Fun Things to do in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN with Kids

Nestled in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, the neighboring towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are places that families return to again and again, year after year. It’s easy to see why this area is such a popular family destination with its delicious food, kid-friendly activities and old-fashioned southern charm.

Favorite Pigeon Forge Attractions

Titanic Museum
History comes alive at this museum as your family embarks on the devastating maiden voyage of the Titanic. Many authentic artifacts from the Titanic are housed here. You will see replicas of the sleeping quarters, hear the terrifying rush of water flooding the stairwells, and even touch an iceberg. Do not miss this museum!

The famous upside-down house in the middle of Pigeon Forge is a great way to spend an afternoon! This educational wonderland is full of hands-on science fun. Test your nerves while lying on a bed of nails, or test your agility on a spacewalk ropes course 50 feet in the sir. You can also land a space shuttle or design your own roller coaster ride. Plan to spend at least four hours exploring or you might miss something fantastic!

Embark on a 90-minute scavenger hunt that combines Harry Potter-like role play and problem solving. The quest and puzzles start off fairly easy and get harder as you progress.

Dolly Parton’s theme park might seem a tad hokey, and you may wonder if it’s really worth the money to visit. I can assure you that it is! Dollywood is a great place to spend a day with your family. The park is well-maintained and boasts thrill rides like the Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle, along with gentler rides like the Lemon Twist and the Fire Chaser Express. People of all ages will love all that Dollywood has to offer!

Dixie Stampede and Dinner show
This dazzling dinner show will thrill kids and adults alike. The cast of 32 majestic horses and top-notch riders will take your breath away with their daring feats and trick riding while you dine on a delicious four-course southern feast.

Hatfield and McCoy’s Dinner Show
The infamous dueling families give you an up close and personal look into their feuding antics. Enjoy your homestyle meal while enjoying a show filled with comedy, dancing, stunts and more!

Gatlinburg Attractions

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Take an interactive journey through the world’s aquatic habitats. Get up close and personal with sharks in the winding shark tunnel, pet giant sting rays, crabs and jelly fish. This aquarium is always a must-visit for my family!

Ripley’s Guinness Book of World Records
This place turned out to be way more fun than I expected. Not only do you learn about many world record holders, such as the tallest man and woman, but you also get a chance to break some records of your own. Can you hold your breath long enough to break a record? Or how about beating the record for the world’s fastest hopscotch game? You can try your hand at these records and more!

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Restaurants

The Old Mill
Southern charm and outstanding food has made The Old Mill a favorite dining choice among locals and tourists in Pigeon Forge. Dine while overlooking the picturesque Pigeon River. Favorite dishes here include the Old Mill chicken and dumplings, spicy broiled catfish and homemade meatloaf.

Flapjacks Pancake Cabin
Enjoy the best pancakes in Tennessee! Flapjacks has several locations throughout Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to serve all your breakfast needs.

Mama’s Farmhouse
Sample southern-style family dining at its finest. This quaint farmhouse restaurant serves up all the southern fixin’s you can imagine. Endless meatloaf, greens, fried chicken, oh my! Mama’s Farmhouse needs to be at the top of your dining list!

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jordyn C. Are you interested in traveling to Gatlinburg? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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