - Stone Hill Lodge
Ramada by Wyndham Pigeon Forge North
Ramada by Wyndham Pigeon Forge North
2.5 out of 5
2193 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥5,507
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Titanic Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum. Island at Pigeon Forge and WonderWorks are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,938 reviews)

"Older property that has been totally updated. Clean, comfortable, and quiet. Very good value!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Pigeon Forge North

Popular things to do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5/5(4,348 reviews)

America’s most visited national park offers blue mountain ridges, forested hiking trails, a variety of wildlife and bits of Southern mountain history. 

Dollywood
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Dollywood

4.5/5(1,617 reviews)

This amusement park owned by country singer Dolly Parton lures fans with its roller coasters and children’s rides, museums and live music and theater shows. 

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

4.5/5(1,172 reviews)

From sharks and stingrays, to penguins and octopus, get close to a colorful collection of tropical sea creatures at this walk-through aquarium.

Island at Pigeon Forge
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Island at Pigeon Forge

4.5/5(2,502 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Island at Pigeon Forge, a favorite attraction in Pigeon Forge. Amble around this romantic area's riverfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
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Gatlinburg Sky Lift

4.5/5(1,313 reviews)

Ride this historic chairlift to a lookout point that offers spectacular panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg’s townscape.

Titanic Museum
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Titanic Museum

4.5/5(809 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Titanic Museum, a favorite museum in Pigeon Forge. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the must-see aquarium in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee
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TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

¥3,304

Everyone knows the name TITANIC, Everyone knows TITANIC hit an Iceberg, Everyone knows TITANIC sank, but there is so much more to her story! With over 400 real TITANIC artifacts, valued at over four-million dollars, our Permanent, Interactive TITANIC experience goes beyond the obvious! Upon arrival, each guest is greeted by one of our costumed cast members and given a boarding pass to become an actual passenger aboard the TITANIC.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

¥4,306

Embark on a hands-on aquatic adventure with the 10,000 marine critters that call Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies home. Watch the underwater antics of exotic sea creatures up-close, scoping out playful penguins, graceful manta rays, balletic jellyfish, and majestic sharks.

Admission to RainForest Adventures Zoo
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Admission to RainForest Adventures Zoo

¥1,100

Discover a zoo featuring more than 600 live animals representing creatures from rainforests all over the world, located in the heart of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains. Admire the wild attractions—the majority born and raised in captivity—as you travel around a world of sights.

Crave Golf Club - 2 Courses of Mini Golf
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Crave Golf Club - 2 Courses of Mini Golf

¥2,098

Itinerary Pigeon Forge’s newest mini golf destination is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth! Crave Golf Club is home to two amazing Candy Land themed putt-putt courses that your family is sure to love. This one-of-a-kind attraction also features an epic candy store, and even more fun features.

Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta
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Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta

¥2,690

2018 Attraction of the year winner! Anakeesta theme park is a chance to create your own unique vacation experience. Relax, play, and enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains with your family, all in the magical treetop setting of Firefly Village.

Adventureworks Climb Zip Swing Experience
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Adventureworks Climb Zip Swing Experience

¥3,731

If you're on the hunt for fun things to do in Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, Climb Zip Swing is the perfect adventure for thrill-seekers of all ages. Located right on the Parkway, just minutes away from shopping and other attractions, this aerial adventure center covers over an acre of treetop canopy.

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