By Darryl Payne
Posted on November 13, 2015
Pigeon Forge is not only a beautiful place to be in winter months, it's also a lot of fun. If it's snowy or cold outside, don't worry - there are lots of excellent activities to keep you and your entire family well entertained. Here are our top 3 Pigeon Forge attractions for snowy days:
1. LazerPort Fun Center is an extensive state-of-the-art complex of indoor activities and games. LazerPort has two enormous laser tag arenas that measure over 7,000 square feet. Nothing will warm you up on a snowy day like an exhilarating game of laser tag! Each game lasts for 15 minutes and games run back-to-back starting every 20 minutes. You can play as many games as you want. LazerPort has one of the few 18-hole, indoor blacklight minigolf course in the country. Enjoy the glowing Space theme as you test your skills putting a glowing golf ball down a glowing course. Then take a break at the Sweet Sensations ice cream parlor before trying your skills at the 10,000-square-foot arcade - the largest arcade in the Smokies. After you win, you can exchange tickets for great prizes like stuffed animals and iPods.
2. Why is the building upside down? That's the first thing you'll wonder about WonderWorks, a monolithic "amusement park for the mind." Word is that the building began as a top-secret research laboratory on a remote island in the Bermuda Triangle, then was carried to Pigeon Forge by a man-made tornado - a scientific experiment gone bad - where it landed upside down on top of a theater. You'll enter the building "upside down" (it just looks that way) before you're oriented in the lobby, where you can start exploring more than 100 hands-on exhibits and interactive displays.
There are six Wonder Zones, including Natural Disasters, Physical Challenges, Light & Sound, Space Discovery, Imagination Lab, and the Far Out Art Gallery. You'll also have fun playing in the Indoor Ropes Challenge, the Lazer-Tag Arena, and taking in The Wonders of Magic show. There are so many fun things to do here that it's hard to know where to start. Kids absolutely love the Earthquake Café, a "restaurant booth" where you can sit and feel the power of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. Also popular is the Hurricane Hole, where you can (safely) feel winds of up to 71 mph.
You can easily spend the entire day here. Tickets are $24.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids (plus tax), and note that if you want to do the ropes course you must wear closed- toed shoes. Combo tickets for WonderWorks, one game of laser tag, and unlimited access to the ropes course cost just a little more and are worth it. There is also a combo ticket that includes tickets to A Magical Evening of Wonder, a fantastic magic show. If all of that sounds like fun, you're better off purchasing the Unlimited combo ticket that includes everything.
3. The Titanic Museum Attraction is also an ideal way to pass a snowy day in Pigeon Forge, and it's hard to miss: Just pull over when you see the giant ship sticking out of an iceberg! This museum is fun for kids, but is also interesting for adults. As you enter the museum, you'll feel as if you're entering a grand ocean liner. As you move through the ship, you'll discover the stories of the real passengers and crew who sailed in the Titanic through interactive exhibits and real artifacts from the ship. This museum is a really good way to teach kids about the history of the Titanic in a way that they can understand. You can sit in a lifeboat to hear the stories of real passengers in their own voices, and there's even a baby grand piano in the lobby that serves as a tribute to the musicians - piano players are encouraged to take a turn on the bench. The Titanic Museum refers to its staff as "crew," and their period costumes help bring the story to life. If you're lucky enough to visit in December, the ship is decked out from stem to stern for Christmas - it's truly magical. Tickets are $21.44 for adults and $11.14 for children if you order online, and a family pass for two adults and four kids is $62.47. Children under 4 enter free.
In the winter, Pigeon Forge comes alive. Even if you're visiting on a snowy day, indoor activities abound for everyone. Whether you enjoy the adrenaline rush of a day playing laser tag, indoor blacklight minigolf and arcade games, learning about science at WonderWorks, or history at the Titanic Museum Attraction, you'll make wonderful winter memories with your family in the Great Smoky Mountains.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.