Must-Do Attractions and Activities for Your Pigeon Forge Summer Vacation

Kick off your summer vacation in Pigeon Forge with these must-do attractions and activities. If you haven’t started making your plans for the summer yet, it’s time to get started! We’re extremely excited that summer is here, and Pigeon Forge is open and ready to help you make the most out of every minute of your family vacation. With so much variety and so many experiences, your best visit to Pigeon Forge is always your next visit!

Soar Above it All at Dollywood

Enjoy a host of new experiences, heart pounding rides, incredible performances and tasty dining options with the family this summer at Dollywood. Soar high above the Smoky Mountains on the Wild Eagle roller coaster or ride on the wings of a dragonfly as it twists and turns on an unpredictable path in Wildwood Grove, one of the newest additions to the park. Then cool down with fun rides and a 70-foot tall waterslide at Dollywood’s Splash Country.


The much-anticipated reopening of Dollywood Parks and Resorts is set to begin in June. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa reopens June 10th. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park will open June 15th and 16th to season pass holders only. And then both parks will open to the general public on June 17th. For more information on Dollywood’s new safety measures, visit https://www.dollywood.com/playsafe.

Adventure On and Off the Water

Go on an action-packed adventure in the great outdoors. Ride through the mountain terrain and cross streams to get to spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and plenty of chances for photo opportunities with Bluff Mountain Adventures. Or go on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure with Smoky Mountain Outdoors. Raft down class III and IV rapids on the upper Pigeon River or relax and enjoy a scenic family float down the lower Pigeon River.

Make sure to call these Pigeon Forge attractions ahead of time for reservations.

Spend Some Time on The Island

From the Island Show Fountains that light up and dance, to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel standing 200-foot-tall and offering some of the most amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s something for everyone at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Make sure to check out some of The Island’s great dining options such as Timberwood Grill and Margaritaville for cuisine that the whole family will love.

Have a Lumberjack Competition

Watch a real-life lumberjack competition and then partake in one of your own at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park. See the feuding Dawson and McGraw families compete in 13 different lumberjack events such as axe throwing, sawing and log rolling. Then compete with the rest of the family in events such as a ropes course or log roll, then take a ride on the zipline roller coaster.

Family Competition at Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park

For more information on new policies and procedures for Lumberjack Feud Show’s new policies and procedures, visit https://lumberjackfeud.com/blog/reopening-our-adventure-park-with-care/ and https://lumberjackfeud.com/blog/reopening-the-lumberjack-feud-show/.

Pigeon Forge shows including Pirates Voyage, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, and Country Tonite are open and ready to entertain you again! Call or visit their websites for reservations and theater information. And check our list of theaters that are open for even more show-stopping entertainment options in Pigeon Forge.

Take in those Breathtaking Views of the Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing more exhilarating than the smell of fresh mountain air than opening your eyes to see some of the most incredible mountain views, the green treetops that go on for miles, sprinkled with the colors of summer wildflowers. Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 800 miles of hiking trails and more than 1,500 kinds of flowering plants. Get a glimpse of the past on a scenic drive along Cades Cove Loop Road or take the short walk to Clingman’s Dome for some of the most spectacular views of the season.

Many of the park’s roads, trails and facilities are now open, although a few do remain closed at this time. Make sure to check for the latest updates on open facilities and access prior to visiting at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Eat Your Way Down the Parkway

The Parkway in Pigeon Forge is lined with everything from grab-and-go quick bites to full-service family style dining. Enjoy down-home Southern comfort food or tempt your taste buds with some international cuisine, you’ll find it all here at restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

Check our list of restaurants that are open for dine-in, carry out or delivery.

Get Photos with Our Parkway Planter Friends

Check out these fun new photo opportunities while celebrating the folks around town who help make Pigeon Forge a truly wonderful destination for fun family vacations year-round. Pigeon Forge’s new “planter people” are made of resin, standing just over four feet tall and adorned with live plants that will continue to flourish throughout the season. Follow @MyPigeonForge and tag your photos with #mypigeonforge for a chance to be featured on our site.

Get Photos with Our Parkway Planter Friends

Make Pigeon Forge your summer vacation destination and make precious family memories that will last a lifetime! Start planning your visit to Pigeon Forge today.