Top Attractions for Families in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Enjoy the Smoky Mountains on a whole new level when you head to the beautiful resort towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Have an unforgettable family vacation when you plan a trip in this top Tennessee vacation spot, starting with these top attractions for families:

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Bursting with rides, attractions, and plenty of faire food, The Island in Pigeon Forge has everything for a family-friendly vacation. Enjoy the Island Show Fountain and check out the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, which gives riders a beautiful view from its gondola. Tip: Consider purchasing an Ultimate Ride Pass if you plan to spend at least two days here. 

The Wheel

Bear Country Fun Park

If you are traveling with little ones, Bear Country Fun Park is sure to be memorable.Cub Country, in particular, offers eight rides for children 36-inches and taller. A 4,200 square-foot-arcade uses old-fashioned tickets and tokens, a nostalgic experience for those of us who remember the importance of making the right decision at the prize counter.

Big Top Arcade

Play some of the greatest games ever when you take your family to the Big Top Arcade. Challenge your family to classic games like Pac-Man, and if you score big with shooting hoops or any of their countless activities, you can pick up a great prize that will always remind you of your fun-filled days.

Go Kart Track

Comedy Barn

Deviating from rides and arcades, comedy clubs offer a form of entertainment that appeals to people of all ages. Comedy Barn was recently awarded the best family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The new show “Amazing Animals Pet Show” features pets that perform a variety of amazing tricks and stunts.

Country Tonite Pigeon Forge Show

Combining music, comedy, and the gospel, the Country Tonite Pigeon Forge Show offers authentic country-themed entertainment  that is both wholesome and memorable. Talented musicians of all ages sing, dance, and perform shows all year round in a state-of-the-art performance facility.

Pigeon Forge Adventure Raceway

Pigeon Forge Adventure Raceway is an iconic destination for families. At three-levels high, the Adventure Raceway is the perfect outlet for a little bit of friendly competition. Open year-round, and perfect in the hot summer months, are the facility’s bumper boats and water blasters.

Pigeon Forge Parkway

All photos: credit Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

FTC Disclosure: We received monetary compensation for this post. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a great destination. Hopefully this article gives you some great itinerary ideas for planning your own family vacation.