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Family Fun in the Smokies: 4 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge for Kids

You’ve been cooped up at home for too long. Is it time to get away to a place where your children will experience excitement and endless fun? If so, pack up the kids and the car and visit Pigeon Forge! Here are 4 things to do in Pigeon Forge for kids:

1. Dollywood

family on Dollywood roller coasterYou’ve probably heard of Pigeon Forge’s theme park and for good reason! Attracting more than 3 million guests each season — from mid-March through the Christmas holidays — Dollywood provides thrills and adventure for kids of all ages on its 160 acres in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. Named Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Amusement and Water Park in the United States in 2022, Dollywood features over 50 rides, a water park with several slippery slides, numerous crafting activities, family-friendly shows and entertainment, and savory dining options, including classic fair foods and treats. Don’t forget to stop by one of the many shopping locales before you head out for souvenirs or a new wardrobe piece to commemorate your experience!

2. Beyond The Lens!

An adventure for all ages combining the exciting worlds of technology and entertainment, Beyond The Lens! includes more than 150 interactive exhibits! Your kids might be obsessed with modern gaming systems, but how would they like to try out the most popular video games of the last half-century, beginning with those in the 1960s? Other exhibits include giving a speech as the United States President, examining the mysteries surrounding the JFK assassination, hunting for the elusive Bigfoot in an interactive forest, revisiting the moon landing, or even exploring for aliens in a space-themed ball pit. The Techno-Sports gallery allows kids to suit up as some of the greatest athletes of all-time or compete in baseball, basketball, football, and car racing challenges. FlyRide is an immersive excursion that takes passengers on a flight above national landmarks while experiencing sensations that include mist, motion, scents and wind.

3. Xtreme Racing Center

go karts crossing finish lineDoes a lead foot run in the family? Yet another thing to do in Pigeon Forge for kids, Xtreme Racing Center has exactly what you need to fill your kid’s passion for going fast! Thrill-seekers have their choice of 3 race courses while riding in the “fastest karts in Pigeon Forge.” The ‘Xtreme’ Track is 3,500 linear feet of winding turns and tight straightaways. The Reverse Track is a combo run on the same track as the ‘Xtreme’ Track, but with drivers navigating the course in the opposite direction, making for a completely different race that’s equally as thrilling. The Elevated Track is 1,500 feet of twists and turns with drivers having a choice of using a single kart or a double kart, which allows for speed geeks of all ages to participate as a passenger.

4. Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa

What better way to take in the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains than a day out with the family riding horses? Open year-round, seven days a week, Big Rock Dude Ranch provides an escape from the other bustling attractions in Pigeon Forge. Feel as if you’re an early settler crossing the mountains on horseback for the first time 200 years ago! Other activities include fishing in a stocked pond, visiting a petting zoo, mining for gems in the gem mine, and a guided ATV ride navigating mountain trails and creeks. Experience it beforehand with this 360° virtual tour of what Big Rock Dude Ranch has to offer!

After exploring things to do in Pigeon Forge for kids, take a load off your feet and complete your family night with one of these must-see dinner shows. We look forward to seeing you soon!