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Top 13 Things to do in Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around. View classic items on display, like Dolly Parton's rhinestones, a skirt worn by Pricilla Presley, or the classic frayed pants of Shania Twain.
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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Stroll through Gatlinburg's haunted locations as your tour guide shares stories of paranormal activity in this historic town. Hear about the gruesome murder of a security guard and young girl at a hotel, where they still haunt to this day. Listen closely as your tour guide shares the chilling tales of how their lives were tragically lost and where their ghosts have been sighted.
The city was named after Radford Gatlin who's believed to only have lived in the city a few years. Hear the tale of the women Gatlin took in as a slave and how he is rumored to have buried her behind the home she haunts today. Your tour ends with a walk through the 1830 cemetery where spirits have been sighted. See photos of paranormal events believed to have taken place. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture your own mementos.
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Come on down for a delicious country-style feud in the Smoky Mountains. Whether you're city-folk or country cuzins, the singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw-dropping stunts, and side-splitting comedy will git you good in this raucous celebration of common ground.
There's somethin' here for everyone, featuring country cookin' that no one can turn down. Granny's cookin' up a heap of fried chicken and country-pulled pork shoulder barbecue. Add smashed taters, creamy cole slaw, buttery corn on the cob, creamy vegetable soup, and a special dessert leading to a belt-loosening situation.
Get plum tickled in a family-friendly blending of action, excitement, and comedy in a shindig for one and all. Come hungry—it's all you can eat.
Sample menu includes:
- Feudin' Fried Chick'n
- Open Pit Pulled -to-Pieces Pork Barbeque
- Southern Style Creamy Soup
- Smashed Mashed Taters
- Buttery Corn on the Cob
- Ma's Hot Homemade Bread
- No Tellin' What's In It Coleslaw
- Granny's Famous Specialty Dessert
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At the Hollywood Wax Museum get into the action with props and costumes and take pictures with your favorite celebrities. Learn little-known facts about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments. Find out, for example, that as a child, Salma Hayek had a pet tiger named Rambo that slept in her bedroom.
Make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls in Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors to free Princess Hannah from Ugly Hetty’s spell. This mirror adventure, crafted by one of the world’s foremost maze designers, is all about gallantry and fun. Get lost in this modern fairy tale and find out if you’re The Chosen One.
At Outbreak—Dread the Undead get a chance to save the world from a viral attack. Make your way through a biotech lab where an experiment gone wrong turned test subjects into throngs of zombies. Your challenge is to rid the world of Alpha Strain, or, at least, to make it out alive.
For a completely new kind of entertainment, join the battle against evil at the world’s first 5-D adventure, Castle of Chaos. See, hear, feel, and smell the chaos as you attempt to discover the paranormal activity lurking inside. Be prepared to put on your 3-D glasses, pick up your gun, and shoot for the highest score. Read More close
Navigate over 6 miles with the aid of your personable and knowledgeable guide. Between the rapids, take the time to enjoy the beautiful scenery, including towering sycamore trees crested on rocky overlooks.
The river takes its name from the passenger pigeon, now an extinct bird, whose migration route once included the river valley. The river route carves through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail.
You may even see interesting wildlife along the way. Keep your camera ready to snap photos to remember your trip.
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Make your way to Pigeon Forge to see Darren Romeo’s new show, Magic Beyond Belief, featuring large-scale original illusions and vocal numbers sure to entertain the whole family. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed as he performs celebrity impersonations, comedy, and a tribute honoring the magicians who inspired him the most—his mentors, Siegfried and Roy, as well as Harry Blackstone, Jr.
Watch as the talented magician pays a heartfelt tribute to Harry Blackstone Jr. by performing the famous Floating Light Bulb illusion. Romeo—named "Magician of the Year" by the Magic Castle—is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this full tribute. Read More close
At the discover center, experience the thrill of holding horseshoe crabs. Touch the smooth top-side of a stingray as it glides in a shallow pool in Touch-A-Ray Bay.
As you hop on the gliding pathway, you are transported to what feels like the depths of the ocean. Look up to explore the Shark Lagoon via an underwater tunnel. Feel like you are coming face to face with snappers, tarpons, green sea turtles, giant stingrays, and of course, huge sharks. Some sharks here are up to 12-feet (3 meters) long.
