DATE : October 10, 2021
If you’re planning on spending some time in Pigeon Forge during your next Smokies vacation, you have to check out a few of the award-winning outdoor attractions! From roller coasters to go-kart tracks, you’ll find an activity that everyone in your family will love. Here are the top 3 outdoor attractions in Pigeon Forge that you can’t miss on your next trip:
For awesome views of the Smokies and a thrilling ride up a mountain, you have to swing by Ripley's Mountain Coaster in Pigeon Forge. This mountain coaster is the longest in Tennessee, zipping you through the trees for over 9 minutes with various twists, turns and tunnels along the way. If you are looking for a fast, exhilarating ride, or you'd rather take it slow, you have both options on this coaster. That's right, you control the speed!
This coaster is great for all ages 3 and up. Make sure to visit Ripley's Mountain Coaster after the sun goes down for a night ride, filled with magnificent lights and a one-of-a-kind experience.
For award-winning shows, thrilling coasters and America's best theme park food, Dollywood is the place to go! We suggest getting to the park early so you can be first in line for all the exciting rides. Head to Wilderness Pass and climb aboard the Wild Eagle, America's first wing coaster. For more big drops and fast loops, check out Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine, Tennessee Tornado or Thunderhead.
After you’ve ridden your top coasters, stop into any of the amazing restaurants in the park for a delicious lunch. We recommend Aunt Granny’s if you’re craving some Southern specialties that’ll leave you full and content. For delicious, mouth watering meats, stop by Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse in Craftsman’s Valley.
After you’ve filled your belly, take some time to enjoy one of the amazing Dollywood shows, including Heartsong, The Kingdom Heirs or Wings of America Birds of Prey. Whatever show you choose, you’ll love the live entertainment that this theme park provides.
For unlimited fun for the whole family, head to Ripley's Super Fun Park in Pigeon Forge. Featuring go-kart tracks, mini golf, blaster boats, bumper cars and more, this park provides hours of entertainment. Race your family to the finish line on all the tracks, including the Kiddie Track, Family Track, Rookie Track and more. After you’ve satisfied your need for speed, play a round of mini golf and try for that hole-in-one. You’ll love getting to spend some time outside enjoying a little friendly competition with the family!
If you find yourself up the road a bit, there are plenty of other Gatlinburg outdoor attractions you can visit. If you’re looking for some awesome views of the mountains, check out Anakeesta, Gatlinburg Skypark and Ober. There are even horseback and ziplining opportunities if you want to see the Smokies from a new perspective! Regardless of where you find yourself in the Smoky Mountains, you won’t be far from a few exciting outdoor attractions!
Now that you know a little bit more about the best outdoor attractions in Pigeon Forge, you can decide which ones you want to visit on your next Smokies vacation. Are you still looking for a place to stay? Browse the rooms at our hotel in Gatlinburg and find the one that fits all your needs. We look forward to seeing you!