You’re sure to find something for every age group when you visit the Smoky Mountains. In Pigeon Forge, especially, you’ll find activities kids of all ages can take part in. The mountains are a veritable playground for children and the Pigeon Forge Parkway is lined with attractions featuring fun, adventure and plenty of entertainment. Check out the kid friendly Pigeon Forge activities suggestions below to get a head start on your vacation planning.
Looking for big thrills? Dollywood is the place for you! Teens love the epic coasters fun found on Wild Eagle, Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine. Plus, they can join their families for old-fashioned fun at areas like the Country Fair and Owens Farm.
This attraction is a good bet for the entire family, but young children really love exploring the magic, science and down-right wondrous exhibits at this interactive museum. Since everything is “hands-on” at WonderWorks kids can touch, play and pounce on to their heart’s content!
3) The Track
Slower speeds and light-hearted carnival-style rides make the attractions at The Track ideal for the toddler set. At the “Kids Country” section, which offers the largest selection of kids rides in Pigeon Forge, your kids can ride a Ferris wheel, kiddie karts, and even a red baron bi-plane.
4) Rainforest Adventures
Does your child love animals? If so, they’ll love the over 400 animals comprising 130 species found at this Pigeon Forge zoo. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a petting zoo, allow kids to get up close to their favorite furry friends.
Are your children in the 5-7 age range? At this age, their curiosity is even bigger than before and their eagerness to learn about the world around them makes them ask the question “Why?” a lot. Make the most of their interests by combing education and entertainment and the following attractions.
5) Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Learn about life under the sea at this Gatlinburg attraction. Home to exotic sea creatures, penguins and even sharks, kids love exploring this aquatic playground. The Discovery Center at Ripley’s Aquarium lets kids test their fish skills, while encounters with jellyfish and stingrays let them touch these creatures for a truly memorable experience.
6) Dolly Parton’s Stampede
This engaging Pigeon Forge dinner show wins high marks with kids of all ages, but this age group really seem to enjoy the audience participation segments as well as “stampeding” their team on to victory. They also think it’s a lot of fun to eat with their hands. Who would’ve thought? (Probably every parent – anywhere!)
Moving on to tweens, specifically ages 8-11, we add a little more adventure to the attraction choices. Although kids at this age range can be picky about their entertainment choices, Pigeon Forge has plenty to keep their “I’m bored” sighs at bay.
These high-flying attractions are all the rage in the Smoky Mountains. At this age, most kids meet the weight requirement (generally 70 lbs.), so they’re ready to harness up and fly through the canopy of Pigeon Forge. It’s the perfect activity for kids to enjoy outdoor adventure, while also in a safe, secure environment. A few recommended Pigeon Forge Zipline companies include Legacy Mountain Ziplines, Foxfire Mountain Adventures, and Adventure Park Ziplines.
8) Titanic Museum Attraction
By this age, many kids have learned about the RMS Titanic in school. Show them even more about this historic ship at the Titanic Museum, an educationally engaging attraction. Learn about the lives of Titanic passengers by examining artifacts, photographs, and interactive exhibits.
Go on a magical adventure at MagiQuest, where you’ll get a magic wand and use clues and hints to go on an epic quest. Battle dragons, meet fairies and other amazing creatures and characters while you use skill and knowledge to advance from one Kingdom to the next. MagiQuest also saves all of your data so you can pick up right where you left off when you visit any of their attraction locations.
Once kids grow into teenagers they can be even harder to impress. Luckily at Pigeon Forge, there are adventurous activities to add to your vacation that’ll make them say “Wow, that was fun!”
10) Whitewater Rafting
Challenge yourself and your teenagers with a wet and wild adventure on the Pigeon River. Conquer Class III and IV rapids while you ride the waves of the water. Watch as your teen smiles with glee as they get splashed, drenched and soaked during this outdoor activity. Two of the best outfitters include Smoky Mountain Outdoors and Rafting in the Smokies.
11) Xtreme Racing Center
A little bit of family-friendly competition is always good fun! See who can make it to the finish line first at Xtreme Racing Center. Featuring the fastest go-karts in Pigeon Forge, these high-speed karts let you test your driving skills and battle it out for the title of “Best Racer.”
12) Tanger Outlets
If there is one thing teenage girls love, it’s shopping! Let them splurge and save at Tanger Outlet Mall, offering exclusive deals on brands like PacSun, Forever 21 and Journeys.
A Smoky Mountains adventure awaits you at Anakeesta. This outdoor adventure theme park combines nature, thrill, wonder, and more for a one-of-a-kind journey. Race on a zipline, see epic views of the Smokies from the Chondola, go gem mining, or brave the treetop canopy walk—the choice is yours! Plus, don’t miss the Magical Firefly Village with shops, restaurants, and more.
The Best Kid Friendly Pigeon Forge Activities
These are just a few of the things to do for kids in Pigeon Forge. Regardless of the age of your kids, the Smoky Mountains will appeal to their sense of fun, adventure and imagination.