Top 5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge

  • June 26, 2023

One of the most popular destinations in the Smoky Mountains is The Island in Pigeon Forge, a massive entertainment center that features amusement rides, unique restaurants, specialty shops and much more! The best part is that you’ll find this exciting attraction just minutes away from our hotel! Here are the top 5 reasons why you need to visit The Island in Pigeon Forge:

1. Free Fountain Show

the island in pigeon forge with the fountains and the wheelThe Island in Pigeon Forge features a free state-of-the-art fountain show where over 89 nozzles create a mesmerizing performance of dance and light! The movements of the water are perfectly choreographed to 14 pieces of music, and there is a center nozzle that projects water 60 feet into the air! The show takes place every 30 minutes throughout the day, beginning at the top of each hour and half hour. If you love the show during the daytime, be sure to come back at night when magnificent colors are added to the presentation!

2. Amusement Rides for Kids of All Ages

Another top reason why you need to visit The Island in Pigeon Forge is to experience all of the amusement rides! Younger children will enjoy rides such as the Funny Cars, Flying Horse Carousel and the Happy Swing, while your teens will want to brave the Dance Party 360, Reverse Time and the Tree Fall Drop Tower. Meanwhile, everyone will want to take a spin on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel for views of the Smokies from 200 feet in the air! While you can purchase individual ride tickets, consider the Unlimited Rides Pass for the best deal!

3. Fun Specialty Shops

Emery's 5 10 at The IslandThe Island in Pigeon Forge is also home to a wide variety of fun specialty shops where you can find apparel, jewelry, toys, candy, souvenirs and practically anything else! Step into Emery’s 5 & 10 to experience the oldest five and dime in the south or visit the Build-a-Bear Workshop to create a new furry friend! Some of the exciting shops that you’ll find throughout the complex include the Big Rock Candy Kitchen, Island Tiki General Store, Patriot Peddler, Island Trading Post and the Toy Chest Company!

4. Unique Places to Eat

You’re sure to work up an appetite while exploring all of the shops at The Island in Pigeon Forge, so you’ll be excited to know that there are lots of unique places to eat! Whether you’re looking for a hearty family style meal, a light lunch or a tasty snack, you’ll find it here! The most popular restaurants at The Island include the Mellow Mushroom, Margaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Timberwood Grill. If you just want to satisfy your sweet tooth, consider Byrd’s Famous Cookies, the Fudgery, Island Creamery or the Yee Haw Snack Shack!

5. SkyFly: Soar America

Sky Fly at The Island in Pigeon ForgeYou won’t want to leave The Island in Pigeon Forge without taking flight on SkyFly: Soar America, a breathtaking simulator ride that takes you on an amazing virtual journey across the United States! During this one-of-a-kind adventure, you’ll soar above iconic landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite National Park and Mount Rushmore! The immersive attraction incorporates a 50-foot spherical screen, sounds, scents, mist and wind to truly make you feel as if you are flying!

Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in Pigeon Forge TN today to stay close to The Island in Pigeon Forge! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smoky Mountains!