Things To Do With Kids: Activities by Age Group

Things to do with kids in Pigeon Forge are all over the place. Although you’ll truly find something for everyone here in the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a perfect vacation destination for kids & families. A Pigeon Forge vacation itinerary includes fun, adventure and plenty of entertainment to keep things moving and everyone with a smile on their face, regardless of their age.

Vacationing With Kids

Looking for things to do with kids on your vacation? The mountains are the perfect playground to let the imagination run wild! Here you’ll find world-class shows & entertainment, with no shortage of activities for the little ones to enjoy. Regardless of whether you’re traveling with your kids, your grandkids, or with a large group, you can take the guesswork out of your Pigeon Forge vacation plans by checking out a few of the kid-friendly activity suggestions below.

Things To Do With Kids: Ages 2-4

Your wide-eyed toddler is at a perfect age for learning to love nature, and you’ll find that opportunities for this abound in the Smokies. Consider checking out the following things to do with kids in Pigeon Forge for toddlers.


Though this family-friendly attraction features something for everyone, your pre-school age child will love exploring the magic of science and wonder at this interactive museum. Learn about the world around us with great exhibits on science, space, imagination and more!


Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies

Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and fun - the highlight of downtown Gatlinburg. Be sure to check out their brand new Glass Bottom Boat!

Ripley's Aquarium

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Toddlers are fascinated by large vehicles and trains are no exception! From kid-friendly rides with familiar favorites like Thomas the Train and the Peanuts gang to breathtaking mountain views, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers family-friendly fun for everyone to enjoy.

GSM Railroad

Things To Do With Kids: Ages 5-7

When kids enter school, their curiosity about the world around them grows even bigger. Make the most of these precious early-learning years by turning family fun into an education opportunity at the following Pigeon Forge attractions.

adventure park at five oaks

Adventure Park at Five Oaks

The Adventure Park at Five Oaks offers fun for the entire family! Their experienced zipline guides will take you on a fun and thrilling ride through and above 70 acres of beautiful foliage. Adventure Park also has horseback riding and a tree tops course, great for young adventurers.

Adventure Park
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There's something for all ages at MagiQuest on the Pigeon Forge parkway. Adults and kids will enjoy the excitement of their main attraction: an interactive treasure hunt quest. Then you can keep enjoying the castle with the Odyssey Mirror Maze, blacklight pirate-themed mini golf course, and brand new arcade.


Comedy Barn Theater

Looking for a family-friendly comedy show that will leave everyone in stitches? Consider the Comedy Barn! This Pigeon Forge show offers homespun hilarity, complete with amazing animal actors that are sure to impress any school-age child – or even a kid at heart!

Comedy Barn
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Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud

The all new Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud is sure to be a fun event for the whole family. In addition to an interactive outdoor show featuring actual lumberjacks, the area on the Pigeon Forge parkway also includes an exciting aerial kid’s playground and a multi-level themed adventure park.

Lumberjack Feud
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River Rat Tubing

Floating down the river on a hot day is truly fun for all ages. Next time you're in the Townsend area, stop by Smoky Mountain River Rat and purchase a wristband for a day of enjoyment on the river. Or check out a Splash Pass for unlimited tubing trips throughout the entire season! If you're up for a something a little more thrilling, check out their whitewater rafting in Hartford.

River Rat

Local Festivals & Parades

At this age, kids start to appreciate other cultures and will love exploring the heart of the mountains at the special events you’ll find around Pigeon Forge. Springfest’s bright blooms, Harvestfest’s autumn breeze and other annual events will bring a smile to the face of any growing child! Check out our event calendar for complete listings of local happenings and more.


The Track

The Track Family Fun Park in Pigeon Forge features go-karting, blaser boats, Kids Country rides, an arcade and even more. Multiple attractions at The Track are perfect for kids from ages 5-7, including the Rookie Track and Kiddie Karts that allow younger visitors to drive. Let your 5-7 year old take the wheel on your next trip.

