Planning on visiting The Island in Pigeon Forge? There are tons of things to do there and it can get overwhelming! We totally recommend spending a day or two exploring all the shops, attractions, and restaurants The Island has to offer.  

We have some favorite places you should definitely add to your itinerary. Let’s get into it!  


Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

At Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, guests will enjoy classic Deen family recipes in a unique family-style setting just like they do in their very own homes. They serve up endless portions of Southern-style entrees and side dishes, and every visitor ends their meal with a dessert of their choice! This restaurant brings friends and families together over a meal, while offering up a one-of-a-kind dining experience you’re sure to remember.


Inspired by the lyrics and philosophy of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Pigeon Forge will transport guests to the island destination of their memories or their dreams and invite guests to raise a glass and take a bite of paradise.

Sweets and Treats

Big Rock Candy Kitchen

Homemade sweets and treats made from scratch. Between salt water taffy, creamy fudge, crisp caramel apples, gourmet popcorn and gelato you are sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Come on down, meet our friendly staff and taste the best candies in the Smokies!

Free samples anyone?


Kapop! Gourmet Popcorn is unlike any ordinary movie theatre popcorn. They offer 12 flavors of nothing but the most fresh home made popcorn served to you by our friendly staff! From classic favorites, such as Caramel Corn or Kettle Corn, to unique flavors like Dill Pickle or Bacon, they have it all for you at Kapop.


From giant oversized jaw breakers to cereal box sized Nerds, at Sweet!, they have anything you could ever need to fill that late-night sugar craving that we all get. Whether you are 2 or 102 years old, when you walk through the doors of Sweet!, smell the aroma of sweet sugary goodness, and feel like you’ve just entered a life-sized game board of Candy Land, you are sure to find yourself smiling from ear to ear!

Play Time

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 

Towering 200-feet tall, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foothills of the most visited National Park in the United States – The Great Smoky Mountains. As the centerpiece to The Island in Pigeon Forge, it stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast.


Explore American History from a different perspective. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government.

Old Time Photo

As a locally, family-owned and operated business, Old Time Photo at The Island in Pigeon Forge is dedicated to helping families and friends create lasting memories together. Whether you’re joining them for a special occasion or just with your friends and family, choose from seasonal themes as they are offered or the classic options, such as a saloon or gangster. 


Paula Deen Retail Store 

The Paula Deen Store is Paula’s brick-and-mortar shopping experience. Paula’s store houses many products from the Paula Deen line, including linens, spices, sauces, mixes, and more, as well as some of Paula’s personal favorite picks. Whether you’re waiting for your table at the restaurant or just fancying some of Paula’s time-tested cookware, cookbooks or any other assortment of helpful kitchen gadgets and goodies, pop in!

Be Free Boutique 

Be Free is a faith-based boutique known for its hospitality and peaceful atmosphere. With their lines of fashion, faith based t-shirts and accessories, we encourage women that fashion is to embellish the beauty that God has already created.

Emery’s 5 & 10

Emery’s 5 & 10 offers a shopping experience unlike any other. This 21st Century variety store evokes emotion, nostalgia and a longing to rustle up thoughts of the past. Around every corner, guests can find the same books their grandparent’s read to them, candy and old-fashioned sodas from their childhood and an array of hand-picked merchandise from family-owned businesses across the country. 

The Island is a wonderful place to spend your time in the Smokies! Plan your whole trip by visiting their website and making an itinerary for free!