If you’re a neighbor to the Smokies, you may be looking for a day of fun just around the corner. A day trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is guaranteed to satisfy your inner travel bug! With hundreds of restaurants and attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do. With that being said; there are A LOT of options. Let’s try to narrow them down together so you can plan the perfect family-fun-filled day trip. 


  1. Dollywood

Dollywood is a staple of the Smokies, and it is absolutely a perfect stop on your day trip! Whether you go for out-of-this-world cuisine, thrilling roller coasters, or a ride on the ever-popular train, you’re sure to have a fun filled day. 

Locals and visitors alike love spending time at Dollywood because there is truly something for everyone! There are shows every day, ranging from theater to dance to birds! Even your little ones can have a blast in their very own kiddy area. 

  1. The Island

With over 80 shops, restaurants and attractions, this destination combines all things fun in a safe environment for families and friends of all ages where you can eat, shop, play and stay. It’s not your typical getaway, and the diverse selection of activities makes The Island a one-stop-shop for family-fun. 

The Island is showcased by a 200-foot Observation Wheel and the Island Show Fountains, which are programmed to perform to light and music year-round. This oasis in the Smokies is open 365 days a year with free parking and free admission.

  1. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park

Enjoy an hour and a half of thrilling, authentic Lumberjack competition at the Lumberjack Feud Show. This good, ole-fashioned competition will have you on your feet, cheering on the Dawson and McGraw families as they fight to be the best logger-family in the Smokies!

After you watch the competition, something inside you will want to be a lumberjack, too. What better way to train than enjoying the Adventure Park on the same property? Climb, run, and zipline your way through the park as you experience the life of a lumberjack! You’ll experience challenges you see in the show like the boom-run, axe-throwing, and speed climbing. Are you up for the challenge?  


  1. Smoky Mountain Brewery

Smoky Mountain Brewery is the oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee. They’re known for hand-tossed pizza, savory wings, and, of course, in-house brewed beers. You can find their Pigeon Forge location at Lumberjack Square, just next door to Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud!

  1. Local Goat

Local Goat is a local favorite and popular among visitors from all over the world. You’ll fall in love with their unique, fresh recipes and vast menu with something for everyone. Their deep-fried deviled eggs have our heart! 

  1. Old Mill Restaurant 

Wholesome ingredients, time-tested recipes, and well-honed home-cooking skills are the hallmarks of real Smoky Mountains cooking, and the ones that keep the rambling dining rooms at The Old Mill Restaurant bustling all day and into the night.


  1. St. Somewhere Spa

Complete your visit to The Island with a visit to St. Somewhere Spa, just next door to the Margaritaville Resort. Imagine yourself on an island beach surrounded by waves; that’s the experience you’ll find there. Treat yourself to a massage, facial, pedicure, and more! 

  1. Riverstone 

Sink into relaxation at Riverstone Spa. They offer a wide array of services to have you relaxed and pampered on your day trip. Be sure to watch out for savings on their website! 


Day trips are good for the soul! Get out of the house on your day off and spend some time enjoying what Pigeon Forge has to offer. 

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