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Summer In The Smokies Giveaway

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It’s time for a summertime Smoky Mountain getaway! Enter our Summer In The Smokies Giveaway for your chance to win tickets to a handful of the best attractions in Pigeon Forge. Fill out the form below before midnight on Monday, July 17 and the winner will be announced the following Tuesday.

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What You Could Win:

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Alcatraz East

4 Tickets

Explore American History from a different perspective. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. The museum is 25,000 square feet spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.

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The Escape Game

2 Passes

The #1 Rated “Escape Room” and “Fun & Games” Attraction on TripAdvisor Pigeon Forge. Here’s how it works: You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination and a sense of urgency! From the moment you step into your game, you’ll be totally immersed in our world.

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Dick’s Last Resort

$50 Certificate

Eat. Drink. Laugh. Service with sarcasm and buckets of great grub! Dick says “Hope yer hungry, Sucker!” And is serving up everything from lip-smackin, ribs to buttery fresh crab legs. We’ve got Ribs, Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Sammiches, Appetizers, Salads, Desserts, and all the Booze you could ever use! But don’t get too comfortable, the servers will keep you on your toes with their sarcastic wit and tricks!

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Sevierville Golf Club

Family Of 4 Fun Time

You are hereby invited to experience The Sevierville Golf Club, located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains in the foothills. This certificate includes range balls for practice and 2 complimentary appetizers of your choice from Mulligans. The golf club features two 18-hole championship courses: The Highlands and The River.

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Impossibilities of Magic

4 Tickets

Impossibilities is a magic and mind-reading show starring Magician Chris Collins and Mentalist Erik Dobell at the Space Needle in Gatlinburg. Are you looking for an evening of family entertainment in the Great Smoky Mountains? You’re looking for Impossibilities. Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell present a night of stunning magic, reality shattering mindreading and hilarious mayhem.

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Ripley’s Aquarium

4 Tickets

Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and fun… the highlight of downtown Gatlinburg. Explore all the areas in the aquarium including Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, Shark Lagoon, Discovery Center, the Gallery of the Seas, Stingray Bay, Touch a Ray Bay and our Penguin Playhouse.

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Lid’l Dolly’s

King Size Quilt, Throw, & Shams

Win a king size quilt (106×96) with two pillow shams (20×26) and a throw (60×60)! In the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store has been charming visitors with our handcrafted southern belle girls’ dresses and enormous inventory of beautiful quilts for more than 25 years. Throughout that entire time, our large factory store has been in the same location, and we’ve developed a loyal following through the years.

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Whispering Pines Condos

3 Night Stay

If you are looking for a place to vacation that offers a bit of everything, no matter what age you are travelling with, then Whispering Pines is the place for you! We are located between traffic light 7 and 8, about a block off the main Parkway. Our luxurious condominiums offer something for everyone and have comfort in mind.


July 4th, 2017 Events In Pigeon Forge

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Don’t miss these incredible events happening in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on the July 4, 2017!

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

Gatlinburg is known for having the very first July 4th Parade in the nation. Come celebrate the 42nd annual parade right here in Downtown Gatlinburg. The show kicks off a minute past midnight on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. There are nearly 80,000 people that come out watch year to see the show. For more than 40 years, the parade has honored our nation’s Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes with this classic, small town American parade.

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27th Annual Patriot Festival

The annual Patriot Festival is an experience you will want to take the whole family to! The event kicks off at noon with a free Kids’ Carnival along with food vendors start the festivities off. From 1:30pm – 9:30pm starts the free entertainment including games along with performances by Departure (Journey Tribute Band) & headliner Thompson Square. Then, at 9:45pm the Fireworks showcase begins!

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Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

Registration begins at 10 am and the race will start at 12:00 pm. The race will start at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on the River Road and will end at Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies. There are two categories: Trash (not hand-made) and Treasure (hand-made) – awards will go to the top 3 in each category. Additionally, the “Judges Choice” award will go to the most creative “raft.” Awards will be given to the oldest and the youngest participant. Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.

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Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Finale

Don’t miss Gatlinburg’s famous 4th of July Fireworks Finale show at 10 PM in the heart of Downtown Gatlinburg! This 20-minute fireworks show earns rave reviews and it’s a great way to finish a perfect 4th of July in the Smokies. Be sure to arrive early to find parking and get a great spot for viewing this popular nighttime celebration.

