Things for Couples to Do in Pigeon Forge: 17 Romantic Ideas

Looking to impress your mon cherie but can’t swing a weekend away in Paris or Milan? Spoil your special someone with tons of Smoky Mountain splendor, nostalgic attractions, and live music spectaculars when you take advantage of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge for couples.

Follow along to uncover the 17 most romantic things to do in Pigeon Forge.

Embrace your wilder side with a heart-pounding hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or partake in elegant wine tastings guided by expert sommeliers.

Stroll hand in hand through Dollywood as you sample ooey gooey cinnamon bread or save room for a sublime steak dinner at the Peddler Steakhouse.

Lucky for you, fun activities run as rampant as the Pigeon River in this serene Sevier County oasis.

Ready to start planning your Pigeon Forge romantic getaway? Read on…

Romantic Hotels in Pigeon Forge

Before you can take advantage of Pigeon Forge’s plethora of romantic activities, you’ll need to secure some swoon-worthy lodgings. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cozy cabin worthy of a Hallmark movie, or more modern accommodations in downtown Gatlinburg, we offer up a wide array of romantic places to stay in Pigeon Forge.

Admire unparalleled views of the Smoky Mountains National Park in one of our Pigeon Forge Cabins, or turn up the heat in one of our hotels with hot tubs. From full-scale resorts with lazy rivers to quaint country inns, we’ve got you covered.

Chairs on a Deck Overlooking the Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USACouples Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Theme park fun, competitive rounds of putt-putt, or a sensual couple’s massage. No matter if you’re planning on just passing through or spending a full week in this rugged Smoky Mountain paradise, our Pigeon Forge guide for things to do for couples tackles it all:

Romantic Dinner for Two

Candle-lit ambiance, extended eye contact, and mouthwatering tapas. Set the scene for love when you score a reservation at any of Pigeon Forge’s most romantic restaurants:

  • Crystelle Creek Restaurant – fine dining, a 150-foot cascading light tree, and a newly remodeled bar come together to make Crystelle Creek an excellent pick for any romantic reprieve. Enjoy Fettuccine Alfredo, blackened catfish, fried mushrooms, and more.
  • Red Oak Bistro – Ole! Swing by the Arts and Crafts community to tempt your palate with a taste of Europe. The Bistro’s tapas and wine selection are hard to beat, and we can never leave without sampling some full-bodied reds.
  • The Peddler’s Steakhouse – a fresh salad bar, hand-cut steaks, and awe-inspiring Little Pigeon River views make for a memorable dining experience at Peddler’s. Start things off with an order of oysters before treating your plus one to a flavorful NY Strip or Filet Mignon.

Exterior ground view of Crystelle Creek Restaurant with lights under trees in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USAHiking in the Smoky Mountains

The couple that sweats together stays together! Pack some (extra) physical exertion into your romantic holiday when you schedule a Smoky Mountain Park hike.

Take on the moderate route of Rainbow Falls and be rewarded with a wondrous waterfall, or conquer steep elevation gains with Chimney Tops. Not feeling all those steps? Take out the legwork but keep in the mountain scenery with a Pink Jeep Tour – Smoky Mountains.

Scenic Helicopter Rides

Take your love to new levels with Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge. Choose from eight distinct tours as you cruise thousands of feet in the air and witness the awe-inspiring scenery of the Smoky Mountains.

From the flowing French Broad River to the Douglas Dam Lake, Bluff Mountain, and historic downtown Sevierville, you’ll see every inch of this Appalachian Eden. Don’t forget to wear dark clothes, as your scenic ride will afford you some serious social media-worthy souvenir photos.

Aerial view overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USASpend a Day with Dolly

Does Jolene really get you going? Inject some Southern comfort and charm into your date night when you abscond to Dollywood.

From scream-inducing rides aboard the Blazing Fury and Wild Eagle to award-winning seasonal festivals, a day at Dollywood is sure to delight. Tuck into plates piled high with BBQ, or glimpse at the time-honored crafts of glass blowing and metalwork.

Pigeon Forge Shows

Pirates, comedy, and Elvis, oh my! No matter your musical tastes, you and your paramour will find something to love when it comes to Pigeon Forge Shows.

Settle in for a seven-seas-worthy supper and swashbuckling antics with Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, or get groovy with the smooth-as-velvet sounds of Soul of Motown.

singers holding microphone and musician with guitar performing on stage in front of crowd at Country Tonite Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
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Carriage Rides Pigeon Forge

Verdant forests, rugged mountain tops, and black bear sightings. Revel in the wonder of the Smoky Mountains in a whole new way when you book a Cades Cove carriage ride. Enchant your date with an amorous horse-drawn carriage ride through miles of winding trails. Snuggle up closer as your guide regales you with stories of the area’s spellbinding history as well as flora and fauna facts. Rather sit in your own saddle? The Cades Cove Stables also offer guided horseback riding trail rides.

Psst… looking for tips on how to have the best day ever in Cades Cove? Check out our Complete Guide to Cades Cove to discover what you need to know before you go!

The Great Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel

Want to take your courtship back to the days of old? Throw things back to the time of sock hops and state fairs when you ride the Ferris wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge.

Over 200 feet tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast and delivers sweeping views from every glass gondola. Cuddle up to your cutie in this climate-controlled setting as you capture the picture-perfect Smoky Mountain views. For an extra special delight, ride at night and witness the 24,000 LED light show.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Entrance in pigeon forge tennesseeCrave Golf Club

What’s sweeter than a trip to candy land? Sprinkle a little competition into your date night plans with a visit to Crave Golf Club. This candy-themed mecca of mini golf is ideal for indoor and outdoor fun.

Crave features both a 19-hole indoor course and a 19-hole rooftop course. Post putt putt, stay put for more excitement with mini bowling, escape rooms, and a full candy store.

Rocky Top Wine Trail

Is your love language splitting a bottle of Pinot? Say ‘oui’ to an afternoon of vino, cider, and more when you set forth on the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Tennessee’s most visited wine trail is home to five wineries. Sample everything from a superior Sangiovese to a sweet Red Velvet wine as you complete your passport. Choose from a self-guided tour option and savor free wine tastings on your own. Or, opt for a VIP Tour for extra special service, discounts, and a cheese plate.

man pouring wine into wine glassCouples Massage Pigeon Forge

Long hikes through Cades Cove or conquering Mount Le Conte demand some serious TLC. Treat your partner to a good old-fashioned rub down when you reserve a couples massage in Pigeon Forge:

  • Smoky Mountain Massage – utilizing a combination of Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques, Smoky Mountains masseuses will sublimely stroke out every knot and ache. Choose from a number of couples packages, including ‘deep relax’ and ‘indulge.’
  • River Stone Resort & Spa – unwind in the presence of excellence when you secure treatment at one of the best spas in Pigeon Forge. Enhance your Unity Couple massage with a stone treatment, or emerge with supple skin after a deep exfoliation.
  • St. Somewhere Spa – whisk your honey away for some tropical-themed relaxation in the mountains. St. Somewhere Spa provides signature Margaritaville treatments and massages, all with a little island flair.

man and woman couple receiving a scalp massage at a spaThe finest wine tastings, horse-drawn carriage rides, and aerial adventures await couples intrepid enough to explore romantic Pigeon Forge.

Unbeknownst to many travelers, this charming Appalachian enclave is just bursting with world-class attractions, activities, and sights.

Linger over tapas and Rioja in the Red Oak Bistro, or enjoy the twinkling light and live entertainment of the Island from your Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel.

Let sparks fly all vacation long when you reserve your Pigeon Forge vacation today!

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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