Did you ever think you’d want to visit a town called “Pigeon Forge”? Well, our uniquely named city is one of the biggest attractions in the state of Tennessee and our listings below quickly demonstrate why. Pigeon Forge is the hometown for Dolly Parton’s famous Dollywood, Splash Country and Stampede attractions, the Old Mill arts and crafts complex, the country and gospel independent theaters and some amazing things you just about can’t get anywhere else!
How Far From Wears Valley Is Pigeon Forge? Pigeon Forge is about 15-20 minutes driving distance from the center of Wears Valley and directly connects to Pigeon Forge through the main Wears Valley Road. Drive straight until you come to a huge four-way intersection and you’ve already entered Pigeon Forge.
Offering more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world! At Dollywood we celebrate the best of life as we light up the Smokies with rides, slides, music, food and laughter – day and night. We invite you to our Tennessee home where you can hold on tight to those you love most in the great outdoors in each beautiful season of the year. Start planning now! Dollywood Parks and Resorts has long held a tradition of excellence in the theme park industry. Building on years of accolades, Tripadvisor, as well as USA Today, recently ranked Dollywood as one of the world’s best theme parks, delivering a world-class experience where families can make memories they will cherish forever. For more information on the awards, visit Dollywood’s Blog for details.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Searching for family fun and adventure during your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee? Join Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN for a family feast and fantastic show, fun for all ages. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course feast complete with a delicious dessert! Remember, the excitement begins before you even set foot in the door! Take a stroll down the Horse Walk and get an up-close look at the stars of the show, our beautiful variety of horse breeds. Be sure to arrive early as you get ready for the High Spirited Adventure at The Smokies Most Fun Place to Eat!™
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud
A SHOW? More like a good, ole-fashioned competition. Enjoy an hour and a half of competitive lumberjack events featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. Authentic outdoor Pigeon Forge show that operates daily – rain or shine, snow or sleet – all year long. Our Jacks can handle any weather but you don’t have to with our climate-controlled grandstand, keeping you comfortable any time of year.
Explore American history from a different perspective in five unique galleries that burrow deep into criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and our justice system. The museum is 25,000 square feet, spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives. Alcatraz East blends together a mixture of design features that represent both Tennessee and Alcatraz. In 1898, the Tennessee State Prison was the first prison within the state, which opened just outside of Nashville. The prison was designed to look like a castle; a fortress of thick stone, masonry walls. Alcatraz East hosts temporary exhibits, in partnership with outside organizations, related to crime and law enforcement topics.
One of the top things to do in Pigeon Forge, WonderWorks Indoor Amusement Park, is one of the best Pigeon Forge attractions. With over 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment,” WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. With the ceiling under your feet and the ground above your head, WonderWorks will turn your world upside down. Pass through the inversion tunnel to realign yourself and start your adventure! Inside you’ll find six Wonder Zones for loads of family fun! Start your journey below as you discover some of our featured exhibits. After you’ve explored the exhibits, venture up to the basement where you’ll find action-packed entertainment for all ages! Climb through obstacles three stories above the ground in the glow-in-the-dark Indoor Ropes Course, compete against opponents and battle in our in a fast-paced, black-lit Laser-Tag arena and experience a whirlwind adventure in our 4D XD Motion Theater!
Historic Old Mill
The Old Mill’s story began nearly two centuries ago when local farmers with sacks of grain traveled to the newly built gristmill along the Little Pigeon River. Those trips to the mill resulted in meal and flour for cooking, and they also were opportunities to socialize and build community. In time, our town of Pigeon Forge was born. Today, the Old Mill is one of the oldest continually operating gristmills in the country and one of the most photographed mills in America. We invite you to look through our unique history. As a staple of the Great Smoky Mountains community for nearly 200 years, we not only know the traditional flavors of the region, we had a hand in crafting them! From our traditional Appalachian breakfast offerings to our Mill-Made breads, you can always have a little part of the Smokies on your own table. We welcome you to browse this year’s gift and pantry offerings and we’re excited for you to bring the flavor of the Smoky Mountains to your home.
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Settled at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, The Island boasts over 80 shops, restaurants and attractions. Our destination combines all things fun in a safe environment for families and friends of all ages where you can eat, shop, play and stay. We’re not your typical getaway, and our diverse selection of activities makes The Island a one-stop-shop for family-fun. Start planning your visit to The Island in Pigeon Forge today! The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and our multi- million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area. Surrounded by Pigeon Forge’s attractions, The Island is a destination that has long appealed to locals and visitors alike! With so much to do, The Island has made it easy for you to make the most out of your trip. Before you make the journey to Pigeon Forge, plan your Island Day to include places where you want to Eat, Shop, Play, Stay and discover at The Island.
The Comedy Barn
The Most Successful and Most Attended Clean Comedy Theater in the World – twenty-five years and counting! Get your entire family ready to laugh with fun barnyard animals, magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, live country and gospel music! It’s a night of a thousand laughs – guaranteed! Bring the kids, bring your neighbors, bring your Pastor, bring Uncle Jack, bring your Granny – well you get the picture – bring EVERYONE for an evening of entertainment that’s sure to get your giggles going!
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Towering 200-feet tall, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foothills of the most visited National Park in the United States – The Great Smoky Mountains. As the centerpiece to The Island in Pigeon Forge, it stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast. Making its maiden turn on June 21, 2013, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge provides riders an unparalleled view of the world-famous Smoky Mountains in comfortable, all-glass gondolas that seat up to 8 guests.