A blend of historical attractions, rich educational experiences, musical variety, quality shopping, diverse dining options, and fun activities, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offers enough entertainment for weeks of jam-packed Smoky Mountain vacation days. Unfortunately, you can't fit all these stops into one day, but we can get you started with a few ideas for a big day in Pigeon Forge!
First stop – Breakfast
A staple in the South, particularly in Tennessee, is a big country breakfast to start the day. In Pigeon Forge, breakfast foods abound. Among the dozens of places to have a tasty breakfast are a couple that guests keep coming back to year after year. For a big stack of fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, or hashbrowns, sit down at the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. Just down the road in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant begins each meal with a hearty helping of apple fritters with homemade apple butter and refreshing Applewood Julep. What a way to start your big day on the town!
A bit of history in the morning
After getting your fill of rich country cooking, take time to fill your mind at one of Pigeon Forge's attractions dedicated to an important and memorable time in history. One of the newest and most talked about attractions in the area, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, is the World's largest museum attraction. Through interactive exhibits, special events, authentic artifacts, and historical tours, the Titanic Museum Attraction pays tribute to the survivors and lives lost on the ship's tragic voyage.
Providing a breath of fresh air and a step back into yesteryear, Soul of Motown: The Early Years at The Grand Majestic is a concert-style tribute to Motown at the peak of its popularity. From The Temptations and The Drifters to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin, the Soul of Motown showcases the harmonies, dance moves, and chart-topping hits of some of America's greatest entertainers. It will leave you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and moving to the soulful sounds of Motown before heading off on your next adventure.
Finish off your step back in time with a fun picture at Wild Gals Old Time Photo. Suit up as a cowboy, gangster, or Civil War soldier, or become a sweet Southern belle, a saloon girl, or a Roaring 20s gal and leave with a fun and unique photo you'll cherish forever. You’ll remember this big day in Pigeon Forge for years to come!
Shop til you drop
If you've ever driven through Sevierville on your way to Pigeon Forge, you've noticed the Tanger Outlets. If you haven't ever stopped by, your big day in Pigeon Forge is the day to do it! Just minutes from the heart of Pigeon Forge, the Tanger Outlets offer brand name merchandise 30-70% off retail, with everything from toys, books, and tools to shoes, jewelry, and kitchenware.
Plus, along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge are dozens of local stores specializing in handmade jewelry, leather goods, knives, custom log furniture, music, quilts, doll clothing, and much more. It's the perfect time to pick up some gifts for the holidays or take home a treasure that could become a family heirloom.
An afternoon snack
All that shopping is sure to make you work up an appetite, and thankfully, Pigeon Forge delivers on options. Whether you want a quick snack or a big lunch, you can choose from many restaurants along the Parkway. Get fresh seafood at Bullfish Grill, have a sandwich, burger, or soup and salad at Alamo Steakhouse, or just grab some fast food between stops on your big day.
Family fun before dinner
If you're traveling with kids (or kids at heart!), you'll want to include some stops on your big day that get you moving. Head to Dollywood or Dollywood's Splash Country for a full day of fun, or just spend a few hours driving go karts, playing laser tag, or putting around on the miniature golf course at Adventure Raceway, Fantasy Golf, or Fast Tracks. Once you've expended some energy, sit down for a relaxing and fun meal with a dinner show.
An evening show
One of the most popular (and plentiful) attractions in Pigeon Forge is the dinner show. Each with a unique and exciting theme, dinner shows offer kids and adults entertainment, good food, and plenty of laughs. Instead of just sitting down for a quiet meal, chow down as you watch the Hatfields and McCoys duke it out, the lumberjacks feud, or a murder mystery unfold.
Dessert to go
Before calling it a night, satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream, homemade fudge, cupcakes and more along the Parkway. Get donuts for the next morning at Krispy Kreme, or enjoy a scoop from Marble Slam or The Old Mill Creamery on a warm night. The Three Bears General Store has local jams, jellies, and mixes, while the Chocolate Monkey offers delicious candy apples, fudge, and candies to take with you.
At the end of the day
After a full day of exploring, shopping, and eating on your big day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, you'll want a comfortable, peaceful place to call home. We offer cabin rentals in many locations around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, with anywhere from 1 to 14 bedrooms. Choose a cozy and romantic escape with a hot tub and a view, or pick a large group cabin with tons of games and amenities for your friends, family, or church group. Whatever you need, one of our reservation specialists can help you! Call 1.800.684.7865 today and let us help you find the perfect place to stay after your big day in Pigeon Forge!