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Top 10 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge . . . Kid’s Edition

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What makes an attraction worthy to be named one of the Top 10 things to do for kids? For many, it’s having the option to do more than one activity at a location. Each of the attractions listed below offers a variety of activities so that there’s something for everyone!

© Curtis Hilbun / Dollywood

1. Dollywood

While Dollywood is fun for all ages, kids love the variety of rides, food, and family-friendly entertainment in one location! Two of the most notable festivals that kids love are the Festival of Nations from March 14 – April 20 and the Summer Celebration from June 20 – August 2.

Cost:
1 Day Ticket – $79 (ages 10-61)
1 Day Child Ticket – $69 (ages 4-9)
1 Day Senior Ticket – $69

Visit www.dollywood.com for more information.

 

© The Island in Pigeon Forge

2. The Island in Pigeon Forge

In addition to shopping and dining, there are over 20 activities for the family to enjoy at the Island.

Cost:
If you’re looking for a convenient package that includes all of the outdoor rides for the low price of $30 per person, the unlimited rides pass may be the best option for you or your family. This is a 48-hour unlimited pass that allows you to ride everything included as many times as you want for two days of family fun at The Island!  The outdoor rides that are included in the Unlimited Rides Pass are:

The Flying Horse Carousel
Happy Swing
Lil Ribbits
Funny Cars
Island Express
Twist N Shout
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Thunderdome
Spinning Parrots Coaster
Sky Tykes
Reverse Time

For only $10 more, upgrade your unlimited rides pass to include a one-time admission to the Island Ropes Course & Quick Jump.

Visit www.theislandinpigeonforge.com for more information.

 

© MagiQuest Pigeon Forge

3. Magiquest

MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge is a Castle Full of Fun for all ages! Enjoy 4 exciting attractions: MagiQuest – a live-action adventure; Blacklight SpecialFX Pirate Golf; Odyssey – a mirror maze adventure; and the Vault Laser Challenge.

Cost:
MagiQuest Combo –  Includes use of a loaner wand, 60-minute MagiQuest game experience, and Pirate Golf. $16.99 (Children under 3 free)
The Ultimate Combo Adventure Package – Includes any classic wand, 90-minute MagiQuest game experience, and Pirate Golf. $25.99
MagiQuest Only – Includes your choice of a classic wand and 90 minutes MagiQuest gaming experience. $21.99
Returning Magi – 60-minute MagiQuest game experience (wand not included) $10.99
Adult Golf – Includes 18 holes of Putt-Putt. $10.99
Child Golf – Includes 18 holes of Putt-Putt. $8.99

Visit www.magiquestpf.com for more information.

 

© Rowdy Bear Ridge Amusement Park

4. Rowdy Bear Ridge Amusement Park (Pigeon Forge)

Home to 2 of Pigeon Forge’s most exciting rides! Zip down the 500+ foot, year-round tubing hill or be a part of North America’s first Alpine Flyer and laser gun coaster! Purchase your tickets online to reserve your spot with Pigeon Forge’s most thrilling rides!

Cost:
Outdoor Tubing Wristband – 1/2 Hour – $15.99 + tax, 1 Hour: $21.99 + tax
One Ride on the Alpine Flyer –  $13.99 + tax
Flyer/Tubing Combo Wristband – $25.99 + tax (wristband Includes 45 min of Tubing + 2 Rides on the Alpine Flyer)

Visit www.rowdybearmountain.com/pigeon-forge for more information.

 

© Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park

5. Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park (Gatlinburg)

Home to 2 of Gatlinburg’s most exciting rides! Soar through the treetops of East TN on the world’s first mountain glider or join a friend or family member on the alpine mountain coaster that reaches up to 35mph! Purchase your tickets online to reserve your spot with Gatlinburg’s most thrilling rides!

Cost:
Coaster/Glider Combo Ticket – 2 rides on the Alpine Coaster and 1 ride on the Mountain Glider $30

$30.00 for Riders 54″+, and only $10.00 for riders 3-9 and under 54″ riding with someone 16 years or older.  5 rides are guaranteed when this wristband is purchased and often riders get even more if they aren’t busy! Ride Single or Double, switch it up each time! Add a Discounted Glider Ride to this Wristband at any of the ticket counters for only $12.

Triple Action Wristband: $24.00 for riders 54″+ and only 10.00 for riders ages 3-9 and under 54″ riding with someone 16 years or older. This Wristband allows the rider to enjoy the thrills and squeals of the Alpine Coaster for THREE rides! Add a Discounted Glider Ride to this Wristband at any of the ticket counters for only $12.

Visit www.rowdybearmountain.com/gatlinburg for more information.

 

© Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

6. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Providing a top-quality, world-class, marine life facility that fosters environmental education, conservation, and research while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Cost:
Adult (12 & Up) – $ 32.99
Child (6-11) – $ 17.99
Child (2-5)  – $ 7.99
Guide Book –  $ 2.00

Visit www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg for more information.

