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6 Free Things To Do In Pigeon Forge With Kids

Enjoy a fun and affordable vacation experience with your kids the next time you are on vacation by following our list of favorite free things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids. From dinner shows to memorable picnics, there is something for every family to enjoy.

1. Discover The Old Mill Square

The Old Mill Square is one of the best locations you and your family can visit to learn a little bit of the history of the area during your trip. Along with being the oldest building in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill is also one of the few grist mills that are still in operation today.

There is a small admission fee to tour the inside of The Old Mill, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t spend the day walking around the outside of it. While you are there, you can step inside some of the shops and restaurants found in the square, including The Old Mill Candy Kitchen and The Old Mill Creamery for a sweet treat!

To see the shops at The Old Mill Square:

Greenway at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge2. Picnic in Patriot Park

Who doesn’t love a quaint picnic in the park, especially on a warm, sunny day? Treat you and your kids to a memorable picnic during your next vacation to Pigeon Forge by adding a trip to Patriot Park to your travel itinerary. You can either pick up something to eat from one of the nearby restaurants in The Old Mill Square or you can pack your own lunch. Either way, we can guarantee you will love your outdoor eating experience.

When you’re done with your lunch, you and your kids can walk the half-mile long greenway that circles the park. Along this route, you will find a patriot  tribute to the fallen servicemen and women from our area.

Click here to learn more about Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.

3. Ride The Pigeon Forge Trolley

If you haven’t yet taken a ride on the Pigeon Forge trolley, now is the time. One of the only public forms of transportation in the area, the Pigeon Forge trolley allows you to explore all of the free things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids at an incredibly low price.

Pigeon Forge trolley busEven better, during the summer, the Pigeon Forge trolley offers most of its popular routes for free. That’s right! This means you and your family can take a unique auto tour of the area without using up all of your gas or spending a dime. Stops found along these routes include Dollywood, the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Splash Country, Wears Valley, and more!

Stops found along these routes include Dollywood, the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Splash Country, Wears Valley, and more!

For this year’s free trolley ride dates, visit the Pigeon Forge Trolley’s website at

4. Look For Pigeon Forge Shows With Free Admission

Although we love all of the fun and exciting shows in Pigeon Forge, they can get kind of pricey for families who want to attend more than one during their vacation. However, you can easily cut the cost of visiting these shows by choosing one of the many theaters that offer free admission for children. Not only does this give you and your loved ones a chance to catch your favorite Pigeon Forge stars in action, but you will also have an easier time sticking to your vacation budget.

A few of our favorite Pigeon Forge shows with free admission for kids include:

5. Stroll The Parkway

You never know what you’re going to find when you take a stroll along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. One of the busiest streets in the area, the Parkway is where you and your family can find all of your favorite shops, attractions, restaurants, and more!

Overview of Pigeon Forge TNStrolling the Parkway is particularly fun on weekends when there is a Rod Run in town. Not only do you get to walk passed your favorite stores and attractions that line the busy street, but you will also be able to tour some of the prettiest classic cars in the United States.

6. Explore Wears Valley Rd.

If you and your loved ones are feeling a little adventurous, we suggest you consider taking a scenic drive on Wears Valley Road.  This peaceful roadway takes you passed several fun things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids, including the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and Goats on the Roof. It also takes you to several antique stores and delicious restaurants that you are sure to love.

family driving Wears Valley Rd. in Pigeon Forge TNWhat we like most about this area is the tranquil atmosphere and scenic beauty that can be found here. You will be amazed how much of a difference in terms of traffic and beauty a simple 10-minute drive can make.

If you continue down this road through Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley, you will even discover a secret entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This means that you will get to explore all of your favorite things to do in the park without having to worry about the crowd and traffic leading up to it if you were to take one of the more popular entrances.

For more ways to enjoy free things to do in Pigeon Forge with kids, check out our Rewards Card. Included with every reservation, our Rewards Card gives you one free adult ticket to several popular Pigeon Forge attraction for each paid night of your stay. This can easily equal hundreds of dollars in savings throughout your vacation.