Aerial view of Pigeon Forge, TN

Do you get brain freeze during your vacation? It’s that feeling when you wake up and your mind goes blank and you can’t think of anything to do. Well, there are plenty of things to do in Pigeon Forge. We have a sample Wednesday for you below. You can switch items out and use it as a guide, or follow it to the “T.” Use our “wishlist” feature to save your items into a custom suitcase and save it for later. We also recommend you visit My Pigeon Forge for additional trip planning. They also offer a free vacation guide that’s full of things to do, discounts and coupons, maps, tips, and more.


Wake up refreshed and relaxed and head on over to The Island and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. They open up bright and early at 8:00 AM. Enjoy a Southern-style breakfast with a spread of down-home cooked dishes like chicken and waffles, meats like country ham and applewood-smoked bacon, and treats like the hashbrown casserole or fresh fruit.

After breakfast, visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop, also in The Island. They have selections that are perfect for people of any age! They have Star Wars bears, bears from the Disney movies like Frozen, and even stuffed animals like monkeys, cats, and dogs. Be creative and put your own spin on your creation.


Grab lunch at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ on the Pigeon Forge Parkway if you are looking for Memphis-style BBQ. They smoke it at their location daily. You can either dine-in or get your meal to go (perfect if you want to take your meal to a picnic). The best thing about Corky’s is even if you have your whole family, your dining can be affordable. They have The Smokehouse which feeds 5–6 for $69.99 and features a full rack of ribs, a pound of pulled pork, two halves of chicken, corn on the cob, seasoned fries, BBQ baked beans, and a choice of slaw or potato salad. You can also do the Memphis Sampler if you want to split with your partner. For $29.99 you can choose from four different types of meat and two sides. You can have your own personal “pick three” with the Triple Q. If you have to organize a group event later you should keep them in mind since they cater too.

Be entertained as you enjoy the 3:00 PM matinee (available most Wednesdays) at Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge. It’s the perfect time if you want to experience a show, but you have little ones that need to be in bed in the early evening. You’ll hear music through genres like big band swing, oldies, and country. You’ll be blown away by their special effects, pyrotechnics, and laser lights, and be dazzled with the high-flying musicians.


You don’t want to miss Bullfish Grill. If you want to switch up your evening dining experience, they have fresh seafood (delivered daily) that will make your tastebuds thank you. Signature dishes include New Orleans-style shrimp Creole, sauteed gulf shrimp served over cheese grits and mixed with garlic, mushrooms, bacon, spinach, and scallions. They also have succulent fresh fish selections from Atlantic salmon and tilapia, to Sashimi grade Ahi tuna and Mahi Mahi. They are open till 10:00 PM on Wednesday, giving some time to relax a bit before checking them out if you’d like.

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About Andrew Parrott

Andrew Parrott is as close to the most interesting man in the world as you can get. As a resident of Tennessee, he knows his stuff when it comes to the Smoky Mountains! When not wrangling wild boars, he enjoys spending time with his family.

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