Explore Pigeon Forge

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Explore Pigeon Forge

Things To Do

There's so much to do in Pigeon Forge it can be overwhelming! We've given you our honest reviews below to help you out!
Dolly Parton excels at everything she lends her name to and this theme park is no exception. The rides are fun, the entertainment is top notch and we’d argue you won’t find a cleaner tourist attraction anywhere…the staff keeps everything so tidy! Highly recommend. And if you’re coming with a group, price out the Gold Level season pass that comes with 4 free tickets. Depending on the size of your group, it might be cheaper to purchase the season pass and use the free tickets all on one visit than to purchase admission for everyone even if the pass holder doesn't plan on returning the rest of the season.
771 locals recommend
Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
771 locals recommend
Dolly Parton excels at everything she lends her name to and this theme park is no exception. The rides are fun, the entertainment is top notch and we’d argue you won’t find a cleaner tourist attraction anywhere…the staff keeps everything so tidy! Highly recommend. And if you’re coming with a group, price out the Gold Level season pass that comes with 4 free tickets. Depending on the size of your group, it might be cheaper to purchase the season pass and use the free tickets all on one visit than to purchase admission for everyone even if the pass holder doesn't plan on returning the rest of the season.
Our little one is very into mini golf so my husband spent a good bit of time researching what the "best mini golf" in Pigeon Forge is and finally landed on this one. It was fabulous!!!! Boasting two courses - one inside, one outside (and a discount if you want to play both) as well as a full-tilt candy shop and indoor mini bowling (which was a huge hit with our family!) this place is seriously the best destination for families no matter the weather or time of year.
30 locals recommend
Crave Golf Club
2925 Parkway
30 locals recommend
Our little one is very into mini golf so my husband spent a good bit of time researching what the "best mini golf" in Pigeon Forge is and finally landed on this one. It was fabulous!!!! Boasting two courses - one inside, one outside (and a discount if you want to play both) as well as a full-tilt candy shop and indoor mini bowling (which was a huge hit with our family!) this place is seriously the best destination for families no matter the weather or time of year.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here with our little one. The moving underwater sidewalk was the hit attraction for us as was the penguin parade where these adorable birds waddled around the hallways greeting visitors. We also enjoyed watching the shark feeding and blowing off some steam on the indoor playground. Highly recommend for anyone with little ones!
534 locals recommend
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Rd
534 locals recommend
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here with our little one. The moving underwater sidewalk was the hit attraction for us as was the penguin parade where these adorable birds waddled around the hallways greeting visitors. We also enjoyed watching the shark feeding and blowing off some steam on the indoor playground. Highly recommend for anyone with little ones!
I checked out Fantasy Golf with my 4 year old and we had a lovely round of mini-golf. It's definitely one of the older mini-golf courses on the strip, but it was super clean and well maintained - it seemed like they had just repainted all the statues and attractions, and the turf was in excellent shape. It was also not crowded at all, the clerk was kind and helpful (and patiently listened to a random story our 4 year old told about our cat! haha.) and the cost wasn't too bad - about $13 for adults and kids 5 and under were free. All in all it might not be the fanciest or newest mini-golf place in Pigeon Forge, but we had a pleasant experience and felt like the owners care about their business.
Fantasy Golf
3263 Parkway
I checked out Fantasy Golf with my 4 year old and we had a lovely round of mini-golf. It's definitely one of the older mini-golf courses on the strip, but it was super clean and well maintained - it seemed like they had just repainted all the statues and attractions, and the turf was in excellent shape. It was also not crowded at all, the clerk was kind and helpful (and patiently listened to a random story our 4 year old told about our cat! haha.) and the cost wasn't too bad - about $13 for adults and kids 5 and under were free. All in all it might not be the fanciest or newest mini-golf place in Pigeon Forge, but we had a pleasant experience and felt like the owners care about their business.
I think we accidentally chose the busiest day of the season when we visited so to be honest, we were a bit overwhelmed with the crowds. That being said, there were lots of awesome attractions (although finding things for our 4 year old was a little bit of a challenge) and the Lazy River was a hit with the whole family! Make sure to bring your own beach towels as they are not provided, and we found the all day locker rental ($10 for a small locker which was plenty big enough for my backpack and a other items) to be reasonable and vital to our ability to enjoy the day. Also recommend wearing chacos or water shoes that you can keep on - the pavement was super hot and putting shoes on and off between rides would be complicated. All in all, a fabulous water park….if you’re into water parks. :)
274 locals recommend
Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
274 locals recommend
I think we accidentally chose the busiest day of the season when we visited so to be honest, we were a bit overwhelmed with the crowds. That being said, there were lots of awesome attractions (although finding things for our 4 year old was a little bit of a challenge) and the Lazy River was a hit with the whole family! Make sure to bring your own beach towels as they are not provided, and we found the all day locker rental ($10 for a small locker which was plenty big enough for my backpack and a other items) to be reasonable and vital to our ability to enjoy the day. Also recommend wearing chacos or water shoes that you can keep on - the pavement was super hot and putting shoes on and off between rides would be complicated. All in all, a fabulous water park….if you’re into water parks. :)
Our 5 year old absolutely loves mini-golf so we are slowly working our way through every course in the area. This one was especially great for kids with lots of fun photo-ops with the gigantic toy pieces. We went in early January and it was cool, overcast and breezy which was a bonus as there wasn't a lot of shade on the course. A few of the special effects weren't working - probably due to some recent bad weather - but our 5 year old had an absolute blast which meant we did too! Definitely a fun time!
8 locals recommend
Toy Box Mini Golf
112 Dollywood Lane
8 locals recommend
Our 5 year old absolutely loves mini-golf so we are slowly working our way through every course in the area. This one was especially great for kids with lots of fun photo-ops with the gigantic toy pieces. We went in early January and it was cool, overcast and breezy which was a bonus as there wasn't a lot of shade on the course. A few of the special effects weren't working - probably due to some recent bad weather - but our 5 year old had an absolute blast which meant we did too! Definitely a fun time!

