This town, on the way to Smokey 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 Smokey 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

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

Chalet Village

4.5/5(28 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.

Thunder Mountain
This was early winter on an un-named stream off Jones Cove Road in Sevier County, TN.
trover photo by Liam Montgomery

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.

Top Hotels in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
¥14,669
per night
Nov 20 - Nov 21

Situated in Gatlinburg, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Anakeesta and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,195 reviews)

"Excellent property! Great space and staff make you feel right at home!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
4 out of 5
2525 DreamMore Way, Pigeon Forge, TN
¥12,871
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

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! (1,291 reviews)

"The resort was beautiful and the staff were excellent. Beautifully decorated for Christmas."…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

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
¥10,879
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (831 reviews)

"From the time we checked in to the time we left the entire staff was super friendly & helpful. I would not suggest getting the extra hour to the water park at night though. They only had part of the hot tub open, wave pool & kiddie area were closed plus only running a couple of rafts up to do the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Wilderness at the Smokies - Stone Hill Lodge

Popular things to do in Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

Dollywood
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Dollywood

4.5/5(1,524 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(1,112 reviews)

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

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5/5(4,070 reviews)

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

Island at Pigeon Forge
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Island at Pigeon Forge

4.5/5(2,279 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Island at Pigeon Forge, a favorite attraction in Pigeon Forge. Take in the acclaimed theater scene and mountain views in this romantic area.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
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Gatlinburg Sky Lift

4.5/5(1,175 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(751 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Titanic Museum, a favorite museum in Pigeon Forge. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theater scene 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

¥3,280

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

¥4,275

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.

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

¥2,686

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

¥3,704

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.

Pigeon Forge Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
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Pigeon Forge Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

¥2,784

The best entertainment value in town with four fun attractions. You’ll know you’ve found us when you spot the 34,000-pound Great Ape of Pigeon Forge climbing our building’s exterior! At the Hollywood Wax Museum, get into the action with props and costumes and take pictures with your favorite stars.

Hazzard Hoedown Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge
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Hazzard Hoedown Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge

¥2,867

Visit: Hazzard Hoedown, 2330 Parkway The Grand Majestic Dinner Theater, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3253 Join the Duke boys, Daisy, and all the Hazzard gang as they go on a wild and crazy adventure to save Uncle Jesse’s farm from falling into Boss Hogg’s greedy hands.

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How to Spend a Weekend in Gatlinburg
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How to Spend a Weekend in Gatlinburg

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