My Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:28:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Favicon-100x100.jpg My Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com 32 32 How to Have the Perfect Girls Weekend Getaway in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/how-to-have-the-perfect-girls-weekend-getaway-in-pigeon-forge Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:38:25 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20677 From spas and shopping to Southern cuisine and accommodations packed with amenities, plan your next girls weekend getaway in Pigeon Forge!

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If Pigeon Forge, Tennessee isn’t on your radar for your next girls getaway trip, it should be! This family friendly destination is also the perfect spot for a weekend away with just the ladies. Planning a girls weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge may seem overwhelming at first with a virtually endless list of activities and entertainment to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.

Relax With a Massage at St. Somewhere Spa

Relax With a Massage at St. Somewhere Spa on Your Girls Weekend Getaway

A luxurious massage is the perfect way to kick off the weekend, and there is no better place to do it than the St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Island Hotel. There is a menu of choices from light pressure to deep tissue, and even a volcanic hot massage. If a massage isn’t your thing, go for a facial, body wrap or mani/pedi. Whatever you choose will be a relaxing treat!

Indulge in Southern Food at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Indulge in Southern Food at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

If there was ever a time to forget about calories and carbs, this is it! The menu at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is served up family style, so everyone gets a taste of everything ordered. Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese and the Gooey Butter Cake are so good, it feels like Paula herself is in the kitchen.

Soak Up the Sun at the Margaritaville Hotel Pool

Soak Up the Sun at the Margaritaville Hotel Pool on Your Girls Weekend Getaway

A girls weekend getaway just doesn’t feel complete without spending some quality time at the pool. The rooftop pool at the Margaritaville Hotel feels like a resort by the beach in the middle of the Smoky Mountains. With a full bar serving fruity frozen drinks, comfy cabanas with curtains swaying in the breeze, and cool splashes from the pool, you may just forget you AREN’T at a tropical resort somewhere far away.

Grab a Cocktail at the Old Forge Distillery

Grab a Cocktail at the Old Forge Distillery

After wandering in and out of the shops at Old Mill Square, be sure to pop into The Old Forge Distillery for a drink. Old Forge is famous for their small batch Tennessee spirits and award winning moonshine. Tastings inside the distillery always draw a crowd, but it’s the small bar next to the gift shop that’s extra special. The menu is full of fun, inventive cocktails using the moonshine, and spirits from Old Forge.

From relaxing at a luxurious spa and shopping for handmade crafts to sampling some of the best Southern cuisine from local restaurants and enjoying the great amenities found at area accommodations, a girls weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the best way to get in a little quality time with the ladies. So start planning your trip today!

 

About the Author:

Hailey Householder is a travel writer and creator of the blog, America My Beautiful. She has traveled all over the United States searching for the best and most unique experiences to share with her readers.

 

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Top 5 Things to Do This Fall in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/top-5-things-to-do-this-fall-in-pigeon-forge Fri, 09 Oct 2020 15:05:21 +0000 http://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/?p=6877 Fall is the perfect time to plan a trip to Pigeon Forge. From fall foliage to gospel music to glowing pumpkins, discover the top things to do this fall in Pigeon Forge.

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It’s officially fall in Pigeon Forge and great things will be happening throughout town. Pumpkins, mums, scarecrows, and all-things fall will be everywhere you look. It is the perfect time of year for a couples’ getaway or even for a quick weekend trip with the family.

You will find an abundance of fun things to do year-round in Pigeon Forge. But the cooler temperatures, crisp mountain air and majestic mountain scenery during the fall season offer the perfect setting for memorable fall vacations in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.

  1. Take photos with fall décor around town

    See Fall Decor at The Island in Pigeon Forge

You will find many great photo spots in Pigeon Forge featuring fall décor. Businesses in the area step it up and showcase some fun and creative fall displays this time of year. Stroll the Parkway and you’re sure to spot scarecrows, pumpkins, and lots of orange, yellow, and red. Be sure to check out The IslandOld Mill Square, and of course Dollywood, for some spectacular displays that make great backdrops for family photos. A drive out Wears Valley Road is another great spot to catch a glimpse of some natural fall décor.

  1. See live concerts and glowing pumpkins at Dollywood

    Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights take place throughout the month of October. Dollywood will be filled with the sights and sounds of fall. There will be many unique craftsmen showcasing their work as well as more than 800 live music performances by top names in gospel and bluegrass music, all of which are included with your admission to the Dollywood park. The fall season is also the perfect time of year for a ride on the Dollywood Express steam engine.

New this season, guests can purchase a reduced-price ticket which provides entry after 5 p.m. for those who want to make a quick trip to the park to experience Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. The limited-time offer, which is just $35 plus tax, is available online only; blackout dates apply.

