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10 New & Unique Things to Do 
You Might Not Know About

Hidden Gems in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

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Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do with so many options in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. 

Here is a list to help so you don't miss out on things

that might get lost in the shuffle.

These are New & Unique things to do, places to go and tips to have

your best vacation in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville.

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1.) Parkway Playhouse
2141 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Parkway Playhouse Theater in Pigeon Forge, exterior front of building
Parkway Playhouse magic show, Pigeon Forge, girl is elevated by magic

See mermaids, unicorns, and death-defying magical feats at this new Pigeon Forge theater. This looks like a fun place to try.  It's very kid and family friendly, and great for groups.


They have magic shows, concessions and private escape rooms- including Houdini and Freckled Zelda Escape Rooms.  See America's Got Talent stars and "Tik Tok star Freckled Zelda" -you should definitely look her up!


And check this out- they have the coolest way to propose to that special person!  Check the "special occasions" tab on their website to have your engagement ring magically appear!  

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2.)  Hawk Skylift
4149 Wears Valley Rd, Wears Valley, TN

Hawk Skylift attraction in Wears Valley, Sevierville, TN
Harper Brothers horses at the horseback riding stables, Wears Valley, TN

In beautiful Wears Valley, just down the road from Pigeon Forge, you will find Harper Bros. Mountain General Store, Chair Lift, and horse riding stables.  You can ride or just pet the horses, shop in the store, and take a ride up the mountain for beautiful views of surrounding Wears Valley.

You will find absolute treasures at the General Store, have some Starbucks, and then take a relaxing ride to the top of the mountain, where you can watch the horses graze below, and you will find rocking chairs and free moon pies in the "Hawk's Nest".

You can also choose a guided, 30 minute, beginner's Meadow Ride on one of the many trained, well-cared for, horses, as available.

3.) Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar
812 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar, front of store in Gatlinburg, TN
Crazy Mason Milkshakes, Gatlinburg TN

First let me say Dairy Free Options are available!  These crazy shakes, sundaes, desserts and "crazy bombs" will have your eyes big and you will be amazed.  

Try flavors with names like :

  • You Gotta Be Puddin' Me

  • Sweet Cheesus

  • Split Happens

  • Muffin But Blueberry

  • Mint to Be

  • I Like Big Buns

  • Don't Worry Beach Happy

  • Build Me Up Buttercup

  • Campfire Sundae....and more

With names like this (there's more), who could resist this fun place just for the giggles.  You can watch them make it and also there's a "rinse your souvenir mason jar sink", so you can take it home with you and not worry about the yummy mess.

4.) Sky High Air Tours
134 Air Museum Way, Sevierville, TN

sky high air tours logo, Sevierville TN attraction
view from Biplane landing at Sevierville airpark, Scenic flying attraction and tour

Imagine flying in an original, vintage, 1927 open air Biplane over the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, rivers and streams and enjoying a view that few get to experience.  This is not just a replica, this is the real deal!

This plane has been carefully restored into new condition and is FAA Certified. Check out the TripAdvisor reviews, it is the experience of a lifetime.  Choose between 3 flight options, from 8-30 minutes.  Fly over Dollywood, Douglas Lake and the Parkway!

Like Flying?

Try a Scenic Helicopter Tour too!

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5.) Activate Games
631 Parkway, Suite B10, Gatlinburg, TN

Activate games logo, Gatlinburg tn attraction for teens
Activate Games group of adults, Gatlinburg tn, Gatlinburg attraction for families and teens

In the heart of the Gatlinburg Parkway is a new fun way to spend some time laughing and competing with family and friends.  Fun for most ages.  Choose from 100s of games and difficulty levels. 

An electronic wristband will track your score for you.  A super fun indoor activity for groups too! This was new as of Summer 2021 and already getting excellent reviews!

6.) Outdoor Gravity Park
203 Sugar Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge, TN

Outdoor Gravity Park attraction, Pigeon Forge, TN attraction, unique and unusual
woman riding inside a Zorb at Outdoor Gravity Park attraction in Pigeon Forge TN

this attraction is tucked into a country backroad, right off the Parkway, so you may not have even known it existed! 


Fun and unique Zorbing experience for ages 5 and up.  Wikipedia defines Zorbing as "the recreation or sport of rolling and bouncing downhill inside an orb, typically made of transparent plastic." 

Choose from 3 different tracks, and be prepared to get wet as you splash down the 1,000 foot, gently rolling hills.  Each roll can be 1-3 riders.  Just know that the more weight in the zorb, the faster it goes! 

The park's website also states that they are ADA friendly. 

7.) Applewood Cabin Packs
230 Apple Valley Road, Applewood Farmhouse, Sevierville, TN

Applewood Farmhouse Cabin Pack with fried chicken, apple fritters, banana pudding, green beans, corn. Sevierville, TN, meal choices for carryout,take home meal.
Applewood Farmhouse Cabin Pack with fried chicken, apple fritters, banana pudding, green beans, corn. Sevierville, TN, take home meal.

I added this because I had no idea that it was available until recently.  This is such a great idea for busy days, having a blast on vacation.   When all the restaurants are jam packed, and no one feels like cooking, this is a wonderful option to take back to the cabin or hotel!   

These would also be excellent to take on a picnic.  Serves 4-6 people.  Choose from these meals:

  • Southern Fried Chicken

  • Chicken and Dumplings

  • Sugar Cured Ham

  • Momma's Country Meatloaf

Order from Applewood Farmhouse via mobile, online or by calling 865-429-8644

8.) Cafe 420
745 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Cafe 420 storefront in Gatlinburg, TN
Cafe 420 logo, Gatlinburg TN attraction

While traditional Delta-9 marijuana is not legal in Tennessee, Delta-8 and CBD are.  These hemp derived products do not have the same chemical makeup as traditional Delta-9 products.  Do not underestimate the Delta 8 products, my friend.


Delta-8 is said to have fewer and a less potent psychoactive affects, but offer more of the positive, calming effects on the body.  (You can read more details here.)

A wide variety of candies, oils and edibles are available here, along with t-shirts and other 420 related fun stuff.  At this time, Delta-8 is still in the "Wild West" era, with more regulations coming in the future, no doubt.  So if this is your thing, why not stop in a see how you like it?



9.) Waffle De Lys
616 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Waffe from Waffle De Lys, a Gatlinburg dessert shop
Waffle de lys toppings, downtown Gatlinburg eatery.jpg

Don't even think about being on a diet when you go here.  This little, unassuming hole in the wall on the Gatlinburg Parkway, will knock your socks off.

You will hear decadent words floating around like cookie butter, homemade whipped cream, salted caramel, strawberries, Nutella, hazelnut, imported raspberry coulis, and more.  Try a fresh, authentic Belgian waffle and top it your own way.

10.) Riverwalk Greenway
Begins at Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, TN

Pigeon Forge Greenway walking path trail
Pigeon Forge Greenway ducks in the river and dog walk.

4 miles of tree lined, paved, pet friendly, bike friendly, walking trail - complete with cute ducks, nature and views along the beautiful banks of the Little Pigeon River. 


While we were there, I saw a gorgeous, long legged egret (heron?) I'm not sure but it is a reminder of the large diversity of wildlife in the area.  This trail is not well known to a lot of visitors, but it runs behind The Island and LeConte Center parking lots, and all the way to Patriot Park.

It's a little piece of paradise, right in the middle of the chaos.  Wonderful gem for dogs, families, cyclists and kids.



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