5 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Everyone loves saving money!  Whether you’re on a budget or just want to save some extra cash, you’ll be happy to hear you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have fun in Pigeon Forge. To help you save, we’ve made a list of 5 fun cheap things to do in Pigeon Forge!


1. Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge

Island Pigeon Forge near Willow Brook Lodge



The Island is one of the top attractions in Pigeon Forge, and it’s completely free to enter.  Plus, it’s just minutes from Willow Brook Lodge! You don’t have to pay to park, or you can even take a quick walk on the river walk to get there! This entertainment complex is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and activities, some of which are free. Relax in one of the rocking chairs around the Island Show Fountain and watch an incredible performance of water dance and light! You’ll also be able to find great deals at the shops. Don’t pass up the opportunity to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, however. For a little over $10, you can enjoy a ride on one of the tallest attractions in the southeast! You’ll have gorgeous views of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.




2. Tour the Wineries

Apple Barn near Willow Brook Lodge

Take the time to tour some of the great wineries in the Pigeon Forge area! Pigeon Forge is home to a number of wineries that offer free tastings, like Apple Barn Winery and Mountain Valley Winery. We recommend trying the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which includes 5 local wineries in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. You’ll get free tastings at each one and free gifts after the third and fifth location. Since the tastings are free, you’ll have some money to spend on a bottle to bring back home with you!





3. Visit The Old Mill

The Old Mill is one of the most photographed mills in the country! Built in 1830, the historic mill still operates today. You’ll love visiting and taking a guided tour of the Historic Old Mill and Old Mill Square! You can also enjoy free tastings at Old Forge Distillery, free pottery demonstrations at Pigeon River Pottery and get to see candy, jelly and more being made in the kitchens. You can also enjoy a delicious meal at one of the two restaurants: the Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Cafe and Grille for an affordable price.


4. Have a Picnic

Another fun thing to do in Pigeon Forge is to have a picnic! Whether you’re visiting with your sweetheart or your family, you’ll love packing a picnic basket with all your favorite foods and heading to Patriot Park for lunch. If you don’t feel like preparing your own meal, pick up food to go from one of the nearby Pigeon Forge restaurants! While you’re at Patriot Park, you can walk alongside the Little Pigeon River and see flags from the 50 states and branches of the armed forces! For just $0.25, you can purchase duck food and feed the ducks in the park!


5. Pool Time At Willow Brook Lodge

Outdoor Pools with mini water park Willow Brook Lodge Pigeon Forge

There’s not much better on a hot summer day than hanging out by the pool!  Willow Brook Lodge offers one of the best pool areas in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Willow Brook Lodge has a large outdoor pool area that includes a water slide, kiddie pool with cool fountains, and a big hot tub.  They also have an awesome indoor pool area that is located right along the Little Pigeon River.  You can relax in the indoor hot tub while watching the river and let your stress slip away.  What could be better for the wallet than a free breakfast and pool day!