Part 3: Kid-Friendly Dining in Pigeon Forge

kid friendly dining pigeon forge

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. Not only can kids be loud, cranky or picky, but eating out on vacation can take a large bite out of your wallet, too. Don’t worry, though. 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 tips to help you to have fun and save money when you’re dining out with children in the Great Smoky Mountains.


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!

family restaurants pigeon forge

Keep It Healthy

You might not feel like your kids are eating a balanced diet on vacation. 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.

mamas farmhouse pigeon forge

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.

picnic in the smokies

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!

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