Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Budget-Friendly Dollywood Vacation Packages Perfect for Families


It's not too late to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’re looking for a budget-friendly getaway look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home to Dollywood Theme Park and numerous other family-friendly attractions.


Dollywood and Reserve Pigeon Forge have partnered to offer Tennessee visitors a great way to purchase Dollywood packages.  These Dollywood packages are available in a variety of combinations so that families can choose the exact vacation package that fits their needs and budget. Combine your Dollywood tickets with passes to Dollywood’s Splash Country or the most fun dinner show in town – Dixie Stampede. 
Plus, these all-inclusive packages allow customers the ease and convenience of reserving Pigeon Forge hotels too, so a convenient money-saving package is just a few clicks away.

Choose from the following Dollywood Vacation Packages and ticket combos:
  • Dollywood + Hotel Vacation Package 
  • Dollywood and Dixie Stampede Vacation Package
  • Dollywood and Splash Country Ticket Combo
  • Dollywood and Dixie Stampede Ticket Combo
These packages are not offered anywhere else but through Reserve Pigeon Forge, so make sure you book now and save.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dollywood's Splash Country Named One of America's Top Water Parks

Visitors to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee know Dollywood’s Splash Country is one of the top water parks in the country.  Apparently, TripAdvisor thinks so too as the park has landed on the company’s list of the nation’s Top 10 Water Parks.  Ranking at No. 8, Splash Country is definitely the best place to cool off this summer in eastern Tennessee.
 

The full list of the best water parks in the United States:

1. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
2. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida
3. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
4. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana
5. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia
6. Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, New Jersey
7. Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
8. Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
9. Wet 'n Wild, Orlando, Florida
10. Cedar Point - Soak City, Sandusky, Ohio

Water park enthusiasts rank lazy rivers, water slides and wave pools as their favorite attractions.  At Dollywood’s Splash Country, guests rave about the new RiverRush ride.  It's Tennessee first and only water coaster! Race through trees four stories high as you experience four drops along a track filled with multiple hairpin turns and dark tunnels—all combined with rushing water! Of course, the Pigeon Forge water park is also home to a relaxing 1,500 foot lazy river, the quadruple drop slide that is Mountain Scream and Mountain Waves, a 25,000 square foot wave pool. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hotels Near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge

Cherokee Lodge
Searching for a hotel near Dollywood?  Check out our selection of hotels near Dollywood and stay close to the park. Spend less time driving and more time enjoying the great rides, shows, and food at Dollywood.  They are guaranteed to put you in the heart of the action with easy access to both Dollywood theme parks.


A few of the recommended hotels near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge include:
  • Bear Crossing Condominiums
  • Cherokee Lodge
  • Comfort Inn at Dollywood Lane
  • Dollywood Vacations Cabin Rentals
  • RiverStone Resort
  • Shular Inn
  • Willow Brook Lodge

When you stay at any of the hotels near Dollywood you’re sure to make the most of your time in Pigeon Forge.  Not only are you located close to Pigeon Forge’s premier theme parks, you’re also in prime location to the Parkway and all the attractions and shows available in the Smoky Mountains.  And don't forget - all of our lodging choices have the guaranteed lowest rates online.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Soar the Skies at Pigeon Forge Ziplines

Soar through the skies of the Smokies when you reserve tickets for zip lining in Pigeon Forge.  You’ll get a birds-eye-view of the Smoky Mountains as you zip from tower to tower. Many Pigeon Forge ziplines are geared towards families, too, so the entire group can enjoy a zip line experience.

Choose from these reputable companies to start your Pigeon Forge zip lining adventure:
Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours:  At Adventure America you can choose from a river or waterfall course.  River crossings, sky bridges and up to 12 ziplines are featured on these adventures. 

Adventure Park Ziplines:  Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Adventure America is a convenient choice for visitors looking to zipline.  One paid admission gives you access to seven ziplines stretching from 450 to 2,500 feet long. 
Foxfire Mountain Canopy Ziplines:  Seven world-class ziplines await you at Foxfire Mountain!  The  150-acre attraction has the highest, longest and most scenic zip lines in the Smokies, with up to 1/4 mile long zip line over 200 feet above the forest floor. 
Zipping in the Smokies:  Operated by Rafting in the Smokies, this zipline adventure takes place at their Family Adventure Island.  Visitors cross a 150' swinging bridge to access the10-acre wooded island in the middle of the Big Pigeon River where your zipline adventure begins! 

