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Top 5 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smoky Mountains

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There is no better place to make memories with your family than the Smokies. Check off everything on your vacation bucket list when you stay with us next to all the fun! To help you make the most of your trip, here are some of the top family-friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smoky Mountains.

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Get up close and personal with some adorable new friends at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. You and your family can even interact with these wonderful sea creatures! Pet one of the playful penguins in Penguin Encounter, or watch one of the African Penguin artists in action as they paint you a masterpiece! You can also touch a stingray as it glides by in the shallow lagoon in Touch a Ray Bay. Educators are on hand to answer any questions you might have about these amazing animals. There are also behind the scene tours available where a staff member will show you what it takes to keep the animals happy and healthy.

2. Crave Golf Club

If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to golf, visit Crave Golf Club. It features 2 courses with 19 candy-themed holes in each. There is even a spinner at each hole to add an extra layer of fun to your experience. One of the best things about this attraction is that they offer in-store dining with something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Your kids will love mixing and matching their favorite treats in the sweet shop. They also make specialty and custom shakes at the milkshake bar.

3. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

For dinner and a show, stop by Dolly Parton’s Stampede! This attraction is one of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge TN because it offers something for people of all ages. Family fun and adventure collide as you experience horse riding stunts, musical productions, and more! Enjoy the four-course feast, complete with a delicious dessert as you watch the show. There are also vegetarian options available upon request. Your ticket to this attraction includes all of these things as well as pre-show entertainment.

4. Go For a Hike

great smoky mountains national park mountainsThere’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Smokies than by hiking through them! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the country, and it’s no wonder! There are trails of all kinds with a variety of views, which make for endless photo-ops possibilities! If you are bringing younger children on your hike, try one of the kid-friendly trails! Great Smoky Mountains is also one of the most biodiverse national parks, so you and your family can observe a variety of plant and animal life.

5. Enjoy Our Fabulous Amenities

If you feel like staying in for the afternoon, take advantage of all our fabulous amenities! Our resort has a game room that features a pool table, foosball, and air hockey where the kids and the kids at heart can stay occupied for hours! The whole family can stay active using our Fitness Center, complete with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, free weights and weight machines. You can also relax and stay entertained in your own condo or villa. Kick back with the family and watch a movie on one of the flat screen TVs or stay nice and toasty in front of the fireplace.

We would love to share more of our favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smoky Mountains when you visit. Start planning your next to the Smokies and browse our selection of condos and villas. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Appleview River Resort!

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