Then explore the endangered African Penguin Playhouse, a uniquely-built indoor and outdoor habitat. Feel like you're swimming along with the penguins as you crawl through clear underwater tunnels, pop up on the penguins’ private beach, and possibly get nose-to-nose.
Take advantage of the combination ticket and visit other attractions while in downtown Gatlinburg. Each combination ticket comes with one Aquarium Pass and two or more passes to one of the following attractions: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater, Mirror Maze, Mini Golfs, Guinness World Records Attraction. It’s a great way to spend your day.
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The rope course is built high in the trees from pressure-treated utility poles, solidly constructed with safety and fun in mind. You're first fitted with a full-body harness and attached to an overhead belay cable with ropes and carabineers. This way if you lose your footing the harness and cable catch and dangle you before you get hurt. After you're clear on the safety, the adventure begins.
There are 3 rope courses per class level. Each level becomes incrementally more difficult, from the easiest, class I, to the most intense, class IV. Along the course there are balance beams, climbing nets, and rope bridges to traverse. At any point you can stop if you need a break.
Fans and advocates of rope course say that they meet a number of educational, developmental, and recreational goals, including physical fitness, personal achievement, and confrontation of fear. Challenge your body and mind while taking in the breathtaking scenery, including views of the Pigeon River. Read More close
Showcasing a collection of talented singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, jugglers, and incredible aerialists, the Smoky Mountain Opry brings the spirit of the Appalachians to life. The performances range from Broadway to blues, chart-toppers to country classics, circus themes, inspirational gospel, and more, paired with state-of-the-art effects including lasers, pyrotechnics, performers that fly overhead, giant video screens, and concert-quality lighting and sound.
Be sure to keep an eye out for some the show's special guests—including Hollywood, a 600-pound (270-kg) white tiger; Rajah, a 350-pound (160-kg) gold Bengal tiger; and Tsimba-Vaati, one of only 300 white lions in existence today. With something for everyone, there's never a dull moment so long as the Smoky Mountain Opry is on stage. Read More close
Talking dogs, jugglers, magicians, and ventriloquists delight from the moment the curtain rises, with scene after scene of knee-slapping fun. Appropriate for any age group, the performance features clean comedians and charming musical numbers, all leading up to a star-spangled finale you won't want to miss.
This award-winning show has delighted audiences for 20 years. By keeping the content wholesome and family friendly, this Smoky Mountains venue has maintained a renowned, don't-miss comedy reputation. Read More close
Get some help waking up as you attend a morning show with Charlie Bob Smith and Friends, performing their award-winning Pop, Country, and Gospel hits in a spectacular new musical revue. Talented performances from a cast of musicians and comedians ensure a fun time for everybody in the audience.
Add in a few world-class impersonations of various celebrities and public figures, combined with side-splitting comedy routines, and the stage is set for the whole palette of emotions, from light-hearted laughter to pure joy. Understand why this show has become the talk of the Smoky Mountains. Read More close
Strap on a life jacket and prepare to get wet. Listen to a rafting briefing before hopping in and heading downstream. Negotiate the tumultuous torrents and turbulent whitewater rapids of the upper river. With telling names including Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide, you're sure to encounter some bumpy waves and spectacular splashes during the 5 mile (8 km) course.
As you travel down the river, your guide navigates the obstacles and keeps your journey fun and engaging with information and stories about the wildlife and surroundings. They also provide clear commands, resulting in an exciting and safe trip downriver at exhilarating speeds.
Once you reach the lower river, catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you gracefully glide over class I & II rapids. The river takes its name from the passenger pigeon, now extinct, whose migration route once included the river valley. The river carves through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail. Read More close
Your adventure starts with a safety briefing as you're geared up in a full-body harness and then attached to a cable for zipping across valleys and above treetops. Climb high into the air on a custom-built zipline tower. With 6 lines ahead, get ready to take the first plunge.
Feel the excitement as you zip down the racing lines through the treetops. Traverse 6 ziplines and cross 2 skybridges over a total run of 2,400 feet (730 m). For your safety, the ziplines are self-braking so you don’t have to worry about anything but the views. Read More close
1 hour 10 minutes