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sky High Air Tours Offers Scenic Bi-Plane Rides in the Smokies

If you’re looking for a unique way to see the Smokies then look no further.  Sky High Air Tours, located in Sevierville, Tennessee, offers bi-plane rides of the area showcasing the scenic beauty of the area.  There are several flight options available, too, so you can choose the flight ideal for your budget and vacation needs.

When you ride in a bi-plane you get to experience air travel as it was in the 1920s and 1930s.  The open air cockpit of the biplanes puts you face to face with the skies and scenery ahead. You have unobstructed views of the Smokies while you take a ride in a true piece of American history.  The airplane you fly in is a 1927 Waco Model 10.  Only a dozen or so of these planes are still in-flight today, making the experience even more extraordinary.  The Waco Model 10 you fly in is a true vintage biplane – not a replica.  It has been diligently restored to prime condition and is ready to take you for a ride of a lifetime.
Bi-plane ride flight options include:
  • Introductory Flight: $99 (6-8 minutes)
  • Scenic Flight: $150 (15 minutes)
  • Barnstormer Flight: $275 (30 minutes)

All times are from takeoff to landing and prices are per flight, so two fly for the price of one!  Plus, before your flight leather helmets, goggles and silk scarves are available for vintage-style photos.  Headsets will be available during the flight for hearing protection and to hear narrative from the pilot. 

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Things to Do in Pigeon Forge for Kids

The quaint town of Pigeon Forge is known for its family friendly fun.  Between the outdoor activities available at The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and attractions teeming with entertainment it’s easy to please the whole family on your vacation – including your children.  If you’re searching for the best things to do in Pigeon Forge for kids read on. 

Explore the Smoky Mountains:  There are over 500,000 acres to explore in the Smokies, and almost as many ways to make the experience uniquely yours.  Several easy hikes, such as Laurel Falls, give you a glimpse of the beauty of the mountains while not being too strenuous for the kiddos.  Plus, they usually have more energy that mom and dad anyway!  You can also hitch a ride on a horse at outfits like Sugarland Riding Stables.  Giddy up and take to the trails on a gentle mare to see some of scenic sights of the Smokies. 

Make a Splash Rafting or Tubing:  You might think white water rafting is too much adventure for your kids.  Don’t worry, though, as Pigeon Forge rafting companies offer a trip on the lower Pigeon River perfect for families. The 5 ½ mile rafting trip runs about 50 class I and II rapids, with one class III at the very end.  With calm waters, and just enough rapids to make a splash, kids ages 3 and up can go on the lower Pigeon River float.  Another leisurely way to spend the day in the Smokies is tubing the river.  River Romp and River Rat offer affordable ways for families to enjoy the old-fashioned fun of river tubing.  Along the way you’ll find swimming holes and rope swings, adding even more activities to your day on the river.

Dollywood:  Families with kids of all ages will find something to love at Dollywood.  There are roller coasters like Wild Eagle ideal for big kids, and traditional fair rides for little ones at the Country Fair section of the park.  Make sure you visit during the Great American Summer Festival for even more kid-themed fun.  The Smoky Mountain theme park has extended operating hours during this festival and features nightly fireworks, special shows and fun geared just for kids.

Dollywood’s Splash Country:  Cool off during your vacation at the only waterpark in the Smoky Mountains.  Add aquatic adventure to your day on attractions like RiverRush or take it easy and lounge in the lazy river.  From mild to wild thrills, Splash Country is a place where families can dive into summer fun.

Become a Junior Ranger:  Kids ages 5-12 can become a Junior Ranger on their Pigeon Forge vacation.  Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at any park visitor center.  Complete the activities in the booklet then return to the visitor center, talk to a ranger and receiver your Junior Ranger badge.  The Junior Ranger badge is available any time of year, but in every season but winter your can also take part in Junior Ranger programs designed especially for children. 

Ripley’s Aquarium:  Immerse yourself in the aquatic wonders of Ripley’s Aquarium.  Even though you might be miles from the sea this attraction deftly navigates the waters of our world, highlighting a variety of species and exotic sea creatures.  My favorite element is the Shark Lagoon, which includes a 340-foot underwater tunnel. Hop on the glidepath through the tunnel and gawk at the stingrays, sawfish, tarpons, sharks, eels and more.  Interactive and educational exhibits challenge children while keep their interests.  Be sure to touch a stingray and pose with a penguin during your trip.  

WonderWorks: Kids of all ages find WonderWorks to be engaging, entertaining and educational.  Dubbed an amusement park for the mind, the attraction lets you experience an earthquake and hurricane, design your own roller coaster, explore outer space, ride an extreme 360 bike and so much more.  There’s even a ropes course and laser tag course where families can challenge each other.

