Things To Do On A Hot Day

When it is hot out, we're all looking for things to do and places to go on a hot day. During your vacation in Pigeon Forge this summer, cool off with some of these indoor activities and ways to beat the heat.

Ride A Mountain Coaster

Feel the breeze in your hair and have a blast at the same time on one of the areas awesome mountain coasters! A mountain coaster is a bobsled like car fixed to a track with wheels. Speed is controlled with a rider-controlled brake system. They are fun for the whole family and guaranteed to keep you cool! Some of our favorites are at Rowdy Bear Mountain, Goats on the Roof and Anakeesta.

Smoky Mountain Coasters


Splash down the river on a rafting trip on your next vacation. Rafting combines a day in the water with an unforgettable adventure fun for kids and adults. Spend a hot afternoon with your friends and family working as a team to get your raft down the river. You'll stay cool while still getting outdoors.


Get To A Higher Elevation

There's lots of shade & foliage in the national park to keep everything nice and cool. Adventure higher up with activities like hiking to great mountain peaks, such as Clingmans Dome. The park tends to naturally run 5 to 10 degrees cooler due to the increased elevation and vegetation.

Smoky Mountains

Not up for climbing mountains? Visitors to the park are also treated to cold rivers and mountain streams allowing for many places to hop in the water and cool off. Escape the heat and enjoy one of the many popular swimming holes and picnic areas.

Take A Dip In A Swimming Hole

Another way to stay outdoors but still enjoy some cool-down time is to take advantage of natural swimming holes. You'll find a variety of options scattered across the area. Some swimming holes are shallow and perfect for little ones, while others are deep enough to dive right in. As a bonus, Abrams Falls is a swimming hole in Cade's Cove with a beautiful waterfall. Do your research in advance and pick one that fits your group best.

Swimming Holes

Play An Escape Room

If you've never played an escape room before, consider yourself overdue for one. Pigeon Forge escape rooms are one of our favorite indoor activities with a group of friends or family. Many gamers even report that they're "the most fun you will ever have". Be sure to pick a good group of problem solvers! You can read about our personal experience with one of these games here.

Escape Rooms
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Relax & Catch A Movie

Enjoy some downtime at Governor's Crossing Stadium Theater. This theater is equipped with reclining chairs, extra wide screens, incredible stereo systems and all of the classic movie theater snacks and drinks. If you've had a busy day, a movie is a great chance to step back, relax and refresh before your next adventure.

Governor's Crossing
things to do on a hot day

Tube Down A Snowy Hill

Pigeon Forge Snow is the first indoor snow facility in the entire United States that offers real snow all year long. The 35,000 square ft. indoor facility offers guest a chance to race in the snow tubing lanes or little kids can play in the snow, build snowmen or make snow angels.

Pigeon Forge Snow
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Believe You Can Fly

Jump straight into America's first vertical wind tunnel at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving and prove that you really can fly. You can suit up in a flight outfit and take lessons and training to improve your skills. Visitors as young as 5 and as old as 90 are able to take on this challenge. Your dream of flying doesn't have to be just a dream when you visit Pigeon Forge.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Pigeon Forge Arcades

Take a break from the heat at one of the many Pigeon Forge arcades. No one will be disappointed. Arcades in Pigeon Forge feature all the classic games like pinball and skeeball to FPS games and virtual reality. Win prizes and bragging rights to take back home.

things to do on a hot day

Jump Your Way Through The Day

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena is more than just a trampoline park. It offers a wide variety of attractions including virtual reality, a candy store, an arcade and a ninja course. This is a great way to stay active and burn off some extra energy while cooling down. It's easy to spend hours or a full day enjoying all that TopJump has to offer.

things to do on a hot day

Crave Golf Club

Putt-Putt golf supersized and super sweet. Take a crack at the custom candy themed course and stay cool in their 18,000 square foot indoor course. Cool off with one of their delicious treats from the gourmet milkshake bar or ice cream parlor. It’s so sweet you may not leave!

Crave Golf Club

Laser Tag in Pigeon Forge

LazerPort, the largest laser tag arena in the Smoky Mountains, offers two laser tag arenas over 7,000 square feet each. The indoor laser tag arenas deliver the most exhilarating and heart pounding fun and excitement for most ages. For more suggestions, check out our blog on Pigeon Forge activities by age group.

Lazerport Fun Center
things to do on a hot day

Play Decades Of Pinball Machines

The Gatlinburg Pinball Museum is home to the largest collection of pinballs & retro games in the Smokies. For one low price, you can come and go all day long to play on every machine in the building. See how pinball machines have evolved over the last few decades and play classics that will bring you back in time. As they say, the history of a museum meets the fun of an arcade at this Pigeon Forge attraction.

Gatlinburg Pinball Museum

Pigeon Forge Museums

Learning can be fun at one of our Pigeon Forge museums. The best in interactive learning cab be found in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg from ocean life at Ripley's Aquarium, history at the Titanic Musuem, and science at WonderWorks. Shhh! We won’t tell the kids it’s educational.

Pigeon Forge Museums

Catch A Show

Where else can you see magic, comedy, adventure and music? In one of our Pigeon Forge theaters! We have family friendly entertainment for all ages in Pigeon Forge. Stay cool and sit back and relax in one of our state of the art theaters. Our dinner show are popular with guests who want to enjoy southern cooking and world class entertainment.

Shows & Theaters
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Try Out Interactive Gaming

Interactive gaming technology sets the stage for you and a room full of fellow adventurers. Take a seat in the indoor game theater, arm yourself with special glasses and your zombie-fighting weapon, and take the challenge. How many zombies will you take down? 7D Dark Ride Adventure has locations both in Gatlinburg and on The Island in Pigeon Forge.

7D Dark Ride Adventure

Stay Near A Water Park

If you're still in the planning stage of your vacation, consider making your hotel a destination in itself when you choose one of these Pigeon Forge hotels with a water park. The family will enjoy splashing around in the pool to cool off, and who doesn't love a good water slide? If you're looking for something a little lower-key, take a look at Pigeon Forge hotels with outdoor pools.

Water Park Hotels