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A Pigeon Forge Tradition: Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store

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Lid’l Dolly’s Tradition

Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The store has grown into an enormous factory filled with southern handcrafted dresses, hundreds of beautiful quilts, throws, blankets, accessories, and so much more. The store has been a part of the Pigeon Forge community for over twenty five years, and acknowledged by many locals because of it’s southern charm and traditional presence.

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If you aren’t close to town or just feel like checking out Lid’l Dolly’s products, you can head on over to their online store at your convenience. Their online site will give you an glimpse into just how remarkable this southern east Tennessee factory store really is!


Lid’l Dolly’s Dresses

The long-established Factory Store is well-known for its handcrafted heirloom dresses that are carefully made right in the store. They offer a wide variety of dresses from southern belle look, western, inspirational, seasonal, and even a look for almost every holiday! Lid’l Dolly’s has matching dress sets for your little girl and for her favorite doll along with a variety of bloomers, bonnets, and bows to choose from. There are hundreds of dresses, so there is sure to be a match for everyone! If not, you can watch it be custom to made and fit your child or doll right there in the store!

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Quilts and Throws

Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store offers the largest selection of quilts in the Southeastern United States. They have over three hundred designs to choose from! A variety of the select designs have matching quilts, throws, and shams to decorate your entire room. Lid’l Dolly’s focuses on two types of quilts: printed and patchwork, which are made out of high-quality, pre-washed cotton.

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The quilts they offer come at a wide variety of prices, so if you are looking for an affordable quilt, or a more expensive and luxurious quilt, Lid’l Dolly’s is sure to have it! These quilts also carry long-established recognition around Tennessee, especially the Great Smoky Mountains. If you have stayed in a cabin in Smokies, you have most likely seen one of Lid’l Dolly’s quilts. This is no surprise when it comes to the amount of attention that goes into making these quilts. So, head on over to their website and add a little Tennessee southern charm to your home!

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Top 5 Swimming Holes In The Smokies

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Within the naturally gorgeous Smoky Mountains there are several beautiful swimming holes, filled with cool, clean water perfect for plunging into on a hot day. There’s nothing quite like the pleasant shock of diving into cool and fresh water in the summertime. Here are some of the best places to cool down in the Smoky Mountains.


Greenbrier Swimming Hole

Located near Gatlinburg on the Little Pigeon River, the Greenbrier swimming hole is an easily accessible spot from route 321. This is a deep part of the river so it is great for swimming and it is not widely known by tourists, so it is peaceful and quiet. It is also a superb spot for sunbathing on the large stones. It is one of the cleanest mountain rivers in the entire park.

Little Pigeon River Banks

These swimming holes can be found near Dollywood, off the Little Pigeon River banks. This is one of the busier swimming holes, but it is surrounded by stunning natural scenery. There are seven swimming holes to choose from in the area, as well as many other options for tubing. Bring some snacks so that you can spend the entire afternoon just swimming and enjoying the summer weather.

Midnight Hole

This popular swimming hole is part of Big Creek and is characterised by large boulders and a small waterfall. It is deep enough to swim in throughout the year. It is also close to some nearby natural attractions including Mouse Branch Falls. Midnight Hole is known as one of the best swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains and the water is so deep that when the sun shines through the pool has a beautiful dark shimmering light.

Abrams Falls

Located within Cades Cove, this deep swimming hole is a popular spot between spring and early fall. There is a 2.5-mile hike to get there, but it’s definitely worth the effort! It is a very large swimming hole, around 100 feet wide in all directions, so there will be plenty of room to splash around even when it is busy. However, make sure that you don’t swim too close to the turbulent waterfall.

Metcalf Bottoms Swimming Area

This picnic area is located between Townsend and Gatlinburg and offers access to the Little Greenbrier River. There are several shallow swimming holes that are scattered around a picnic area and it is a perfect place to throw a tube into the water and just relax in the sunshine. There are also many tables around the water where you could have a picnic.


These are just a few of the best swimming holes in the Smoky Mountains where you can take the plunge and enjoy the water on hot and sunny summer day.