Colorful characters and top talent. Kick back and let Pigeon Forge entertain you! Here’s just a sample of some of the things that are NEW in Pigeon Forge attractions in 2019 you’ll find along the Pigeon Forge Parkway and beyond! Pigeon Forge has vibrant energy amid an illuminated landscape. It is a top destination for families because it is jam packed with things that children and teens enjoy. Discover a huge selection of family shows featuring world-class talent recruited from all over the world. Thrills and shows are eye-popping and fun for every age group. Pigeon Forge is a bright and energetic zone nestled at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift
Are you ready? Gatlinburg SkyLift presents SkyBridge. At 680 feet, it's the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, right here in Gatlinburg! SkyBridge opened on May 17, 2019. Get a glimpse for yourself of the spectacular and awe-inspiring views of the Smokies.
"From the top of the Gatlinburg SkyLift, the SkyBridge quite literally crosses the sky as it stretches 680 feet across a deep valley. Guests will be able to walk across at their own pace, taking in the views and enjoying the spectacular setting before walking back when they're ready. With a height of 140 feet at its midpoint, the SkyBridge is an absolutely spectacular but easily attainable experience you'll remember for a lifetime - especially as you cross the glass-floor panels in the middle of the span. If there's one photo you'll want to share with family and friends after your trip to Gatlinburg, it will be of the SkyBridge."
Passion For Life: Nicole Brown Simpson
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, Alcatraz East has added a temporary exhibit featuring a sampling of artifacts that belonged to Nicole, including a place setting of her china, reflecting her love of entertaining, favorite pieces of clothing and Chanel jewelry, and a handwritten poem that was read at her funeral by her sister Tanya. The exhibit will also feature photos from family albums, going back to Nicole’s childhood.
The exhibit intends to remember Nicole as she was, and to bring to light the devastating effects of domestic abuse. Opening day is May 17. May 19th, 2019 would have been Nicole's 60th birthday.
Opening May 24, 2019
National Enquirer Live
This 18,000 square foot building across from the Titanic Museum will have visitors "entering through a camera lens", and features what looks like another building that's fallen on top of it. Located at 2115 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. Call (865) 366-1609 for more information.
Smoky Mountain Gateway
Horne Properties, Inc. has announced their latest development on Winfield Dunn Parkway, directly across from a retail center that includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby, Ross, Staples, Party City, Petsmart, Ulta Beauty, Casual Pint, Penn Station Subs, Buddy’s BBQ, Sport Clips and Krispy Kreme. The site is adjacent to Kroger, Lowes, Aldi, CVS, Cracker Barrel, Ruby Tuesday, Zaxby’s and Starbucks.
Escape Games At Crave Golf
Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park
Rowdy Bear Mountain, home to Gatlinburg’s only 5 star rated and #1 voted theme park, introduces an expansion to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The 12 million dollar project on 6 acres will be located at 2... Read More
Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park
Rowdy Bear Mountain, home to Gatlinburg’s only 5 star rated and #1 voted theme park, introduces an expansion to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The 12 million dollar project on 6 acres will be located at 2155 Parkway, Pigeon Forge beside the Local Goat Restaurant, and diagonal from the Titanic and Wonderworks properties. Rowdy Bear Ridge will offer amazing and unique attractions to guests and their families.
Rowdy Bear Ridge of Pigeon Forge will open initially in three phases. The first phase is set to open May 2019 by featuring Tennessee's first year-round outdoor tubing park. The 500-foot tubing ridge will include a 70-foot drop as riders reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour on Rowdy Bear Tubes. The Tubing Ridge will be accessed by a moving conveyor belt and will be suited for riders 4 years of age and older. The Tubing Ridge is beautifully designed and brilliant in color. Guests will be able to experience this adventure during the day and night as the Ridge will be illuminated with LED lights.
The second phase will feature the first “Flyer” in the United States. The twin seater “Flyer” is an inverted aerial coaster that combines gravity and cable lifts. Riders will soar over Rowdy Bear Ridge and will experience exciting swings, hills, drops, and lifts. These breathtaking features mimic the unpredictable flight of honeybees as they chase Rowdy on his hunt for honey. The Flyer will glide over the rolling ridges of Rowdy Bear of Pigeon Forge beginning in mid-July.
