PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Family-oriented fun is what the Pigeon Forge community has taken pride in for years, and it continues to do so.
Even without nearby Dollywood, there are plenty of things to keep visitors busy in Pigeon Forge. One is musical shows. There are a plethora of dinner theaters that cater to families like Black Bear Jamboree. One that is more adult-friendly is the Comedy Ban Theater .
A show that has one of the best reputations is Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
The North and the South battle while patrons eat meals without the use of utensils. During Christmas, Dixie Stampede also hosts a Christmas show, retelling the Nativity with the use of live animals — even camels.
But don’t wait to buy tickets when in town like we did. Dixie Stampede fills up quickly and reservations are a must.
For those who enjoy history, Pigeon Forge offers the Carbo’s Police Museum, the Dinosaur Walk Museum, Elvis Museum and Smoky Mountain Car Museum. There are plenty of places in Pigeon Forge and nearby Gatlinburg, Tenn., that offer discounts to the museums’ admission.
Keeping active is no problem in Pigeon Forge, visitors can play miniature golf, drive a go-cart or take a leap in the indoor sky diving simulator.
Or visit the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride where visitors go through a long-winding river while dinosaurs attack.
My brother wanted so much to Zorb, which is shoving yourself into a plastic ball and either rolling or runing down a hill while inside.
What makes the Smoky Mountain area such a great place to visit is to see local artists’ work. At the Old Mill Craft Area on Old Mill Avenue, there are plenty of places to purchase items or to eat.
The Old Mill Restaurant came as a suggestion from locals. Fashioned in the historic Old Mill, the restaurant overlooks a stream where geese, ducks and herons were spotted.
But during our visit, the Old Mill was packed, and we decided to take a stroll down into Old Mill Craft Area to do some more shopping. That’s when we found the Pottery House Cafe.
With a simple stick-to-your ribs menu, the Pottery House Cafe serves up everything on dinnerware made at the next door Pigeon River Pottery.
After dining, patrons can go next door and purchase similar stylings of plates, mugs or even salt and pepper shakers at the pottery.
During our trip we only stayed two nights, leaving by mid-afternoon on the third — we felt it wasn’t enough time. So word of advice: When planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, you’re going to want to stay a spell.
The Smoky Mountain Wilderness Adventure Tour departs from this spot at Dollywood.