Top Things to Experience in the Smokies in 2019

Scott Harness | 25th February 2019

Whether you’ve been to Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains dozens of times or never at all, you’re in for more fun and excitement that ever before in 2019.  From new attractions and thrill rides to peaceful hikes in the mountains, there is truly something to do for everyone.

Here is a list of some of our top suggestions for 2019:

Dollywood’s New Wildwood Grove – Opening this spring 2019, Dollywood’s biggest expansion ever top our list of one of the main things to do this year.  In addition to new restaurants, shopping, and an indoor play area, Wildwood Grove features several new and exciting rides, including The Dragonflier roller coaster, Treetop Tower, Mad Mockingbird, and Benjamin Bear.

All New Family-Fun Dinner Shows – Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains are home to some incredible live entertainment, including some of the best dinner shows in the country.  Topping our list in 2019 is the brand new Pirates Voyage Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge. Modeled after their sister show in Myrtle Beach, the show boasts to include exciting acrobatics competitions, state-of-the-art special effects, live animals, and a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.  Other area dinner shows that are equally as good are Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show.

Gatlinburg Skybridge – Located at the top of the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, the new Gatlinburg Skybridge will be the longest pedestrian suspension in North America and will boast breathtaking views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In addition, the new development also features a mountain top shopping village.

Dave and Buster’s – If you’ve never been to a Dave and Buster’s, you’re in for a real treat.  Think super arcade with awesome food and beverages for all ages – a true family-fun experience for the whole family.  Dave and Buster’s is set to open in early spring 2019 across from Tanger Outlets Sevierville.

Hike the Smokies – Not everything in the Smokies comes with a cost, and that definitely holds true to hiking in the Smokies.  With over 800 miles of official hiking trails, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be enjoyed by all – from beginners looking for a leisurely hike to more advanced hikers looking for a real challenge with extreme difficulty.  For more information, visit http://nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

The Island in Pigeon Forge – Quickly becoming one of the must-sees in Pigeon Forge, The Island features a 23-acres destination in the heart of Pigeon Forge.  From fabulous dining to unique shopping and entertainment, The Island offers plenty of fun for everyone. You’ll definitely want to take a ride on the 200-foot-high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and take in the sights and sounds of the dancing fountain show.

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