Here is a list of things we have done and we do recommend.
Shows in Pigeon Forge
We did the Titanic Museum expensive but interesting. I would recommend this for the older children and adults. The Wonderworks museum is an interactive hands on museum for the entire family. It is geared toward children, but we ended up having a great time ourselves.
The Dixie Stampede is good for the whole family. You sit around a big arena and watch the show while they serve you your dinner. Really neat!
The Lumber Jack Feud, although real authentic lumberjack action, is not your ordinary show. With competing ESPN Lumberjack athletes, zip lines, draft horses, TimberDogs and gut-bustin’ comedy, it will have your family on the edge of their seats! This ain’t no song and dance show! Taking place in a new 10 million dollar arena, its axe swinging, log rolling, tree climbing, chainsaw carving action will offer an experience unlike anything else in the . Smoky Mountains!
There are many horseback riding places close to the cabin.
Another activity you may enjoy is White Water Rafting. I have not rafted there before but the reviews seem to have very positive feed back.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Tour: On this scenic drive into the foothills of the Smokies you will see virgin forests – clear, cascading streams – and vestiges of pioneer farms. A hiking trail leads to Grotto Falls and Mt. LeConte. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a ONE-WAY loop road beginning here and ending in Gatlinburg. Bear sightings very possible!!!
Cades Cove: This is an eleven mile driving loop that has authentic homesteads, churches, gristmills, blacksmith shop, etc. Interesting and worth the trip. Plenty of wild life and possible bear sightings. You can join in a ranger led talk at Cades Cove. I always find these ranger led talks informative and educational. I think I enjoy these talks more than the kids.
Clingmans Dome Clingsmans Dome is the highest point in the park and the whole east coast. On a clear day it has a 360 degree view of the park and surrounding states.
Good Eats in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
My favorite restaurant is Alamo Steak House, expensive but good. My wife likes No Way Jose. A good breakfast place is the Red Rooster and the pancake house at traffic light #10. If you are really hungry, the Wood Grill Buffet is a great place to fill up for the day. They have everything from pizza to Chinese Cuisine. This is at traffic light number 1. You can not go wrong in Pigeon Forge. There are lots of places to eat in the area.
Moonshine distillery in Gatlinburg is pretty cool. History of moonshine including the nascar connection, moonshine making view windows, actual moonshine transport vehicles, live music and of course many different kinds of moonshine with free taste testing.