3 Best Shows to Experience in Pigeon Forge


Tennessee isn’t just the home of Southern hospitality and great scenery. It’s also a great place to catch unique and amazing shows. Pigeon Forge is an often-overlooked vacation destination. The home of Dollywood offers several types of entertainment that are uniquely Southern in style and flavor. At the top of the list of fun are these three shows that are the best experiences in Pigeon Forge.

The Smoky Mountain Opry

Called the best variety show in the nation by Southern Living, the Smoky Mountain Opry is a mix of live music, comedy sketches, and good, old-fashioned fun. This show is great for the entire family. Featuring music styles from big band to country to rock ‘n’ roll, the Smoky Mountain Opry provides a musical spectacular with literal high-flying musicians, comedians, dancers, and awe-inspiring special effects. For an amazing evening, don’t miss this show.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

There are many places throughout the country that you can get dinner and show, but at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, you get a feast and a festival celebrating horses and their riders. This is the most fun place to eat in the country, and the fun begins before the show when you can visit the stars in their stalls. Music group Mountain Ruckus plays in the Saloon, where you can eat popcorn and get a souvenir boot mug. While the horses are the stars, the food is a fabulous supporting cast member. Enjoy creamy vegetable soup, chicken, pork, and more during the four-course dinner that ends with a flaky apple pastry. You know Dolly Parton knows how to throw a Southern party with all the trimmings. Come get your fill of food and entertainment.


Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud is one of the most unique entertainment offerings in the U.S. Just watching the Dawson and McGraw families compete in 11 different lumberjack activities would be entertainment enough, but Paula Deen turns it up a notch with an interactive experience that brings the audience on stage. There are three restaurants to choose from, and you can bring your food to the climate-controlled grandstand. Stick around and participate in the lumberjack adventure of the High Woodsmen Challenge. You can even run logs like the professionals, and since you’re harnessed in, you don’t have to worry about falling off a log and into the pool.

Other Activities

Of course, these shows are just the start of what Pigeon Forge has to offer. The Titanic Museum, Elvis and Hollywood Legends Museum, and The Island are all places that deserve attention in Pigeon Forge. Adults can savor local wineries and distilleries; the whole family can have fun with mini golf, go-karts, and other entertainment. One or two days just won’t cut it if you want to catch everything. You’re going to want to stay a week or longer.

Fortunately, there are a lot of great places to stay. Whether you want the best top-of-the-line hotel available, or you’re looking for something more family-budget friendly, contact My Smoky Mountain Travel to find the best hotels in Pigeon Forge, and get ready to kick up your heels and enjoy some good Southern fun and hospitality.

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