Opening in the Fall of 2019, the third phase is Rowdy’s most exciting announcement yet. This attraction will be the first of its kind in the world. The details of this brand new adventure will be released very soon! The Rowdy Bear Family of Parks is excited to be opening in beautiful Pigeon Forge to make more memories with our guests and their families.
Rita’s Italian Ice
We can’t imagine a more appropriate setting for the Rita’s story to begin than the sweltering hot summer of 1984. It was then that Bob Tumolo, a former Philadelphia firefighter, started selling Italian Ice from a small porch window in Bensalem, PA. Bob and his mother, Elizabeth, created their own Italian Ice recipe, which they made fresh each day and quickly perfected the flavors and consistency of the frozen treat, adding chunks of fresh fruit to some of the flavors. With the modest goal of earning a little extra income, he named the business after his wife, RITA!
Today, Rita’s continues to grow, expand, and spread happiness everywhere it goes. Still made fresh every day with real fruit. Still refreshing. Still fun. Still delicious. Just like it was in the early days when Bob Tumolo and his mother opened the very first Rita’s in 1984.
Rita’s of Pigeon Forge is proud to be a locally owned small business, and the ultimate treat destination for families. Whether you enjoy Rita’s famous Italian Ice, award-winning Frozen Custard, our #1 treat Gelati, or another signature treat, we’re committed to providing a dose of happiness with every visit.
Real fruit. Real fresh. No place like Rita’s!
Located at 3152 Parkway, Suite 1A, between traffic lights 5 & 6
Savage Seas at Ripley’s Aquarium
The new Savage Seas exhibit has officially opened! Life at sea isn’t for everyone! Find out what it takes to survive on the open waters. Arrr ye fit for it?! The new exhibit features four new galleries highlighting pirate life, shipwrecks, sea monsters, and mother nature.
Learn about daily Pirate life in the Life on the Savage Seas exhibit. What did they nibbled on after a good plunder? Their weapons of choice? What did they do when they weren’t causing trouble? Turn yourself into a pirate or parrot, but beware the kraken!
In the Sea Monsters: Past & Present gallery, learn what lurked beneath the surface, hidden in the dark depths of the sea, ready to attack a ship at any moment. Use a 16th century map to determine where the sea creatures live. You’ll need to avoid them at all costs! Take your picture with our resident sea monster.
The Shipwrecked gallery explores the vessels reclaimed by the sea. Shipwreck teem with life, treasures, and secrets of the past. Hop aboard the S.S. Nose Dive and examine Pacific sea life. Climb beneath an ancient shipwreck and explore the treasures she hides. Experience how divers work to uncover buried vessels using special diving gloves. Learn about mysterious ships and shipwrecks-can you discern what is fact or fiction?
A force of destiny, destruction, and discovery, the sea has the power to control the fate of those who brave her waters. The Mother Nature gallery explores the natural events that have caused huge damage in the past. Brave hurricane-force winds in a mighty storm simulation, and learn about a small little worm with a big, destructive past.
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Adventure
Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
Coming May 2019
Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
Coming in 2020
August Moon Drive-In
August Moon's Drive-In dome will include over 40 classic cars, a panoramic starry sky overhead, & a stunning sailor's moon glowing red. It will feature the largest non-IMAX movie screen in North America.
Coming June 2019
MonsterMash Burgers is coming soon to Sevierville in June of 2019. The restaurant will be monster themed, family oriented and offer unique house ground burgers and dogs.
Pink Adventure Tours
Pink Adventure Tours will be bringing pink Jeep Wranglers to the Smoky Mountains for guided and narrated tours. Tickets will be up for sale on March 27. Rides will have extra passenger room, canopy tops & off-road capabilities.
Cookie Dough Bliss
Cookie Dough Bliss is now open in Gatlinburg. The shop makes premium small batch cookie dough that is ready and safe to eat. The cookie dough comes in over 20 flavors, with vegan and gluten free options available.
Dave and Buster’s
With activities including virtual reality, dance dance revolution, bowling and billiards, everyone will have fun at Dave & Busters. A new location will be opening in Sevierville, behind Olive Garden on April 29th.
Ogle Bros. Trading Post
Ogle Bros. Trading Post is a farmers' market-themed retail center that will soon open on the site of the former Damon's Grill.
