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Courtesy of Beyond the Lens! Family Fun

Key Info

2115 Parkway

Price & Hours

$26.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids 5-12
10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Details

Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Beyond the Lens! is an attraction focused on pop culture, photography and tech fun. The human kaleidoscope is full of colorful lights and varying scenes; there's an activity where you can search for Bigfoot and if you've ever wanted to feel like a celebrity, you can walk the red carpet in front of a group of paparazzi. Additional popular exhibits include virtual reality video games, an escape room and a crimes of the century experience.

Recent travelers raved about how much fun Beyond the Lens! provides, citing engaging interactive stations and virtual reality games as highlights. Most noted that it is family-friendly and many called it a must-do in Pigeon Forge.

You'll find Beyond the Lens! across the street from the Titanic Museum Attraction and there's free parking on-site. Tickets cost $26.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids ages 5 to 12. It's open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Head to the attraction's website for more information.

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Dollywood is likely one of the main reasons you're planning a visit to Pigeon Forge: It's a sprawling amusement park that boasts more than 50 rides and attractions, music and entertainment shows, multiple dining options and festivals and events galore. Owned by legendary country music singer Dolly Parton, the park is a Pigeon Forge staple. Popular rides include rollercoasters like the Barnstormer, Dragonflier and Wild Eagle, and kid-friendly attractions like a carousel, a scrambler, bumper cars, swings and more. In addition to rides and attractions, Dollywood hosts '50s- and '60s-themed a capella shows and wildlife demonstrations. If you're planning to visit around a holiday, check out the events during Dollywood's Harvest Festival in the fall and Smoky Mountain Christmas in the winter. Not to mention, the park has several souvenir shops, craft stores and dining outlets.    

As expected, Dollywood receives rave reviews from recent parkgoers, with many praising the number and quality of the rollercoasters (a surprise for some). Several patrons said the theme park was a bit bigger than they anticipated and recommend purchasing the two-day pass to ensure you have time to try most or all of the rides you want, in addition to exploring the craft shops and seeing shows. Visitors also say the staff members here are friendly and helpful. A few people warned, though, that the Dollywood app, which has info on ride wait times and a map, can be unreliable. You may want to download and print off a map of the park before you go.

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