Pigeon Forge the Family Friendly Destination
Vacationing with kids of multiple ages can often times be a challenge. Things that entertain one child may not be suitable for the others. We have experienced this over the years with our little divas who are four years apart in age- Jellybean is 9 and Peanut is 5. Luckily Pigeon Forge has a variety of options and a little of something for everyone!
The “5 and under” group are probably the most challenging. However, we have been visiting Pigeon Forge since Peanut was 3 and have never had a problem keeping her entertained. One of the easiest stops is Dollywood, be sure to pack a stroller for all the walking. The little ones love the rides in the County Fair area as well as riding the Dollywood Express, steam engine train. If you are visiting during the summer season, Dollywood’s Splash Country has several areas that are reserved just for the little tikes in your family. Another of our favorites is Kids Country at the Track. There are plenty of rides in this area to provide hours of entertainment. Peanut will ride each one over and over until we tell her it is time to go!
Don’t forget the simpleness of walking along the Little Pigeon River and feeding the ducks. Most little ones love animals which, also brings to mind the Comedy Barn. This show features lots of fun barnyard animals and is full of action. The buildings of both MagiQuest and WonderWorks are intriguing and can be fun even for the little ones. Kids find the mirror maze at Magiquest exciting but, word to the wise, never let go of them while you are in there! Jellybean’s absolute, hands down favorite attraction in Pigeon Forge is WonderWorks. She loves every area there and would go there every day of our trip if it was allowed! WonderWorks has a bubble lab and a walk-on musical piano that Peanut has always enjoyed. We have even enjoyed a nice round of miniature golf as a family at Walden’s Landing Firehouse Golf. The firehouse and bear theme throughout the course gives the little ones plenty to look at.
“Grade School age” kids most often have fun wherever they are! At this age, they still have fun learning, especially in a fun environment. The Titanic is both educational and interactive. Jellybean loved learning about the young person that was on her boarding pass. Plus the interactive stations like, steering the boat and climbing on the inclined planks that simulated the ship as it was sinking, kept her very entertained. On our last visit, we went to the Wonders of Magic show inside WonderWorks. It is a magical variety show for all ages and is good clean family entertainment. This age group is sure to be entertained by the interactive action of MagiQuest. Dollywood just gets better and better to Jellybean as she gets older. When she is feeling brave, she likes the adventure course in Adventure Mountain along with riding the Mystery Mine roller coaster and the Dizzy Disk with her dad.
For the adventure seeking teens in the group, rolling down the hill at the Zorb or flying in the wind tunnel at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving are sure to please. There is also the ropes course and extreme 360 bikes at WonderWorks and bungee jumping and go karts at the Track. At this age, kids are more apt to get the humor at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud. For the movie buffs, there is the Forge Cinemas at Walden’s Landing and you can’t forget about how fun a friendly competition of bowling can be at the Community Center.
Our little divas have also enjoyed the fun and food at Dixie Stampede, the singing and dancing at Country Tonite, and are anxiously awaiting our next trip so that they can check out the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show.
Family friendly fun awaits you in Pigeon Forge!