The Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area of Tennessee is a popular travel destination for several reasons. I think you'd have put the beautiful scenery provided by Mother Nature at the top of the list, but there are also plenty of great shopping, food, entertainment, and family activities to choose from. Matter of fact, before 2024 is through, there will be one more big, colorful, and fun reason to visit Pigeon Forge.

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The Crayola Experience

Kids of all ages (including us grown-up kids) love playing with Crayola crayons and markers, so how can you NOT be excited about an entire (massive) building dedicated to one of our favorite toys?


The Pigeon Forge Crayola Experience is a 30,000-square-foot indoor family entertainment center featuring more than 20 hands-on attractions and a retail store boasting the world's largest selection of Crayola products and unique souvenirs. Your "experience" will also include never-before-seen attractions, and one-of-a-kind Crayola Experience activities such as naming their own Crayola crayon, starring in your own coloring page, and creating melted wax art.

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Crayola Experience at Pigeon Forge will introduce new colorful adventures to our iconic lineup of imagination-inspiring activities, taking the experience to a new level. We’ve sharpened our crayons to create a new experience that transports guests into the whimsical world of Crayola crayons and markers.

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But Wait, There's More

Pigeon Forge will be home to the sixth Crayola Experience in the country - joining operations in Pennsylvania, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and Arizona - and will be the first of five additional locations to open over the next five years, essentially doubling the number of experiences to choose from.

Guy Fieri's Downtown Flavortown Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Ribbon Cutting

Downtown Flavortown is a family entertainment center that includes a restaurant showcasing Guy Fieri's famous culinary combinations; a 14-lane Duck Pin bowling alley; over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade games; and a full-service tiki bar.
2655 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | (423) 518-0742 |

Gallery Credit: Liberty

A Unique Tennessee Getaway, The Smoky Mountain Pirate Ship

Located on Douglas Lake in Tennessee, sits a rather unconventional houseboat. What makes this houseboat unconventional is it's been modeled to look like a pirate ship, complete with masts, skeletons, portholes, and more! If you're wanting a Smoky Mountain getaway like no other, this is certainly a good option. See the full VRBO listing, here.

Gallery Credit: Melissa Awesome

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