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Top 5 Memorable Things to Do in Pigeon Forge When Visiting for the First Time

The Smoky Mountain area is a place where you can have a wonderful, relaxing vacation, and there are many things to do in Pigeon Forge that the first-time visitor will certainly enjoy. We’ve narrowed it down to 5 in this tourist destination that you don’t want to miss your first time in the area.

1. Dollywood

This is one of the most recognizable theme parks in the entire country, and that’s mainly due to the equally iconic Dolly Parton. She calls this beautiful part of the country her home; you’ll see her beaming with pride every time she mentions it. ​Dollywood represents everything that makes the Smoky Mountains a very special and unique place to visit. There’s plenty for the thrill-seeker and craft-lover, with room left for many others to get excited about too!

2. See a Performance

Sign for Country Tonite music show in Pigeon Forge lit up at nightWhile you probably won’t be able to see all the performances on your first visit, we’ll give you some examples of a few that you might love. For loads of laughter, check out the kid-friendly humor at ​The Comedy Barn​, where you may also have the chance to get onstage. ​Country Tonite Theatre​ is also an excellent choice to see talented performers take center stage for a musical masterpiece. Whichever show you choose, you’ll leave with a family full of smiles!

3. Visit The Old Mill District

The Old Mill District is one of the things to do in Pigeon Forge that we feel is an absolute must on your vacation. Once you enter this little village, you’ll get the impression that you stepped back in time. This place has plenty of history, especially at The Old Mill​, which was vital for survival in the old days. In present times, you can find plenty of homemade items here that will solve your hunger and shopping needs in perfectly historic fashion!

4. Eat a Hearty Southern Breakfast

breakfast-plate-in-cabinIf you’ve haven’t already figured out some good things to do in Pigeon Forge, we recommend a hearty Southern breakfast to energize your body. In this area, we’re famous for offering our guests a meal we can simple describe as pure comfort food. Grandma would be proud of places such as ​Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant​, ​Mama’s Farmhouse​, and ​Reagan’s House of Pancakes​, just to name a few. There’s no shortage of places here that will feed your stomach and soul! Also be sure to try one of these great places for pancakes in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

5. Fill the Photo Album

While we’re sure your first visit will certainly not be your last, we highly suggest you fill up that photo album with tons of images from your trip to the incredible beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We recommend plenty of happy family images taken of not only the spectacles in town, but also of the mountains that are never too far away. It’s the perfect way to summarize your visit — just leave some space in that album for next time! Maybe you could even try getting your group together for old time photos in Pigeon Forge!

More Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

These are just of the many things to do in Pigeon Forge when you visit for the first time! You should take some time to explore the incredible shops in the area and find souvenirs to bring back home with you. Stop by Three Bears General Store, where you can not only buy souvenirs but have the chance to feed live black bears! You can also visit The Island in Pigeon Forge and ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or dine at one of the many delicious Pigeon Forge restaurants for dinner. You will never run out of exciting things to do while you’re here!

Now we think you have a good idea of how many wonderful things you can do in Pigeon Forge with your family. Be sure to ​book a cabin​ with us so we can help make your first visit a delightful one!