The Pigeon Forge area sure has changed throughout the years! Before you decided to visit, you probably spend a good amount of time planning and deciding which Pigeon Forge attractions to add to your list of things to do. For years, Pigeon Forge has been the travel destination for families, friends, couples and groups looking to have a great time and experience fun attractions. So, we put together a list of Pigeon Forge attractions from years past!
1. Silver Dollar City
Most regular visitors to Pigeon Forge have heard of Silver Dollar City. After Dolly Parton became a partner in the enterprise, Silver Dollar City lost its name to the extremely popular attraction, Dollywood. So, even though you can’t make a stop at Silver Dollar City, you can definitely spend a day at Dollywood, reminiscing of old times and experiencing all of the new, exciting things happening at the Pigeon Forge attraction.
Today, Dollywood is filled with hundreds of things to do and is one of the most popular Pigeon Forge attractions. With everything from thrilling roller coaster rides and amusement park classics to shows and shopping, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy! If you plan to visit Dollywood, take a look at these 15 Dollywood Tips and Tricks for Saving Money at the Amusement Park.
2. Ogle’s Water Park
The water park was a popular destination for summer fun, located on Highway 441 in Pigeon Forge. At the time, Ogle’s Water Park was the largest water park complex. Whether you wanted to take a ride on one of the 6 giant slides, experience the giant wave pool or stop for a snack at the ice cream parlor, Ogle’s Water Park was the best place to spend your summer vacation.
A few of the most popular attractions at Ogle’s Water Park were the RipTide Water Slide, Lil Tyke Lagoon and the Twin Twister slide.
Today, if you’re looking to spend time at the old site of Ogle’s Water Park, you’ll need to head on over to Walden’s Landing, a family-friendly shopping center with specialty stores, restaurants, a movie theater and mini golf course.
3. Mountain Ocean Wave Pool
Even though it may seem like an ocean didn’t belong in Pigeon Forge, for a few years, the Mountain Ocean Wave Pool fit in just fine. When visitors wanted to take a swim in the ocean while spending time in the mountains, this was the perfect place to be. The attraction also offered an ice cream parlor, fast foods, a candy kitchen, arcade and gift shop.
Today, if you’re looking to experience water rides, Dollywood’s Splash Country has become the most popular water park in Pigeon Forge, and one of the most popular Pigeon Forge attractions, welcoming millions of visitors each season. When you’re looking for fun in the sun, spend a day at Dollywood’s Splash Country and take a ride on more than 23 water adventure rides or spend a day relaxing under a canopy or lounging in the lazy river.
4. Porpoise Island
Do you remember Porpoise Island in Pigeon Forge? Although the attraction seemed a bit out of place –Hawaiian culture in the heart of Pigeon Forge–, it was a welcome addition for the short time it was in the area. If you remember the commercials, you’ll remember their catchphrase, “The porpoises are calling you!” The central part of the attraction was a porpoise and seal water show. But in addition to the show, families enjoyed the high-jumping dolphins, trained parrots and hula dancers.
Since it’s closing, Porpoise Island has become another of the most popular Pigeon Forge attractions, The Island in Pigeon Forge. You won’t find the porpoise shows and hula dancers from years past, but you will see the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, celebrity restaurants and many shops and attractions that have taken its place.
5. Jolly Golf
Jolly Golf was the first attraction near Pigeon Forge to present giant statues of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Admission for a round of golf was only fifty cents, and families came from all around to visit — just to take pictures of the dinosaur statues! One of the most memorable parts of Jolly Golf was the Smokey Bear replica statue that stood tall and waved to passing visitors.
Today, the closest thing you’ll find to Jolly Golf is Adventure Golf in Pigeon Forge. At Adventure Golf, you’ll find dinosaur and aquatic creature statues designed by James Sidwell who did the statues at Jolly Golf. So, although the experience won’t be exactly the same, you’ll be able to step back in time and take a few pictures with the dinosaurs!
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