The 4 Best Arcades in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies

The Rockin' Raceway arcade in Pigeon Forge TN.

Visiting an arcade is a classic family vacation activity, especially on a rainy day. If the forecast is calling for showers during your getaway in Pigeon Forge, TN, you’ll find a variety of awesome arcades where you can have some fun until the rain passes. With everything from traditional video arcades to a state-of-the-art virtual reality attraction, the Smoky Mountains are guaranteed to have an arcade that you love. To help you make the most of your next escape, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the four best arcades in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies.

1. Rockin’ Raceway

Rockin’ Raceway has been a can’t-miss destination in Pigeon Forge since it opened in 1987. Designed to look like a giant jukebox, this fun attraction offers a stellar arcade and awesome go-kart racing. Visitors to Rockin’ Raceway will find more than 150 of today’s most popular arcade games. A crowd favorite is the Wizard of Oz game, a coin shooting game where players collect cards and chips that can be redeemed for prizes. Be warned: it’s highly addictive!

Of course, no trip to Rockin’ Raceway is complete without driving the attraction’s iconic go-karts. Boasting the fastest slick tracks in Pigeon Forge, the Raceway is the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed. Rockin’ Raceway typically stays open until 11 p.m. (and until midnight on Friday and Saturday), so you can race and play well into the evening.

2. Virtual Villains: A Virtual Reality Arcade

Virtual Villains is unlike any other arcade that you’ve ever been to! Billed as a “virtual reality arcade,” this unique attraction features high-tech headsets that allow players to immerse themselves in a digital world. The co-owner of Virtual Villains has compared playing a VR video game to “being 5 years old and seeing magic for the first time.” The arcade currently offers over 20 VR games, including:

Arizona Sunshine: a zombie shootout in post-apocalyptic Arizona.

Richie’s Plank Experience: a tightrope walking game where players must keep their balance on a wooden plank suspended 80 stories in the air.

AFFECTED: The Manor: a horror game set in a haunted mansion.

Fruit Ninja: a whole new way to play everyone’s favorite smartphone game.

Guests at Virtual Villains can book a gaming session that lasts for 15 minutes all the way up to 2 hours or more. Spending an afternoon at Virtual Villains is great for kids, teens, and adult gamers.

3. Fannie Farkle’s

The exterior of Fannie Farkle's in Gatlinburg.

Located right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Fannie Farkle’s has been an institution in the Smokies for over 37 years! This wonderful arcade has the perfect mix of retro and modern games, which is sure to delight guests of all ages. Highlights of the arcade’s collection include Wheel of Fortune, Down the Clown, Skee Ball, and Monster Drop. Rather than using tickets and tokens, Fannie Farkle’s features a streamlined system where players can pay for games and keep track of their points with a convenient swipe card.

In addition to its fun games, Fannie Farkle’s is also famous for its mouthwatering food. Nothing hits the spot quite like the arcade’s signature Ogle Dog, a fresh-dipped footlong corn dog. Other popular snacks at Fannie Farkle’s include the cheesesteaks, all-beef hot dogs, and sausage subs.

4. Big Top Arcade


Big Top Arcade is another one of the very best arcades in Pigeon Forge. This awesome circus-themed arcade is positively overflowing with great games, including claw machines, Pop-A-Shot basketball, Milk Jug Toss, Connect Four, racing games, shooting games, air hockey, Pac Man, and many more.

Once you’ve had your fill of the games, be sure to take your game card over to Big Top’s redemption center to cash in your virtual tickets for some amazing prizes. With everything from small toys and candy to giant stuffed animals and Xboxes, you’re sure to find a prize in your ticket range.

Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge

Hot tub on the deck of the Mountain Magic cabin in Gatlinburg.

When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will be just a short drive from all of the best arcades in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins come with your choice of superb amenities, including breathtaking mountain views, soothing hot tubs, decks with rocking chairs, home theater rooms, fully furnished kitchens, and swimming pool access. We even offer a number of cabins with arcade games, so you can play some classic video games right at your home away from home. To start planning your vacation, browse our complete selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge!