Posted by Phil Rodgers in Things to Do
So many places to see, so little time. That's the dilemma facing most Smoky Mountain vacationers, because visitors to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville literally have hundreds of attractions to choose from. It can be overwhelming, especially for those who may never have been to the area and have no previous experience when it comes to what's worth seeing and what's not.
Most folks traveling to our area, even if they've never been here before, have at least some knowledge of the larger attractions, such as Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, etc. And those are all fine destinations. But we've got a few suggestions for attractions that may not have the same marquee name recognition but are still great options if you're looking for places that the entire family can enjoy.
Even if you choose to only visit one, you're going to have a good time, but we've put together an itinerary that will allow you to try them all, and in the process, you will wind up having one action-packed day in Pigeon Forge.
This zipline course is located just two miles off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, but once you're there, you'll feel totally immersed in the hills and woodlands of the Great Smoky Mountains. This seven-line canopy tour collectively offers more than 4,000 feet of zipline and is one of the best zipline values in the Smokies. Ziplines run as long as 800 feet and stand as high as 150 feet above ground level. There's also a unique vertical descent feature that allows you to rappel 30 feet to the ground from one of the zipline platforms, with the assistance of one of their professional guides. It's the highest rated outdoor attraction in Pigeon Forge on TripAdvisor.com. After Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we recommend taking a lunch break and getting ready for a big afternoon.
Our attraction has multiple ways to have fun with the family, but it will also give you a chance to let your lunch settle. At least at first… We're located on Wears Valley Road as you head away from Pigeon Forge on your way to Wears Valley. You might start off with something on the relaxing side, like prospecting for precious gems in our gem-mining area or interacting with the live goats that live on the roof our store and gift shop. You can even feed the goats by peddling our goat cycle, which transports buckets of feed up to the rooftop. After that, you might be ready to take on our Goat Coaster, an alpine-style coaster that measures nearly a mile in length and reaches speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. When you're in the driver's seat, you control the handbrake, so you can make the ride as thrilling or as tame as you can handle. Gravity does the rest of the work on your 4,875-foot journey from top to bottom.
Now it's time for some go-cart action at Fast Tracks, located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. There, you'll find three different tracks: the Pro Track, the three-story Elevated Track and the 8 Track. Each offers a different racing experience, and they also have a variety of different go-cart machines that are designed to accommodate a wide range of customer ages, sizes and skill levels. Naskart racers, skid racers and junior racers are among the selections.
You'll probably want to take a dinner break at some point, and playing some miniature golf is a great way to have fun afterward while also letting the day start to wind down. Fantasy Golf features two 18-hole courses, each of which is decorated with unique, colorful and larger-than-life structures and figures that go hand-in-hand with the attraction's fantasy theme. You'll see giant serpents, castles, dinosaurs, Pegasus, dragons and much more. They're fun to look at while you're on the course, and they also make for some pretty cool photo opps.