The Smokies in post-isolation: What’s open now in the Smokies

The Island in Pigeon Forge is now open to the public. (photo by Morgan Overholt/
The Island in Pigeon Forge is now open to the public. (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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Since Tennessee’s Safer at Home order expired at the end of April, and the Governor’s office announced they would be lifting capacity restrictions across the state effective May 22, many local businesses and restaurants in the area have slowly begun reopening their doors to the general public.

In fact, as of today, most major attractions, restaurants and shops are now open in the Smokies, with a few notable exceptions. The largest and most obvious exception, of course, is Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Despite receiving the theoretical green light from Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group earlier this week, Dollywood insiders remain tight-lipped about the highly anticipated reopening announcement. However, we guarantee our staff at are monitoring the situation closely and will update you as soon as we have an update from the park.

Read More: The Smokies in post-isolation: A list of what’s open now that ‘Safer at Home’ has expired in Tennessee

Other popular destinations that remain closed for now, but have announced tentative opening dates in the very near future are as follows:

  • Country Tonite: June 5
  • Comedy Barn: June 10
  • Dave and Buster’s: May 27
  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede: July 4
  • Forbidden Caverns: July 13 (tentative)
  • Grand Majestic Theater: June 2, seating at 33% capacity seating with some restrictions in place
  • NASCAR Speedpark: June 3
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner Show: June 10
  • The Impossibilities Show (Gatlinburg): May 30
  • Titanic Museum: June 1
  • Wilderness at the Smokies: May 28
  • J. Crew Factory (Tanger Outlets): May 29

Select stores in Tanger Outlets also remain closed at this time, with no tentative opening dates officially yet announced:

  • Adidas
  • Aeropostale
  • Alex and Ani
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Brighton Collectibles
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Carters Babies and Kids
  • Chico’s Outlet
  • Coach (but currently offering curbside pickup)
  • Destination Monthly
  • Disney Outlet
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Fossil
  • Haggar
  • Harry & David
  • Jared Vault
  • Justice
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Lenox
  • Lids
  • Merrell
  • New York & Company Outlet
  • Pink by Victoria Secret
  • Reebok
  • Samsonite Factory Outlet
  • Sand Dollar Lifestyles
  • Sperry
  • The North Face
  • Torrid
  • Vans Outlet
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Zales

Other stores in Tanger Outlets are operating with reduced hours, most are open 11am-7pm daily, Hot Topic is open 12p-7pm daily.

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It is important to note that many attractions are asking guests to wear facial coverings if possible. Guests concerned about mask policies may wish to call ahead to confirm.

Openings and hours are subject to change, if you would like to add your business to the list, or suggest a correction to our current list, please contact us at [email protected]. Protect yourself and those around you by following the CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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  1. When will the live bluegrass music resume on the stages at Ole Smoky Distillery?

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