The Track

Things To Do With Kids: Ages 8-11

Tweens can be painfully picky, but they’ll find something to love in Pigeon Forge. From exploring special interests to racing down thrilling treetop ziplines, these older kids will embrace the Smoky Mountains with enthusiasm. Consider taking them to the following Pigeon Forge attractions when you're looking for things to do with kids.

Titanic Museum Attraction

Kids who have an interest in history will love exploring this world-class museum honoring the passengers and crew aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. Learn about the lives of people in the Edwardian era while exploring this elaborate, award-winning museum.

Titanic Museum
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Toy Box Mini Golf

All new for 2021, this toy-themed 18 hole mini golf course is located on Dollywood Lane behind TopJump. Toy Box also has a laser maze, a toy store, and so many cool photo ops with oversized toys. Kids in this age range will have a blast making their way through giant army men, space invaders, and more recognizable obstacles.

Toy Box Mini Golf
Anakeesta: Click to visit page.


Just a scenic ride up the chondola from downtown Gatlinburg is all it takes to reach the magic of the mountains at Anakeesta. There's something to do here for parents and kids alike. Try out the dueling zipline or the ropes course before heading over to Black Bear Village for some shopping and dining.

Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 Movie Theater: Click to visit page.

Catch A Movie

Kick back with some popcorn and watch the latest box office hit at Governor's Crossing Stadium 14 Movie Theater. The movies are a perfect place to relax after a long day of adventure in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Governor's Crossing
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Lazerport Fun Center

When looking for Things To Do With Kids, Lazerport is a great place to visit. From laser tag to go-karts to indoor miniature golf, your little one will have a blast at Lazerport Fun Center. This family friendly destination can provide hours of fun on your Pigeon Forge vacation.


TopJump Trampoline Park

The most exciting trampoline park in Pigeon Forge, TopJump Trampoline Park strives to provide a safe & enjoyable environment for all ages. Their state of the art trampoline park includes all kinds of fun activities including a kids play area, dodgeball, gladiator pit, climbing area, arcade, and more.


Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

Make mealtime memorable by checking out this free-for-all, featuring hillbilly hijinks and old-fashioned family fun! Hoot, holler and raise a ruckus to this comical show, served up with lip-smackin’ Smoky Mountain cuisine. Voted Best Pigeon Forge Dinner Theater for 2018, this attraction is one of the top things to do with kids.

Hatfield & Mccoy

Pigeon Forge Snow

Leave the coat & boots at home but still enjoy the magic of a winter wonderland at Pigeon Forge Snow. Older kids will have a blast tubing down hills covered by real snow. Make it a race or just come to have fun.

Pigeon Forge Snow

Go Ziplining

Kids ages 8-11 will likely meet the weight requirements to take a ziplining adventure. Soar through the trees, see the mountains from above and have an adrenaline filled adventure. The kids will love the freedom of flying through the sky.


Things To Do With Kids: Ages 12-14

Teens love novelty, and there’s always something new to explore in Pigeon Forge! Let them make the most of your family vacation by letting them have some fun and push down boundaries by exploring these Smoky Mountain attractions and activities.

Crave Golf Club

Crave Golf Club is one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions, and it is taking mini golf to the next level. Your teen will love the 36 custom candy-themed courses that push your imagination to the limits. This attraction is one the whole family can enjoy together.

Crave Golf Club

Rock Climbing Wall

Check out the brand new rock climbing wall at Rafting In The Smokies! The four-sided climbing wall is accessible for all ages and fun for individuals of all skill and athletic levels. Combine your rafting trip, zipline canopy tour, or high elements ropes challenge course adventure with this new addition.

Rafting In The Smokies

Big Top Arcade

Big Top Arcade brings you right into the the center of the circus. Be the ring leader of your vacation and play a day away. Enjoy all of your favorite games and activities and take advantage of their play card specials to get the best bang for your buck.

