Patriot Park#18 in Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge
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Located across the street from Old Mill Square, Patriot Park is a nice bit of green space in the center of town. There's a walking trail that circles the park, perfect for those who want to go for a stroll and see Little Pigeon River. The park hosts several annual events as well, including the Patriot Festival (complete with a fireworks display), a crafts fair and an Easter egg hunt.
Recent travelers said Patriot Park is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch or dinner, and an excellent place to relax for a bit after a busy day exploring town. The park is set in the center of Pigeon Forge, within walking distance of several shops, restaurants and the Mill Bridge Winery, and free parking is available.
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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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