The American Wild Trekking Company
The American Wild Trekking Company in the Smoky Mountains provides guided hiking trips and excursions to visitors. Reserve in advance and take advantage of one day and multi day hikes, with gear and hot lunch provided by your expert guide.
Funky Budha Sports Bar & Lounge
The newest Pigeon Forge night club is now open on the parkway. This sports bar & lounge features a DJ, live music, delicious drinks, Asian-American cuisine, and a unique atmosphere.
EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals
EagleRider is open for business at 105 Waldens Main Street in Pigeon Forge. Available motorcycle rentals include Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Street Glide, Heritage Softail, Road King and Road Glide.
Mountain Rifle Coffee Company
Mountain Rifle Coffee Company will be a part of The Tower Shops at The Mountain Mile. They will be serving and selling Black Rifle Coffee Company coffee at this new location.
Blue Mist Mountain Resort
Blue Mist Mountain Resort will include 310 hotel rooms and suites, 200 town homes, and 40 vacation residences. The resort will also be home to a marketplace, wellness retreat, and the nation's first outdoor Nordic Spa.
Sunliner Diner, a 50s themed breakfast diner, will be located at 2302 Parkway. There is currently a Sunliner Diner in Gulf Shores, AL.
Coming Late Summer 2019
Junction 35 Spirits
Junction 35 Spirits will bring a distillery atmosphere & full service restaurant, complete with custom craft cocktails. It will showcase the hard working men of the railroad and the beautiful designs of existing train stations.
Uncle Lem’s Outfitters
Uncle Lem’s Outfitters has opened a 4,580-square-foot Pigeon Forge location at 2450 Parkway which offers guided hiking, fishing, and cycling outdoor adventure trips. Paddleboard, kayak and bicycle rentals are offered too.
The Local Attraction Gastropub
Locally owned and operated, The Local Attraction Gastropub on Glades is expected to open in April.
Coming May 2019
The Ridge Outdoor Resort will open in spring of 2019. It will offer RV sites, luxury glamping, tiny glamping and an internet cafe to resort visitors. Overall, the resort will occupy 50 acres and is expected to open at the end of May.
Phase 1 Complete By May
The Mountain Mile
The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops will completely reshape the retail, restaurant, lodging, & attraction scene of Pigeon Forge. With over a mile of road frontage and 174+ acres, this will be a project of national significance.
Enjoy roasted corn and chicken from a real BBQ pit that is smothered in a secret, special sauce. Camps Chicken strives to deliver passion, consistency and mouthwatering flavor with every serving.
Buttonwillow Civil War Theater
Buttonwillow Civil War Theater will tells a fictional story about two siblings from East Tennessee during Civil War times. One sibling is pro-Union, while the other is pro-Confederate, and the show is based on real history.
Coming Summer 2019
Copper Cellar Restaurants will open a new Chesapeake's location in Gatlinburg at 437 Parkway. The restaurant will be the third location to offer fresh seafood flown in daily, as well as local, handcrafted microbrews.
Crust and Crumb
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, a pick-me-up or a treat at the new Crust & Crumb in Sevierville. All natural Boar's Head products, a coffee bar, and fresh baked goods will be available every day.
Coming In 2020
Flying Theater Experience
The Island will soon hold a flying theater attraction that will allow riders to soar over landmarks from all around the USA. The ride will be a unique version of Disney World's Soarin'.
Centered in The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile, the Mountain Monster will feature three rides from a 200-foot tower overlooking the Smoky Mountains.
Coming Fall 2019
Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
This Tennessee restaurant will open across the parkway from The Inn at Christmas Place. Visitors will be able to enjoy a full menu of BBQ, sides, burgers and breakfast, as well as live music performances.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is the largest coaster of its kind on the east coast. It will utilize four lifts, four 360 degree turns, tunnels and other exciting passageways.
Under Canvas Smoky Mountains
Under Canvas is the ultimate outdoor "glamping" experience. With convenient access to over 800 sq. miles of pristine mountain views, you will find yourself immersed in nature and just minutes away from the national park.
Ole Red Gatlinburg
Ole Red Gatlinburg is a $9 million, multi-level 16,000-square-foot entertainment venue with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and exterior terrace.
Now open in Sevierville – all natural, grass fed beef burgers at Graze! Located on Bruce Street. Check the website for an updated menu.
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