As governments gingerly ease travel restrictions worldwide and reopen their countries’ borders, most families look forward to reconnecting and revisiting their favorite destinations. The emotionally challenging times had taken a massive toll on everyone, and now the pent-up frustration to travel freely again has compelled families to step out of the confines of their homes.
And if you’re also eager to make up for the lost travel time, take a much-needed break from the squirrel cage of activity. You might have already prepared a long bucket list. However, if you wish to soak in the magnificent scenic views, loosen up in a serene environment, try rip-roaring adventures, or eat succulent food, look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Situated against the blue mist backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, this Sevier County city has been exponentially gaining traction as one of the most popular destinations in Tennessee. Notwithstanding the size, Pigeon Forge is an exciting vacation spot, brimming with activities for people of every interest. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, history enthusiast, or an experienced hiker, this small city offers a little something for everyone.
From theme parks to haunted houses and historical buildings to the Civil War tribute shows, numerous attractions will keep you itching to stay in the city for long hours. Besides, this eastern Tennessee city is home to delectable home cooking – the place is jam-packed with steakhouses and pancake houses.
Ahead are some pointers to help you make your trip to the beautiful Pigeon Forge city unforgettable:
Attend the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show
Although there are endless fun things to do in Pigeon Forge, start your trip by attending the exciting and swashbuckling Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show – perfect for people of all ages. From acrobatic acts and mermaid showcases to sea lion herds and animal tricks, this show provides an undeniably fun experience.
This legendary musician Dolly Parton’s popular show takes place in a clean and pristine theatre spread across a 21,000-square-foot area with comfortable seats and cutting-edge lighting and sound systems. The epic battle between Captain Blackbeard and Calico Jack, the leads of Sapphire and Crimson ships, to find the buried treasure is sure to leave you wonderstruck. You won’t believe your eyes when you witness fire dancing, sword fights, and canons on the boat, land, and water.
Not only this, but the Pirates Voyage also provides an opportunity to sink your teeth into the delicious four-course meal. So, ensure to visit this place with a hearty appetite to eat sugar-cured ham, herb-basted potato, and pan-fried chicken.
Marvel at Hollywood Wax Museum
Are you on a quest for an indoor entertainment activity while visiting the beautiful mountainous resort town? Then, be sure to explore the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum.
The museum is home to replica wax figures of famous Hollywood stars —actors, models, and singers. The two-story wax museum lets its guests get closer to their favorite celebrities and take photos. So you can hug your favorite celebrities or pour your anger on villains.
Before you even enter, you can meet King Kong and take pictures that you may choose to purchase at the end of your tour. What’s more appealing? You can find the perfect photo-fitting props and costumes that you can put on to add more fun. Besides taking beautiful snaps with your favorites, you can also learn more about these celebrities; their accomplishments, charity work, or pets.
However, don’t just limit yourself to having time with your favorite celebrities. For more fun, check out the first 5D attraction – the Castle of Chaos. The thrilling attraction spot has two theaters. So grab your seat, place your 3D goggles, pick up your gun, and get ready to shoot the ghosts.
Explore the Island in Pigeon Forge
The beautiful Island in Pigeon Forge is an all-in-one, family-friendly destination you can’t miss while taking a trip to Pigeon Forge. The 23-acre majestic destination, located directly off the Parkway, offers unique shops, thrilling rides, mouth-watering restaurants, live entertainment, and much more.
So, begin your tour to the Island in Pigeon Forge by heading to the 200-foot-high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Up in the air on the magnificent Ferris Wheel, you will undeniably get to see mesmerizing views of the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. It is one of the key attractions on the Island, so make this the first stop upon arrival.
Moreover, don’t forget to experience the spectacular water shows at the Island Show Fountain. The show is free of cost and lights every 30 minutes all day long. And if you are a thrill-seeker, the destination offers exciting rides to visitors of all ages. A few rides you must experience on your trip include SkyFly: Soar America, 7D Dark Ride Adventure, ThunderDome, etc.
Spend the afternoon at Dollywood
Delight in a day at the world-class theme park, Dollywood, to get a taste of life in the Great Smoky Mountains. This globally recognized park, sprawled across 150 acres of land, upholds its positive image by upgrading the amusements. Dollywood offers plenty of adventure and entertainment opportunities, from high-octane rides to musical shows and dining options.
If you wish to know what it feels like to fly on the back of a dragonfly, line up for the thrilling Dragonflier ride. However, if you want to enjoy spine-chilling fun and hair-raising adventure, Tennessee Tornado, Firechaser Express, and Thunderhead will surely make you feel the adrenaline surge. And if spookiness, white-knuckle rides, and death-defying spins are your speed, Mystery Mine will draw your attention.
But if you are someone with a faint heart and feel a bit queasy about the rides, there are several other things to experience in Dollywood. You can catch one of the many incredible shows this amusement park offers, such as Smoky Mountain String Band and Kingdom Heir Gospel Quartet. It also hosts My People Show, which features the family members of the famous country musician and philanthropist Dolly Parton.
Pigeon Forge is one of the most magnificent and enthralling destinations in Tennessee. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, the spellbinding beauty of this small city leaves its visitors awestruck.
Most places in this resort city offer a clear view of the jagged mountain vistas, which bring an exquisite and sometimes dramatic background to the town. Each season comes with its spectacular scenery. The summer wildflowers adorn the city, and spring colors leave their mark. Bright fall foliage takes over in the autumn before making way for icy chilly winters.
This captivating city also features multiple intriguing historical buildings and museums worth visiting. These spots offer a unique blend of education and fun to guarantee the best time for people of all ages. All that’s to say, set aside considerable time to experience southern hospitality and discover the hidden gems of this mesmerizing city.
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