  1. Ride a zipline coaster at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

    Fall Things to Do at Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is an outdoor amphitheater featuring an authentic lumberjack competition. Watch as the Dawson and McGraw families compete at over a dozen lumberjack events including axe throwing, chopping, sawing, log rolling and more. Then compete in your very own lumberjack competition at the adventure park. Try your hand at some of the same events you saw in the show!

  1. See the beautiful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains

    Family Viewing Fall Foliage in Pigeon Forge

Fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is a definite must see. The fall color changing of the leaves to beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow start at higher elevations and work their way down. The higher elevations start to change in late September and normally peak by late October in the lower elevations. This beauty happens throughout the area but the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to see it. Whether you decide to take a scenic drive or go for a hike, you will be delighted by the show nature puts on for you.

  1. Get your favorite fall comfort foods to-go

    Get Fall Fare To-Go from Pigeon Forge Restaurants

Several Pigeon Forge restaurants make it easy to dine outdoors with special to-go packs. For authentic comfort food classics like meat and three specials or slow-smoked BBQ, try one of the Puckett’s To Go Packs! Get 2 pounds of meat, 2 quart-size sides and your choice of bread; available for delivery or pickup. Mama’s Farmhouse offers some of the best Southern country cookin’ in customizable to-go packs. Order a fried chicken bucket with Mama’s award-winning biscuits and add homemade sides such as mash potatoes with country gravy, veggie soup and more. The Old Mill Restaurant and The Pottery House Café are also offering family style meals to-go. Choose from entrees featuring meatloaf, fried or grilled chicken, country fried steak, pot roast and more. Meals come with quarts of corn chowder, mashed potatoes and green beans, and a whole pecan pie for dessert.

 

Fall in Pigeon Forge is filled with fun and adventure for the whole family! From beautiful fall décor and thousands of pumpkins to incredible views of the changing foliage and scrumptious fall fare, immerse yourself in the beauty of Pigeon Forge this season. Start planning your fall family vacation today!

 

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Why Now is the Time to Camp in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/why-now-is-the-time-to-camp-in-pigeon-forge Wed, 30 Sep 2020 21:51:16 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20427 Whether 2020 brings visitors to Pigeon Forge for the first time or the fiftieth time, one thing is certain: families are getting creative when it comes to traveling. For many (my family included), this means getting closer with nature. RVs have become a hot commodity this year and campground reservations can be hard to come […]

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Whether 2020 brings visitors to Pigeon Forge for the first time or the fiftieth time, one thing is certain: families are getting creative when it comes to traveling. For many (my family included), this means getting closer with nature.

RVs have become a hot commodity this year and campground reservations can be hard to come by. But, there’s great news for Pigeon Forge visitors! The city has an abundance of campgrounds in the area that offer tent camping, RV sites, and in some cases, free-standing cabins to rent.

If you are looking to bring your recreational vehicle to Pigeon Forge, plan to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, the kindness of the locals, the delicious southern food, as well as plenty of things to see and do in and around town.

Why Go Camping in Pigeon Forge?

Camping in Pigeon Forge

Besides the fun of camping in general, Pigeon Forge is a great destination with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing or boating, all set within a relaxing mountain atmosphere.

Camping in Pigeon Forge is a great way to get up close with nature, but still have easy access to entertainment and dining options nearby. For moms like me, part of the fun of a vacation is being able to alternate between home cooked meals and dining out on local fare.

While we prepare most meals ourselves in our trailer, it’s nice to grab take-out, enjoy a dinner show, grab some ice cream for the kids, or even just take a walk through the shops at The Island.

Best Places to Camp in Pigeon Forge

There is something for everyone when it comes to camping in Pigeon Forge.

Enjoy an authentic camping experience at Up the Creek RV Camp. Nestled between Walden Creek and Cove Creek and surrounded by hardwoods, these spacious camping sites make it easy to just relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the creek.

Foothills RV Park & Cabins is located just minutes from attractions around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The camp is directly on the trolley route, providing easy access to all the shopping, dining and entertainment options Pigeon Forge has to offer.

KOA Campground in Pigeon Forge, TN

If being close to the action is important, you will also find plenty of great campground options in the heart of Pigeon Forge; many with campsites right on the Little Pigeon River.

The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Campground offers beautiful sites for RVs as well as cabins and tent sites. And the campground offers an abundance of entertainment options that the whole family will enjoy such as a gravity rail, gem mine, playground, pool and dog park.

The camping sites at Camp RiversLanding offer a quiet, secluded stay, as they are tucked away on the banks of Little Pigeon River. Enjoy a relaxing vacation with the river as your backyard, making it easy to enjoy fun activities like fishing and tubing.

These campgrounds and the amenities they offer bring campers back to Pigeon Forge year after year. For even more great options, browse a full list of campgrounds in Pigeon Forge.

I love that in just a few hours of driving, we can be fully immersed in a fun, safe and relaxing vacation, while enjoying the comfort of our travel trailer.

