Spend a Day at The Island – In Pigeon Forge, TN
If you are looking for things to do in the Smokies, dip your toes in The Island, a haven of entertainment, shopping, and dining in Pigeon Forge. With a wide variety of activities for all ages, you might find yourselves spending the day there. Use this guide to The Island for a great day of fun and make sure to book one of our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge to use as your base camp for exploring all the attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Things to Do in the Smokies for All Ages
It would be easy to associate The Island with shopping alone, but with 11 rides, there are a wide variety of options for fun. First and foremost is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a huge Ferris wheel that will have soaring high in the sky. Enjoy amazing views of the Smokies that you will not get from anywhere else from atop your gondola. You can even save two dollars by booking online or buy a two-ride package for only a few bucks more.
Kids of all ages will love the many other activities scattered through The Island. There are rides like the Spinning Parrots Coaster, which has free-spinning carriages on a figure eight track, and the Happy Swing, an enormous swing that will have you soaring much higher than the playground.
There are many other activities beyond rides, however, like the Island Show Fountain, which offers a sound and light show day and night. The Alcatraz Crime Museum, Island Mirror Maze, Escape Game, and classic Old Time Photo offer further possibilities.
Things to Do in the Smokies Include Shopping and Dining
The Island boasts a lot more than rides, however, with 60 specialty shops, many offering items unavailable elsewhere. Have your picture taken with beautiful tropical birds at Parrot Mountain or visit shops like the Beef Jerky Outlet, Pepper Palace, or Christmas and More for the best in specialized shopping.
In addition, Ole Smoky Moonshine has one of its three locations here, and the Ole Smoky Barn features a still, a tasting bar, and live bluegrass music every day. Yee-Haw Brewing Company has a location there as well, for those who enjoy a lighter drink. There is even a spa at The Island as well, so you can make sure to come home from vacation all the more relaxed.
There are also 18 restaurants, eateries, and bars at The Island as well, so pick your flavor and enjoy a meal at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Margaritaville, and the famous Dick’s Last Resort, where the waiters’ deliberate lack of charm will have everyone laughing. You can, of course, stock up on all kinds of popcorn at Kapop!, candy and fudge at one of several shops, or have a quiet drink.
Cabin Rentals in Pigeon Forge Make Planning Easy
Whatever activity you choose, many of our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge are within a very short drive. A few are even walking distance from The Island! At the end of a fun day of shopping, eating, and entertainment, head back to one of our chalets for an evening in the hot tub or by the fire.
Mountain Air Cabin Rentals vacation homes are located throughout the Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley. We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, many dinner shows and theaters, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities.