Unique Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Each time that I visit the Smoky Mountain Region we always discover so many fun things to do and find so many reasons to want to come back.

During our most recent visit, we enjoyed lots of unique adventures that you can enjoy in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

My family was invited as guests of My Pigeon Forge to experience and test out many of the family-friendly adventures and attractions that you will want to add to your list during your next visit.

indoor snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow

Go Snow Tubing Indoors

2533 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN

You don’t have to wait for cold weather to go indoor snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow.  In fact, it’s even better in Pigeon Forge because the temperature inside remains around 60-70 degrees year-round.  And you don’t need to wear snow pants or gloves!

Pigeon Forge Indoor Snow tubing

Yes, it’s real snow made from water with a snow machine without any additional chemicals.

Tubing guests are given a special timed wristband. The wristband is scanned by an employee each time that they ride up the moving carpet to the top of the indoor tubing hill. This allows for all of the fun and none of the work.

There are multiple snow tubing lanes so that you don’t have to wait very long at the top. The staff will assist you and tell you when it’s time for you to safely go down.

year round snow tubing Pigeon Forge Snow

This is a perfect activity for the whole family rain or shine, in all seasons.

Snow tubers must be at least 38 inches and 3 years old. If someone in your party doesn’t want to go snow tubing they can observe on the second-floor observation deck. Non-tubers do not have to purchase an admission fee.

There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase.

snowball at Pigeon Forge Snow

Tubing sessions are sold in 1 hours sessions and sessions in Snow Play are 30-minute sessions.

The Snow Play area is open to all ages and does not have any height restrictions.

Pigeon Forge Snow

Another way to save money is by purchasing your tickets online.

You don’t need to make reservations prior to your arrival but they do stop selling snow tubing sessions 30 minutes before they close.

For the best value, you can purchase a ticket that includes both Snow Tubing and Snow Play if you want to do more than one activity.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Try Indoor Skydiving

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is America’s First Vertical Wind Tunnel and allows you to experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving steps

Before you fly you attend a safety training class so that you know the signals to look for from the instructor. After the class, you will feel more comfortable before going into your session in the wind tunnel.

All of your equipment is provided for you and you need to bring close-toed shoes so that you don’t have to borrow the loaner ones.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge

You are inside the wind tunnel for 15 minutes with 5 other people and each person gets about 3 minutes of airtime.

pre indoor skydive

My nieces both tried indoor skydiving for the first time during our visit and they loved it! My older son and I tried indoor skydiving during a previous visit and it’s definitely an experience that I recommend trying.

There are observation windows so that family and friends can observe and you can buy the video footage of your flight afterward.

3 different zorbing experiences

Experience Wet Zorbing Down a Hill

203 Sugar Hollow Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

I’m a sucker for unique adventures and Outdoor Gravity Park is a MUST during your visit. There are four different tracks with three different zorbing experiences.

Zigzag track outdoor gravity park

This is the only outdoor gravity park in the United States which makes this adventure even more special.

Guests travel down a 1,000 ft hill with up to 3 riders on both the Fast Tracks and the FUNnel. The Extreme Zig Zag only allows one person inside.

FUNnel track outdoor gravity park

The zorbing experience takes about 90 seconds but it feels much longer in a good way.  On your way down you slosh around inside the O.G.O. ball and it’s unlike any other adventure I’ve tried.

I’ve personally tried both the Extreme Zig Zag and the FUNnel (which is the most popular one).

I highly recommend getting the video if you don’t own a GoPro. The footage from inside the ball as it goes down the hill is priceless.

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The best time to go is early in the day and it helps to plan ahead on this adventure.

outdoor gravity park in pigeon forge

You will get wet but the water is heated before they put it in the ball and you will definitely want to change afterward. A swimsuit or dry-fit style activewear is your best option.

outdoor gravity park

I would recommend wearing shorts if you are wearing a swimsuit to feel more comfortable getting in and out of the ball.

Pack towels and a whole new set of clothes so that you will be the most comfortable after your ride and not too cold while you are waiting for others to go down the hill.

Wet zorbing is available all year but dry zorbing is only available in the fall, winter, and early spring. If you want to stay dry instead of wet you need to call ahead to double-check if dry zorbing available during your visit.

Island Ropes Course and Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel

Challenge Yourself on the Island Ropes Course

A great confidence builder for kids and adults, the Island Rope Course allows you to face your fears and challenge yourself with the safety of a harness.

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There are two different course options available. The Sky Tykes course is for anyone less than 48″ tall. Parents can walk beside and encourage their harnessed child as they try the nine different elements.

Pigeon Forge Island Ropes Course

The Sky Trail Explorer Course is for anyone over 42″ but any guests under 48″ will need a taller chaperone with them. This course has 30 elements, two zip lines, and one simulated free-fall called Quick Jump.

quick jump Pigeon Forge

Make sure that you try all of the elements first before you do the Quick Jump. There is no time limit when you are on the course, but once you jump, your time on the course is over.

(If you don’t want to do the Quick Jump you can walk back down the stairs when you are finished)

Island Ropes course

Participants move their individual sling along the track and there is only one person allowed on each element at a time.

The ziplines are on each level and the elements vary in their level of difficulty.

I recommend trying them all of them because you will feel braver on the other side of it. It’s also great to model stepping outside of your comfort zone with your kids.

If you do need any assistance there are certified employees on the course who can help you. They are also a great resource if you need a few tips before tackling an intimidating element.

view from Great Smoky Ferris Wheel Pigeon Forge

Enjoy a Scenic View From a Ferris Wheel

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel gives riders great views of the Island along with views of the Smoky Mountains in the distance.
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The all-glass gondolas can seat up to 8 guests and the views from the 200 foot tall Ferris Wheel are gorgeous day or night.
fountain show at the Island Pigeon Forge

Relax and Enjoy the Island Show Fountain

31 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge

Picture the Bellagio Fountains, only smaller. The Island Show Fountain is fun to watch both during the day and at night.

Island water fountain show Pigeon Forge

Every 30 minutes, Monday- Sunday you can catch a show starting at the top of the hour from 10am-11:30pm. The fountains incorporate dancing water that can shoot as high as 60 feet in the air! The show is choreographed to music, with additional colored lights at night.

You will find plenty of seating surrounding the fountain circle but keep in mind that the rocking chairs are very popular.  Try to claim your chair several minutes before the show starts.

Riverwalk Greenway Pigeon Forge

Walk, Bike or Fish on the Riverwalk Greenway

If you want to slow down for a bit after a few extreme adventures, I recommend spending some time along the Riverwalk Greenway. This could also be the perfect fishing spot when your spouse wants more time to explore the shops.

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We used the Riverwalk Greenway to connect us to the Island in Pigeon Forge after we went go-karting.

elevated go kart track at The Track Family Fun Park

Fulfill Your Need for Speed

2575 Parkway, Pigeon Forge,

Speaking of go-karting, you can race your friends and family at The Track Family Fun Park. 

My favorite track is the multilevel course because it adds an extra dimension and challenge during your race. There are several different race tracks to choose from and there is even a kiddie track for younger guests.

skyflyer at The Track Family Fun Park

If you are looking for another adrenaline rush, check out the Skyflyer. This thrill attraction lifts and pulls you and up to 2 other people, 75 ft in the air, and then releases you to swing and soar.

mini golf at The Track Family Fun Park

The Track also has mini golf, an arcade, and a few other rides and attractions that are a little less extreme.

Unique Museums in Pigeon Forge

wonderworks entrance

Science Made FUN

100 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge

wonderworks in Pigeon Forge

The WonderWorks building has always piqued my curiosity because it looks like it’s been flipped on its head and I discovered that the inside was WAY better than I anticipated.

high ropes course wonderworks

Guests of all ages will enjoy exploring all 35,000 sq. feet of the education-entertainment fusion with more than 100 hands-on exhibits.

indoor rock climbing wonderworks
extreme ride wonderworks

You can easily spend HOURS inside this attraction and what I really appreciated was that the activities inside (exhibits, 4D XD Motion Theater, Laser Tag, and the Glow in the dark Ropes Course) were included in the general admission price instead of adding additional fees.

* Make sure that you wear close-toed shoes if you plan on doing the ropes course.

Wonderworks bubble area
bed of nails wonderworks
basketball wonderworks
exhibit wonderworks

As an additional value, your admission is good for all day so you can even leave and come back on the same day and you can purchase a combination ticket that includes a ticket to see the Wonders of Magic Show by Terry Evanswood.

We watched his show and we were blown away with the illusions that he performed before our eyes.

No photography is allowed which made us focus on what we were watching even more in awe and wondering “How did he do that??!!”

the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge

Tour the Titanic

2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

When the movie Titanitic came out I watched it twice in the theaters, which was a big deal when I was a college student on a budget.

A self-guided tour of the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge definitely exceeded my expectations!

the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge boarding pass

As you enter the Titanic Museum, you are given a boarding pass and information about a passenger who was on the ship.

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As you go through the museum you have opportunities to learn more about their story and what happened to your designated passenger on that historic day.

I was AMAZED at the number of personal and private artifacts displayed at the museum (400+) and I learned so many interesting stories about the passengers that each deserve their own movies.

A few of my favorite moments inside the museum were touching the iceberg and then putting my hands into 28-degree water to visualize what the passengers experienced as they waited in the cold dark water in hopes of being rescued, trying to stand on the sloping deck, and walking on the Grand Staircase.

I also found it fascinating to view the display of the passenger list. It was broken down into details identifying if they were a survivor or deceased, their passenger class, gender, age, and crew.

Lego display of the Titanic

The World’s Largest Titanic Model with LEGO® BRICKS

The Titanic museum does not allow photography inside with the exception of the incredible Lego display of the Titanic (26ft X 5ft) designed by a 10-year-old boy from Iceland that took 56,000 Lego Bricks and 11 months to build.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Learn More About the History of Crime in America

2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

forenics Alcatraz East Crime Museum

If you or someone that you know is fascinated by true crimes, the Alcatraz East Crime Museum will definitely pique your interest with 25,000 sq ft of hands-on exhibits containing lots of information on American crime history.

exhibit at Alcatraz East Crime Museum

The museum takes on 5 perspectives on crime with the criminal profiles, victim’s stories, crime prevention, the justice system, and law enforcement.

OJ Simpson Escape Ford Brono

And they even have the vehicle that O.J. Simpson was driving when he was being chased by the police!

If you are a certain ..ahem..age.. you can probably remember where you were when you watched the live footage of OJ Simpson fleeing from the police on the expressway in a white Ford Bronco.

DUI walk the line

For a little entertainment, watch a friend or family member as they try to walk the line while wearing the “beer goggles.”

law enforcement Alcatraz East Crime Museum

I personally liked that the museum didn’t only focus on the criminals and presented a well-rounded approach.

Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

Take a Picture with One of Your Favorite Celebrities

106 Showplace Blvd A, Pigeon Forge

Nacho Libre Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum gives you an opportunity to get up close to the likeness of some of your favorite celebrities.

Dolly Parton Hollywood Wax Museum

Photos are highly encouraged and props are located throughout the museum so that you can really get into character with your favorite famous television, movie stars, and singers.

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The John Cena and Taylor Swift wax sculptures were two of my favorites at the museum. They made me have to take an up-close double take to look into their eyes.

King Kong Hollywood Wax Museum

Make sure that you don’t forget to take the elevator up to a stairway on the roof. This allows you to view King Kong and the strip from an awesome vantage point.

Enjoy a Show in Pigeon Forge

log roll Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show.

Watch a Lumberjack Show

2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

log cutting Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show
Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show competition

If you are looking for a show that’s a little more out of the box, you should definitely check out Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show.

This show is really engaging with lots of audience participation as you are assigned to be on team “Dawson” or McGraw” determined by your seating section. Kids can even volunteer to help with different parts of the 90-minute show featuring 13 lumberjack skill challenges.

competition Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show.

The lumberjack skills that you witness by both the men and the women will definitely blow your mind!

Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show.

My favorite moment was when the lumberjacks raced up and down the pole. The log rolling challenge was also fun to watch because kept on getting crazier the wetter the log got.

canoe joust Paula Deens Lumberjack Feud Show.

Seating is first-come, first-serve and it’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes prior to the show to get your preferred seating. There is an intermission so that kids can get a special photo op.

Smoky Mountain Opry

Attend a Performance at the Smoky Mountain Opry

I’ll be honest and admit that I was wondering if the Smoky Mountain Opry would be a little cheesy. The Smoky Mountain Opry was far above and beyond what I anticipated in both the excellent talent and production level.

Smoky Mountain Opry show
aerial artists

The performances by the singers, musicians, and aerial artists/dancers appealed to all audiences. They sang a wide range of recognizable songs spanning several genres and decades. The comic relief/juggler was really enjoyable to watch.

Dolly Parton Story

An Adventure at Dollywood

Dollywood is a theme park that has something for everyone, no matter what age you are.

Dolly Parton memorbilia

If you are already a fan of Dolly Parton, you will love the park even more. Dolly Parton fans will love the museum that shares more of her story with exhibits containing lots of memorabilia through the years.

Lightning Rod Dollywood

Thrill-seekers will definitely want to get in line to ride Lightning Rod as soon as they arrive. This wooden coaster is unlike any roller coaster that I’ve ever been on before!

Lighting Rod launches from zero to 45 mph and has almost 20 seconds of airtime that you experience throughout the ride.

ride at Dollywood

There are several other roller coasters and thrill rides to get your heart racing. Make sure that you check the Dollywood app so that you can be strategic with your wait times.

water ride at Dollywood

If you have younger kids, there are rides at Dollywood that are geared more for families. If you need a break from walking around, I highly recommend attending one of the live performances or shows located throughout the park.

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You MUST also try the cinnamon bread when you visit the park. I didn’t think that it even needed a side of icing or apple butter but we tried it anyway. The cinnamon bread is baked fresh right in front of you. Judging by the line out the door, you know that it’s worth it!

This is a great park to visit surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.

Unique Places to Eat in Pigeon Forge

There are several unique dining options in Pigeon Forge.

Local Goat Pigeon Forge

Enjoy a Great Locally Sourced Meal

2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

You know that a restaurant is pretty amazing when it’s PACKED at random times of the day. I’m glad that we didn’t let a crowded parking lot deter us from our first visit to The Goat.

The Goat is a scratch kitchen with locally sourced and sustainable foods that also serves craft beer and cocktails. Once you take a bite of the food, you will understand why it is such a popular place.

nacho appetizer at the goat pigeon forge

I highly recommend the Steak Nachos at the Goat. They are made with marinated steak, melted cheeses, pickled red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, balsamic glaze, guacamole, and sour cream.

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The chicken wings are another great option.

chicken sandwich at the goat

You can’t go wrong with one of their sandwiches or burgers.

burger and fries local goat

We were too full for dessert but I definitely want to try one of theirs the next time that I visit.

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Breakfast That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

2785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

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Animatronics and fantastic food, The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe is a bit of a gimmick in the best ways possible.

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The animatronics will take you back to memories of Chuck E. Cheese as a kid and the clever chicken names and music will delight the kids and the adults.

cinnamon pancake The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

What’s even better is that the food is REALLY good and it’s a great value!

omelet The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

A few of our table favorites were the biscuits and gravy, omelet, chicken biscuit with gravy, and BLT. I’m still craving the incredible cinnamon roll pancakes.

chicken biscuit The Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

Frizzle Chicken is only open for breakfast and lunch so plan accordingly. We learned that the hard way!

A few other Unique Adventures in Pigeon Forge to Add to Your List

I also need to mention that Pigeon Forge has several Mountain Coasters that you can try. A Mountain Coaster is basically your own individual roller coaster where you control the speed of your individual car as you travel down the mountain.

Eagles Ridge Resort Pigeon Forge

Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge

During our visit, we stayed at the “Eagle’s on High” cabin that is part of the cabin properties available for rent at Eagle’s Ridge Resort.

Eagles on High cabin at night
daytime view Eagles on High Pigeon Forge

The cabin was absolutely gorgeous with mountain views. The best part was that it’s a short drive to all of the attractions at Pigeon Forge.

Bedroom Eagles on High Pigeon Forge
king size bed Eagles on High Pigeon Forge

The cabin slept all of us comfortably. There were 3 bedrooms with King Beds and 3 full baths and a game room with a queen-sized sleeper.

family room Eagles on High
kitchen Eagles on High Pigeon Forge

There was plenty of room for everyone in our group to spread out. The open floor plan is perfect for families or getaways with friends or couples.

game room Eagles on High Pigeon Forge

The kids really enjoyed playing in the game room. Kids and adults had a great time relaxing in the hot tub and sitting on both decks with mountain views.

A cabin rental is a great way to save on meals and lodging costs during your stay. Cabins provide you with the amenities and comforts of home.

We had such a great time in Pigeon Forge! We are looking forward to crossing off more adventures in the area the next time that we visit!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by My Pigeon Forge and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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