Best places to eat are Jt Hannas, bullfish, and the partridge and pear. Stay away from the "chain" restaurants, heck you can do that at home! Do the park, and the best hike is Laurel falls, bears are always there. Explore the outlying areas of the glades, wears valley, townsend, and asheville, nc. Have to do dollywood, the smokey mountain moonshine distillery, ziplines (recommend the one on wears valley road, we did it and loved it!), and now you should be able to do tubing. The indoor skydiving seems to be a hit, didn't try it but have known others who have and loved it.
We will be taking our 5th trip to Pigeon Forge this summer. This is my favorite spot to travel. It is relaxing and quiet. The people are friendly. We will be going to Dollywood again. Our family have been to many amusement parks over the years and we love the atmosphere at Dollywood. It is family friendly, clean and the staff really seem to appreciate that you are there. The food is great (Country Cooking). Even my teenager enjoys being there. Tennessee and Dollywood is definitely the place to be.
There are two go-cart tracks at this location - the Wild Woody, a 3-story spiraled wooden track, and The Track - a classic track with overpasses. You get a deal if you buy a combination ticket, and there are coupons in all the tourist magazines.
My new husband was horrified that I had never been in a go-cart before (HELLOOOO - I'm a GIRL!!), so we had to stop here. He loved it - I was too nervous. Some guys got behind me on the first track and tried to push me with their car - was NOT fun for me. When we went over to the traditional track, I sat in the passenger seat of my husband's car. That was more enjoyable for me. But all the kids in other cars seemed to enjoy it, so it might be fun for you. I wouldn't do it again...
There are many, many, many themed mini-golf courses along the main Parkway - we picked Firehouse Golf because we had a coupon. :-)
Adorable course with lots of bear-fireman themes. Even though my husband beat me soundly, it was softened by the cute decorations along the course. There are two courses from which you can choose...
Price for one round (adult) was $7 - not too bad. It was fun!
There are literally dozens of locations for taking old-time portraits - the information below is for the specific location where we took our picture, but cannot necessarily recommend one over the other. I LOVE dress-up type photos, and since we were on our honeymoon, this is photo we wanted. You can also dress up as 1930's gangsters, hillbillies, riding a Harley motorcycle, or in a bathtub. Very cute! We paid $22 (including tax) for this sepia toned 8"x10" photo - more people in the photo, or color, is additional.
Known nationwide on the internet as one of the fastest go kart tracks at 40 MPH. You’ll love the difference speed makes when it comes to having fun! They also offer a huge arcade loaded with the latest games and an awesome, multi-level Laser Tag arena. Their "road course" track is among the best in the Pigeon Forge area. This company owns three other tracks in town and they have a 'Hopper Pass' so you can experience them all if you want to. You'll love sliding around this slick track at 40 MPH!
The sight of an upside-down building was enough to make us pull over and take photos in front, but we did not go in. My dad is handicapped, and I had been advised by a friend that there would not be enough for him to do to justify spending the $20 admission. Having since taken a look at the website, I might have to go back and check it out. In the meantime, I'll have to make do with the cool photos of the outside...
Opening Spring 2010 will be a permanent Titanic Museum attraction. Right now, you can see where they are constructing the building - a 1/2 scale model of the Titanic. There is a semi-trailer in the parking lot where you can learn about the coming exhibit, including photos, trivia, and a water tank where you can stick your hand in and feel how cold the water was the night the Titanic sank. I think it will be an interesting, entertaining, and educational experience.
According to the flyer, "The ultimate family experience~ 30,000 square feet ~ 90-minute walk-through experience ~ see 400 real artifacts ~ receive a passenger/crew boarding pass ~ steer the ship! ~ kid friendly ~ interactive experience ~ walk a full scale Grand Staircase ~ Book weddings or renew vows on the Grand Staircase"
I love seeing shows when I travel. As a regular visitor to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn. I have seen most of the shows there over the years. Smoky Mountain Theater opened a new show a month or two ago. The Temptations Revue, in my opinion, is a must see show. I've seen it three times in a month. Nate Evans sang with the original Temps. This tribute show is awesome. These guys are talented singers, dancers, and entertainers. Check out the sweet voice of Curtis Taylor - wow! 61 year old Nate Evans is amazing! Take a ride with Nate and the guys and memories will fill your heart and mind. You will love this show!
This is a professional show for a bargain price. See this show before any other! The choreography and harmony are fantastic! Meet the guys after the show - they are so nice!
Water rides + water slides + the wave pool + the Lazy River = a great day of splish splashin water fun. There is something for the whole family from the kiddie section for the babies and toddlers to the high speed thrill rides for the bigger kids (and kids at heart) to the Lazy River for those who just want to lay back and drift along in the gentle flow of the water. Bring your sun block and beach towels and prepare to have a fun day in the water.
Great fun for smaller kids. Titled Food for the Mind. Though, I thought for adults, it was lacking and it left me wanting a steak while all I got was peas and carrots, it was great fun for the kids!
This is not some Christmas church play...it's just like a show on the West End or Broadway! Angels soaring overhead and batteling, stars lighting up overhead, trained animals, and first class singing. All the actors/actresses are very talented! Superb voices! And many more special effects.
The show goes through different stages in the bible; from the beginning of the Earth, the fall of Lucifer, birth of Christ, John the Baptist, His first miracle at the wedding, last supper, Judas betrayal, the cruxifiction, and His return.
Theater Shows Daily :
Open March Through December
7:30 P.M. Mon Thru Saturday
2:00 P.M. Matinees Tuesday, Thursdays, & Saturday
Group Rates Available
(*One Free Child per paying adult)
The also have camel rides in front of the theater and a gift shop.
Beautiful area in Pigeon Forge, TN! There are 2 restaurants to choose from! Old Mill Restaurant and the Old Mill Pottery House. THere are many shops such as Old Mill General Store, Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery, Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen, Old Mill Creamery, Old Mill Toy Bin, Old Mill Candy Kitchen, and more.
Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.
It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At Dollywood, you will be entertained with shows and rides. One of my favorite rides is the Smoky Mountain River Rampage. This ride will get you wet ( which could be good on a hot summer day) If you like old wooden roller coasters, then you will have to try The Thunderhead. I have a new favoriate roller coaster now. It is called the Mystery Mine. I won't give anything away, but I have to say, it is awesome!!
I love Dollywood and have been attending this park regulary since the mid-80's. I've seen it grow by leaps and bounds. In more recent years, ChristmasFest has been an awesome additon. Plus, rides like the Mystery Mine and ThunderHead have given the park some serious street cred with the teen set and coaster enthusiasts.
*Lots of music. A favorite is James Rogers, who returns to the park this '07 summer, with his one-man show at the DP Celebrity Theatre.
*I love ThunderHead, generally considered one of the top 2 wooden coasters in the US.
*Mystery Mine, the latest additon, scared me half to death. I'm still not sure what happened, but I will never get on it again to fill in those blanks. Who knew I had such a filthy vocabulary:) Lots of "hang time" and an 85 ft drop at a 95 ft angle.
Get there early OR if you arrive after 3pm, the next day is free...just pick up your pass on the way out. Parking is now $7.
Wear clothes/shoes that dry easy as many rides involve getting wet. Wet jeans or leather sneakers are NOT to comfortable. Also, if you ride the coal train, it lets out ashes than can not only get in your eyes but stain lighter-colored clothing items (it's happened to me).
The food here is good....
The park is extremely clean and picturesque. Many of the employees are older people and they're very friendly and patient.