5 Unusual Things to Do in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains
If you’re a frequent visitor to Pigeon Forge, TN, you’ve probably been to the area’s most famous attractions, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Dollywood theme park, and the Dixie Stampede dinner show. In addition to these popular destinations, Pigeon Forge also offers a number of wonderful attractions that are a little off the beaten path. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Acorn Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to five unusual things to do in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.
1. Outdoor Gravity Park
Outdoor Gravity Park is the only place in the Smoky Mountains where you can go zorbing. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “zorb” is a giant transparent hamster ball that people can roll around inside. When you visit Outdoor Gravity Park, you will climb inside a zorb that is filled with water and take an exhilarating ride down a 1,000 ft. hill. The water in the zorb prevents riders from tumbling around and provides a refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. In the chillier months, each zorb is filled with warm water.
2. Parrot Mountain and Gardens
Visiting Parrot Mountain and Gardens is another one of the most fun and unusual things to do in Pigeon Forge. This one-of-a-kind attraction is home to hundreds of gorgeous tropical birds that guests can interact with. You can chat with an African grey, get a souvenir photo with a macaw on your shoulder, or feed a lorikeet a special treat. Parrot Mountain and Gardens even has a nursery filled with baby birds that you can play with (or bring home if you’re looking for a new feathered friend)!
3. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is a delightfully quirky destination in the Smokies. Home to over 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers, this unique museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day. All of the shakers in the collection feature creative designs with a lot of personality. You’ll see shakers shaped like bumblebees, teapots, the Loch Ness Monster, U.S. Presidents, and just about anything else you can think of. The price of admission is just $3 per person, and this money is applied toward the purchase of any set of salt and pepper shakers in the gift shop.
4. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
At Flyaway Indoor Skydiving on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, you don’t have to worry about jumping out of a plane or wearing a parachute! This awesome attraction uses a high-powered vertical wind tunnel to simulate the sensation of free falling. Going “skydiving” at Flyaway is an incredible experience that you will never forget.
5. Forbidden Caverns
Forbidden Caverns is a beautiful underground cave located just a short drive from Pigeon Forge. Guests at this amazing attraction will take a guided tour of the cavern’s stunning rock formations, grottos, and chimneys. The cave is equipped with handrails and lights, so it’s easy to walk around and see the sights. Be sure to bring your camera, because there are hundreds of great photo opportunities at Forbidden Caverns!
When you stay with Acorn Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these unusual things to do in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins come with your choice of excellent amenities, including hot tubs, mountain views, theater rooms, game rooms, and swimming pool access. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge!
Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.