Pigeon Forge really has it all!

 

Please note: While Pigeon Forge campgrounds are open and ready for you to camp, there may be some restrictions on amenities, so make sure to check the official websites for complete information.

 

About the Author:

Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is the mom behind Just is a Four Letter Word. She is a travel-loving boymom with a cooking habit who lives in Raleigh, NC. Andrea celebrates everyday mom magic by sharing ways to make life a little easier and a lot more fun!

 

 

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Best Places to Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/best-places-to-ride-go-karts-in-pigeon-forge Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:28:55 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20198 Check out some of the best go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to add to your to-do list!

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There are so many things to see and do in Pigeon Forge, with a variety of ways to entertain yourself and the whole family. One of the best ways to get a rush of adrenaline is through go-karting. It is a great way to experience a thrilling ride while also having some friendly racing competition. There are a variety of unique go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Check out some of the best go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to add to your to-do list!

Blake Jones Racing Center

The Blake Jones Racing Center offers fast karts whether it rains or shines. They have the Indoor Oval Slick Track and the outdoor Figure 8 Track. Both tracks offer riders a realistic racing experience. Blake Jones offers two types of carts: the single cart and the double cart. The double cart can carry up to 2 people and will double the fun! Both types of carts are eco-friendly, with no fumes or odors. This location also offers bumper cars as an option.

Blake Jones Racing Center - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
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The Track & Super Track

The Track & Super Track can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Track Family Fun Parks offer an array of things to do from splashing Blaster Boats to arcade games and prizes. Their signature attraction, the Wild Woody, is especially popular! The Wild Woody is a multi-level go-kart track, where the drivers race as high as three-and-a-half stories.

There are three other tracks that the kids will love: The Family Track, Kiddie Karts, and the Rookie Track. Enjoy some friendly competition and set up challenges for yourself and your family!

The rides vary depending on the park that you visit as there are two locations, one near The Island and the other near Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

The Track & Super Track - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: The Track & Super Track

Adventure Raceway

The Adventure Raceway in Pigeon Forge has a ton of fun things to experience. There are Water Blaster bumper boats and excellent go-kart tracks for those who want a thrill. One track is wooden, three levels high and called “The Hump.” Once you reach the top, you spiral back down quickly and have so much fun, you will be ready to do it all over again! Adventure Raceway is open year-round, however, in the off season the hours change, so make sure to check their schedule ahead of your visit.

Adventure Raceway - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Adventure Raceway

Lazerport Fun Center

Lazerport Fun Center is a huge arena filled with excitement for the whole family. The go-kart track towers over the arena, standing at 50 feet tall! It is one of the tallest in Pigeon Forge. This roller-coaster style go-kart track drops, twists and turns throughout spirals on the track, before plunging straight down a 40-foot hill. This is one ride you won’t want to miss!

Lazerport Fun Center - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Lazerport Fun Center

Xtreme Racing Center

Xtreme Racing Center is known for having some of the fastest go-karts in Pigeon Forge, thanks to the “Sodi” European Styled Racing Karts. Look no further when it comes to your need for speed! There are three tracks and each one includes thrilling turns and curves that will keep you on your toes. After the race, you receive a track report, complete with recorded laps and time. This really adds to the fun and the competitiveness.

For the Sodi karts, the drivers must be no younger than 11 years old, however the Shaller karts offer the same thrilling rides but are designed more for the younger children.

Xtreme Racing Center - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Xtreme Racing Center

Rockin’ Raceway

At Rockin’ Raceway there’s plenty of excitement! With one of the best arcades in the Smokies, there is no way you can get bored. After you enjoy the arcade filled with over 150 games, step outside and enjoy the fast tracks! You’ll want to rev up your engines with these go-karts as they take you through all sorts of curves and turns in this fun-filled attraction.

Rockin’ Raceway - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Rockin’ Raceway

Speedzone Fun Park

Speedzone Fun Park offers 4 unique and custom-built kart tracks all in one place. Each track offers a thrilling ride with challenging corners. The Slick Track is perfect for testing speed, while the Coaster Track is great for racing up and down, and the Tennessee Twister is ideal for testing out tight turns. There is even a track specifically for the kids — the Kids Track. Whatever your age or skill level with go-karting, Speedzone Fun Park has something for you!

Speedzone Fun Park - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Speedzone Fun Park

Fast Tracks

Fast Tracks is an amusement park that will give you a wild ride! They offer a three-story elevated racetrack, some CAN-AM racing, and so much more. Enjoy three different go-kart tracks: Elevated Track, Pro Track, and Junior Track. The Elevated Track will bring riders to lightning speed, while their other two tracks can help you leave your competitors in the dirt.

