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20 reasons to visit Pigeon Forge in 2020

by Brittani Tuttle

First-time visitors and returning guests have 20 new reasons to explore Pigeon Forge, Tenn. this year.

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  • Dollywood’s 35th season will debut the new five-week Flower & Food Festival from May 8 – June 14. Guests can enjoy floral displays, Smoky Mountain cuisine, and larger-than-life topiaries.
  • North America’s first Alpine flyer coaster, equipped with laser guns, is open year-round at Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park. The two-seat suspended coaster swings, dips, and soars from an overhead track. Rowdy Bear Ridge also has a multi-lane 500-foot-long tubing hill with a 70-food drop that sends riders at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour.
  • Titanic Museum Attraction hosts the single most requested artifact from the historic ship — bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin. The artifact, which was played as the ship sank in 1912, is on display from July 1 – Dec. 30.
  • REI Co-op will open a 21,500-square-foot store at the Tower Shops at The Mountain Mile in spring 2020, offering outdoor gear, rentals, and expertise for travelers heading to the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • The Flying Ox, the world’s first cable-to-rail zipline coaster, can be found soaring above Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park. Riders will experience a 1,000-foot-long zipline as it travels along a coaster track at approximately 25 miles per hour.
  • Appalachian Springs Outdoor Resort & Trout Farm, opening in summer 2020, will offer various camping options alongside an onsite trout farm, theater room, swimming, playgrounds, arcade, guided hikes, a gym and live music.
  • The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile is Pigeon Forge’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping destination. Junction 35 Spirits & Restaurant, Tennessee’s first distillery and full-service restaurant, combines the tradition of distilling spirits with a modern railroad-themed atmosphere. Currahee Vineyards expands from Georgia to East Tennessee with a new location. Cream & Sugar Sweet Shoppe offers ice cream and homemade sweets, while Mountain Rifle Coffee Company serves a custom-roasted Black Rifle coffee. Shoppers can browse the Appalachian Apparel Company, with clothing that features designed by regional artists. The Lawn at the Tower Shops is an outdoor space centered around a fire pit, perfect for relaxing as you take in the mountain vistas. The 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster offers three rides in one, towering above it all.
  • Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant Pigeon Forge offers entertainment alongside authentic Southern comfort food. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant serves three meals daily, with highlights including smoked barbeque, Southern sides, and homemade cobblers.
  • The Sunliner Diner sends guests back in time with their classic 1950’s-themed American diner. The vintage chrome and red neon exterior welcomes guests inside where classic collector cars, retro newspaper menus, hand-spun milkshakes and more rein supreme.
  • The family-owned Byrd’s Famous Cookies has opened at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Satisfy your sweet tooth with treats from the complimentary Cookie Bar, filled with free samples.
  • The first touring experience of its kind in the area, Pink Adventure Tours’ iconic pink Jeeps are the newest way to explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All tours end with an off-road experience on private land in customized Jeep Wranglers.
  • It’s Christmastime year-round at The Incredible Christmas Place, where Santa’s Haus is located. This 2,000-square-foot attraction offers cookie decorating, storytime with Santa, milk and cookies, ornament making, the Elf Academy, a place to write letters to Santa, and a photo-op with the man himself.
  • Pigeon Forge hosts a lineup of special events throughout the year: A Mountain Quiltfest (March 4-7), Chuck Wagon Cookoff (April 4), Music in the Mountains Spring Parade (May 1), Wilderness Wildlife Week (May 5-9), Patriot Festival featuring a free concert by Clint Black (July 4), Celebrate Freedom (Aug. 1-31), Veterans Homecoming Parade (Aug. 8), and Winterfest (Nov. 13 – Feb. 15, 2021).

To learn more about what’s new for this year, as well as classic Pigeon Forge offerings, visit MyPigeonForge.com.

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