What to See and Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

If you’re looking for things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures and kid-friendly activities to explore. Start with a zipline canopy tour, an alpine coaster, or simply take in the breathtaking mountain views in the state parks and national forests. And don't leave without visiting Cades Cove—it's a must-see. 

Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Park Ziplines

1628 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Choose from 2-, 7-, or 9-line canopy tours where you can zipline up to 50 MPH through trees and over streams, while viewing beautiful mountain scenes. Check out the city lights sprinkled throughout the Great Smoky mountains as you zipline on their nighttime attraction.


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Cades Cove

Cades Cove Loop Road, Townsend, Tennessee 37882

Cades Cove is the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An 11-mile one-way loop road winds through the valley, with stops at preserved pioneer structures. A visitor's center with pioneer exhibits, a 5-mile hike to Abrams Falls, abundant wildlife, campgrounds, bike rentals, spectacular foliage in autumn, and facilities for horseback riding all make Cades Cove a complete visitor's sampler of all the Park has to offer. Plan on spending the day.


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155 Branam Hollow Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

This Smoky Mountain adventure company offers zipline adventures and mountain biking tours.


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Five Oaks Horseback Riding

1630 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

With 60 horses on site and 70 acres of pioneer trails, the entire family can come saddle up and enjoy a scenic ride through the Smokies.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Covering over 500,000 acres, the Great Smoky Moutain National Park features hundreds of miles of hiking trails, shorter nature trails, fishing streams, magnificent waterfalls, and wildlife. It is visited by over 10 million travelers annually, making it the most popular park in the system.


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Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplining

800 Legacy Vista Drive, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

This zipline experience spans 400 acres of smoky mountain terrain, taking you on a tour involving 3 rope bridges, an ATV ride, breathtaking views, and journeys between mountain tops on 4.5 miles of zip line cables.


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State Parks & National Forests

Besides the National Park, there are many state and federally run recreation centers around the Smokies. From historic areas like Fort Loudoun to Olympic sites on the Ocoee River, you can learn a lot about the Smokies from visiting these various destinations. Camping, hiking, boating and every other outdoor recreation can be found everywhere in the Smoky Mountain Area.


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Family Fun, Tours, and Attractions

Amazing Mirror Maze

800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Get lost in this mirror maze experience, complete with beautiful lighting effects and music.


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Gatlin's Fun Center

716 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Located in the center of downtown Gatlinburg, Gatlin's Fun Center provides 8 family activities to choose from, making it easy to spend an entire day here. Check out their mix of indoor and outdoor activities: 2 mini-golf courses, laser tag, laser maze, escape room, and more. 


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Hollywood Wax Museum

106 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

The  world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum provides wax replicas of classic and current celebrities you can take photos with. Make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls to free Princess Hannah from Ugly Hetty’s spell in Hannah’s Mirror Maze.


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Island Mirror Maze

131 The Island Drive #2102, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Try to find your way through a 3,000 square foot mirror maze, complete with 172 mirrors! Feeling adventurous? Try conquering the maze with Kaleidoscope Glasses.


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LazerPort Fun Center

2782 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

With laser tag arenas, blacklight mini golf, go-carts, and a 43-foot high roller coaster, this fun center is sure to entertain the entire family.


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2491 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

This challenging attraction has four exhibits that include an interactive role-playing game, arcade, mini golf, and mirror maze. 


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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738 

This aquarium takes you into the action, providing plenty of exhibits and hands-on activities for people of all ages to enjoy.


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Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium

800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Get ready to have your curiosity piqued and be delighted by all the eccentric exhibits Ripley’s Odditorium has to offer.


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Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf

800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Choose from two 18-hole courses, both loaded with entertaining woodland characters against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains.


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Ripley's Haunted Adventure

908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

This haunted house attraction features state-of-the-art scares and a cast of frightening live actors to test your bravery.


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Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

867 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

With over one mile of track, the first alpine coaster in the southern U.S. provides a scenic route as you travel at speeds up to 27 mph.


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SpeedZone Fun Park

3315 South River Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Take a thrill ride in this wonderland with go-kart racing for all ages and skill levels.


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Titanic Pigeon Forge

2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

This interactive Titanic ship replica includes options to steer the ship, learn to send an SOS signal, touch an iceberg, and many more interactive opportunities for the whole family to enjoy.


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100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Step inside this interactive, educational adventure with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. When you're done browsing the exhibits, an indoor ropes course, 4D motion theater, and laser tag arena await. 


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Xtreme Racing Center

3144 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Race around hairpin turns and straightawaysin the area's fastest racing karts.


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Shows and Nightlife

Country Tonite at The Grand Majestic Theater

129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Prepare to be entertained with singing, dancing, comedy, gospel, American patriotism, and much more filling this two-hour show.


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Dolly's Stampede at The Grand Majestic Theater

3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

This Dolly Parton attraction offers a four-course meal while you are entertained with competitions, special effects, great music, and stunt riding.


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Hit Parade at The Grand Majestic Theater

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

This high-energy singing and dancing sensation will take you on a trip from the 50’s and 60's.


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Soul of Motown at The Grand Majestic Theater

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

This tribute to Motown Legends features songs by Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and many more.


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The Magic of Terry Evanswood at The Grand Majestic Theater

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Featuring mind-boggling acts, from sleight-of-hand to grand illusions, this act is sure to wow all ages.


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