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The Island in Pigeon Forge is a one-stop location for all kinds of fun! The Island has restaurants, shopping and things to do for the entire family. The Island continues to grow, adding more attractions all the time, so here’s some updated information about the Island area to help you plan your vacation.
How much does it cost to visit The Island?
The great thing about The Island is that it’s absolutely free! Parking is free, riding the trolley from the parking area to The Island is free and walking around and browsing is all free!
If you want to take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, stop in for lunch or dinner or have fun shopping, you’ll find plenty of affordable things to do!
You can save money when you visit The Island, too. Click here to save $2 on tickets to The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and click here to save $1 on tickets to The Island Mirror Maze. When you purchase tickets through Visit My Smokies, you’ll also receive free cancellation on your purchase!
What time of day is best to visit The Island?
Depending on what you want to do and how much time you have to spend, both day and night are great options! It’s easy to spend an entire day at The Island if you want to ride the rides and spend time at some of the attractions.
Everything at The Island is open into the evening, so you can have just as much fun during the day as you can at night.
The main difference is The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the view you want to see. If you want to take a ride on the Wheel during the day, you’ll be able to see all of the attractions and places that line the Pigeon Forge Parkway. When you visit at night, the view shows the beautiful lights that shine across the area.
Things to Do at The Island in Pigeon Forge
There’s over 20 activities at The Island in Pigeon Forge, but here’s a few of the most popular things to do:
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Even if you’ve never been to The Island, you probably know about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. It’s like a modern-day ferris wheel, standing 200 feet tall with climate controlled, all-glass gondolas. It’s the center attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and it’s one you don’t want to miss!
Island Mirror Maze
The 3,000 square foot Island Mirror Maze is a great place to explore the maze of illusions at The Island. At the maze, you’ll see there’s a regular mirror maze mission and a Mission Impossible game where you race your way through lasers – crawling and bending your way through them for the highest score.
The Island Show Fountains
The Island Show Fountains present quite the water show – unlike anything you’ve seen in Pigeon Forge! The water show bursts up to 60 feet in the air and is synchronized to music and lights. We love watching the fountains at night the best! Shows play every 30 minutes, starting at the top of the hour.
The Island Ropes Course
Depending on your height, there’s 2 courses – Sky Tikes and Sky Trail Explorer. The Sky Tikes course is for children who want to stay a little closer to the ground. Parents can walk beside their children along the course, too. Sky Trail Explorer is for adults and children looking for a 3-story challenge. There’s 30 elements, 2 ziplines and a quick jump. There’s not a time limit on either course, so you can explore for as long as you want.
Other Fun Attractions at The Island:
- 7D Dark Ride Adventure
- Arcade City
- The Escape Game
- Island Bumper Cars
- Old Time Photo
- The Island Express
- The Flying Horse Carousel
- Rides for Small Children – Funny Cars, Happy Swing, Lil’ Ribbits
For more information about The Island attractions, click here.
Places to Eat at The Island in Pigeon Forge
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
One of the most popular places to eat at The Island in Pigeon Forge is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen! There’s a 4,000 square foot retail store downstairs and a 300-seat dining room upstairs. You can even see The Island Show Fountains from your seat! Experience family-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Click here to take a look at What to Expect at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge.
Paula Deen’s The Bag Lady
Recently opened (in 2016), Paula Deen’s The Bag Lady takes guests back to Paula’s original roots. The food items at The Bag Lady Cafe include salads, sandwiches and desserts, so it’s the perfect place to stop in when you’re looking for a quick meal.
Timberwood Grill was one of the first restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge. The lodge-themed restaurant features a selection of food and drinks, including popular classics like salads, but also southern favorites.
You know the saying – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! It’s always 5 o’clock at Margaritaville at The Island in Pigeon Forge! Stop in for live music, great food and a little bit of island paradise in Pigeon Forge. Margaritaville is open until 2 a.m., so there’s always a great late night place to spend time at The Island!
- Dick’s Last Resort
- Mellow Mushroom Pizza
- Poynor’s Pommes Frites
- Auntie Anne’s
- The Fudgery
- Island Yogurt
- The Island Creamery
- Margaritaville Coffee
For details about all of the places to eat at The Island, click here.
Places to Shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge
When you visit The Island, you’ll definitely want to spend some time shopping! Some of the favorite places to shop are:
- The Paula Deen Store
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- The Beef Jerky Outlet
- Big Rock Candy Kitchen
- Bootleggers Winery
- Doc’s Magic Shop
- Emery’s 5 & 10
- Pepper Palace
- Smoky Mountain Sunshades
- The Island Trading Post
We love spending time at The Island! What is your favorite thing to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge? Tell us in the comments below!