Pigeon Forge, TN, is one of the most popular attraction places on the East side of the state and country and our cabins at Douglas Lake are only about 30-40 minutes (traffic permitting) from downtown Pigeon Forge where you can find attractions to last days and weeks. Add Dollywood into that mix and add yourself 3 more days to see and do a majority of what Pigeon Forge has to offer.
Here’s some of our favorite attractions in that area:
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Welcome to the Big House! Alcatraz East Crime Museum, which will give visitors the behind-the-scenes story to our nation’s crime history, is located at the entrance to The Island at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum’s neighbors at The Island include Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Margaritaville Hotel, and will offer historic objects and activities for the entire family.
There are 20 different exhibit areas covering five themes for guests to explore; history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture.
Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages will encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime!
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Billed as the Smokies’ Most Fun Place to Eat, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a restaurant and show like no other.
Watch as 32 magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and friendly competition. The show culminates with an emotional musical conclusion set to a patriotic salute of Red, White, and Blue—featuring Color Me America, written and recorded by Dolly Parton herself.
Get here early and enjoy a leisurely stroll alongside the open-air stables to sneak a peek at the horses. It’s also your chance to meet the equine stars of the show up close and discover their flawless beauty. Before the main event, enjoy live entertainment from bluegrass and country band, Mountain Ruckus, in the Saloon. While there, you can nosh on popcorn or other snacks. Then quench your thirst with an ice-cold Coca-Cola, or one of their exotic fruit drinks in a collector series Souvenir Boot Mug.
Come see and taste what everyone is talking about. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is more than just dinner and a show. It’s a cherished tradition that your family will always remember.
Historic Old Mill
175 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Built in 1830, The Old Mill of Pigeon Forge still operates to this day! See how farmers once employed the greatest in 19th century hydropower technology to grind flour and meal. Plus, learn how pottery and candy was once made by hand.
Today, the Old Mill is a working tribute to the pioneer days of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most photographed mills in the country. Just as in the 19th century, it’s still one of the most popular places in the Smokies.
Attached to the Old Mill is the General Store, where more than a million shoppers a year stop in for tasty treats. Inside, you can discover homemade jams, jellies, fudge, salad dressings, and other popular products from the Old Mill Signature line.
Hollywood Wax Museum
106 Showplace Blvd A, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Visit the stars that make you melt.
Come Play with the Stars at Hollywood Wax Museum! You’ll get the chance to pose with your favorite stars and use provided props to ham it up for super-fun selfies. Walk the red carpet with Hollywood’s elite, sing along with pop stars, come face-to-face with horror villains and even put on a wedding dress and marry a star! You’ll also discover little-known facts about your favorite show-biz personalities, including surprising details about their pets, pet peeves, accomplishments, charity work, and more.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Considered one of the world’s premier theme parks, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood features rip-roaring rides, delectable fare, and stellar entertainment—all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
From live artists performing country, southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music, to master craftsmen showcasing glass blowing and blacksmithing, Dollywood is brimming with the rich heritage and artistry of the Smokies.
In addition to year-round incomparable entertainment and mouthwatering food, Dollywood plays host to five of the South’s largest festivals. Festival of Nations is a fascinating multi-cultural celebration featuring traditional music, dance, food and art of nations from around the globe. Enjoy Dollywood’s Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival in the spring and the Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights in the fall, offering delightful concerts and tasty foods that highlight the changing of the seasons.
2491 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
The Holy Grail of magical fun.
Enter the MagiQuest kingdom, cast your magic wand, and embark on exciting adventures. Here, you can search for treasure, do battle with fire-breathing dragons, and challenge evil goblins. And discover secret passages and hidden corridors along the way.
After making your way through the kingdom, you can also play 18 holes of SpecialFX Pirate Golf, travel through Odyssey—the world’s largest mirror maze—or race through the Vault laser challenge. MagiQuest is the fun-filled castle the whole family will enjoy.
Pigeon Forge Snow
2533 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Pigeon Forge Snow, the first indoor snow facility of its kind in the U.S., offers real snow and indoor snow tubing year round. The attraction uses state-of-the-art snow-making technology to transform the 35,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility into a winter wonderland, complete with 15 lanes of snow tubing. Instead of using synthetic material, the attraction’s slopes are covered in genuine fresh powder. Play areas will allow guests to build a snowman and have snowball fights. For guests’ comfort, the indoor climate will remain between 60 and 70 degrees 365 days a year.