Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge According to a Local (2024)

ole smoky and the ferris wheel at the island in pigeon forge at dusk

The Island in Pigeon Forge has several shops, restaurants and attractions with free parking (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

These are the best things to do in Pigeon Forge, TN

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Located in the center of The Island at Pigeon Forge, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a 200-foot tall, slow, and steady Ferris wheel with incredible views of Pigeon Forge. Discounts are available for the military, seniors, and locals. Pro-Tip: There’s also a printable $2 coupon on the official Wheel website. Ride time is 8-10 minutes.

goats on the roof
The second biggest attraction at Goats on the Roof (next to ya know, the roof goats) is the mountain coaster (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Goats on the Roof

Shopping, golf, and a classic mountain coaster. And … goats on the roof. What more could you want? It is important to note, there are two Goats on the Roof locations. But the Parkway location is simply a storefront. If you want to ride the Goat Coaster (or is it the G.O.A.T coater?) and see real live roof goats, visit the Wears Valley Road location. There’s also golf, gem mining, and Jurassic Tymes Mini Golf (new for 2023) on-site.

Dolly Parton's Stampede
Attending a show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is practically a rite of passage for East Tennessee youth (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

In addition to being the original dinner show in Pigeon Forge, Dolly’s Stampede remains the classic. It is the gold standard in the genre for many. The Christmas version of the show is an annual tradition in our household. With animals, food, and friendly competition, it’s a show for the whole family. Tickets average about $59-$79 per person depending on the season. The show’s runtime is right at 1.5 hours.

the old mil
The Old Mill Square has shops, restaurants and a working grist mill (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Old Mill Square

The old mill was built in 1830 and still functions today. The area surrounding this original structure is known as the Old Mill District and offers restaurants and shops, and it’s free to explore. The Old Mill Restaurant often has lengthy wait times and does not take reservations, but it’s worth it. Limited free parking is available around the Old Mill District but spaces are limited.

The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge
The giant Titanic replica is hard to miss along the Parkway (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

The Titanic Museum

This is one of the best attractions in town. Is the Titanic Museum interesting? Does it offer diverting exhibits? I can’t lie. It does. Walk down the grand staircase, see real artifacts, and touch a real iceberg. Stay because the exhibits will pull you in. Allow at least a couple of hours for this attraction. Read a full review of this attraction here before you go and check for discounts on Tripster.

Pirates Voyage
Pirates Voyage is basically a pirate-themed Dolly Parton’s Stampede (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Pirates Voyage Dinner Show

For my money, this is the best of the top-tier dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, but your mileage may vary. Generally, people of all ages will enjoy the show. It goes over the top for allowing me to talk like I’m in Master and Commander and tell my kids to look sharp and step lively. Tickets average about $59-$79 per person depending on the season. But always check for discounted tickets before you book. The average show runs for 1.5 hours.

a golf cart and a mountain backdrop
Don’t be confused by the name. The Gatlinburg Golf Course is located in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Gatlinburg Golf Course

Not all the golf in Pigeon Forge is mini. The Gatlinburg Golf Course, located squarely in Pigeon Forge, is a well-maintained course with challenging tee box locations. Also, it is a great way to spend a few hours outside and enjoy your vacation with some physical activity and competition. But be warned. This course is in the heart of the city, just off Dollywood Lane and a few of the fairways are tight. Discounts are available for kids and seniors. Rental clubs are available for an extra charge.

lumberjack wielding axe at lumberjack show in pigeon forge
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud features an ax-wielding competition between lumberjacks (media photo provided by Lumberjack Feud)

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

If you’d prefer to just watch someone else do a little exercise and compete, The Lumberjack Feud is legitimately entertaining from a sporting point of view. It’s a great attraction. The competition seems genuine and it’s fun to watch. Pro-Tip: Save $5 on Lumberjack Feud when you use the promo code TSC at online checkout or use this printable coupon on-site. Arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime.

Actors perform on stage at The Comedy barn
An actor performs on stage at The Comedy Barn (photo by Marie Graichen/TheSmokies.com)

The Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn isn’t for everyone. But for those who tend to enjoy shows that bill themselves as “side-splitting comedy”, The Comedy Barn tends to deliver just that. Fans of the slapstick comedy genre report that it’s one of the best shows in the Smokies. People who don’t, fervently disagree. Know thyself. Runtime is about 90 minutes.

A sign at the entrance of Dollywood
Dollywood is still the #1 attraction in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Dollywood

Of course, Dollywood is perhaps the best attraction in Pigeon Forge. Dolly Parton reigns supreme. With roller coasters for thrill seekers, cinnamon bread for foodies, and live entertainment for all, not only is it one of the top attractions in Pigeon Forge. It’s one of the best in the state. Tickets average $89 per person. Pro-tip: Bundle your Dollywood tickets with other area attractions to save a little extra dough.

Note: Prices mentioned are as of the time of this writing and may vary.

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3 thoughts on “Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge According to a Local (2024)”

  1. Wow! I’m shocked that you didn’t put SkyFly Soar America on this list. Especially since USA Today ranked it as the #1 attraction in the United States in 2021.

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  2. Sky Fly Soar is one of the best attractions ever. No long lines to wait in and very affordable for the whole family. Better than Soaring at Disney World.

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