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Make plans to visit Tennessee on spring break and spend the week in Pigeon Forge. Staying in a hotel with an indoor pool will keep the kids happy when they’re not out enjoying the rest of the town. There are great attractions in Pigeon Forge that have had many recent updates as the once small mountain town has grown and continues to both expand and revitalize an area that generations have come to visit.
Starting on March 23, 2013, the Dollywood Festival of Nations kicks off with international cuisine and performers from the Ukraine, Argentina, Ireland, Germany, the Andes Mountains and the continent of Africa. There will be 20 countries of the world at Dollywood that make their presence real through the arts and their unique foods. Music, dance and visual arts also let visitors see into some of the cultural aspects of these countries. The festival runs through April 30, 2013.
The Dollywood Theme Park opens the rides on March 23 this year, and the Wild Eagle roller coaster is ready to carry riders on its wings at the speed of 61 miles per hour down the hill. This ride is 210 feet tall and was a big hit when it opened last year. Rides alone will thrill the kids during spring break.
There are five dinner shows in Pigeon Forge at four different locations. The Dixie Stampede is not to be missed with horses galore and stunt riders that will amaze! The 90-minute Lumberjack Show just down the street is “not your song and dance show.” It will be unlike other lumberjack action that people see on TV. The Smith Family Theater hosts two different shows, one being the Hazard County Hoedown complete with Boss Hogg, Daisy and the rest of the crew. This is a musical with humor. The other show, The Smith Family Dinner Show, includes gospel, country and old rock and roll music and more humor. The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater has three different murder mysteries to choose from, and dinner guests must solve the mystery. Check the schedule for what’s playing during spring break.
There are so many things to do in Pigeon Forge, it’s hard to narrow down a few highlights, but another possibility is the Wonderworks, an upside down building full of 100 interactive exhibits. There is a new ropes course inside the building that is 40 feet high and has over 45 activities throughout the course. This is a great family activity, especially if it rains.
Adventures of Pigeon Forge offers helicopter rides, canopy zip-lines and whitewater rafting when weather permits. The Great Smoky Mountains provide many outdoor activities near Pigeon Forge, such as hiking, camping and rafting. For less strenuous adventure, Pigeon Forge Mini Golf entertains the whole family.
Just a very few miles outside of Pigeon Forge is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The shark exhibit is very informative, and who doesn’t want to see the Penquin Playhouse? This wonderful family activity site is well-kept and boasts an under-glass fish tunnel. Walk through the fish’s habitat and see them from underneath!
Pigeon Forge for spring break offers all kinds of possibilities for every family.