Pigeon Forge Breweries#16 in Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge
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Whether you're a group of friends looking to explore the craft brewery scene in Pigeon Forge or parents ready to wind down after a long day spent at an amusement park, the local breweries are an excellent stop.
Yee-Haw Brewing Co.: Yee-Haw Brewing began in Johnson City, Tennessee, and it now offers a taproom in Pigeon Forge where visitors can sample a variety of beers. The brewery hosts live music acts on the weekends and offers a small selection of food as well. Yee-Haw's beers include a pale ale, an IPA and a kolsch, among others. Visitors say the craft beers are tasty and the staff is happy to offer recommendations. Travelers can also tour the brewery on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for an $8 fee (which includes a flight at the tour's conclusion). The taproom is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more info, visit the website.
Smoky Mountain Brewery: The oldest craft brewery in eastern Tennessee, Smoky Mountain Brewery first opened in Gatlinburg in 1996. Now, the brewery offers several taprooms throughout the state, including one in Pigeon Forge. The taproom serves six flagship beers – ranging from a red ale and a light lager to an IPA and a porter – plus seasonal brews and a brewmaster special are available throughout the year. The venue serves food as well. Most patrons speak highly of the beer and the food, though a few said the service can be hit or miss. The brewery is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight and you can see additional details on the Smoky Mountain Brewery website.
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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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