Things to Eat [Pancakes Edition]

Our thoughts on the local Pancake houses!
If you've never eaten pancakes as big as your face while a flock of animatronic hens serenades you by clucking "Bohemian Rhapsody" & "Sweet Caroline" then let me tell you friend...you are MISSING OUT. We took our four year old and had an absolutely blast. Coffee was a little weak, but food was delicious. Word to the wise, share something with a friend...portions are MASSIVE!
24 locals recommend
Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe
2785 Parkway
24 locals recommend
If you've never eaten pancakes as big as your face while a flock of animatronic hens serenades you by clucking "Bohemian Rhapsody" & "Sweet Caroline" then let me tell you friend...you are MISSING OUT. We took our four year old and had an absolutely blast. Coffee was a little weak, but food was delicious. Word to the wise, share something with a friend...portions are MASSIVE!
Reagan's House of Pancakes has two locations - both within a mile and a half of The Sweet Retreat. They offer a full buffet, but we were a huge fan of the omelette which was huge and came with a generous side portion of 3 pancakes (or sub biscuits) and was a few dollars cheaper. With as much food as you get from a standard meal order, I can't possibly imagine needing an all-you-can-eat buffet. The waitress was incredibly kind and service was great throughout our experience. They even came around and took our photo and gave us a free postcard customized with our family photo (we had the option to purchase other prints and decided not to, but still got to keep the postcard.). Would definitely recommend based on service, food and portion size!
33 locals recommend
Reagan's House of Pancakes
2820 Parkway
33 locals recommend
Reagan's House of Pancakes has two locations - both within a mile and a half of The Sweet Retreat. They offer a full buffet, but we were a huge fan of the omelette which was huge and came with a generous side portion of 3 pancakes (or sub biscuits) and was a few dollars cheaper. With as much food as you get from a standard meal order, I can't possibly imagine needing an all-you-can-eat buffet. The waitress was incredibly kind and service was great throughout our experience. They even came around and took our photo and gave us a free postcard customized with our family photo (we had the option to purchase other prints and decided not to, but still got to keep the postcard.). Would definitely recommend based on service, food and portion size!

