25 Kid Friendly Activities In Pigeon Forge

One of the best things about Pigeon Forge is that it's a destination for fun for all ages, and perfect for kids. When you're planning a family vacation to the Smokies, you'll find countless things to do that your whole group will enjoy. We've put together an awesome list of our favorite things to do with kids in Pigeon Forge.


Ride up to Anakeesta in a chondola to find a mountain of adventure. Trek across the treetop skywalk, peruse the botanical gardens, compete in the dueling zipline, or simply take in the 360 degree mountain views. Whatever your child is up for, Anakeesta has it. Adults can enjoy shopping, drinking, and dining as well.


Beyond The Lens

Beyond The Lens brings pop culture to Pigeon Forge, with interactive exhibits, selfie spots and fun games to entertain the whole family! Enjoy tons of cool photo ops, plus exciting exhibits like the "Search for Bigfoot" where you can learn all about the convincing arguments behind the legend and an Alien Egg Pit with a big "alien nest" ball pit to play in.

Beyond The Lens

Pigeon Forge Snow

No matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like outside, Pigeon Forge Snow will be an indoor winter wonderland. The state of the art snowmaking technology transforms 35,000 square feet of fresh powder with 12 lanes of snow tubing. And it's not just tubing; you also get the chance to play in the snow.

Pigeon Forge Snow

Rowdy Bear Mountain

If you're up for some tubing in warmer weather, check out Pigeon Forge's Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park. This outdoor attraction has not only a mountain coaster and glider, but also a 500 foot long tubing hill that reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour. In the colder seasons, they offer snow tubing.

Rowdy Bear

Ripley's Aquarium

A full day of fun is just a short walk or trolley ride away. Kids love exploring 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.

Ripley's Aquarium
Best Of Pigeon Forge 2023Three Bears General Store: Click to visit page.

Three Bears General Store

Winner of best shop for 3 years in a row, Three Bears General Store is home to a 5000 square foot bear habitat. These bears were rescued from a kill farm and have been cared for here for more than 25 years. Kids will love seeing the bears up close, and there's all kinds of fun shopping to do as well. Choose from ice cream, candy, jewelry and more.

Three Bears General Store

Toy Box Mini Golf

One of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions, Toy Box Mini Golf has taken mini golf to the next level, and set the standard for excitement and fun for all ages. Grab the kids and take your best shot on their custom toy-themed course that will push your imagination to the limits. This attraction is one the whole family can enjoy together.

Toy Box Mini Golf

Dolly Parton's Stampede

This classic Pigeon Forge attraction has entertained spectators of all ages for years and years. Pay a visit to Dolly Parton's Stampede for delicious food (that you eat with your hands) accompanied by a show of incredible stunts, interactive family fun, and musical productions. You can even meet the horses!

Dolly Parton’s Stampede
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Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay

Newly opened as of December 2023, Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay is an epic 36 hole mini-golf adventure on the Pigeon Forge parkway. Kids will delight in this uniquely themed experience with an engaging story throughout the entire course. Plus, there's so many fun photo ops and an awesome retail store with all kinds of ocean-themed merch.

Sky Pirates

Rockin' Raceway

Come ready to win when you visit Rockin' Raceway in Pigeon Forge. Rockin' Raceway has over 150 games of every type, so you'll never run out of challenges and competitions to enjoy with your family. Enjoy the classic arcade games you love, then take some time to try out new ones you've never seen before. It's a great way to have a day of fun in Pigeon Forge.

Rockin' Raceway

Soaky Mountain Waterpark

Make a splash in Sevierville at Soaky Mountain, located just a few miles off exit 407. The 50 acre waterpark has pools, waterslides, and tons of fun activities for any age group. It's divided into two specific areas: the Hive and Boomer's Bay. The latter is for smaller kids and offers smaller versions of the thrill rides that adults love.

