Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a tourist town with many attractions from which to choose. The question is, which places are tot-friendly? Your 3 year old may not quite be ready for a 50-foot climbing wall or a G-force simulation chamber. Don’t worry -- there are places to visit that have programs specifically designed for 2 to 5 year olds, as well as interesting stuff for the adults.
The Track (pigeonforgetrack.com) is an amusement park with a wide variety of rides and attractions. There is a section of the park, called "Kids Country," dedicated to young children. This corner of The Track boasts a carousel, airplane rides, mini-karts, Ferris wheel and swings. Dollywood (dollywood.com) is another entertaining place for the whole family and has a lot to offer little ones. The rides and attractions from which to choose include kiddie rides such as Busy Bees, Flying Elephants, Lemon Twist and Piggy Parade, as well as playgrounds and wading pools.
Deer Farm Zoo (deerfarmzoo.com) has many exotic animals, including zebras, kangaroos, wallabies, camels, reindeer and prairie dogs. Aside from the prairie dogs, kids can pet and feed the animals. What little one wouldn't love to actually pet a zebra? Deer Farm also offers pony and horse rides. Pigeon Forge has many outdoor parks as well. Patriot Park is an engaging place to take the kids, with its Patriot Festival and Stringtime in the Smokies.
Kid-friendly Food Joints
The Bullfish Grill has a full children's menu with fish 'n chips, ribs, steak, shrimp and S'mores sundaes. Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que (bennetts-bbq.com) is a slow-cook BBQ house offering a complete kids menu including hamburgers, mac 'n cheese, chicken tenders, ribs and shrimp. There are two sizes of kids meals, which makes it perfect for the 2 to 5 year olds who don't eat as much as their older siblings.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (ripleyaquariums.com) is filled with a large variety of sea creatures for your little guy to see up close. From sharks to stingrays to penguins, the aquarium offers plenty of excitement. There is also a special program for toddlers called “Sea Squirts.” Stories, crafts and aquarium exploration are all designed with little ones in mind. If you are looking for a cultural event, there are several dinner theaters to choose from, such as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede (dixiestampede.com), Smith Family Dinner Theater and Lumberjack Feud (lumberjackfeud.com). Food and a show? Who could resist?
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