Top 10 Summer Activities in Pigeon Forge

Kids at Dollywood's Splash Country waterpark in Pigeon Forge TN

As the kids begin to wrap up the school year, it’s time to start preparing for your summer vacation to Pigeon Forge. To help get your vacation planning off to a good start, here’s a list of some of the most popular Pigeon Forge summer activities that are sure to please kids of all ages.

1. Splash into Summer

Experience the drop of a 70-foot-tall waterslide, float the lazy river or relax and soak up some rays at Dollywood’s Splash Country. This mountain side water park is a top summer activity for all ages!

2. Zorb Down a 1,000-foot Hill

Looking for an exhilarating, action-packed ride to try? Summer and water just go together, so riding down a 1,000-foot hill in an OGO (outdoor gravity orb) filled with water at the Outdoor Gravity Park sounds like a good activity for a hot summer day!

3. Celebrate the Fun of Dollywood After Dark

From June 22nd to August 4th, Dollywood’s Summer Celebration begins with extended park hours. The Dollywood park will be open from 10 am to 9:30pm. Ride award-winning coasters like Wild Eagle and Lightning Rod well into the night and end the day watching a festive and colorful nightly fireworks show!

4. Watch Fireworks Light Up the Night

Celebrate the 4th of July in Pigeon Forge with music, food and fun at the Patriot Festival. From a kids activities and a carnival to live entertainment and a fireworks spectactular, you won’t find any better way to celebrate our great nation’s birthday than at this fun-filled family festival.

5. Get Blasted with Color

Get blasted with color at the Titanic 5K Color Run taking place on July 20th. Get your friends and family rounded up and ready to run or walk to help autism. Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt, FREE ticket to Titanic Museum and more. And awards will be given out for different age categories.

6. Race Your Friends to the Finish Line

Family fun at its finest! From go-karts and miniature golf to kids’ rides and bungee jumping, The Track offers hours of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

7. Hike a Mountain Trail to See a Waterfall

Hikes in the cool mountain air are so refreshing and the waterfalls within Great Smoky Mountains National Park are definitely worth the hike.

8. Start Your Day with a Free Movie

The Forge Cinemas will be showing a variety of movies for FREE on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in June and July at 10 am. What a great way to start your day!

9. Compete in Your Own Lumberjack Competition

See a lumberjack competition between the feuding Dawson and McGraw families at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show. Then try your hand at some of the same lumberjack events at the Lumberjack Adventure Park.

10. Cool Off with a Sweet Treat

After spending the day exploring the city’s many attractions, treat the kids to some ice cream. Old Mill Creamery offers the perfect way to cool off on a hot, summer afternoon!


With more than 70 attractions and countless summer activities in Pigeon Forge, your choices are seemingly endless. Check out even more fun things to do this summer in Pigeon Forge.