Kid friendly restaurants are a necessity when it comes to planning your kid friendly Pigeon Forge vacation. You might find that food can be one of the most fun – and possibly most exasperating – aspects of traveling with little ones. We’ve consulted a few expert moms and experienced caregivers to come up with a few tips to help you make the most of your meals in Pigeon Forge. Here are some of the top kid friendly restaurants in Pigeon Forge, plus some tips to help you to have fun and save money when you’re dining out with children in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Big Daddy's Pizzeria
Voted one of the best kid friendly restaurants in 2016 and 2018, Big Daddy's Pizzeria uses gourmet ingredients and hand crafted dough to create world class wood fired pizza. Plus the atmosphere is great for kids. Did you know they have an arcade? Find them in 3 convenient locations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville.
Not only is Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse a great kid friendly restaurant for the whole family, it's also very affordable! Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. The delicious meals are paired with the fun of over 100 singing animatronic chickens serenading you with all your favorite songs.
Think you’re eating too many hot dogs and sodas or fast food? Battle back by choosing restaurants that offer healthy sides like veggies and fresh fruit. Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge serves each meal family style, which means you’ll get heaping helpings of healthy sides like green beans, broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes.
Maddog's Creamery & Donuts
On the other hand, we all need a sweet treat every once in a while. Your best bet for a kid friendly restaurant that will satisfy those sugary cravings is the delicious Maddog's Creamery & Donuts with a location in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Serving hand dipped ice cream, soft serve, sundaes, banana splits, and more, everyone will have a great time at Maddog's.
Kid Friendly Restaurants & Dining Tips
Start The Day Off Right
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your Pigeon Forge hotel doesn’t offer a free breakfast, save money by stocking the mini-fridge with a few morning essentials: milk, juice, yogurt, fruit and cereal are all great go-to for a quick nutritious breakfast in your hotel. You and your family will be ready to hit the road running and ready to dive in to the local attractions and explore the Great Smoky Mountains!
Atmosphere Is Everything
Even though Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly destination, you might find that a few of our restaurants aren’t quite oriented for the school-aged set. We recommend that those traveling with little ones check out of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Pigeon Forge. We want to make sure all our guests, even the littlest, are comfortable and in an age appropriate setting.
Play It Loud
Another thing these family-favorite restaurants have in common? Each has bustling background noise, which means a crying baby or toddler throwing a tantrum isn’t as likely to disturb other restaurant goers. Another option to consider is a dinner show. The kids and parents will enjoy dinner while watching an award winning show. Entertainment + food = happy kids!
Take It Outside
Plan a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You’ll find tables and shelters scattered all over the national park. Take advantage of your breathtaking surroundings and dine al fresco! Stop at the supermarket for supplies and make happy family memories for a fraction of the cost of a restaurant lunch. BUT remember to properly dispose of any trash in the marked bear-proof receptacles.
How do you plan family meals when you’re traveling in the Smoky Mountains? Share your tips at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page or check out our dining options page for even more information about Pigeon Forge restaurants!