MagiQuest:  Are any of your kids Harry Potter fans?  Then MagiQuest is for them.  Using a magic wand visitor’s journey through an interactive magical adventure.  Various challenges, puzzles and brave feats let you advance through levels, gaining skill and knowledge along the way.  Plus, you can purchase your wand and keep it for return visits to MagiQuest locations across the nation.  It remembers everything you accomplish so you can keep playing for years!

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, July 7, 2014

August 2014 Pigeon Forge Events

August 1-3: Great American Summer at Dollywood
Make more time for summertime with extended park hours and shows for the entire family, including nightly fireworks displays, the Great American Country Show and Gazillion Bubbles Show during Great American Summer at Dollywood. 


August 2:  Stringtime in the Smokies
The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge presents Stringtime in the Smokies. Listen to bluegrass music in The Old Mill Square. Admission is free.  
August 2:  Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament
Sign up for the cornhole tournament that’s in memory of Sergeant Brett Benton. There is an amateur and professional division. Begins at 11am at The Old Mill Square.

August 22:  Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal Live in Concert
Watch these two legends perform their classic country hits at the Country Tonite Theatre at 8pm.  Call 1-800-792-4308 for more information.
August 23-24:  Smoky Mountain Relic Show & Sale
The Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge will host the 5th annual Smoky Mountain Relic Show & Sale where you can view authentic Civil War era muskets, rifles, pistols, photographs, uniforms, and other artifacts. There will be an artillery demo and live entertainment. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Catch a Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game this Summer

Take me out to the ballgame!  It’s a summertime tradition to enjoy America’s favorite pastime – baseball!  You can catch a minor league game with the Tennessee Smokies during your summer vacation in Pigeon Forge.  The Tennessee Smokies, Class AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and member of the 10-team Southern League, play a 140-game full season schedule, including 70 home dates at Smokies Park.

Tickets for the Tennessee Smokies are extremely affordable so you can easily take the entire family to a game.  With a seating capacity of 6,000 seats visitors can choose from field level or reserved bleacher sections.  All lower level seating located no more than 20 rows from the field.  No matter which section you choose, tickets are less than $10 so you can get an extra hot dog or two during the game.
Special promotions are frequently held during Tennessee Smokies games.  From fireworks at the field to $1 hot dog night to souvenir giveaways, the extra additions to the game make a day at the park even better.   A Kids Zone, located inside Smokies Park at the end of the 1st baseline, is for Smokies fans 12 and under. The Kids Zone features a prize wheel, home run challenge, speed pitch, giant inflatable slide, and moon bounce.  Tickets are required for the extra fun available at Kids Zone.
Root for the home team on your next Pigeon Forge vacation during a Tennessee Smokies Baseball game.  Regular season games are scheduled through August 26, 2014. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Country Tonite Celebrity Concert Series Showcases Country Music Legends

Country Tonite is an entertainment tradition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The show has been voted one of the best in the region time and time again.  They continue to bring the best in country music to the Pigeon Forge stage with their 2014 Celebrity Concert Series.  Sawyer Brown, Loretta Lynn and Aaron Tippin have already appeared at the theater this year.  Take a look at the schedule of entertainers planned for the rest of the year.
Don Williams
  • Mark Chesnutt: July 4
  • Steve Wariner: July 25
  • Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal: August 22
  • Bobby Bare, John Anderson and Darryl Worley: September 19
  • Don Williams: October 17 and 18
  • Con Hunley and Jimmy Fortune: November 7
  • Ronnie Milsap: December 5

Don’t miss your chance to see these Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry inductees and all around legendary performers.  Only Country Tonite brings these stars to the stage in Pigeon Forge!   Purchase tickets here

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pet Friendly Hotels in Pigeon Forge

Bring your pet when you visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  We know what it’s like – you don’t want to leave Fido at home and certainly don’t want to pay those pesky kennel fees.  Luckily, there are a variety of pet friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge that will make your pet feel right at home.

A few of the Pigeon Forge Pet Friendly Hotels include:
  • Microtel Inn and Suites
  • Baymont Inn and Suites
  • Eagles Ridge Resort
  • Brookside Resort
  • River Terrace Resort
  • Ramada Pigeon Forge
  • River Place Inn
  • Timbers Lodge

Convenient locations with reasonable pet fees cater to travelers who love to bring their pet with them. Choose from Pet Friendly Hotels in Pigeon Forge TN for a place to stay and play with your pet.