On July 26, 2023
Pigeon Forge is known for its theme parks, shows and outdoor activities. This little mountain town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is also home to an abundance of fun family attractions that visitors of all ages will enjoy. From museums to mini golf to escape games and more, Pigeon Forge is filled with fun things to do. For the animal lovers in the family, you’ll also find a variety of animal-related attractions in Pigeon Forge that are sure to delight and entertain the kids during your visit.
Here are some of the top attractions featuring animals in Pigeon Forge to check off your vacation to-do list:
Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud provides a farm experience from the moment you arrive! Plan to get to the show a little bit early to explore the outside grounds, which have the feel of an over-the-top, comedic mountain people’s farm. There is laundry swaying on the clothesline, an outdoor shower and outhouse, and adorable animals to take pictures of before heading inside for dinner and the show.
Visitors to Dollywood theme park will enjoy “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary,” home to rescued bald eagles. The sanctuary offers a safe and natural environment where visitors can learn about the birds and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.
While not exclusively focused on animals, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a world-class dinner show featuring horse-riding stunts and includes the showcasing of 32 magnificent horses. Arrive at the show early to take a stroll through the world-famous Horse Walk for a chance to meet the performers and get an up-close look at the stars of the show.
Another must-visit show in Pigeon Forge that features animals is Comedy Barn Theater. The show is filled with a variety of comedic acts, funny antics and skits, in addition to fun barnyard animals and live country and gospel music. For a fun-filled evening together with the family, Comedy Barn Theater is a top choice!
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof reaches speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour as it winds along the mountainside, offering thrills for all ages. But that’s not all you’ll find here. Goats on the Roof is the only Smoky Mountain attraction where visitors can feed and interact with goats that roam on the rooftop. It’s a fun and unique experience for kids!
Three Bears General Store is a popular spot for visitors looking to find the perfect souvenirs to remember their trip. The store also features other fun activities including the Make-UR-Bear Factory, arcade room, Old Time Photo Studio and a live bear habitat the kids will find fascinating. Just purchase a cup of bear food and the kids can feed the bears!
With miles of hiking trails and a variety of scenic drives to explore, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a fun and memorable experience with animals and nature. Endless opportunities exist throughout the park to spot black bear, white-tailed deer, birds, wild turkey and other species of wildlife. One of the best places in the park to spot wildlife is Cades Cove. Take Cades Cove Loop Road, a popular 11-mile scenic drive that travels through the breathtaking valley and enjoy wildlife viewing from the comfort of your own car.
Three Monkeys Photo Emporium offers a one-of-a-kind interactive photo experience that will be remembered for years to come. No other place around gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with four hilarious and adorable capuchin monkeys. Or get up close in the water with two Asian small-clawed otters and enjoy the antics. Choose from a variety of fun photo packages and enjoy this amazing interactive animal experience!
For a unique way to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, bring the family for an afternoon of horseback riding at Gold Rush Stables. Enjoy fun guided trail rides that travel across shallow creeks, past rolling pastures and up mountainsides. Horseback riding is a great way to take in the magnificent views of the Great Smoky Mountains!
Parrot Mountain is a satellite store, located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, for the beautiful Parrot Mountain Garden Attraction. Here, you can get pictures taken with beautiful, tropical parrots or browse the shop for an exotic gift to take home.
Enjoy your trip to the Smoky Mountains and have a fantastic time with all the wonderful animal experiences in Pigeon Forge!