5 Family-Friendly Activities to Enjoy in Pigeon Forge

There’s nothing quite like a family vacation in Pigeon Forge. With plenty to do in the great outdoors, as well as countless nearby local attractions, kids and adults alike will revel in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you’re bringing along children on your next vacation getaway to The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains, be sure to explore some of our favorite kid-friendly destinations below!

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

You can’t miss this unique experience during your visit to Pigeon Forge! The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, located just two miles from The Lodges, is the longest alpine coaster in the United States at just over one mile. Perfect for all ages, visitors can control their speed as they travel along the downhill track, which offers lovely views of the surrounding mountainside. 


Did you know Dolly Parton was born in the Great Smoky Mountains, in a town just 14 miles from The Lodges? The legendary songstress’s namesake theme park is situated in the heart of Pigeon Forge, less than five miles from your accommodations, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a family outing. The park features a range of rides and attractions, shows and entertainment, and dining and shopping, so there’s something fun for everyone!

The Island

Spread out over 23 acres, The Island in Pigeon Forge is the ultimate family-friendly destination. With more than 80 shops, restaurants, and attractions, this complex offers hours of fun for all ages. The center point of The Island is a 200-ft Observation Wheel, which allows riders to see the Great Smoky Mountains for miles. The best part is that it’s only a mile from your mountain accommodations at The Lodges!


For a fun-filled, kid-friendly outdoor adventure like no other, be sure to visit Anakeesta, located just nine miles from The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains. This mountaintop park is a beauty and features stunning attractions you won’t want to miss. Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk gives you an elevated view of the forest, with more than 800 feet of connected bridges that are 50-60 feet in the air. You can also find a staggering lookout of the area from atop the AnaVista Tower, which offers 360-degree views. The park also includes activities like gem mining and zip-lining, perfect for keeping everyone in your travel party entertained for hours.

Pigeon Forge Snow

No matter the season, no matter the forecast, bring the whole family along for an amazing, snow-filled adventure at Pigeon Forge Snow, an indoor amusement park that will leave you shivering for more! With a hillside of snowy hills for tubing and an entire snowy play area, it will feel like a winter wonderland, even in the middle of the summer!

From riding roller coasters to walking among the treetops, you’ll never run out of family-friendly options when you vacation in the Smokies. Visit one or all of these fabulous destinations during your stay at The Lodges at the Great Smoky Mountains.