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Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Home to Dollywood and a replica Titanic, this family-friendly city is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Our most recommended things to do in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

Step aboard the popular Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, experience the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world, and interact with exhibits that appeal to all ages. Listen to an audio tour that brings the Titanic's story to life. Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic. Get your passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Follow them throughout the ship, enter the Memorial Room, and discover the fate of your assigned person. Stand in awe of the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars. Touch an authentic iceberg, shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s Boiler Room, and learn how to send an SOS distress signal. Get your whole family involved with this living classroom’s hands-on opportunities to motivate, educate and inspire. Every child receives a boarding pass profiling a youngster who sailed on the Titanic and can listen to a special audio tour just for kids. Don’t miss the onboard scavenger hunt.

Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

2. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed islands and coves. As well as the beautiful lake, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains towards the southwest. On this option, you climb to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for better visibility of the National Park. Extended Lake is an 8-minute flight over 16 miles.

Pigeon Forge: Tickets to Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show

3. Pigeon Forge: Tickets to Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show

Enjoy a family-friendly show full of competitive lumberjack events in Pigeon Forge, featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. Marvel at displays of impressive athletic feats ranging from wood chopping and axe throwing to tree climbing and log rolling. Settle into your seat at Lumberjack Square, an outdoor venue featuring padded seating under a covered, climate-controlled grandstand. Watch world-class lumberjack competitors go head-to-head in amazing tests of athleticism, including axe throwing, tree chopping, speed climbing, and log rolling. Join in on the fun by cheering for your favorite lumberjack family during the 13 events. Children can have a go at cutting logs with the lumberjacks themselves during the intermission.

Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

4. Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

Take a thrilling ride on the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster — the longest coaster in east Tennessee and the first one in the world with four uplifts. Travel through stunning Smoky Mountain scenery, 360-degree turns, and several tunnels on over 20 acres of property. Control your own speed through tunnels, curves, and thrilling hairpin turns on a single cart that can go up to 30 miles per hour. The coaster is fun for all ages, with riders ranging from 3 to 90 years old. For an extra unique experience, visit after nightfall where the colorful lights will guide you through a beautiful night ride.

Pigeon Forge: 'Beyond the Lens' Family Fun Center Ticket

5. Pigeon Forge: 'Beyond the Lens' Family Fun Center Ticket

Embrace your natural curiosity with this admission ticket to the 'Beyond the Lens' family fun center in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy exhibits that pay homage to pop culture, technology, and nostalgia. Create memories at this attraction that has entertainment options that cater to the whole family.  Arrive at the 'Beyond the Lens' family fun center which spans 20,000 square feet. Admire the eye-catching façade that looks like a fallen building and a huge camera in the clutches of the paparazzi. Capture photos in front of this impressive backdrop. Check-in at the door and begin your adventure through 150 action-packed exhibits in the categories of crime, conspiracies, celebrities, and gossip. Snap photos in a space ball pit and capture selfies atop a pallet of money. Dive into old-school nostalgia with cutting-edge technology that will stir up forgotten memories. Learn about the events and public figures who shaped our culture and experience the games and entertainment that will shape our future. Explore exhibits detailing the JFK conspiracy, the O.J. Simpson trial, and Princess Diana’s press relationship. Spark your curiosity around themes such as the Royal Family, Big Foot, and UFOs. Get hands-on with exhibits like 'Dance With Your Favorite Celebrity' or virtual reality rides.

Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

6. Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River whitewater rafting adventure. Get up close to nature as you splash your way thorugh exciting rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides your with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Follow your guide through lively rapids with equally engaging nicknames such as Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

7. Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River float for the whole family. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through laid-back rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the whole experience. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Be escorted by your guide down 6 miles of this laid-back section of the river while having fun with your family amid gentle waves and bumpy splashes. Soak in spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River Gorge. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Salute to Elvis Show

8. Pigeon Forge: Salute to Elvis Show

Watch as Eli Williams, a 3 time world champion Elvis tribute artist features the sounds, looks, and moves of Elvis in this show in Pigeon Forge which is not far from Knoxville. Marvel at his charisma, moves, and incredible stage presence as he captures the true essence of Elvis Presley live in concert. Admire his dynamic tribute highlighting the life of The King from his humble beginnings, to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Lose yourself in the performance of a master, who has taken home the trophy at Elvis Festivals in Waikiki Hawaii, Pala California, Penticton B.C, and places amongst the top in his field throughout North America.

Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

9. Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

Admire the Great Smoky Mountains and the beautiful surrounding area from a unique perspective as you zip through treetops and sky bridges on guided ziplining activity. Feel the thrill of soaring over the forest canopy across 6 zip lines. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and harness. Receive a short safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the day's activities. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform to marvel at great views of the Family Adventure Island. Pass over the Pigeon River, and enjoy the sight of the rushing water below. Become immersed in nature as you soar through the air on 6 zip lines and 2 sky bridges for a total of 2,400 feet in length. Keep a lookout for various species of flora and fauna below.

Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Magic & Illusions Show

10. Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Magic & Illusions Show

Experience a family magic show in Pigeon Forge performed by Steven Best. Witness up and close tricks conducted in an intimate theater right in the heart of the Smokies. Be entertained by a show that is bursting with fun for any age and venture into a truly magical moment as Steven amazes you with spectacular magic, amazing illusions, charismatic comedy, and some music. Witness mind-bending illusions and enjoy side-splitting comedy throughout the evening with classic sleight of hand tricks. Be ready to be picked to go on stage, with audience participation a key feature of the performance.

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What people are saying about Pigeon Forge

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4.8 / 5

based on 746 reviews

Found out alot that I didn't know! Love the idea of boarding passes, we found our characters & they happened to survive! Highlight are the blind person playing the piano, feel the temp room & the outstanding Lego titanic & of course the infamous grand staircase! Loved it!

Very informational with a lot of cool items from the Titanic. Also had a great recreation of ship items, such as the staircase and hallways. This was also wheelchair accessible

So simple using the app. We went right in at our time. We got to pass the big line and walked right in.

Eli did an amazing job! He deserves to be in a larger auditorium with a live band. Mitchell’s-Texas

It was great! Many things I did not know about the Titanic & much to see.