15 Kid Friendly Pigeon Forge Activities You Don't Want to Miss

July 7, 2022

Bring the kids to Pigeon Forge for the ultimate family vacation!

Read on to discover the top 15 kid-friendly activities that children of all ages can take part in (and will happily join in the fun) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Make it a memorable family vacation with a trip to the one and only Dollywood! It's a top Pigeon Forge attraction because it's one of the best theme parks for kids and adults.

Interested in seeing more of nature? Let the kids join you on a breathtaking Smoky Mountain Helicopter Tour and a scenic Pink Jeep Tour of the Smoky Mountains National Park. The mountains are a veritable playground for children, and the Pigeon Forge Parkway is lined with attractions featuring fun, adventure, and plenty of entertainment.

If you're looking for a place where the kids will have tons of things to do throughout the trip, head straight to Pigeon Forge! Below are kid-friendly Pigeon Forge activities to help you plan your family vacation.

15 Kid-Friendly Pigeon Forge Activities You Don't Want to Miss

Dollywood

Looking for big thrills? Then Dollywood tickets, and you'll be on your way! Teens and kids love the excitement of theme parks. So in Dollywood, ride epic coasters like Wild Eagle, Tennessee Tornado, and Mystery Mine.

There are over 50 rides and attractions the family will enjoy the whole day! The Smoky Mountain River Rampage takes you through several dips, twists, and turns–channeling your love for whitewater rafting. You'll get drenched during the ride, but we guarantee you'll leave refreshed and smiling.

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If the bigger kids are looking for more thrilling adventures, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is just 4 minutes away! This wild coaster promises over 9 minutes of adrenaline-fueled fun and features beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery, tunnels, curves, and 360-degree turns on over 20 acres.

Aerial view of the countryside and Wild Eagle at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAWonderWorks Pigeon Forge

This kid-friendly attraction is fun and full of 'edutainment' for the entire family, but young children really love exploring the magic, science, and down-right wondrous exhibits at this immersive and interactive museum. 

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Since everything is "hands-on" at WonderWorks, kids can touch, play and pounce on to their heart's content! In addition, kids will love the glow-in-the-dark indoor ropes course, laser tag arena, and much more!

Things to do with Toddlers in Pigeon Forge

Looking for toddler activities in Pigeon Forge? The Light & Sound Zone and Imagination Lab are just two areas to explore with the little ones at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. Let your toddler jump from key to key on a giant piano and, quite literally, play music with their feet!

Meanwhile, the interactive sandbox encourages toddlers to make their imaginations come to life. Guide their tiny hands as they dig ocean trenches, build Jurassic mountains or create safari flatlands.

Families at WonderWorks - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: WonderWorks Pigeon Forge via Facebook

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

It's easy to stay on budget when you're taking the family for a vacation in Pigeon Forge. The Island in Pigeon Forge is one of the most affordable kid-friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge. General admission and parking are free!

You must not miss the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel during your trip to The Island in Pigeon Forge. This 200-foot observation wheel provides riders an unparalleled view of the world-famous Smoky Mountains. Each glass-enclosed gondola can fit up to 8 people at a time, so there's more than enough room for the family!

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Pro Tip: Catch a ride during the evening! You'll be just in time to witness a mesmerizing 24,000 LED-light show.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Entrance in pigeon forge tennesseeOutdoor Gravity Park

Coming from WonderWorks Pigeon Forge? Stop by Outdoor Gravity Park before calling it a day! It's an exciting outdoor attraction that features thrilling zorbing tracks. It's also the only zorbing park in the US, so it's an activity worth including on your bucket list!

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If you have a need for speed, we recommend the Fast Track. Get inside a giant 11-foot inflatable ball with up to three people and speed down the track's 1,000-foot hill. Be prepared to experience feeling a little out of control, but that's part of the family fun!

Kids ages five and up can join in on the thrill! If they feel confident and adventurous, they can even ride the Extreme Zig-Zag track on their own. 

view of zorb balls coming down the hills at Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Dee Jennings via Facebook

Smoky Mountains Helicopter Tour

There's no better way to get unobstructed breathtaking views of the Smokies than to book a Smoky Mountains Helicopter Tour

Choose from numerous flight adventures to see a beautiful panorama of the Smoky Mountains, French Broad River, Douglas Dam Lake, Bluff Mountain, Chilhowee Mountain Range, historic downtown Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge.

Kids will love riding a helicopter for the first time or the millionth. Going up in the sky and flying around can feel magical to them. Most especially, it's an outdoor activity that is sure to encourage a love for nature.

