Wilderness Wildlife Week launches today in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. With more than 250 activities- classes, hikes, workshops, concerts, and much more, it’s easy to see why this annual family-friendly 5-day event has received so many awards. And the best part? It’s free!
Award Winning Festivals & Fun in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge just won the Grand Pinnacle Award for best festival…in the world! But Wilderness Wildlife Week is not the only cool family-friendly event happening in this little Smoky Mountain community…
Returning to the Smokies: After the Fire
The fires are over and we returned to the Smokies to view the aftermath, from Pigeon Forge to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park- here’s what we discovered.
Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
Our rubber rafts hit the rapids- churning through the Class III Vegamatic, rocking the Class IV Double Reactionary and surfing the Super Glue. It was a hot summer’s day in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and we were whitewater rafting on the Big Pigeon River.
Family Fun in Pigeon Forge
Many visitors use the nearby Pigeon Forge, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just 9.5 miles from National Park entrance, as a base from which to launch their Great Smoky Mountains explorations. This Tennessee town may be small, but it offers big family fun. Here 8 top family fun adventures you can try in Pigeon Forge.
Top 10 Family Friendly Destinations in the Southeast
Summer vacay is looming to a close, but there still is time for a last minute escape. Instead of driving here and there, how about a destination city, where there are many family activities to choose from in a close vicinity. Here’s a list of the best family friendly destinations of the Southeast for that last minute break:
The Old Mill District: Shopping Hub of Pigeon Forge
The shopping choices in Pigeon Forge can be overwhelming: Outlet malls and the customary photo & souvenir shops at every attraction, and rows of t-shirt shops and gift boutiques lining the Parkway. Now, I do not pretend to be a shopping expert, but I do know where to steer a family towards fun, and luckily enough, we DID find the perfect one-stop shopping hub for the family: The Old Mill District.
Adventures at Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge
When we spotted the big plastic balls of Outdoor Gravity Park rolling down the hill, the first thing I thought of was that adorable gerbil-powered ball rolling into my kids 4-H meeting, and I had to laugh. We had just hopped off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge for an alternative family adventure: who knew that riding down a hilly slope in a giant plastic sphere could be so much fun!
Family Adventures in Pigeon Forge: The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
Riding down the winding loops, and curves of the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the only sound I heard was my own breath- I imagine it was like skiing (I haven’t tried that yet) becoming one with the mountain- something you can only experience for yourself. It wasn’t at all like the screeching and screaming rollercoaster rides I had taken in the past, though I probably was responsible for most of the screaming myself; this was an absolutely unique experience.