Fast Tracks - Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Fast Tracks

 

So, there you have it! There are a variety of go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to suit everyone’s taste, from indoor tracks to roller-coaster inspired tracks. Pigeon Forge has so many fun-filled family-friendly activities and go-karting is just the start of everything you can do on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. So, what are you waiting for? Round up the family and explore all that Pigeon Forge has to offer! 

Note: Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates.

 

Author Bio:

Amber Dickison is a travel blogger based in Kentucky. When she isn’t writing for her blog, she can be found focusing on her health journey or traveling the world.

 

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3 Best Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/3-best-alpine-coasters-in-pigeon-forge Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:07:42 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20127 If you've never been on an alpine coaster before, you'll want to add a ride on the three best alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge to your bucket list.

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Nestled along the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, many people will recognize Pigeon Forge as the home of Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed amusement park.

My family and I first visited the mountain town of Pigeon Forge back in the early summer of 2019. We obviously couldn’t do everything there is to do in a few short days, but experiencing the excitement of a Pigeon Forge alpine coaster made the list. After much debate and conversations with our kids, we decided to put the three best alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge to the test!

 

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster - Best Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

This incredible alpine coaster is located in Pigeon Forge Wears Valley, which is known for its beautiful landscapes and mountain twists. It is in contention for the longest alpine coaster in the United States, which sets it apart from all the rest! This track is over a mile long and the entire ride measures out at an astonishing 5,400 feet, taking almost 8 minutes to get from top to bottom. It’s one of the original Pigeon Forge alpine coasters and is rated one of the best by riders in the Smokies.

 

Coaster at Goats on the Roof - Best Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge

Coaster at Goats on the Roof

The Swedish concept of ‘Goats on the Roof’ began in the 70’s at a famous restaurant in Wisconsin, where the owner had goats on the roof, munching away at food. In keeping with that theme, Goats on the Roof aptly named their alpine coaster the ‘Goat Coaster’.

Not only can you see goats on the premises (which the kids will love), but you can take a few minutes (7 to be precise) to take this twisting ride that measures out at close to a mile. Whether you choose to ride by yourself or in tandem with another person, you’ll be able to hit speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!

 

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster - Best Alpine Coasters in Pigeon Forge

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster touts themselves as the longest coaster in eastern Tennessee with 4 lift hills and 4 drops that will keep you on the rails for 9 minutes! Located on more than 20 acres of absolutely stunning Smoky Mountain land, this is one of the longest mountain coaster experiences in the world.

You can certainly ride this coaster in the daytime, but veterans of the ride suggest that you give it a shot at dusk and beyond, where you can really find a unique experience. With colorful lights guiding you through tunnels, curves and hairpin turns – you’ll have the thrill of a lifetime.

 

If you’ve never been on an alpine coaster before, it’s something to add to your bucket list. With the vibrant Smoky Mountain terrain surrounding you, riding alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge is an experience you’ll be sure to carry home with you long after the vacation is over.

Bonus Tip: Ready to experience a Pigeon Forge alpine coaster now? Take a virtual ride and see what all the excitement is about!

 

About the Author:
Adrian Kulp is a lifestyle and parenting blogger at ‘Dad or Alive’. He’s also a best-selling author of five books and former TV and radio executive. His blog is a humorous unedited chronicle of fatherhood and journeys with his wife and four kids. They currently reside just outside of Nashville in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

 

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Pigeon Forge Attractions Make Virtual Learning Fun https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/pigeon-forge-attractions-make-virtual-learning-fun Wed, 02 Sep 2020 23:17:47 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20061 No matter where your learning experiences take place this school year, Pigeon Forge attractions continue to offer fun ways to keep students entertained and learning from the classroom or from home.

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Pigeon Forge Attractions Make Virtual Learning Fun

The end of summer is here, and kids are back in school. We know that this year is going to be a little different. Some students will return to classrooms while others will continue distance learning from home. So, no matter where your learning experiences take place this school year, we are here to help make learning as easy and as much fun for kids as possible.

Pigeon Forge attractions continue to offer more great ways to enhance your distance learning experiences. Here is an updated list of fun ways to keep students entertained and learning from the classroom or from home.

 

Professor Wonder's Virtual Learning Labs at WonderWorks

WonderWorks

Hang out with Professor Wonder in the lab

New this year, WonderWorks will offer Professor Wonder’s Virtual Learning Labs which cover in-depth explorations of topics such as the principles of pressure, the states of matter, severe weather, the water cycle, adaptation and more. The virtual labs were designed for teachers and students looking to enhance their distance learning experience during these unprecedented times.

Submit artwork to be featured in the iconic upside-down house

September 8, 2020 – December 18, 2020

WonderWorks is launching an annual Smoky Mountain Youth Art Contest for local student artists. Beginning September 8th, WonderWorks will accept art submissions to be featured in the SM-ART: Smoky Mountain Youth Art Gallery located inside WonderWorks, as it expands the illusion art gallery with a special section for budding young artists.

