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.

WonderWorks

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!

Wonderworks

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

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

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.

Events

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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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.

Lazerport

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.

TopJump

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

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

Magic Shows

Pigeon Forge is your home in the Smoky Mountains for world class family entertainment. Some of our favorite magic shows in the area are Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo, Impossibilities with Chris Collins & Erik Dobell, and The Wonders Of Magic with Terry Evanswood.

Shows & Theaters

Arcadia

Located just below the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Arcadia boasts over 100 of the hottest games in this 25,000 square foot amusement center. Delight yourself with their vast variety of amusement games, simulators, and activities, great for all ages.

Arcadia

Coaster At Goats On The Roof

You'll have a blast on Pigeon Forge's fastest and most exciting mountain coaster at Goats On The Roof. After you finish your extreme run on the Coaster, you can try the new Virtual Reality Coaster Experience, feed the goats, shop in the general store, eat fudge from the bakery, mine for gems, and much more.

Goats On The Roof

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
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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