Activities For Seniors In The Smoky Mountains

We've said it before and we'll say it again: there's something for everyone in the Smoky Mountains. From kids to seniors, things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are not in short supply. We've compiled a list of some of our top picks for activities for senior citizens on your upcoming trip to the Smokies.

Tour Cades Cove

The historic Cades Cove is a must see for all visitors to the Smoky Mountains. A great way to truly experience the beauty and history of the area is by booking with Tennessee Mountain Tours. You can sit back, relax, and take plenty of photos as your guide gives you all sorts of interesting information and history. They even offer a senior discount.

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Country Tonite Theatre

Faith, family, and freedom: that's what Country Tonite Theatre is all about. A show at this theater includes singing, dancing, comedy, gospel, and so much more. "No matter what your age, Country Tonite is THE SHOW you are going to love!" You can book online and save $5.

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Drive The Foothills Parkway

Known as one of the most scenic drives in America, the Foothills Parkway has been under construction since the 1960s. In November of 2018 a mere 1.65 mile stretch known as The Missing Link was finally completed with a series of nine bridges. Now for the first time since the project was conceived over 50 years ago, motorists can enjoy a gorgeous 33 mile stretch of scenery on the western section of the parkway.

Foothills Parkway

Eat At Mama's Farmhouse

Mama's Farmhouse serves traditional southern meals family style and all-you-can-eat. Get a taste of true southern Appalachia when you gather around the table and pass bowls of delicious homemade classics like hand-breaded fried chicken, dumplings, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and so much more.

Mama's Farmhouse

Visit A Museum

Whether you feel like getting nostalgic at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum, walking down the grand staircase at the TITANIC Attraction, or exploring American history from a different perspective at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, you will find plenty of interesting walkabouts to choose from here. If you're traveling with kids, we recommend WonderWorks

Museums

Go For A Picnic

A picnic is a great idea especially if you're visiting the Smokies with family, particularly grandkids. Some are even directly adjacent to some wonderful swimming holes, making this excursion double the fun for anyone craving to cool off during a hot Tennessee day. There are 5 wonderful picnic areas in Gatlinburg as well as several others scattered throughout the Smokies.

Picnic Areas

Grand Majestic Dinner Theater

If you like variety and all-you-can-eat buffets, you will love The Grand Majestic Theater. The three shows include a top-rated concert-style tribute to Motown legends, a professionally choreographed routine showcasing jukebox hits from the 50s & 60s, and a foot-stompin', knee-slappin' family fun show with a cast based on the beloved characters of Hazzard County.

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Go For A Smoky Mountain Hike

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts over 800 miles of hiking trails. While many of these are not for the faint of heart, there are a handful of easier hikes for beginners. If you're an experienced hiker, check out our complete list of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Easy Hikes

Play A Round Of Mini Golf

Voted best mini golf in our Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 contest, Crave Golf Club includes 36 custom candy themed holes that will push your imagination to the limits. After a round, be sure to stop by the milkshake bar for a custom combination that will set the standard for every ice cream lover.

Crave Golf

Or A Round Of Regular Golf

The rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains are great for those who enjoy a classic round of golf. At Sevierville Golf Club, you can choose from two magnificent eighteen hole championship courses: The Highlands (par 70), winding through lush rolling hills and fresh water mountain ponds, or The River (par 72), located along and across the Little Pigeon River

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Ride The Trolley

A great way to scope the parkway and get from one attraction to the next is via the Pigeon Forge trolley, where you can "park your cares and ride with the bears." An all day pass is only $3.00, and you can ride from 8:00 am to midnight from March through October. Winter hours are 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Most trollies are handicap equipped.

Trolley Info

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Handicap Friendly Hotels

Sometimes it can be difficult to find wheelchair accessible or handicap accessible accommodations while traveling. If you have mobility issues and need a little extra assistance when traveling, take a look at our list of Pigeon Forge hotels with handicap accessibility to make your stay a little easier.

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Senior Travel Tips

A little bit of planning ahead of time can go a long way. Make the most out of your Smoky Mountain vacation by keeping these senior travel tips in mind on your trip. Here you will find information on special services and accommodations, traveling with medications, and more.

Senior Travel Tips

Real Estate

Not ready to say goodbye to the Smokies? Get in touch with Thompson Williams Real Estate and speak with one of their wonderful realtors to begin the search for your Tennessee mountain home. There are plenty of homes for sale in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg for when you're ready to find a permanent vacation home.

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