This year’s contest theme is “Time to Think.” Submissions will open on September 8, 2020. Selected winners will receive four free tickets to WonderWorks to be able to see their artwork on display in the gallery.

Enjoy reduced ticket prices during WonderWorks Homeschool Days

September 1, 2020 – November 30, 2021 (Weekdays Only)

WonderWorks has expanded their Homeschool Days for the fall! This event will run every weekday in September through November, excluding holidays. Homeschool Days include reduced ticket prices of $12 per person for homeschool families, or $10 for groups that book ahead of time. Additional classroom activities, lesson plans, and scavenger hunts are available upon request.

 

Search for knowledge on the Titanic Scavenger Hunt

Titanic Museum Attraction

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is offering a variety of ways for kids to learn virtually and experience Pigeon Forge from home.

Search for knowledge on the Titanic Scavenger Hunt

The Titanic Museum makes learning fun with the Titanic Scavenger Hunt. Students must search for the answers to questions about the ship and its passengers. Additional lesson ideas are also available for math, geography, science, arts and social studies. And find more information on special rates that are available to all homeschool students.

Go inside the Titanic Museum on a virtual tour

Students can watch and learn about the ship’s history from home on the Virtual Tour Series presented on the Titanic Museum Attraction’s YouTube channel. Watch the 4-part virtual tour series.

Go behind-the-scene with Titanic podcasts

If podcasts are more your speed, Titanic Museum Attraction has you covered. Each week will bring new podcasts sharing Titanic crew and passenger stories, behind-the-scenes crew experiences, as well as round table crew discussions. Check out all the Titanic podcasts.

 

Take a journey through time on Escape Game Field Trips

The Escape Game

Take a journey through time on Escape Game Field Trips

The Escape Game Field Trips are free online games designed to take students on engaging and educational journeys through famous museums, to historic landmarks and even back to major moments in time.

Much like real-life escape rooms, players progress through virtual field trips by uncovering clues and solving puzzles. To be successful, players must exercise their critical thinking and deductive reasoning! In one of the games, Lost at the Smithsonian, you will navigate a virtual tour of The Smithsonian to find your lost classmates. Don’t get left behind by the bus!

Get started on this field trip and other virtual learning journeys.

 

Alcatraz East Crime Museum Homeschool Days and Book Club

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Get discounted ticket rates during Alcatraz East Homeschool Days

Throughout September and October 2020, Alcatraz East welcomes homeschoolers. Homeschoolers and their parents get discounted rates on tickets to Alcatraz East Crime Museum during Homeschool Days. Explore the history of American Crime, Law Enforcement and Forensic Science. Make learning even more fun when you request a scavenger hunt.

Join the Alcatraz East Crime Museum Book Club

Calling all true crime fans! Now is your chance to join The Crime Museum Book Club, a monthly book club featuring American true crime history, law enforcement and survivor stories. You’ll also find insightful discussions about cases, authors and individuals affected by particular crimes. Visit the Crime Museum Book Club Facebook group page for more information.

 

Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Home

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers plenty of learning experiences each time you visit. And when you can’t be here in person, the National Park Service has plenty of ways for families to connect from a distance through virtual learning activities that you can do at home with your kids.

Try fun nature activities in your own backyard

Learn about nature from the comforts of your own home with Project Learning Tree. Family activities include learning about how plants grow, why leaves change colors in the fall, how plants and animals depend on trees to survive and much more. Kids of all ages can enjoy nature activities in their own backyards. There are even a few activities to try inside. Check out the full collection of fun easy-to-do family nature activities.

Learn online and outside with Park Ranger-led adventures

Great Smoky Mountains National Park brings videos and activities right to the homes of students of all ages! Park Rangers lead you through activities to explore, entertain, and escape through the Smokieee’s @ Home project.

Learn about plants and animals with videos and activities that you can try out in your own backyard. See how you can contribute and help scientists by collecting valuable scientific information. Connect to the Smokies through fun activities including music, crafts, drawings and stories. Or take a virtual escape to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and enjoy the captivating moments caught in nature.

See breathtaking views of the mountains on Smokies Webcams

See Great Smoky Mountains National Park in real-time, from some of the most scenic spots in the entire park. Don’t miss out on these breathtaking views, even while you can’t be here in person. Check out the webcams below:

 

We hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the school year with these fun activities and virtual learning adventures! And we hope to see you soon!

 

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Plan a Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/plan-a-whitewater-rafting-adventure-in-pigeon-forge Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=20024 From guided whitewater rafting trips to scenic family floating trips to kayak tours, the Big Pigeon River is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting near Pigeon Forge.

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Pigeon Forge is known for all the action along the Parkway, but there is plenty to do off the Parkway as well. For those looking to take their trip to the next level, planning a whitewater rafting excursion could be the perfect way to make your next trip one you won’t soon forget.

