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Activities in Pigeon Forge

When traveling for several days on a family vacation finding a few free activities for everyone to enjoy is a major plus! Free, family friendly activities are part of why we love Pigeon Forge so much.

Winter in the SmokiesI can remember staring out at the snow covered peaks last winter, snapping pictures of my two young daughters playing in the cold and taking in the breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park it was almost hard to believe this Pigeon Forge experience was free.

We spent the day on a leisurely drive up to Cade’s Cove stopping along the way to take pictures and take in the scenery. Our South Texas daughters who are accustomed to blistering hot weather even in the fall couldn’t get enough of the snow! We made time to stop at each of the sites along the 11 mile circle talking about the history of the once pioneer mountain community and had great discussions about how different times are now, before browsing the stuffed animal exhibits at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The girls even enjoyed the educational film about the park itself. It was a great way to spend our day and we couldn’t beat the price – FREE!

Between jobs, school, and running a household life for my family can be pretty hectic. So, if you’re like me, you hate going away on vacation and returning feeling more tired than when you left! That’s why I appreciate moments like strolling along Little Pigeon River. The girls can feed the ducks while dad shows them how to skip rocks across the river. My husband and I can hold hands and walk slow as the girls run about enjoying the outdoors. The hours just seem to slip away and best of all we don’t spend a dime.

We love festivals like the Patriot Festival on July 4th at Patriot Park (most Pigeon Forge festivals are free and there’s free parking) but we love it even more when it’s not so crowded. While you can’t beat the fritters at the Old Mill Restaurant we always spend at least one afternoon during our summer visits on a picnic blanket enjoying the breeze and sunshine. If you are the type of parent who likes to take advantage of any opportunity to educate your children the park itself can be a great conversation starter with its liberty bell replica, flag and patriot missile displays. Just make sure you brush up on your history first! For us it doesn’t hurt that the girls can run, play and burn off some energy while tossing around a Frisbee. My husband and I use it as a chance to just sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of their laughter.

Other low cost entertainment options are these great shows: The Comedy Barn, Country Tonite, Smoky Mountain Opry, and Tennessee Shindig. Kids 12 and under are free with each paying adult. Our girls love the shows and have been to all except the Smoky Mountain Opry…that is next on our list.

There are many great free or low cost things to do in Pigeon Forge, especially when your pocketbook needs a little break. For us, those afternoons on the mountain, by the riverside and in the park are the memories that keep us coming back year after year. So put away your credit card, come take a real vacation and save that extra cash for the fritters!