 

© Gatlin’s Fun Center

7. Gatlin’s Fun Center

With a wide variety of exciting activities to choose from, Gatlin’s provides high-quality fun for everyone in your family or group, no matter the age! From escape rooms, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper cars, and so much more!

Offering Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Escape Games, Ropes Course, Blacklight Golf, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Atomic Rush.

Cost:
Any Single Activity (Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Blacklight Golf, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Atomic Rush) – $13.99
Mix & Match any of the following 6 activities: Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Blacklight Golf, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Atomic Rush – $19.99
Play Mini Golf every day of your vacation! Includes two 18-hole outdoor courses & 9 holes of indoor Blacklight Mini Golf. It’s unlimited golf for your entire vacation – $19.99
Gatlin’s Escape Games offer you the highest quality escape rooms available featuring very high tech puzzles, challenges, and Hollywood set theme-ing in every escape room – Starting at $32.99
Climb as long as you want! Adventurers, while safely harnessed in an overhead track, will be able to climb three stories in the air to face thirty-eight challenges including rickety bridges, suspended ropes, and other balancing obstacles – $17.99
Ropes course plus Gatlin’s Fun Pass – $29.99
Do It All – Choose any one of Gatlin’s Escape Games, Gatlin’s Fun Pass good for 6 fun activities, Rugged Ropes Adventure, Course ticket, Climb as long as you want, play Unlimited Mini Golf during your ENTIRE vacation – $54.99

Visit for www.gatlinsfuncenter.com for more information.

 

© Crave Golf Club

8. Crave Golf Club

There are over 18,500 square feet of space at Crave Golf Club in Pigeon Forge. There are two courses with 19 candy-themed holes in each, both indoor and on the roof which are both fully handicap accessible. There is even a “Crave Style” way to play. At each hole, use the spinner and add another layer of fun and excitement to your experience.

After your round of golf, check out the escape rooms:  Zombie Research Lab and Mayday.

Enjoy in-store snack options with the sweet candy shop and soft-serve ice cream.

Cost:
Adult 2 Courses – $16.99
Adult 1 Course – $14.99
Kids 2 Courses – $11.99
Kids 1 Course -$9.99
(Kids Pricing is for Ages 3-11. Under Age 3 are Free)

2 Courses + 2 Escape Rooms – $32.99
2 Courses + 1 Escape Room – $24.99

Visit www.cravegolf.com for more information.

 

© WonderWorks Pigeon Forge

9. WonderWorks Pigeon Forge

With over 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.

Cost:
All-Access Pass – Includes all Wonderworks Exhibits, The 4D XD Motion Theater, Laser Tag, Glow in the Dark Ropes Course – $27.99 + tax for Adults (13+) $18.99 + tax for Children (Ages 4-12)

After Dark – Tickets must be purchased online for entry after 6 pm. Includes all Wonderworks Exhibits, The 4D XD Motion Theater, Laser Tag, Glow in the Dark Ropes Course – $15 + tax for Adults (13+) $15 + tax for Children (Ages 4-12)

The Wonders of Magic – One ticket to the hottest magic show in town! The show features incredible illusions and the best sleight of hand you will ever see. You are guaranteed to be amazed! $18.99 + tax for Adults (13+) $18.99 + tax for Children (Ages 4-12)

Combo Ticket (includes All Access and The Wonders of Magic Show) – $37.99 + tax for Adults (13+) $28.99 + tax for Children (Ages 4-12)

Visit www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge for more information.

 

© TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

10. TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

Top Jump offers a standard trampoline park for open jump, Cliffhanger climbing challenges, Boneyard Stunt Tower, AirStrike Dodgeball, Fire & Ice Ninja Course much more. There is also a 5,000 square foot arcade, Sugar Rush Candy Store and a concession stand.

Cost: 

Packages for 42″ and up
2 hours of Jump, Ninja & Climbing – $23.99
1 hour of Jump, Ninja & Climbing – $14.99
Taxes not included. Grip socks required. Don’t have any? They are only $3.

Packages for under 42″
2 hours of Jump, Ninja & Climbing – $15.99
1 hour of Jump, Ninja & Climbing – $9.99
Taxes not included. Grip socks required. Don’t have any? They are only $3.

MILITARY DISCOUNT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY – 25% OFF!

1 Game of VR – $7.99
Your choice of Cold Clash, Samurai, or Zombyte

Gaming Package – $14.99
Your choice of Cold Clash, Samurai, or Zombyte + $15 Arcade Card

Visit www.topjump.com for more information.

The owner and founder of The Smoky Mountain Life, Kim Hunt, is a lifelong resident of southeast Tennessee and lover of all things Smoky Mountains. 

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