Soaky Mountain

Xtreme Racing

Xtreme Racing Center in Pigeon Forge is dedicated to bringing guests the ultimate Pigeon Forge go kart experience with the choice of three thrilling courses! Totalling 3,500 linear feet, our ‘Xtreme’ track is filled with winding turns, narrow straightaways and thrilling adventure as guests race inside one of our professional-grade Sodi GT-5 go karts. These karts are sure to create a memorable ride for all who visit.

Xtreme Racing
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Big Rock Dude Ranch

The kids will love horseback riding at Big Rock Dude Ranch. The expansive setting offers many beautiful views - especially in the fall - that you get to explore just like back in the olden days. The fun doesn't stop there, though. Big Rock offers loads of activites for kids to enjoy including gem mining, a petting zoo, fishing pond, picnic area and more.

Big Rock Dude Ranch
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Another fabulous kid friendly activity is a visit to the giant MagiQuest castle. There's so much to do here for kids of all ages and interests. Even the adults will love the interactive treasure hunt on the main floor of the building, but then you can head down stairs for 3 more fun-for-days attractions to enjoy.

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Supper Show: Click to visit page.

Lumberjack Feud Show

Ever dream of seeing a lumberjack? At Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show, you can have your chance! The show show features family-friendly entertainment with live-action, side-splitting comedy, stunts, music, crowd interaction, and a dinner show experience. Sit back, relax, and watch impressive lumberjack feats that all ages will enjoy!

Lumberjack Feud

GSM Railroad

The most beautiful landscapes in America can be seen on this excursion. Marvel at small towns, rushing rivers, ancient mountains, and peaceful scenery. Bryson City is located on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The historic charm of this train delights all who board. Discover the transformation of mountain folks during a time when their railroads transported them from pristine wilderness to the big city.

GSM Railroad

Activate Games

Located on the Gatlinburg parkway, Activate Games fuses technology and fun physical activity for a real live action gaming experience. From laser mazes to electronic basketball and touch activated climbing walls, this is a great spot for active and energetic kids full of curiosity.

Activate Games

The Comedy Barn

Any time you go to the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge you can be guaranteed one thing: you will laugh till your sides hurt! The Comedy Barn is proud that it has repeatedly been voted “Funniest Show in Town” by its fans 20 seasons in a row. Check out pricing for different shows on our site.

Comedy Barn
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Smoky Mountain River Rat

A great summer activity, tubing in Townsend has been a Smoky Mountain staple for many years, and it's all because of River Rat. On your way into the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll find the outpost with stacks of big yellow tubes on the left side of Wears Valley Road.

River Rat

Hollywood Wax Museum

Stunning wax likenesses of celebrities + a 5D experience. Open 365 days a year. Four exciting attractions under one roof in the heart of all the action of Pigeon Forge. Open 365 days a year, this is a fun place to get your much-needed dose of celebrity. Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge gives you the chance to view amazing wax figures of celebrities and icons of popular culture.

Hollywood Wax
Best Of Pigeon Forge 2023TITANIC Museum Attraction: Click to visit page.

TITANIC Museum Attraction

Kids of all ages love to step back in time and learn about the history of the TITANIC. Upon arrival, each guest is greeted by one of our costumed cast members and given a boarding pass to become an actual passenger aboard the TITANIC. Kids love to discover how many of the ship's passengers were dogs, stick their hand in 28-degree water and climb the Grand Staircase.

TITANIC Museum Attraction

TopJump Trampoline Park

The most exciting trampoline park in Pigeon Forge, TopJump Trampoline Park strives to provide a safe & enjoyable environment for all ages. Their state of the art trampoline park includes all kinds of fun activities including a kids play area, dodgeball, gladiator pit, climbing area, arcade, and more.

