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Why Visiting The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN Needs to be on your Radar

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The Island in Pigeon Forge – Things To Do

No trip or visit to the Smokies would be complete without a stop at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Packed full of family fun, this is one attraction that you don’t want to overlook and miss out on!

Why Visiting The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN Needs to be on your Radar

It’s no secret that Pigeon Forge, TN offers a ton of activities that every age can enjoy. During our recent travels, we had the pleasure of visiting The Island, and we fell in love. How could you not? With over 60 different retail stores to shop and explore plus all the fun restaurants, rides, and games, it’s a safe bet to say that we’ll be returning back to The Island very, very soon.

There are literally a ton of great reasons to visit The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN but here are a few reasons why our family loved it.

Great food with amazing views

  • Margaritaville Restaurant

After spending some time walking around and exploring The Island, our tummies were growling. Luckily, we were able to hop in and grab a bite to eat at the Margaritaville Restaurant. Seriously, the food there is so good! (Plus, if you eat outdoors, you get an awesome view of the Great Smoky Ferris Wheel!)


  • Paula Deen’s Kitchen

But don’t overlook all the other delicious dining options that The Island has. From grabbing a bite of down-home comfort cooking at Paula Deen’s Kitchen to taste testing a bit of fudge from The Fudgery, there is literally something there to treat everyone’s taste buds. 

  • Ole Smoky Moonshine

For those of you who are over 21, stop in at the Ole Smoky Moonshine as well. What better time to sip on some homemade moonshine then when visiting Pigeon Forge, TN? There are so many options and flavors that you couldn’t literally make a visit there daily if you wanted.

ole smoky moonshine

Activities for everyone in the family

It’s fair to say that The Island doesn’t mess around when it comes to activities. It’s also complete truth that one could visit Pigeon Forge, TN and never run out of things to do just by walking around and exploring The Island. With activities like these, how can you not have fun?

  • Great Smoky Ferris Wheel

Round and round it goes and when you get to stop at the top, you’ll get to see everything that the city of Pigeon Forge, TN has to offer. Take your camera or phone because this is one view you don’t want to miss. 

  • The Islands Rope Course

Just how brave are you? If you like to climb, zip line or free fall, make this course one of your first stops. From thrills to spills, it’s a screaming good time. 

  • Island Show Fountain

Don’t miss out on the beauty of the fountain! It lights up at night and is even synced up to music. This is one free show that you don’t want to miss! 

Island Show Fountain

  • 7D Dark Ride Adventure

You’ve heard of 3D and 4D, but 7D? This is a must! This ride takes you on an interactive ride that will have you wondering what’s real and what’s not! 

  • Arcade City

Who doesn’t love earning tickets for winning games? This arcade is one that is certain to have games for every member of the family. 

  • Island Bumper Cars

If your family has the need for speed, bumper cars are the way to go! You can bump and nudge each other in a safe and fun way! 

  • The Escape Game

Can you and your family escape the puzzle that you’re trapped within The Escape Game? Put your minds together and see if you can beat the clock! 

the escape game in pigeon forge

  • Old Time Photo

Take a trip back into time and get some fun old time photos taken of your family! Everyone gets to dress up and pose which just adds to the fun. 

  • The Island Miner’s Gem

Have you ever wanted to hunt those hills for gold? Taking a pit spot at this cute location is about as close as you can get! Mine for gems and jewels as a family and see who can find something worth keeping. 

  • Island Mirror Maze

Get ready to see double because the mirror maze will have you thinking that there’s two (or three!) of everything. How long will it take you to get through all the mirrors? 

  • Shopping

You can’t visit The Island of Pigeon Forge, without doing a little shopping. You can find a ton of gift ideas and souvenirs such as apparel, jewelry, artwork, sweet treats and so much more!  

shopping in the island of pigeon forge

There are literally so many fun attractions and activities to do at The Island that you may need to extend your vacation to get them all in! (don’t forget to check out all of them because there are even more than the ones mentioned above!) The good news? You can actually purchase a 2-day unlimited rides pass for every member of your family to make certain that none of you miss out on any of the fun! 

Visiting The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN is one family-friendly activity that you can’t afford to miss! 

Pigeon Forge Welcome Sign
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