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Our New Favorite Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Living less than a couple hours away from Pigeon Forge definitely has its advantages. My family visits often, during all times of the year, and we have our favorite restaurants, attractions, and hotels. We get into our routine of visiting those tried and true favorites and don’t often branch out to try something new.

Girls posing in front of the giant Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge
My girls posing in front of the giant Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.


On our last visit to Pigeon Forge we decided to step out of our comfort zone and try some new things. In fact, we visited three new restaurants, stayed at a different hotel, and visited eight new attractions in Pigeon Forge that we never had before! While we thoroughly enjoyed all of them, we definitely added a few new absolute favorites to our list of things to do in Pigeon Forge.

  1. Local Goat. I’ve heard everyone raving about this interestingly named restaurant and now I know why. Be sure to put it on your itinerary for your next visit if you haven’t already. And order the Steak Nachos… trust me!
  2. Pigeon Forge Snow. This attraction is a must as well. We’ve drove by numerous times, finally went in, and we’ll definitely be going back. There’s nowhere else where you can go snow tubing without having to climb up a huge hill while freezing!
  3. TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena. My husband loved this as much as the girls after he took a turn on their indoor adventure park. If you love American Ninja Warrior, it’s a must!
  4. Dolly Parton’s Stampede. While this isn’t new for us, we hadn’t been in a few years. The food is amazing, the entertainment is even more amazing, and the memories are priceless! If you can, go during the holidays to see their festive Christmas show!
  5. MagiQuest. Last but not least, my Harry Potter loving girls absolutely fell hard for this castle. The iconic building has always made us wonder, but we had never visited… now the girls declare we’ll visit every time we come to Pigeon Forge! The interactive scavenger hunt type game is played with enchanted wands and keeps you walking, hunting, and strategizing for hours! All four of us loved it!
Girls posing in front of MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge TN
MagiQuest was an absolute blast for the entire family!


If you visit Pigeon Forge often, I definitely recommend trying something new. If you’ve never visited before, I highly recommend some of our new favorites. The city has hundreds (literally) of family-friendly attractions to discover. Who knows… you might just find some new family favorites like we did!


About the Author: Lindsey Galvez grew up in a small town in Northeast Tennessee and still lives there today. She visits Pigeon Forge often with her husband and two young girls because of their love of the mountains and many family-friendly attractions! Lindsey is the author of So Easy Being Green and has been since 2010. Her website is a resource for parents who want to make small changes that would make a big impact on a better world and their family. She also loves to share about her favorite people, moments, travel experiences, recipes… and everything in between!

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