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Things to Do in Pigeon Forge with Kids

I have two young kids and they love themselves some Dollywood! Even though I work here, we live in Knoxville. So when we come as a family to Pigeon Forge, we kind of treat it like a mini-vacation, even spending the night at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa sometimes. We’re always looking for things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids. As you are probably aware, there’s a lot! Here are some of my family’s favorites.


Obviously, if you’re looking for things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids, you have to start at Dollywood. I have so many memories of growing up and visiting the park with my parents and grandparents that it does my heart good to know we can do that with our kids. As they get older and become more adventurous, it is fun to watch the looks on their faces when they ride the “big kid rides.” I think my five-year-old daughter loves squishing her three-year-old brother between herself and the adult riding with them on the Scrambler more than they love the ride itself. When you compare the cost of a day at Dollywood (especially if you have a season pass) to other things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids, you really understand the value of a trip to the park. You can ride as many of our award-winning roller coasters and attractions as many times as you want. You can take in all of the awesome shows as often as you want or ride the Dollywood Express as often as you would like (which would be my son’s preferred itinerary).

 Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids, Dollywood

Go Karts

As my kids have quickly learned, I love cars. For that reason, my kids and I enjoy Pigeon Forge go karts. So one of the things on this dad’s list of things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids is to ride go karts. There are several great options in town. I like the Xtreme Racing Center which has faster karts for the adults that have a timing system, so you can compare lap times at the end of your race. That way, you can brag that you were the fastest—again. The Track Pigeon Forge has several tracks that adults and kids can enjoy, as well as a number of other activities like an arcade, bumper boats and more.

 Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids, Go Karts

Dinner Shows

As I mentioned in this blog about the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge, dinner shows in Pigeon Forge are always a great option for the kids. The dinner is great, and the shows will keep every kid (big and small) entertained. From the spectacular display of equestrian skill at Dolly Parton’s Stampede to sailing the seven seas at Pirate’s Voyage, there is something for everyone at the Pigeon Forge dinner shows.

Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids Dolly Parton's Stampede

Titanic Museum Attraction

For those looking for something educational, check out the Titanic Pigeon Forge attraction. The attraction truly is a celebration of the ship and her passengers and crew. During this self-guided tour, visitors can see more than 400 personal and private artifacts on display. The collection itself is valued at more than four-and-a-half million dollars. On this self-guided tour, each guest receives the boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. At the end of the tour, you will discover if the person on your pass survived. You’ll even be able to see an exact replica of Titanic’s well-known grand staircase.

 Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids, Titanic Museum Attraction

Pink Jeep Adventures

My son loves toy Jeeps. My daughter has a pink Barbie Jeep. What better way to satisfy them both than with a PINK Jeep Tour? The Jeep tours in the Smoky Mountains take riders to places like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Foothills Parkway from Wears Valley to Townsend. For younger kids like mine, PINK Jeep has child safety seats so you don’t even have to worry about struggling to get yours out of your car. If you do want to use yours, that’s fine as well. Either way, these Jeep tours in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains are a great way to spend an afternoon.

 Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids Pink Jeep Adventures


Pigeon Forge Putt Putt options abound, and there are a lot of fun courses to try based on your kids’ preferences. You can putt your way through giant ice cream sundaes, candy canes and more at Crave Golf Club. A visit to Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf puts you into a fun and exciting expedition through caves, behind waterfalls, on a pirate ship and near an erupting volcano. Ripley’s offers a couple of fun courses in Gatlinburg. The Old MacDonald course is a Gatlinburg putt putt course, while Davy Crockett’s mini golf replicates the “old days” when Davy Crocket was king of the wild frontier.

Fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids, Mini-Golf.

So, if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids in Pigeon Forge, don’t worry! There are plenty of fun Smoky Mountain activities for them to enjoy.

By | 2021-07-28T15:47:12+00:00 July 28th, 2021|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

About the Author:

While he is originally from Gate City, Virginia, Wes Ramey has long considered Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains region his second home. Many weekends of the year, he would travel with his parents and grandparents to the Smokies to enjoy some his favorite attractions in the area, including the Space Needle, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, go karts, and of course, Dollywood. Based on his love as a three-year-old for Dollywood’s Convoy ride (there is a picture on his desk), Wes first told his parents he wanted to become a truck driver when he grew up. He also enjoyed the Flooded Mine because: A.) it was the only ride his mamaw was brave enough to ride, and B.) she was usually scared halfway through! When Wes isn’t working to tell people about the awesome things you can do at Dollywood with your family (scaring your grandparents doesn’t count), he enjoys spending time with his wife Lyndsey and young children. Most of his days are filled with reading Imagination Library books and baking imaginary cupcakes for tea parties, but when he has time, he enjoys anything with wheels and an engine. While Wes doesn’t own his own race car (yet), he does enjoy watching the professionals do their thing each week. For now, he fulfills his need for speed on Lightning Rod, Thunderhead, Wild Eagle and the Rockin’ Roadway!
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