There are so many things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids! Today we are sharing our 4 day Pigeon Forge itinerary to help you plan your family vacation to Pigeon Forge Tennessee.
Thank you to My Pigeon Forge for hosting us on our Pigeon Forge Vacation. As always all opinions are honest and my own.
We love to keep busy during our family vacations, and as soon as we arrived we jumped right in and started exploring all the attractions in Pigeon Forge.
Our Tennessee road trip planning started in early June when we were brainstorming places to visit during our summer vacation. We love exploring as a family and we knew we wanted to visit Tennessee this year.
As we started our planning process we really began to see that the attractions in Pigeon Forge would be a perfect fit for our family. I love that there is a good mix of family friendly attractions and dining options, as well as down time to relax and unwind.
Pigeon Forge Itinerary
- Day 1: The Titanic Museum, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
- Day 2: Clingman’s Dome, Pancake Breakfast, WonderWorks, Big Daddy Pizza, & Mini-Golf
- Day 3: MagiQuest Pigeon Forge & Dolly Parton’s Stampede
- Day 4: Chasing Adventures at The Track, Alpine Mountain Coaster, Pigeon Forge Snow, and Interactive 7D Adventure
Day 1: Experiencing the Titanic Museum + Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
One of the first things we saw as we drove into Pigeon Forge was the huge Titanic replica. The Titanic Museum is a self-guided walk through of the story of the Titanic.
I wasn’t sure if this would be a great fit for my kids but they were really interested. They even had a special tour guide for kids. As you enter everyone is given their own portable speaker that will guide your through the exhibit. There is an adult and child one.
You are also given a card with a profile of a person that was aboard the Titanic. As you go through the exhibit you see if your person survived or perished on their journey.
The Titanic Museum does not allow video or photos through the museum. They have a collection of artifacts and even pieces that were on the ship. I didn’t realize how emotional we would all feel as we learned more about what it was like to be on the Titanic. It was powerful and I was happy we visited to learn more.
After the museum we headed next door to the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Feud. I was a bit hesitant heading into this. I didn’t know what to expect and wasn’t sure we would enjoy it.
I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. The show is based on the “historical feud of Hatfield and McCoy”. It is highly entertaining with dancing and all the kids are invited to the stage to do a bit of dancing.
The food was served family style and fast, but we all enjoyed it. It was fried chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, rolls, and dessert. The food is served before the start of the show and it moves quickly.
Day 2: Clingman’s Dome, Pancake Breakfast, WonderWorks, Big Daddy Pizza, & Mini-Golf
As I’m writing this I can’t believe how much we packed into this day. We had planned to sleep in but everyone woke up early so we decided to take a drive up the mountains to Clingman’s Dome.
Clingman’s Dome is not in Pigeon Forge. It is located about an hour away and is worth the drive. As you climb the mountains you see breathtaking views and it is a must do. You will park at the top and make your way up the .5 mile(very steep) hike up the mountains.
Clingman’s Dome is the third highest point east of the Mississippi. It is a bit tough but most people can climb it, children included. There are benches along the way if you need a break. My kids needed a few breaks but they were so happy and proud they made it to the top. Read all the details of our visit: What to Know When You Visit Clingman’s Dome.
After our morning hike we headed to Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe. Frizzle Chicken’s has a hot breakfast and singing chickens. Every 10 minutes the chickens “cluck” a familiar song and the kids thought it was so funny.
With a full stomach we went to WonderWorks. WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park that has hands on exhibits, a 3D show, and interactive activities. It is best to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid large crowds-we arrived mid-afternoon and it was really crowded.
Our favorite spot at WonderWorks is the bubble room. The kids made gigantic bubbles and had a lot of fun in this area. Being a Dr. Seuss fan, I really enjoyed the small art area dedicated to Dr. Seuss creations.
After WonderWorks we headed back to the cabin to relax for the afternoon. I loved having space in the cabin to relax after our busy days. The views from the balcony were amazing!
For dinner we headed over to Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. There is something special about ordering a pizza at a restaurant. Typically pizza is for take-out in our house. We ordered the meatball pizza.
After dinner we drove over to Crave for some mini-golf. Crave is an indoor and outdoor mini-golf course themed to sweets. They have gumdrop and chocolate holes, and you can also purchase candy and sweet treats.
We started with the outdoor course. Each of our tickets included a bottle of water. I really appreciated this because Tennessee in August is hot! Our goal was to do both courses. We did make it through the indoor and outdoor but the kids were tired at the end and one course would have been best.
