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Courtesy of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

Key Info

100 Music Road

Price & Hours

$28.99 for adults; $21.99 for kids 4-12
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

WonderWorks is situated in a quirky upside-down building off of the town's main drag – the premise here is that the attraction was once a "top-secret laboratory" in the Bermuda Triangle and an experiment gone wrong transported it to Pigeon Forge. Billed as an "amusement park for the mind," the venue sprawls across 35,000 square feet and offers what it describes as "edu-tainment." The 100-plus hands-on exhibits and activities here fall within six main "wonder zones:" extreme weather, physical challenge, light and sound, space discovery, wonder art gallery and imagination lab. A few of the traveler-approved activities include the glow-in-the-dark ropes course, the laser tag arena, the virtual wonder coasters, the giant piano and the hurricane shack.

Recent visitors loved WonderWorks, and say it's an especially good indoor activity for school-aged kids to teenagers. Many said that the variety and quality of the exhibits are excellent. One tip: Recent travelers suggested arriving earlier in the day to be able to take full advantage of everything WonderWorks has to offer and to avoid crowds – the attraction is popular with school field trips and can get busy.

You'll find WonderWorks just north of the center of town, near the Titanic Museum Attraction and Apple Barn Winery. The attraction is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and there's a cafe on-site that sells food and drinks. Free parking is available in an on-site lot as well. Tickets cost $28.99 for visitors ages 13 to 59, and $21.99 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors 60 or older. Discount codes and group discounts are available online, too. For info on exhibits, tickets and more, visit the WonderWorks 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.    

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