5 Memorable Things To Do At The Island In Pigeon Forge

If you haven’t visited Pigeon Forge, Tennessee lately, a trip to this bustling town in the Great Smoky Mountains is in order. The Island, an entertainment district which opened in the area in the last several years, offers a range of activities from dining with Paula Deen to a ferris wheel to the Margaritaville Island Hotel.

Photo Courtesy of Margaritaville Island Hotel

Here are 5 fun things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge:

Hop a Ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel

For a bird’s eye view of Pigeon Forge, climb aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel and ride to the top in an enclosed gondola. You’ll not only spot all the attractions in Pigeon Forge, which include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and even the Titanic Museum, but you can see the Great Smoky Mountains glimmering in the distance.

Sip Moonshine

Enjoy tasting wine? Why not moonshine? At Ole Smoky Moonshine, you can do just that! This store, which is loaded from top to bottom with jars of moonshine in every flavor imaginable, lets you down 12 “shots” of moonshine if you dare. Probably best to stick to two or three, sampling flavors like blueberry, butterscotch and even salted caramel. Some are actually quite tasty!

See the White Ford Bronco From OJ’s Car Chase

Remember the infamous car chase with OJ Simpson in the back driven by his friend Al Cowlings? You can see that car and more, including John Wayne Gacy’s clown costumes, letters written by Bernie Madoff and drawings from Charles Manson, at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum at the Island.

Even kids will be entertained with interactive exhibits throughout like a chance to sit in the witness seat in a courtroom, the opportunity to take a police officer’s fitness test and the trying their hand at shooting targets.

Dine With Paula Deen

Home-cooking doesn’t get much better than Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at The Island where meals are served family style. Plan to eat light before you head to this restaurant where you will likely eat your fill. Don’t miss the garlic cheddar biscuits, her famous sweet potato butter, her fall-apart-tender roast beef, and the scrumptious Ooey Gooey Butter Cake dessert. And take a tour through Paula’s store after your meal for a souvenir from your dinner and stroll through a replica of her kitchen.

Stay a Night in Margaritaville

If you’re a Jimmy Buffet fan, you’ll be in hog heaven at the Margaritaville Island Hotel. Even if you’re not, this contemporary take on island life makes for a fun getaway in the heart of Tennessee. Choose from size-able rooms each with their own margarita maker. Rooms either face the creek that circles “the island” or the entertainment district itself with all the action. There’s even Pigeon Forge’s own version of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas with water synchronized to music — but a bit smaller in size — just outside the hotel doors.

Become an Escape Artist

Why just watch the super heroes and James Bond’s of the world on adrenaline pumping exploits. Participate in your own real life adventure with the Escape Game. For one hour you and your friends can be an art thief, make a prison break, save a space ship or even find gold by deciphering clues, and solving problems to get you and your team mates out of some dicey predicaments.  It’s an awesome way to start an evening and gives everyone something fun to talk about the rest of the night.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge, an exciting entertainment district, offers a range of memorable family activities not to be missed!

Lyn Mettler is a freelance travel writer and author of “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass and Flying Free Around the U.S.” You can find her at GotoTravelGal.com, as well as on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook as @GotoTravelGal.

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