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8 New Attractions in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg You Have to Experience

Has it been a while since you last visited the Smokies? Or perhaps it’s your first time visiting and you’re interested in some attractions different from the ones you’ve already heard about? We have all the details about the new attractions in the area that you don’t want to miss! From off-road adventures to family-friendly experiences and everything in between, there’s a whole lot you should know about when planning your getaway. Here are 8 new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg you have to experience:

1. Space Race Adventures

virtual reality in pigeon forgeEnjoy adventures of many different types with your family at Space Race Adventures in Pigeon Forge! Offering go-karting, laser tag, virtual reality experiences and mini golf, your kids are going to love this place. The star of the show is The Hurricane, a virtual reality gaming adventure that allows you to explore limitless worlds as your wildest dreams become reality.

2. Truth Traveler

For even more virtual reality fun, head to Truth Traveler in Pigeon Forge! Set to open in 2025, this attraction is an immersive virtual reality experience that combines biblical stories with the latest in technology. Your journey begins with creation in the Garden of Eden, taking you all the way through modern day Pigeon Forge. Historic biblical moments like Noah’s Ark and the birth of Jesus come to life right before your eyes!

3. Dolly Parton Experience

dollywood signSmoky Mountain native Dolly Parton is back with an all-new experience at her magical theme park in Pigeon Forge! Dollywood has created the Dolly Parton Experience which celebrates the life and accomplishments of the country music icon. It includes numerous exhibits and interactive elements that make it a fun experience for visitors of all ages.

4. WildSide

Take a journey on the wild side of the Smoky Mountains! Another one of the new attractions in Pigeon Forge, WildSide will give guests the opportunity to go off-road in the great outdoors aboard bikes and all-terrain vehicles. As you navigate 7 miles of mountain biking trails and 8 miles of utility task vehicle (UTV) trails, you get to soak up the incredible scenery of the Smoky Mountains!

5. Red’s Soda Fountain

old fashioned soda fountain pullsTravel back in time when you take a trip to Red’s Soda Fountain in downtown Sevierville! Enjoy all the favorite ice cream and soda treats from your childhood at this old-school ice cream shop. This place feels like it’s straight out of the 1940s-50s with its vintage decor, jukebox, counter seating and more.

6. Ober Mountain 4 Lane Zipline

See the Smokies from the sky at the Ober Mountain 4 Lane Zipline! It’s the area’s only zipline tour that stretches over the Big Pigeon River! Fly solo or pick to do a dual zipline with friends and family, enjoying mountain and river views along the way. This experience is located in Hartford, TN, rather than at Ober Mountain’s main Gatlinburg location.

7. Crayola Experience

crayola crayonsOne of the top new attractions in Pigeon Forge for kids and families is the Crayola Experience! Dive into a colorful and interactive world that gives kids and adults alike a chance to express themselves and explore the world of art unlike ever before. With more than 20 different hands-on attractions there’s plenty to do.

8. NERF Action-Xperience

Who doesn’t have fun with NERF guns? Have all the NERF gun fun you can handle at NERF Action-Xperience in Pigeon Forge! Set to open in the fall of 2024, have a blast with the whole crew in a 29,000 square foot play center with blaster battles, obstacle courses and more.

These new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are sure to provide hours of fun! No matter where you decide to visit, make sure you have a comfortable place to stay during your escape to the Smokies. Explore our cabin rentals to find the right option for your family!