While the Little Pigeon River is known for its more leisurely activities, the Big Pigeon River is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting or kayaking while on vacation in Pigeon Forge with its thrilling white-water rapids.

Located off I-40 in Hartford, Tennessee, about 50 minutes from Pigeon Forge, the Big Pigeon River is a great place to cool down and enjoy an exciting adventure on the water.

Get your adrenaline pumping with a run through class 3 and 4 whitewater rapids on the upper portion of the Pigeon River or choose to relax and take in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains on a float trip through the lower portion of the river. The Big Pigeon River offers the perfect spot for whitewater rafting during any season.

Guided whitewater rafting trip on Pigeon River
Guided whitewater rafting trip on Pigeon River

 

You can bring the family together for a fun-filled day of adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. From novice to expert rafters, there are whitewater rafting trips for a variety of skill levels and ages.

Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Upper Pigeon River

Go on a guided whitewater rafting trip on the upper Pigeon River for a thrilling ride through class 3 and 4 rapids. Splash and surf through waves, maneuver around rocks and just enjoy your time on the water. Rafts hold up to 6 people, along with your guide, so there is plenty of room for the entire family. And no rafting experience is required. Your guide is there to make sure everyone stays safe and enjoys the experience.

Skilled rafters looking for even more adventure will love the extreme upper river rafting trip which includes a run through the Pigeon River rapids, but this time in a smaller raft and with a maximum of three rafters and your guide. It’s one heart pounding experience you won’t soon forget!

Scenic Floating Trips on the Lower Pigeon River

Scenic floating trips through the Big Pigeon River gorge are perfect for families or anyone looking for a relaxing float down the river. Enjoy your time on the water splashing and playing and just taking in the beautiful natural surroundings. Rafters can stop and go for a swim in the calmer section of the river. And you may get a chance to spot different species of wildlife along the way.

Another fun option is to take a guided kayaking tour, where you get to drive your own boat! It’s a great way to learn how to navigate and play in the rapids by surfing, spinning or sliding.

Guided kayaking tour on Pigeon River
Guided kayaking tour on Pigeon River

 

Pigeon Forge has two top-tier rafting companies that offer you the whitewater experience of a lifetime. Check out the companies below to start planning your whitewater adventure today!

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Rafting in the Smokies

 

 

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8 Pigeon Forge Amusement Parks the Kids Will Love https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/8-pigeon-forge-amusement-parks-the-kids-will-love Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:54:52 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=19961 From go-karts and ziplines to kiddie rides and obstacle courses, these Pigeon Forge amusement parks offer plenty of action-packed attractions and activities to keep the entire family busy for days.

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Amusement parks in Pigeon Forge come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking for a full-day experience at a theme park or just want to spend a couple of hours at a smaller adventure park, we have you covered.

Enjoy a fun day out with the family at one of these great Pigeon Forge amusement parks. From go-karts and ziplines to kiddie rides and obstacle courses, these parks offer plenty of action-packed attractions and activities to keep the entire family busy for days.

  1. ROWDY BEAR RIDGE ADVENTURE PARK

One of the newest amusement parks in Pigeon Forge is the Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park, located nearby the Local Goat Restaurant and Titanic Museum Attraction. Go tubing down a 500-foot hill by yourself or with up to three tubes tied together. Then see who can score the most points during a ride on the laser gun coaster.

Bonus Tip: Purchase a combo package and you will also get a digital photo package so you can remember the fun for years to come.

Lumberjack-themed Activities and Rides at Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park

  1. LUMBERJACK FEUD ADVENTURE PARK

Make your way through four different areas packed with lumberjack-themed activities and rides at Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park. Zip around Lumberjack Square on the Flying Ox, a thrilling zipline roller coaster ride. Compete with the kids in lumberjack events like the Log Roll or the Speed Climb. See who has nerves of steel to freefall from the Timber Towers that stand at 80-feet.

Bonus Tip: Save when you purchase combo tickets. Watch real lumberjack competitions at the parks daily show, then have your own competitions at the adventure park.

  1. FUNSTOP FAMILY ACTION PARK

The whole family will enjoy spending an afternoon, or even a full day at the FunStop Family Action Park. Start with a little go-kart racing. Then take a ride on The SkyScraper, which spins at 60 mph simulating the feel of a real roller coaster. Get shot into the sky and soar 120-feet in the air on The Slingshot. Or fly like an eagle on the Soaring Eagle Zipline. Need to refuel? Grab a drink and a snack at one of the park’s eateries.

The Island in Pigeon Forge - Entertainment Complex for Visitors of all Ages

  1. THE ISLAND IN PIGEON FORGE

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a whole complex filled with entertainment options for visitors of all ages. In addition to great shopping and dining options, there are also rides for the kids like the Spinning Parrots Coaster and the Happy Swing. For those that don’t mind heights, a ride on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel offers some of the best mountain views you’ll find anywhere.