Sightseeing

This stunning 11 mile loop is perfect for literally everyone - with no admission fee! Those who want to passively enjoy nature will love driving, reading the booklet (available for $1 at the gate) and taking photos through their car windows at one of the many pull-over spots along the way. Those who want a more active experience will enjoy hiking some of the trails, exploring the various historic sights along the way and stopping at the visitors center. The views are breathtaking and the approximately 40 minutes each way drive to and from the Sweet Retreat is half the fun as it winds through beautiful Wears Valley and parts of Smoky Mountain National Park.
761 locals recommend
Cades Cove
761 locals recommend
This stunning 11 mile loop is perfect for literally everyone - with no admission fee! Those who want to passively enjoy nature will love driving, reading the booklet (available for $1 at the gate) and taking photos through their car windows at one of the many pull-over spots along the way. Those who want a more active experience will enjoy hiking some of the trails, exploring the various historic sights along the way and stopping at the visitors center. The views are breathtaking and the approximately 40 minutes each way drive to and from the Sweet Retreat is half the fun as it winds through beautiful Wears Valley and parts of Smoky Mountain National Park.
The Sugarlands Visitor's Center located just outside Gatlinburg is a great way to get information about Smoky Mountains National Park. They have a small museum/learning center with some exhibits about local wildlife, park rangers on duty to answer questions, and clean bathrooms as well as a gift-shop. A great first-stop to get information on your Smoky Mountain adventure.
Sugarlands Visitor Center
The Sugarlands Visitor's Center located just outside Gatlinburg is a great way to get information about Smoky Mountains National Park. They have a small museum/learning center with some exhibits about local wildlife, park rangers on duty to answer questions, and clean bathrooms as well as a gift-shop. A great first-stop to get information on your Smoky Mountain adventure.

Things to Eat

Our review of things to eat that aren’t Pancakes!
Located only 1.7 miles from The Sweet Retreat, Big Daddy's is a staple of our trips to Pigeon Forge. Always delicious, kind and friendly service, delicious pizza and even an arcade in the back where we love playing endless games of skee-ball make it the perfect "lets eat out" spot that won't break the bank. Want to eat in? Big Daddy's does carry-out orders too!
43 locals recommend
Big Daddy's Pizzeria & Arcade
3053 Parkway
43 locals recommend
Located only 1.7 miles from The Sweet Retreat, Big Daddy's is a staple of our trips to Pigeon Forge. Always delicious, kind and friendly service, delicious pizza and even an arcade in the back where we love playing endless games of skee-ball make it the perfect "lets eat out" spot that won't break the bank. Want to eat in? Big Daddy's does carry-out orders too!
Corky’s BBQ originated in Memphis, TN and we are thrilled to have a location just a mile from The Sweet Retreat. They are clean, delicious food, and friendly service and you can order take out as well! We think they have the best fried okra in town. Definitely recommend.
7 locals recommend
Corky's Ribs & BBQ
3584 Parkway
7 locals recommend
Corky’s BBQ originated in Memphis, TN and we are thrilled to have a location just a mile from The Sweet Retreat. They are clean, delicious food, and friendly service and you can order take out as well! We think they have the best fried okra in town. Definitely recommend.
Our family really enjoyed The Old Mill. It’s a family-style Southern Cookin’, meat-and-three type place and everything we ordered was delicious. It gets SUPER busy and they don’t take reservations, but you can call and ask how long the wait is before you go. We went around 4:15 one afternoon and walked right in but the line snaked all the way down the ramp and around the corner when we left.
485 locals recommend
The Old Mill
164 Old Mill Ave
485 locals recommend
Our family really enjoyed The Old Mill. It’s a family-style Southern Cookin’, meat-and-three type place and everything we ordered was delicious. It gets SUPER busy and they don’t take reservations, but you can call and ask how long the wait is before you go. We went around 4:15 one afternoon and walked right in but the line snaked all the way down the ramp and around the corner when we left.