Watch as they witness spectacular views from above, but don't forget to document this memorable trip with lots of pictures and recordings!

yellow helicopter giving tour over pigeon forge tennesseeDolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction

There are multiple dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, but none are as entertaining as Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction

This engaging Pigeon Forge dinner show wins high marks with kids. Everyone will enjoy the audience participation segments as well as "stampeding" their team to victory. Kids also think eating with their hands is a lot of fun. Who would've thought? (Probably every parent – anywhere!)

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Simply put, you'll be attending a family feast and fantastic show that is fun for all ages. Thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, and phenomenal music productions over a mouth-watering four-course dinner will keep the family enthralled all evening.

performers on horseback at Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner attraction arena in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAPaula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park

A family-friendly adventure park awaits at Pigeon Forge! Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park provides guests the ability to compete in the exciting events seen in Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud show. One up each other in your own log roll, boom run, and speed climb family competitions.

Don't leave without riding the Flying Ox! It's a one-of-a-kind zipline roller coaster that features sensational views of everything that's going on at the park. Then, for a heart-stopping motion, line up for the 80-foot freefall adventure! It only takes a few seconds to reach the bottom, but it will be long before the adrenaline wears off! It's an unforgettable attraction in the adventure park.

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The adventure park package typically takes around two hours to fully enjoy. Hollywood Wax Museum is just three minutes away if the kids are itching for more adventure. Take photos with the wax figures of well-loved celebrities like Tom Hanks, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Marilyn Monroe.

Lumberjack Feud Dinner and Show performers in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Titanic Museum Attraction

By this age, many kids have learned about the RMS Titanic in school. Now they will get to live it. Show them more about this historic ship at the Titanic Museum, an educationally engaging attraction.

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Learn together about the lives of Titanic passengers by examining artifacts, photographs, and interactive exhibits. You'll even be able to feel frigid 28° water!

exterior view of the titanic museum pigeon forge

Titanic Museum Attraction

Pink Jeep Tours - Smoky Mountains

Tune in with nature at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the great outdoors with a Pink Jeep Tour, which is one of the most popular Pigeon Forge family activities.

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Kids enjoy the thrill of riding an open-air Jeep Wrangler while they experience the sighs and sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Going on a Pink Jeep Tour is more than just a sightseeing activity. Certified adventure guides bring the history and the magic of the mountains to life, so it's an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Smokies too! If you're lucky, you'll spot some of the abundant wildlife that calls the Smoky Mountains home. 

View of the back of a Pink Jeep on a road in the woods with a wild turkey next to it in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Pink Jeep Tours via Facebook

Rafting in the Smokies

Challenge yourself and your kiddos with a wet-and-wild adventure on the Pigeon River. Conquer Class III and IV rapids while you ride the white waves of water.

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Watch as your child 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.

People White Water Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Smoky Mountain Outdoors via Facebook

Zipping in the Smokies

These high-flying attractions are all the rage in the Smoky Mountains. Please be mindful of the weight requirement (generally 70 lbs.). Letting down kiddos with high hopes of participating is no fun; for those who can harness up and get ready to fly through the canopy of Pigeon Forge.

It's the perfect activity for kids to enjoy outdoor adventure in a safe, secure environment. If you're already planning to book a rafting adventure with Rafting in the Smokies, we recommend booking the family's zipline adventure with them!

little girl with yellow helmet at Zipping in the Smokies with Rafting in the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA

Dollywood's Splash Country

Looking for the ultimate Pigeon Forge summer attraction for kids? Go to Dollywood's Splash Country! Each nook and cranny is created with kids and families in mind.

The water adventure park features an 8,000-square feet lagoon-style leisure pool, a 25,000-square feet wave pool, interactive children's play areas, and RiverRush - Tennessee's first and only water coaster! 

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A full day well-spent in Dollywood's Splash Country is refreshingly fun. However, the kids will be worn out by sundown! We recommend staying at comfortable and affordable hotels nearby, like the Quality Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane and the Comfort Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane. Both are less than 10 minutes away.

people on swim rings in large pool at Mountain Waves Pool in Dollywood Splash Country, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: My Pigeon Forge via Facebook

Anakeesta

A Smoky Mountains adventure awaits you at Anakeesta, a Pigeon Forge top attraction where there are tons of activities and things to do with kids. 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.

photo credit: Knox Daily Sun via Facebook

Bundles and Packages for Cheap Kid Friendly Things to do in Pigeon Forge TN

There are so many family activities and kid-friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge, but family fun doesn't have to be expensive! Grab Pigeon Forge bundles and packages to the attractions we listed above, including your choice of hotels.

Our Dollywood Vacation Package ensures you stay close to all the top attractions. It also includes tickets to Dollywood and lets you save up to 14 percent.

What is Your Favorite Kid-Friendly Activity in Pigeon Forge?

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