Pigeon Forge Weekend Guide

Sometimes, a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge is just what the family needs!! There is so much to see and do but having a plan to maximize your time in the Center of Fun in The Smokies can be a big help.  Some lessons I have learned about planning for quick visits are to first, try to plan your day’s activities in the same areas of town to cut down on drive time, second- do not try to cram too much into one day because then everyone ends up cranky, and third, relax and just have fun!!!

Here is a sample weekend itinerary:

Day 1 

After a long day of traveling, a night of relaxation mixed with a little fun is in store.  The Island is the perfect one stop shop. Enjoy a nice family dinner at one of the great restaurants like Timberwood Grill, Margaritaville, or Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Afterwards, relax by the Island fountains and enjoy the show, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, or let the kids play in Arcade City or the Island Adventure Mirror Maze.

Day 2

Start off with a big breakfast to get everyone fueled up for a big day. Mama’s Farmhouse is the perfect choice. Their family-style breakfast will definitely curb any hunger and kids 5 and under eat free. Next, park your car at Patriot Park and take the Mass Transit Trolley out to Dollywood for a fun filled day.  The trolley will drop you off and pick you back up at the end of your day for a very nominal fee. Cap off the day with dinner and a good time at Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

Day 3 

No trip to Pigeon Forge is complete without a drive into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Even if you only have a little time before you head out, drive over and visit the Sugarland’s Visitors Center and take a hike on the short trails near it. If you have a few extra hours, drive up further into the mountains, maybe take a hike up to Laurel Falls  or even drive over to Clingman’s Dome. It is a great way for everyone to burn off some energy and breathe in some fresh air before getting back into the car for the ride home.

If you are lucky enough to have a 3-day weekend:

Day 4

Fuel up with a good Southern breakfast at Old Mill restaurant then add in a day of family fun by heading over to Hollywood Wax Museum, the Titanic museum, or a kid’s favorite, WonderWorks. Close out your trip with with a fun time at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud show.

No amount of time in Pigeon Forge is too short.  There is so much family fun awaiting you!!