Yesterday was our first full day in Gatlinburg and we decided to go into Pigeon Forge, home of Dollywood, and do a little sight seeing. We had discussed going to Dollywood during the initial planning phase of this vacation but opted not to. Most of the kids are too young to ride the majority of the rides. This made the ticket price a poor value for our group. It will probably be on the itinerary if we make a return trip when the kids are older.
We made the twenty minute drive into Pigeon Forge and after some rapid Googling in a random parking lot, found a municipal parking lot and the offices of the Fun Time Trolley. The Fun Time Trolley has 130 stops on its 5 (?) routes and will take you most places in Pigeon Forge. An all day wristband is $2.50 per person for everyone over the age of 3. The kids were all pretty excited about riding the trolley. The trolleys are buses outfitted with wooden benches to give them the feel of an actual trolley.
Pigeon Forge is a great shopping destination with several outlet malls and loads of Christmas shops. We took some time to explore the Island at Pigeon Forge. It has a bunch of cool little shops that sell knick knacks and food stuffs. The kids got a real kick out of the dancing fountain show which I’m sure is much better after dark when it’s all lit up. After we watched the fountain show, we rode the trolley to the end of the line and back to our car.
There are loads of shows and arcades that would be fun if my kids were a little older, leading me to believe that we should probably plan to make another vacation her in a few years when everyone is older.
Today we’re heading into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to do some hiking.