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Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse is not only home to the best pancakes on the parkway, but they also have singing and dancing animatronic chickens! Younger children will love bopping along with the fun performances, and the whole family will enjoy their delicious breakfast options served from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Frizzle Chicken

Adventure Park at Five Oaks

The Adventure Park at Five Oaks offers fun for the entire family! Our experienced guides will take you a fun and thrilling trek through and above 70 acres of beautiful fall foliage. No experience is needed. Book today for an adventure your family will never forget! This ropes course includes Tarzan bridges, cargo nets, floating planks as well as ziplines and more along the way.

Ropes Course


Step into the upside down mansion in Pigeon Forge! Open 365 days a year and 7 days a week. Interactive hands-on fun for all. The interactive exhibits are unbelievable! Check out our site for attraction coupons.


More Things To Do With Kids

Rent A Cabin With A Swimming Pool

Looking for Pigeon Forge cabin rentals with a pool? Many of our Smoky Mountain and Pigeon Forge cabin rentals have swimming pools. If you’re looking to take a dip on your next visit to to Pigeon Forge, check out this list of cabin rentals with either an indoor or outdoor swimming pool available for use.

Cabins With Pools

Ride The Trolley

Since 1986, the Pigeon Forge trolley has provided a safe, affordable, and convenient form of transportation for all visitors and residents alike. With a fleet of more than 30 trolley buses, the trolley stops all throughout Pigeon Forge as well as a portion of Sevierville. Through the summer, the trolley operates from 8:00 AM – midnight, and in November and December from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Pigeon Forge Trolley

Take A Hike

What could be better than going out with your kids on a sunny day and exploring the beauty of nature? Going on hikes in the Smoky Mountains is a great way to bond as a family, be active and learn about the outdoor world. Pack some snacks and water and head out for an adventure on one of these kid hikes in the Smoky Mountains.

Kid Friendly Hikes

Zip Through The Smokies

Looking for a Pigeon Forge zipline adventure? Few Pigeon Forge area vacation adventures compare to the thrill of a ziplining tour. The adrenaline rush of flying above the treetops on a wire while secured in a harness is pure exhilaration. The joy of ziplining provides a fun-filled, action-packed excursion for not only the kids, but the entire family.


Kid Friendly Dining

When it comes to planning your Pigeon Forge vacation with kids, you might find that food can be one of the most fun – and possibly most exasperating – aspects of traveling with little ones. Be sure to pick a Pigeon Forge restaurant that suits the needs of every member of your family.

Kid Friendly Dining

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains is an exciting way to enjoy the outdoors. There are about 550 miles of the park’s trails that are open to horses. If you own horses, take advantage of the park’s horse camps. There are five different horseback riding camps available from which to choose. The camps provide ready access to backcountry horse trails.

Horseback Riding


If you're planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN, then you have to consider visiting Dollywood while you're in town! This must-visit Pigeon Forge attraction is one of the country’s most-loved theme parks -- complete with thrill rides, award-winning shows, great restaurants and more!


Go Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains is home to one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. With over 2,115 miles of streams in its boundaries, the park offers a variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. For a map of all park water as well as other information, stop by a visitor center and pick up your free copy.


Visit A Waterfall

Abundant rainfall and mountain terrain are the perfect ingredients for creating waterfalls. Even the smallest of creeks and rivers produce small cascades. Click below for the top 4 waterfalls in the Smokies. These four, although rated moderate in difficulty, are lower mileage trails. Be sure to stop in one of the park’s visitors centers to pick up a park map before heading out on the trails.


Become A Junior Ranger

If you're between the ages of 5-12, you can become a Junior Ranger at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet for $2.50 at any park visitor center or at the Cades Cove or Elkmont campground. Complete the activities in the booklet, then stop by a visitor center to talk to a ranger and receive your Junior Ranger badge!

Junior Rangers

Bike The Cades Cove Loop

The 11-mile one way road is a popular biking area for families. It provides bicyclists with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and touring 19th century home sites. During summer and fall, bicycles may be rented at the Cades Cove Campground Store (located near Cades Cove Campground).


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