Pigeon Forge

With average March temperatures near 70 degrees, Pigeon Forge, TN is a hotspot for spring break! It’s time to thaw from winter and celebrate a warmer season. Spring break in Pigeon Forge is a great escape from school, work, and the daily grind, so start planning your vacation now.

Let’s Look at What’s New for 2024 Spring Break in Pigeon Forge:

Dollywood’s All-New Dolly Parton Experience

Visit the new Dolly Parton Experience at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge
Photo courtesy of Dollywood Theme Park

This award-winning theme park is always wowing its guests with new and exciting additions, and 2024 is no exception. Dollywood opens to pass holders on Friday, March 8, and then to the public on March 9. If your family is traveling for spring break in Pigeon Forge, don’t miss the new Dolly Parton Experience at Dollywood!

This interactive exhibit tells the story of Dolly’s journey from being a young girl at her home in the Locust Ridge community of Sevier County to becoming one of the world’s biggest stars. Those who visited the park’s former Chasing Rainbows Museum will remember its nostalgia and memorabilia. The Dolly Parton Experience will have that same vibe plus new artifacts, stories, and Dolly’s unparalleled charm. Although we expect it to be even better because this new experience is three times as big!

Look back on some milestones of Dolly’s iconic career, view a collection of her dazzling wardrobe, and get to know our hometown girl a little better.

In addition to this exciting permanent exhibit, the I Will Always Love You Music Festival runs through April 14, 2024. Springtime at Dollywood is always filled with flowers and fun, but 2024 is sure to be extra special with these two features. Learn more about Dollywood’s lineup of festivals and events here. Check the park’s calendar of operation and plan to visit Dollywood during spring break. You won’t want to miss it!

Take the Pigeon Forge Mural Tour

Butterfly Mural at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN
Photo credit: Amy Morton

Capture photo-worthy moments with your family at the many murals in Pigeon Forge. With so many murals and other backdrops at local businesses, you could plan your spring break around taking the Pigeon Forge Mural Tour! Here are a few of our favorites:

Read more about the other murals and fun photo opportunities at shops, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge. Plus, hop on the free and self-guided Smoky Mountain Mural Tour to continue the fun in nearby Sevierville and Gatlinburg.

Go Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

During spring break in Pigeon Forge, go hiking in the Smoky Mountains!
Photo credit: Amy Morton

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is a captivating oasis, especially in the spring. See blooming wildflowers and foliage come to life while icicles hang along the roadside and snowy mountain peaks hang on to winter’s last gasp. Temperatures are much lower in the park, so wear layers and stay updated on local weather. However, hiking during spring break is an exhilarating way to recover from cabin fever.

The entrance for the GSMNP is just a short drive from Pigeon Forge. On your way, swing through the drive-thru at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ in Pigeon Forge for a family pack of sandwiches and sides. It’s our top pick for a hearty and delicious mountain picnic.

BBQ Catering in Pigeon Forge
Photo courtesy of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ in Pigeon Forge

Just before the park’s entrance, stop at Sugarlands Visitors Center for a trail map, a restroom break, and to check park conditions. Do you need a parking pass for the national park? Purchase one at the visitors center and then set off for a spring adventure in the Smoky Mountains!

If you’d rather stay close to the action and attractions in Pigeon Forge, hit a local greenway. Read more about hiking outside of the national park, and get your steps in without making the drive into the GSMNP.

Indoor Attractions in Pigeon Forge

French toast at Smoky Mountain Pancake House
Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain Pancake House

Look for indoor things to do in Pigeon Forge on cooler and rainy days. Your kids will love the area’s trampoline parks and other indoor attractions, and adults will enjoy the many shops, eateries, and theaters. There are endless things to do on days when the weather doesn’t agree with your spring break plans.

Here is a sample itinerary of indoor things to do in Pigeon Forge when it rains:

  • Play a round of indoor putt-putt at Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay Mini Golf. One of the newest attractions in Pigeon Forge, it offers two courses, interactive characters, a candy store, and fun photo opportunities.
  • See a show at the Red Skelton Tribute Theater. Each show at this theater in Pigeon Forge is family-friendly. If you love music, humor, and clean entertainment, this is the place for you! Plan your visit by checking the show calendar on the theater’s website.

Spring Break in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is within a day’s drive for 75% of America’s population. This makes it an easy and affordable destination for spring break! Treat the family to an epic adventure and leave the winter blues behind.

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Authored in Appalachia || Amy Morton


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