Fun things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Too many to list - but here goes anyway…

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Introduce the kids to some friendly animals

Petting Zoos

Animal experiences for kids abound in the area - llama treks, deer farms, petting zoos, pony rides and the amazing Rainforest Zoo - learning and fun combined. Find out more →

Go up in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg

Take gondola rides right from downtown to enjoy these three mountaintop playgrounds - many fun attractions, unique photos, lunch with amazing views.

Anakeesta, SkyLift Park and Ober Gatlinburg

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Hop on the Trolley

Gatlinburg's FREE Trolley System

Leave the car behind and travel to many attractions for no charge - links with Pigeon Forge also.

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Experience the new and unique

Wacky and World Museums

Visit America's best Aquarium, explore science, learn history at the Titanic, and check the wonders of Ripley's, Hollywood, Alcatraz, muscle cars and of course, Elvis! Find out more →

Take a ride downhill

Coasters, Ziplines & Treetops

Smoky Mountain coasters and ziplines are everywhere here - controlled speed, safe for kids. Also ropes courses and treetop adventure play places.

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Take a scenic drive in the Smokies

Scenic Drives

These ancient, rippling mountains are impossibly scenic - and you can see fabulous vistas just driving around. Find out more →

Visit one of America's best theme parks

Dollywood & Splash Country

Superb rides and unique charm combine with world class entertainment and fun for all ages in Dolly Parton's famous park. And cool off in the fabulous water park next door. Find out more →

Try some underground family fun

Tuckaleechee Caverns

It's like another planet down along this ancient subterranean river, in a vast and beautiful cavern, with the nation's tallest underground waterfall.

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Take in a show

Shows in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Dinner shows, pageantry, mysteries, comedy shows, music, dance, horses jumping through flaming hoops - what? That's right, the entertainment is spectacular.

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Visit the waterfalls of the national park

Waterfalls in GSMNP

The abundant waters of Great Smoky Mountains National Park make for glorious waterfalls, many of them easy to get to. Bring camera and dry socks. Find out more →

Enjoy a cabin in the mountains

Vacation Cabins

Part of the fun of the Smoky Mountains is your own deluxe cabin with full amenities and entertainments, and a hot tub on the deck to gaze at the stunning views.

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Explore The Island in Pigeon Forge

The 200-ft high observation wheel with climate controlled gondolas offers the best views - and The Island is a day's outing with shopping, food and kids fun galore.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Find out more →

Immerse in nature with easy walking trails

Easy Hiking Trails

America's most popular national park has many trails and natural attractions that are accessible for non-hikers, and a few even by wheelchair. Find out more →

Let's eat! Choose from hundreds of eateries

Restaurants in the Smokies

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have hundreds of restaurants of all kinds and flavors, from hot dogs to moonshine, to fine dining and international cuisine. Find out more →

Go shopping in a world of unique items


With one of the largest artisan communities in the country, the area is filled with unique handmade gifts and heirlooms, with quaint shops and studios everywhere. Find out more →

There are more fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains than you can fit in one lifetime, so choose wisely!

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