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Posted on 1/11/2022

Top 7 Educational Experiences in Pigeon Forge


1. Titanic Museum Attraction

Board the Titanic to play the role of a real passenger. Touch an iceberg, climb into a lifeboat and learn how shipbuilders created the greatest ship of its time. Discover why huge ships float and how different social classes lived. The museum offers educational resources to help kids dive into history and science through fun activities.


2. Alcatraz East Crime Museum

History, science, and technology combine at this museum of crime and law enforcement. Kids can test their skills of observation, learn to lift a fingerprint like a real “CSI” specialist, defuse a bomb, and pretend to be detectives. Interactive exhibits take kids into the Old West and the age of pirates.


3. Buttonwillow Civil War Theater

This original play lets kids experience the Civil War as a family conflict. A diehard Union officer encounters his Confederate relative, and sparks fly. This touching, humorous show will inspire conversations about the reasons behind the war.


4. Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

With more than 600 animals, this friendly zoo shows kids how animals live, eat and care for their young. Talk with the caregivers and get close to the critters. You’ll find everything from monkeys, lemurs, and porcupines to frogs, reptiles galore, and exotic birds.


5. Parrot Mountain and Gardens

Touch, hold, and feed parrots at this beautiful park featuring four acres of gardens–including the Secret Garden where stunning birds fly free around you. Visit the nursery to see newly hatched chicks and learn how they’ll be raised. Kids will learn about birds’ native geography and environments from Australia to Argentina and China to India.


6. Junior Ranger Program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Never heard of the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program? Your child learns about a park’s landscape, history, and wildlife and earns a Junior Ranger badge! Pigeon Forge sits at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so head to a park visitor center and start your child’s Smokies adventure.


7. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

This collection of more than 10,000 sea creatures isn’t in Pigeon Forge, but it’s worth the short drive to Gatlinburg. Explore the Discovery Center, where educators answer questions as kids safely touch rays, jellyfish, and horseshoe crabs. Watch live animal shows with penguins.

Stay close to these educational attractions. Book your Pigeon Forge cabin today.

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