9 Things You Can Only Find At The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is the fastest-growing entertainment venue in the Smoky Mountains. Here, guests are able to enjoy delicious meals from several well-known eateries, stunning visual displays, live music and more, but what is it that makes this Pigeon Forge attraction so unique?

Determined to find the answer, we’ve put together a list of things to do and places to eat in Pigeon Forge that you can only find at The Island. Read on to find out what made our list!

1. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Pigeon Forge

margaritaville sign at the island in pigeon forgeMargaritaville Pigeon Forge is the perfect place for you and your family to ‘get stranded’ for a few hours in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Menu items range from the classic Cheeseburger in Paradise to the more unique Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. There is something for everyone on the menu at Margaritaville!

2. A 200-foot-high observation wheel

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon ForgeHow would you and your family like to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains while sitting in a climate-controlled, all-glass gondola? That is just what you can do when you choose to take a ride on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

If you have time, be sure to stop by The Island in Pigeon Forge at night to see The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel’s brilliant LED light show. With the help of over 1-million lights, the Pigeon Forge attraction lights up the night sky, and it can be seen for miles around.

3. A Pigeon Forge shop dedicated to fries

french fries at Pommes Frites at The Island in Pigeon ForgeFinally, a Pigeon Forge restaurant that understands that fries are much more than a side dish! The menu at Poynor’s Pommes Frites not only highlights this delicacy, but it also offers authentic German-style brats and spaghetti ice. While you are there, be sure to try one of the many unique mustard dipping sauces to accompany your fries!

4. Dancing water

fountains at the island in pigeon forgeThe stunning visuals at The Island in Pigeon Forge are not secluded to The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. On the ground, visitors to the area can enjoy one of the many synchronized musical water shows at The Island in Pigeon Forge’s Las Vegas-style fountain.

The fountain is constructed of over 89 vertical jets that are programmed to dance and change colors in sync with a variety of popular songs. Showtimes run roughly every 30 minutes, and visitors can enjoy the show from one of the several rocking chairs located around the fountain.

5. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at The Island in Pigeon ForgeAlong with the Margaritaville Pigeon Forge restaurant, guests to The Island also have the chance to experience some great-tasting meals prepared from the recipes of Paula Deen herself. Okay, so there might be more than one Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in the U.S., but there’s none that offer the same experience as the one at The Island! Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen includes a 4,000 square foot Paula Deen Retail Store and a full-service dining area with nearly 300 seats. What’s unique about this restaurant is that it provides each guest a gorgeous view of The Island Show Fountain while you enjoy your food.

Whether you’re shopping or enjoying a delicious classic Deen family recipe, you’re in for a great experience at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

6. Free concerts

outdoor concert at The Island in Pigeon ForgeWith great restaurants, fun attractions, and shopping, the only thing that The Island in Pigeon Forge is missing is good music, right? Fortunately for guests, The Island in Pigeon Forge has that covered as well.Not only is The Island home to a variety of free concerts throughout the year, but you can hear live bluegrass music outside of the Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn daily on their outdoor stage!

7. Year-round free trolley rides

aerial view of the island in pigeon forgeNothing beats free, especially when it comes to transportation. That is why we were so excited when we heard that The Island in Pigeon Forge offers free tram rides all year round to help transport guests from their car to the entrance of the Pigeon Forge attraction. You can park in the LeConte Center parking lot and ride right to the entrance of The Island! This is especially nice during the warmer months and if you are visiting the area with small children.

8. A store all about puzzles

pile of puzzle piecesPuzzled is filled with all kinds of unique puzzles. There are Jigsaw, 3d & 4d, Scramble Squares, Rubik’s, gifts and souvenirs! We bet you’ve never seen a store with this many puzzles before. Browse more than 10,000 puzzles, both modern and classic, as you explore this innovative shop.

9. Teddy bear workshop

stuffed teddy bear at the islandThe Great Smoky Mountains are known for the over 1,500 black bears that call them home, so why not bring one of your very own home. We are talking about stuffed bears of course! And that is just what guests to the Build-A-Bear workshop at The Island in Pigeon Forge can do. Here, you and your kids can create your own special Smoky Mountain friend to take back home with you. You pick out your favorite animal, add the stuffing (with a special heart), pick out the perfect outfit, and voila! You now have the perfect souvenir from your Pigeon Forge vacation.

Where to Stay near The Island in Pigeon Forge

A beautiful cabin with mountain views in Pigeon Forge.When you visit The Island in Pigeon Forge, we’ve got the perfect place to stay! Our cabins have everything you need and more for a comfortable and fun vacation. We have cabins that can accommodate couples, families, friends, and large groups! No matter what the occasion is, you’ll be able to find a cabin that’s perfect for you. They also come with a variety of amenities, from hot tubs, to full kitchens, to pool tables. You’ll be just a short drive away from The Island in Pigeon Forge and all the excitement it has to offer!

Ready to discover what else you and your family can find by spending an afternoon at The Island in Pigeon Forge? Begin planning your next Pigeon Forge vacation today by reserving one of our spacious Pigeon Forge cabin rentals for you and your family to relax in.

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