Bonus Tip: Purchase an Unlimited Rides Pass for one low price that is good for 48 hours! Enjoy two days of fun for the whole family!

Dragonflier Ride at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge

  1. DOLLYWOOD

From delicious food to stellar performances to more than 40 rides and attractions, Dollywood is a must-visit for any vacation to Pigeon Forge. From thrill rides like the Wild Eagle and Thunderhead to kiddie rides like the Village Carousel and Frogs and Fireflies, you’re sure to find a favorite. Watch craftsmen forge items from steel or try your hand at glass blowing. Stop at the Grist Mill for fresh cinnamon bread. Browse the park’s shops for souvenirs to take home. With so much to see and do at Dollywood, one day may simply not be enough!

Bonus Tip: Purchase two and three day passes to Dollywood to pack in even more fun or purchase a Dollywood Season Pass now and enjoy admission for the rest of the 2020 season plus 3 months free in 2021 as passes will be valid through June 15, 2021.

Test your Driving Skills at The Track Pigeon Forge

  1. THE TRACK PIGEON FORGE

The whole family will have tons of fun at The Track Pigeon Forge. Test your driving skills on the elevated tracks or let the kids take the wheel on the Rookie and Kiddie Tracks. Cool off with a ride on the Blaster Boats or putt your way through tunnels and waterfalls on the mini golf course. Check out the rides at Kids Country and then hit the arcades to win awesome prizes.

  1. LAZERPORT FUN CENTER

Lazerport Fun Center is another great amusement park in Pigeon Forge that the whole family will enjoy. Try a game of putt-putt on the 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course. Race go-karts down the 50-foot tall spiral tower. Play a game of laser tag or hit the arcade to play games and win prizes. There’s no better place for affordable family fun than Lazerport!

WonderWorks - An Amusement Park for the Mind

  1. WONDERWORKS

Combining education and entertainment all into one, WonderWorks can best be described as an amusement park for the mind. Pass through the inversion tunnel to start your adventure and explore more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Play music with your feet on the giant piano. See what an earthquake feels like or experience hurricane force winds. Then battle it out in a game of laser tag. Learning has never been so much fun!

Make memories that will last for years to come at any one of these amazing amusement parks in Pigeon Forge!

Remember that face masks are currently required at most attractions in Pigeon Forge for everyone over twelve years of age. For the most current information on all there is to do in Pigeon Forge, order a copy of our Pigeon Forge Travel Guide. To help you pack in even more fun and excitement during your vacation, print and use the attraction discounts and coupons found in the guide!

Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates.

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5 Fun Things to Do on the Little Pigeon River this Summer https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/fun-things-to-do-on-the-little-pigeon-river-this-summer Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:41:19 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=19807 From fishing and swimming to floating and strolls along the Riverwalk, explore fun activities and things to do on the Little Pigeon River this summer in Pigeon Forge.

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The Little Pigeon River is a must-visit spot for families looking to spend a little time in the great outdoors during their summer family vacation in Pigeon Forge. In addition to its scenic natural beauty, you will find plenty of fun activities and things to do on the Little Pigeon River during your stay. From fishing and swimming to floating and strolls along the Riverwalk, here are a few of our favorites!

Family enjoying time together at the Little Pigeon River
Family enjoying time together at the Little Pigeon River

About the Little Pigeon River

Located entirely in Sevier County, Tennessee, the Little Pigeon River flows along the borders between Tennessee and North Carolina within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The river splits off into three separate tributaries. The East Prong runs parallel with State Route 416. The Middle Prong emerges in the Greenbrier area of the national park. And the West Prong runs through the Smoky Mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Things to Do on the Little Pigeon River

1. Cool off with a Leisurely Float

A leisurely float down the river is one of the best ways to cool off during the summer in Pigeon Forge. For those with younger children or those just wanting to spend the day relaxing and taking in the beautiful views and scenery that flourishes in the Smoky Mountains, it’s the perfect way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Fishing is a popular pastime on the Little Pigeon River
Fishing is a popular pastime on the Little Pigeon River

2. Fish for Wild Rainbow Trout

The river is known for its trout fishing streams. Anglers come from far and wide to fish for wild rainbow trout and the native brook trout typically found further upstream. You’ll find numerous access points for fishing the river. From spots along the Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge to trails along the highway as you follow the river upstream within the boundaries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

3. Find the Perfect Swimming Spot

The Little Pigeon River boast crystal clear water perfect for taking a dip on a hot summer day. The Middle Prong of the river in the Greenbrier area near Gatlinburg is one of the most popular swimming spots in the Smoky Mountains. Another option is where the West and Middle Prongs meet at the intersection of Laurel Creek Road and Little River Road. These spots offer deeper holes with slower moving water that are perfect for swimming. And the large boulders make for great sunbathing spots.

