Tennessee Vacations for families-where do you choose? There are so many awesome places to visit in Tennessee but we ultimately ended up in Pigeon Forge. The attractions in Pigeon Forge could keep a family busy for weeks. We had so many things to choose from and we knew this would be a great Tennessee vacation.
Thank you to My Pigeon Forge for hosting us on our Pigeon Forge Vacation. As always all opinions are honest and my own.
We love to keep busy during our family vacations, and as soon as we arrived we jumped right in and started exploring all the attractions in Pigeon Forge.
Our Tennessee road trip planning started in early June when we were brainstorming places to visit during our summer vacation. We love exploring as a family and we knew we wanted to visit Tennessee this year.
As we started our planning process we really began to see that the attractions in Pigeon Forge would be a perfect fit for our family. I love that there is a good mix of family friendly attractions and dining options, as well as down time to relax and unwind.
Pigeon Forge Activities Day 1 + 2
- Titanic Museum
- Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Feud
- Clingman’s Dome
- Fizzle Chicken’s Farmhouse Cafe
- Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
- Crave Mini-Golf
Day 1: Experiencing the Titanic Museum + Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
One of the first things we saw as we drove into Pigeon Forge was the huge Titanic replica. The Titanic Museum is a self-guided walk through of the story of the Titanic.
I wasn’t sure if this would be a great fit for my kids but they were really interested. They even had a special tour guide for kids. As you enter everyone is given their own portable speaker that will guide your through the exhibit. There is an adult and child one.
You are also given a card with a profile of a person that was aboard the Titanic. As you go through the exhibit you see if your person survived or perished on their journey.
The Titanic Museum does not allow video or photos through the museum. They have a collection of artifacts and even pieces that were on the ship. I didn’t realize how emotional we would all feel as we learned more about what it was like to be on the Titanic. It was powerful and I was happy we visited to learn more.
After the museum we headed next door to the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Feud. I had a bit of hesitant heading into this. I didn’t know what to expect and wasn’t sure we would enjoy it.
I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. The show is based on the “historical feud of Hatfield and McCoy”. It is highly entertaining with dancing and all the kids are invited to the stage to do a bit of dancing.
The food was served family style and fast, but we all enjoyed it. It was fried chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, rolls, and dessert. The food is served before the start of the show and it moves quickly.
We had reserved tickets for the 2nd evening show and it was late when we headed back to our cabin for an early morning drive to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Day 2: Clingman’s Dome, Pancake Breakfast, WonderWorks, Big Daddy Pizza, & Mini-Golf
As I’m writing this I can’t believe how much we packed into this day. We had planned to sleep in but everyone woke up early so we decided to take a drive up the mountains to Clingman’s Dome.
Clingman’s Dome is not in Pigeon Forge. It is located about an hour away and is worth the drive. As you climb the mountains you see breathtaking views and it is a must do. You will park at the top and make your way up the .5 mile(very steep) hike up the mountains.
Clingman’s Dome is the third highest point east of the Mississippi. It is a bit tough but most people can climb it, children included. There are benches along the way if you need a break. My kids needed a few breaks but they were so happy and proud they made it to the top.
After our morning hike we headed to Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe. Frizzle Chicken’s has a hot breakfast and singing chickens. Every 10 minutes the chickens “cluck” a familiar song and the kids thought it was so funny.
With a full stomach we went to WonderWorks. WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park that has hands on exhibits, a 3D show, and interactive activities. It is best to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid large crowds-we arrived mid-afternoon and it was really crowded.
Our favorite spot at WonderWorks is the bubble room. The kids made gigantic bubbles and had a lot of fun in this area. Being a Dr. Seuss fan, I really enjoyed the small art area dedicated to Dr. Seuss creations.
After WonderWorks we headed back to the cabin to relax for the afternoon. I loved having space in the cabin to relax after our busy days. The views from the balcony were amazing!
For dinner we headed over to Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. There is something special about ordering a pizza at a restaurant. Typically pizza is for take-out in our house. We ordered the meatball pizza.
After dinner we drove over to Crave for some mini-golf. Crave is an indoor and outdoor mini-golf course themed to sweets. They have gumdrop and chocolate holes, and you can also purchase candy and sweet treats.
We started with the outdoor course. Each of our tickets included a bottle of water. I really appreciated this because Tennessee in August is hot! Our goal was to do both courses. We did make it through the indoor and outdoor but the kids were tired at the end and one course would have been best.
Day 1 and 2 of our family vacation was packed with attractions in Pigeon Forge. We were busy but everything was so much fun. It was a great start to our Tennessee vacation.
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