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Our most recommended Pigeon Forge Family-friendly activities

Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

1. Pigeon Forge: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride

Take a thrilling ride on the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster — the longest coaster in east Tennessee and the first one in the world with four uplifts. Travel through stunning Smoky Mountain scenery, 360-degree turns, and several tunnels on over 20 acres of property. Control your own speed through tunnels, curves, and thrilling hairpin turns on a single cart that can go up to 30 miles per hour. The coaster is fun for all ages, with riders ranging from 3 to 90 years old. For an extra unique experience, visit after nightfall where the colorful lights will guide you through a beautiful night ride.

Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

2. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed islands and coves. As well as the beautiful lake, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains towards the southwest. On this option, you climb to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for better visibility of the National Park. Extended Lake is an 8-minute flight over 16 miles.

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

3. Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River float for the whole family. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through laid-back rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the whole experience. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Be escorted by your guide down 6 miles of this laid-back section of the river while having fun with your family amid gentle waves and bumpy splashes. Soak in spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River Gorge. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Salute to Elvis Show

4. Pigeon Forge: Salute to Elvis Show

Watch as Stewart Chapman Elvis tribute artist features the sounds, looks, and moves of Elvis in this show in Pigeon Forge which is not far from Knoxville. Marvel at his charisma, moves, and incredible stage presence as he captures the true essence of Elvis Presley live in concert. Admire his dynamic tribute highlighting the life of The King from his humble beginnings, to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Lose yourself in the performance of a master, who has taken home the trophy at Elvis Festivals throughout North America.

Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

5. Gatlinburg: Zipline Canopy Tour

Admire the Great Smoky Mountains and the beautiful surrounding area from a unique perspective as you zip through treetops and sky bridges on guided ziplining activity. Feel the thrill of soaring over the forest canopy across 6 zip lines. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and harness. Receive a short safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the day's activities. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform to marvel at great views of the Family Adventure Island. Pass over the Pigeon River, and enjoy the sight of the rushing water below. Become immersed in nature as you soar through the air on 6 zip lines and 2 sky bridges for a total of 2,400 feet in length. Keep a lookout for various species of flora and fauna below.

Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

6. Pigeon Forge: Whitewater Rafting Tour in the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River whitewater rafting adventure. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through exciting rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Follow your guide through lively rapids with equally engaging nicknames such as Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Unbelievable Magic Show

7. Pigeon Forge: Steven Best's Unbelievable Magic Show

Experience a family magic show in Pigeon Forge performed by Steven Best. Witness up and close tricks conducted in an intimate theater right in the heart of the Smokies. Be entertained by a show that is bursting with fun for any age and venture into a truly magical moment as Steven amazes you with spectacular magic, amazing illusions, charismatic comedy, and some music. Witness mind-bending illusions and enjoy side-splitting comedy throughout the evening with classic sleight of hand tricks. Be ready to be picked to go on stage, with audience participation a key feature of the performance.

From Hartford: Upper Pigeon River White Water Rafting Tour

8. From Hartford: Upper Pigeon River White Water Rafting Tour

Go rafting on the Upper Pigeon River and combine whitewater action with epic mountain scenery, great for visitors looking to get outdoors. This guided adventure from Hartford is an accessible option for guests staying in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, or the national park in Eastern Tennessee. Meet the guide at NOC's Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford. After a brief orientation and video, get geared up with a life jacket and paddles and load onto the big blue bus to shuttle to the river put in. Once in the raft, an experienced guide explains the rafting lingo and what to expect. Then go down the river, paddling through bouncy waves, cool mountain water, and fun rapids. With nearly continuous Class II-III+ rapids like Lost Guide and Accelerator and views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Upper Pigeon is a truly memorable experience.

Pigeon Forge: 'Beyond the Lens' Family Fun Center Ticket

9. Pigeon Forge: 'Beyond the Lens' Family Fun Center Ticket

Embrace your natural curiosity with this admission ticket to the 'Beyond the Lens' family fun center in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy exhibits that pay homage to pop culture, technology, and nostalgia. Create memories at this attraction that has entertainment options that cater to the whole family.  Arrive at the 'Beyond the Lens' family fun center which spans 20,000 square feet. Admire the eye-catching façade that looks like a fallen building and a huge camera in the clutches of the paparazzi. Capture photos in front of this impressive backdrop. Check-in at the door and begin your adventure through 150 action-packed exhibits in the categories of crime, conspiracies, celebrities, and gossip. Snap photos in a space ball pit and capture selfies atop a pallet of money. Dive into old-school nostalgia with cutting-edge technology that will stir up forgotten memories. Learn about the events and public figures who shaped our culture and experience the games and entertainment that will shape our future. Explore exhibits detailing the JFK conspiracy, the O.J. Simpson trial, and Princess Diana’s press relationship. Spark your curiosity around themes such as the Royal Family, Big Foot, and UFOs. Get hands-on with exhibits like 'Dance With Your Favorite Celebrity' or virtual reality rides.

Pigeon Forge: TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena Ticket

10. Pigeon Forge: TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena Ticket

Enjoy an all-access pass as you explore the adventurous trampoline & extreme arena. Choose between a 1-hour or 2-hour experience. This attraction is great for all ages and abilities. Take part in numerous activities in the trampoline area including open jump, dodgeball, basketball, the "Fire and Ice" ninja course, and air bag.

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What people are saying about Pigeon Forge

It was wonderful! Steven was very personable and a great performer. We took my mother there for her 80th birthday. He made her feel special by including her in one of his tricks. He was a lot of fun. Really enjoyed his hankie trick. Loved his smile and his bunny- David Hopperfield! Would definitely go again.

Red Skeleton was in the theater bringing back all the skits, jokes and stories we remember from years past. Brian Hoffman greets you as soon as you enter as Red Skeleton and stays consistent throughout the evening. A must see for anyone who is a Red Skeleton fan!

There's a reason Brian Hoffman is the only person authorized by the Skelton family to do this show. He is Red Skelton! I was taken back to my childhood when we'd watch the Red Skelton show. I'll go again the next time I'm in town.

So enjoyed the show. Like the Comedy Barn, it was good wholesome family fun. Our party of 9 was super impressed.

We had a great time. This is an excellent show for families and youth groups.