4. Visit the Iconic Old Mill

One of Pigeon Forge’s most historic and popular attractions, The Old Mill, lies along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Visit the iconic gristmill that used to generate power for the entire city in the early 1900s. The mill continues to grind grain into flour for The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille to use in making baked goods and other products.

Stroll the Riverwalk Greenway that runs along the Little Pigeon River
Stroll the Riverwalk Greenway that runs along the Little Pigeon River, Photo credit: Eakkarat Rangram

5. Stroll Along the Riverwalk

The Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge is a peaceful, tree-lined greenway trail that runs parallel to the river. Enter at Patriot Park and run, walk or bike your way along the trail from Old Mill Avenue, past the LeConte Event Center, through The Island in Pigeon Forge, all the way to the Pigeon Forge Community Center. You’ll find plenty of benches along the trail to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Places to Stay Near the Little Pigeon River

For those that just can’t get enough of the water, you’ll find a great selection of places to stay either on or near the water. Plan your stay at one of our hotels with private balconies overlooking the river or enjoy a more secluded stay in one of our cabins with the river at your back door. Pigeon Forge also has a great selection of campgrounds and RV parks that sit right on the river.

You’ll find countless activities and things to do on the Little Pigeon River during your summer family vacation. Start planning your next visit to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains today!

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6 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/6-ways-save-pigeon-forge-summer-vacation Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:00:26 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=12482 The memories and fun that traveling with your family brings are priceless; however, the vacation itself can add up. But there are plenty of ways to save money on your Pigeon Forge vacation this summer with coupons and ticket discounts, hotel packages, and even a few free things to do. Make the most out of […]

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The memories and fun that traveling with your family brings are priceless; however, the vacation itself can add up. But there are plenty of ways to save money on your Pigeon Forge vacation this summer with coupons and ticket discounts, hotel packages, and even a few free things to do.

Make the most out of the time you have with family and enjoy your vacation to its fullest with these 6 ways to save on your summer vacation in Pigeon Forge.

Print money-saving coupons from our Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

1. Print money-saving coupons from our Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

In addition to information on all the exciting activities you can experience in Pigeon Forge, our Pigeon Forge Travel Guide also includes a great selection of money-saving coupons to make your stay as affordable and fun as possible. It’s a great way to make your travel planning a little easier. Order your Pigeon Forge travel guide today and start saving!

Bonus tip: You can find additional discounts at brochure racks in many hotel lobbies around Pigeon Forge. Be on the lookout and pick up more great coupons for additional savings during your stay.

 

2. Save on lodging with Pigeon Forge vacation packages

Save time and money on your visit when you book one of our Pigeon Forge vacation packages which will often combine special pricing on lodging with discounts on attraction or theater tickets. Skip waiting in line to get tickets and have them waiting for you upon arrival. Every dollar of savings helps!

 

Purchase a season pass to Dollywood

3. Purchase a season pass to Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood is a must-do attraction on every visit to Pigeon Forge with its award-winning rides and entertainment. If you plan to visit Pigeon Forge more than once a year, it typically only takes two visits to cover the price of a season pass and then you can have unlimited visits for the year. Add-on unlimited visits to Dollywood’s Splash Country for even more fun and savings. Your family will thank you!

 

Purchase an unlimited rides pass at The Island in Pigeon Forge

4. Purchase an unlimited rides pass at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a great place to eat, shop and play during your visit. Purchase an Unlimited Rides Pass for your family that includes unlimited rides on all outdoor rides for one low price. Let the kids ride as many times as they want, and not just for one day, this pass is good for 48 hours! Enjoy two days of fun for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge this summer.

Bonus tip: For even more fun and savings, upgrade your pass to include a one-time admission to the Island Ropes Course for just $10 more. 

 

5. Ride the Trolley to make getting around easy and affordable

Not only will you save on gas using Pigeon Forge Mass Transit trolleys, you can sit back and relax without having to worry about traffic or finding a parking spot. The trolley is especially helpful for a visit to Dollywood. Catch the trolley at Patriot Park and get dropped off at the front gate entrance to Dollywood, all for the low price of $2.50 per person (children under the age of 3 ride for free). Or save even more with the purchase of an all day pass for only $3 per person.

 

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park for fun and free things to do in Pigeon Forge

6. Scatter in free things to do during your stay

A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free and you cannot put a price tag on the amazing experience you will have! From the views to the hikes to the wildlife to the roadside streams, your visit will be one to remember. And taking the kids for a walk down the Riverwalk Trail is completely free….watch the ducks swim along or just sit back and enjoy watching the kids run and play. Your time together will be worth it all!

 

Get ready for a good time this summer in Pigeon Forge and let the savings add up with these great tips!

 

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