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What Can Adults Do in Pigeon Forge on a Weekend?

Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates.

Our visit was sponsored on behalf of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. As always, all opinions remain our own.

No matter your age, Pigeon Forge has you covered; there are dozens of things to do in Pigeon Forge for the whole family, that means adults and couples too. Some of our favorite activities include riding the fantastic roller coasters at Dollywood, attending a musical show, going on a date at mini-golf, andracing each other on the go-kart tracks.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the perfect getaway destination to visit the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Depending on where you are coming from, you will either arrive at Pigeon Forge directly or you get to enjoy a drive through Smoky Mountains. Besides the breathtaking scenery, the fantastic amount of free things to do in Pigeon Forge will keep you entertained!In this guide, we are sharing the best things to do in Pigeon Forge for adults over the weekend. This spring we were looking for a nearby destination for a romantic getaway, and Pigeon Forge did not let us down. We had a blast!

What can couples do in Pigeon Forge on a weekend?

Are you wondering what the top Pigeon Forge attractions are? In this three-day itinerary of things to do in Pigeon Forge for adults, we will be sharing our favorite activities; this includes a combination of free things to do and some paid activities.

We stayed at the dog-friendly Home2 Suites by Hilton Pigeon Forge, which is conveniently located up the hill from the parking lot from the Island. On busy days, you can enjoy a  walk straight from the hotel! The hotel features comfortable beds with a kitchenette in each room. There is also both an indoor and outdoor pool, depending on the season, and breakfast is included. There is no better place to stay in Pigeon Forge.

DAY 1: Have fun in Dollywood!

There is no better way to start a romantic getaway to Pigeon Forge than with thrills and a rush of adrenaline at the Dollywood amusement park in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. From the heart-pounding roller coasters to the amazing musical shows, you can easily spend the whole day here.

DAY 2:

Enjoy the mountainous landscape surrounding Pigeon Forge in a unique way with a thrilling ride on an alpine coaster. There are several places to choose from including the Coaster at Goats on the Roof, with real goats you can feed, and Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in east Tennessee reaching speeds up to 30 MPH.

Head back to the middle of town to explore The Island at Pigeon Forge. Taste some local wine at Bootleggers Winery and see how many natural items can be made with honey and how the flower a bee eats from can impact the flavor at the Savannah Bee Company.

There are plenty of other exciting stores to browse on The Island, along with The Island Show Fountains and an outdoor stage that often features live music. If you like moonshine, you can also do a tasting at the Ole Smoky Mountain distillery for only $5.

Hold off until sunset to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, when it is lit up with bright colorful lights! From the Wheel you’ll see the sun setting over the nearby mountains from 200 feet in the air.

Spend the afternoon enjoying some interactive fun with your friends. Our favorites were Pigeon Forge Tomb, an Egyptian-themed escape room in a pyramid shaped building, and Beyond the Lens, an interactive museum with a behind the scenes look at some of tabloid’s largest stories. Both of these places have countless photo ops for the whole family.

Beyond the Lens!

DAY 3:

Start off your day snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow. Rain or shine, no matter the time of the year, you will always find fresh powder indoors at Pigeon Forge Snow. It is one hour of guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Get your camera ready for selfies with the stars at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Learn about the lives of celebrities with the lifelike wax figures in their iconic backdrops. Find your favorites for a new profile picture.

It is time to let your competitive side out with some Go-Kart racing at The Track: Family Fun Park. Afterward,, test your skills at the extensive arcade for the chance to win a prize. There are also other similar locations along the Parkway including the Rockin’ Raceway.

Steven has always wanted to take a leap out of a plane ever since his friends went skydiving in college. But we are not ready for the jump and indoor skydiving is a great way to get some experience under your belt. At Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, suit up in a bodysuit and climb into a wind tunnel. The professional staff help you at every step and will let you go on your own as you feel more comfortable and skilled. For those in the group not ready to fly, do not miss the chance to watch from the winding observation deck around the tunnel.

It is hard to miss WonderWorks with its upside down building design. Inside is an endless interactive entertainment and education experience for the whole family. Our highlight had to be becoming a human lightning rod with a small Tesla coil.

We ended with a friendly mini golf competition at Crave Golf Club to finish our romantic getaway visit to Pigeon Forge. They have both an indoor and rooftop course, so twice the chance to win!

If nature is your calling your name then one great reason why you should visit Pigeon Forge is to visit The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This free park is one of the most scenic parks in the US, with stunning views of the rolling mountains and fantastic wildlife viewing. Get ready for an amazing drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What are the best outdoor activities in Pigeon Forge?

Our favorite outdoors activities in Pigeon Forge are hiking in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, spending the day at Dollywood, riding either the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster or the Coaster at Goats on the Roof, seeing Pigeon Forge from above from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, having fun at the Track Family Fun Park Go Karts track, and of course go mini golfing.

What can you do for free in Pigeon Forge?

Take a scenic drive along the Cades Cove. This windy, 11 mile one-way loop is perfect to visit during the foliage in the fall, but also amazing to drive during the summer and the spring.

In Pigeon Forge, you can walk around The Island and sample some honey and wine, take great photos with the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in the background, and enjoy The Island’s Fountain Show. .

The Historic Old Mill has been offering water powered, stone-ground grains since 1830. It is the only building in Pigeon Forge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Witness the historic way of grinding flour and then head next door to the general store and candy shop to get yourself a snack. Don’t forget to get a photo with The Old Mill Wheel!

You can find more free things to do in Pigeon Forge on the official tourism website.

How much does it cost to ride the trolley in Pigeon Forge TN?

If you are looking for a convenient way to get around the city of Pigeon Forge, look out for the Pigeon Forge Trolley with 6 routes and many stops along  the Pigeon Forge Parkway! You can leave your car at the hotel and enjoy a day of fun around the town via the trolley. Trolley fares range from $1 per ride, to an all-day pass for just $3.

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