Day 3: MagiQuest Pigeon Forge & Dolly Parton’s Stampede
From the minute we drove down the main road in Pigeon Forge my youngest has been asking to go to MagiQuest. We had visited MagiQuest during our vacation to Myrtle Beach, but that location has closed, and the kids were so excited to visit.
We arrived about 10 minutes before opening because we knew it was much easier to play the challenges when there are less people. MagiQuest is an interactive wand game. You solve riddles and challenges to unlock new adventures.
The challenges can be a bit complicated for young kids and it is best to work as a team to solve them. Even a few of the clues were difficult for my husband and I, thankfully there are people around to help you if you get stuck.
At MagiQuest you purchase time of play. We played for 60 minutes and that seemed like a good amount of time for the kids. After MagiQuest we headed downstairs to do the other activities in the building.
The building says MagiQuest on the outside but inside there are 4 different family activities you can play. There is a laser maze, Pirate indoor glow mini-golf, a mirror maze, and upstairs is the MagiQuest area.
We attempted to do the laser maze but it was really tough for the bigger kids…my husband and I! The smaller the better! Then we went over to mini-golf and ended our morning with the Mirror Maze.
I haven’t done a mirror maze since I was little and it was definitely a bit disorienting. They give you gloves to keep the mirrors clean and you find your way through it. Honestly I wasn’t sure if the kids would like it but they ended up really enjoying it.
After that we went to the Old Mill area for lunch and to walk around. The lunch is delicious and the sweet bread they give you at the start of your meal is the BEST!! After lunch we stopped at the Candy Shop for some taffy and sweets to bring back to the cabin.
At this point it was getting really hot out and we went back to the cabin to relax and cool off before our reservations at Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a dinner show that has 32 horses and a variety of other animals. As well as trick performers and a lot of audience participation.
The show is very entertaining and we were all so impressed with the talent of the performers. I would have to say the best part is when my daughter got picked to go on stage.
During one of the acts there was a chicken race. Four kids from the audience got to be part of the show. It was really fun and at the end my daughter received a book and a note from Dolly Parton.
The note was so sweet. It said “Congratulations on being so brave and coming on stage.” I thought this was an awesome little detail that really meant a lot to my daughter.
The show ended close to 10:00pm and even though we were all exhausted we headed over to The Island in Pigeon Forge to see The Island Fountain Show. This was on the top of my list and I couldn’t wait to see it.
We arrived and it found a spot on the many available rocking chairs that lined the show. I love being able to relax and enjoy those quiet moments with my family and this was perfect. The lights and music of the show were so nice and it is a family memory I will never forget.
Day 4: Chasing Adventures at The Track, Alpine Mountain Coaster, Pigeon Forge Snow, and Interactive 7D Adventure
It was our last day in Pigeon Forge and we really wanted to see everything so we packed a lot into our Pigeon Forge day.
Our first stop was at The Track. The Track is a family fun center that has an arcade, small rides, go-kart, bumper boats, and mini-golf. We started at the Go-Karts.
They had a few different levels of Go-Kart tracks, which was really nice for accommodating families. All of the kids had an option to enjoy the go-karts. The best was when all five of us could ride the track together.
After Go-Karts we headed over to the bumper boats. The kids loved this. They floated around and could squirt each other with water. It was so much fun! After we headed to the arcade to play a few games and win a few prizes.
Continuing on our adventurous day we went to Pigeon Forge Snow. Pigeon Forge Snow is one of the newer attractions in Pigeon Forge. It was really incredible to do indoor snow tubing.
We have gone sledding many times but this was a different level. The lift takes you up to the top and you get to experience sledding without the freezing cold temps. Definitely one of our favorite places.
After a filling lunch at Huck Finn’s Catfish we headed over to our last stop of the day. Our final adventure brought us to the Interactive 7D Adventure. This is a shooting simulator ride that offers shows that are fun for everyone. We did the Robot show because it was family friendly. It was a lot of fun!!
After the show we walked around The Island a bit more. The Island has a Giant Wheel that gives you amazing views but we have a few height fears and decided to pass on this visit.
Day 4 was amazing but it was time to head back to the cabin to pack and get ready for our drive tomorrow.
We spent the evening enjoying our cabin hot tub on the balcony with amazing views, having a family movie night, and dinner at the cabin. I love having moments during vacation where we can slow down from the busy and exciting day and enjoy being together.
There were so many things to do in Pigeon Forge for families and this vacation was a vacation we will never forget.
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