Big Top Arcade
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Three Monkeys Photo Emporium

Get into the monkey business going on at this one of a kind interactive photo studio in Pigeon Forge. Three Monkeys Photo Emporium gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with for silly capuchin monkeys: Sasha, Cody, Merlin and Lola. Snag some group photos with the monkeys and two exotic birds.

Three Monkeys
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Iron Mountain Metal Craft

Come and forge a memory at Iron Mountain Metal Craft. Learn about the art and skill of working metal including blacksmithing & blade-smithing. Current lessons include creating knives out of railroad spikes, nails, horseshoes, and pony shoes. These are great for beginners and intermediate learners alike.

Iron Mountain Metal Craft

Mountain Coasters

You'll have a blast at some of Pigeon Forge's fastest and most exciting mountain coasters. A ride on a mountain coaster provides a similar thrill to one on a roller coaster, but the ride is completely self-controllable, giving you a little extra comfort if you're not ready to go full speed.

Mountain Coasters

Older Teens & Adults

Make the most of your time in the Smoky Mountains by connecting and bonding over unique activities and experiences you’ll only find here in Pigeon Forge. No matter whether you’re traveling with just your sweetie or with the entire gang, you’ll find something for everyone here in the Smokies. Consider checking out these unique Pigeon Forge attractions you’ll find off the beaten path.

Play An Escape Room

Newly popular and all over Pigeon Forge, escape rooms are physical adventure games where players solve puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Check out Headcase Escape Adventures, The Captured, and The Escape Game. Also be sure to read our blog on our experience!

Escape Rooms

7D Dark Ride Adventure

This state of the art shooting game is not for the faint of heart. The interactive gaming experience has 7 dimensions including wind, sound & movement, that make the game feel beyond real. From zombies to a robot-creating mad scientists, 7D Dark Ride Adventure is an experience you will never forget. Find them on The Island in Pigeon Forge and the Gatlinburg parkway.

7D Dark Ride Adventure

Rocky Top Wine Trail

The pristine lands around the Great Smoky Mountains have given way to some of the world’s most unique wines. From Italian-inspired classics to sweet finds made from locally-grown fruit, you’ll love learning about the region’s wines as you sip your way across the Rocky Top Wine Trail.

Rocky Top Wine Trail

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

The longest running wind tunnel in business today, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program.

Flyaway Skydiving

Smith Creek Moonshine

Smith Creek Moonshine is a moonshine-tasting destination located in Tanger Outlets. Enjoy our moonshine tasting bar and retail store with bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs, and more!

Smith Creek Moonshine

Pink Jeep Tours

Pink Jeep Tours offers an exciting experience for visitors of all ages, but it is especially enjoyable for older children and adults looking for a fun ride in an iconic pink jeep. There are many tours offered, including ones that take Newfound Gap Road and Foothills Parkway, offering stunning views of the Smokies plus off-roading experiences you won't find anywhere else.

Pink Jeep Tours

SpeedZone Fun Park

SpeedZone Fun Park has go kart tracks for every age group, but the one's adults will love the most are the Tennessee Twister and Coaster Tracks. Tennessee Twister is a multi-story, wild wooden track with exciting twists and turns. The Coaster Track ends in a high-speed, downhill chute you don't want to miss.

SpeedZone Fun Park

Country Tonite Theatre

Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge brings together faith, family and freedom in musical performances you don't want to miss. Song selection varies from old country, gospel, modern hits and more. There is also a Veterans Tribute at each show. A mix of songs you used to love and ones that you've just recently heard will keep you entertained the whole time.

Country Tonite Theatre
Your most difficult task will be choosing which of the dozens of family attractions to try, from a wax museum to a world records hall to dinner theaters, roller coasters and even “Goats on the Roof.” Nature will also be luring you to Smoky Mountain trails and overlooks, so no matter how many days you can spend in Pigeon Forge, they will all be full.TripAdvisor

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