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Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a family-friendly vacation destination that combined beautiful outdoor spaces with a celebration of Southern culture and country music?

Oh wait, there IS such a place! It’s called Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the world famous Dollywood, you will need to take at least 10 vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just to see and experience all that this top American vacation destination has to offer.

The best part about taking your next vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is that it caters to working people. Everything is priced so that a normal family can enjoy their vacation without needing to worry about counting pennies the whole time. Plus, there is a range of great deals available to ensure that you don’t need to break the bank just to have some wholesome vacation time.

Let’s take a quick dive into the discounts and freebies in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, so your next vacation can be incredible and easy on the wallet at the same time!

Cabin Deals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The first thing you need to do when planning your Pigeon Forge, Tennessee vacation is decide on where you’re going to stay.

The top accommodation choice for visitors to this beautiful landscape is a Smoky Mountain cabin with a view! These cabins combine all the amenities of a modern hotel with the rustic feel of staying in a gorgeous mountain landscape.

While cabins are the perfect choice for lodging when vacationing in Pigeon Forge, they can be expensive. To try and help you keep within your vacation budget, I spent quite a few hours researching the web in an effort to find the least expensive cabins with good reviews.

During my search, the top-rated cabins ranged in price from $100 per night and up. In fact, the majority of them during off season was over $100 per night. At those prices, I kept researching, and I discovered a few cabins that are more budget friendly in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (not far from Pigeon Forge). They average less than $90 per night (minus additional fees).

The rates listed are what was current when I wrote this.

Bear Cub in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This cozy cabin in the woods provides a queen log bed and a queen sleeper sofa, free arcade games, an outside deck to enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains while relaxing in the hot tub, a kitchen for preparing meals, washer & dryer and much more!

What you get: A cabin that will sleep up to four guests at a great rates averaging $80 per night. Some months are as low as $75 per night.

What you need to do: Reserve your cabin from Vrbo.

Family Condo/Cabin Cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Enjoy your vacation in this beautiful rustic cabin with a good size kitchen, full bath, electric fireplace, stackable washer & dryer, deck, hot tub and many other great amenities. Guests even have free access to a workout and game center, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool.

What you get: A cabin with sleeping room for up to five people at an affordable rate of $89 per night.

What you need to do: Book your vacation today!

Cottage in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This lovely little cabin is perfect if you have children and a fur baby! Some amenities include two queen size beds in upper lofts, a bunk bed, sleeper sofa, kitchen with appliances, a fire place, full bathroom with a tub/shower and internet access.

What you get: Peace and quiet for up to five family members for as little as $70 per night.

What you need to do: Reserve your cabin online through Vrbo.

Discount Hotels in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The great outdoors might not be for everyone, so it’s a good thing that Pigeon Forge has a huge range of hotels located in town.

Best Western

You can start each day of your vacation with hot breakfast at the Best Western hotel in Pigeon Forge. They offer guests cage-free eggs.

In addition to a hot breakfast, Best Western has a variety of discounts and free nights through their rewards program. They even offer a low rate guarantee that includes a $100 Best Western travel card.

What you get: Discounts up to 15% off and free nights.

What you need to do: Explore all their discounts, read the terms for each one, and then follow the instructions for the discount you qualify for that offers you the best savings.

Guest Inn

The Guest Inn in Pigeon Forge is a decent hotel nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. When open for the season, everyone can enjoy the outdoor pool. For a day of family fun and new memories to cherish, the hotel is just a few minutes from Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, The Island in Pigeon Forge, Comedy Barn and other exciting places.

Usually, rooms at the Guest Inn range from $72 up to $89.

What you get: A room for you and up to four members of your family.

What you need to do: Reserve your room through Booking.

Affordable Airbnbs in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Many individuals own a house, RV, camper, apartment, extra room or something unique that they list on Airbnb. By performing a search in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and using the filters, you can narrow down the listings to what you want at a price that will fit your getaway budget.

What you get: A more affordable, roomier and private place to stay.

What you need to do: Once you find a place you and your family like, check the availability. If it will be available during the dates you need it, make your reservation from Airbnb.

Free & Discount Family Fun in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Once everyone has unpacked and rested at the lodging destination, it would be a great time to start exploring all the fun waiting in and near Pigeon Forge.

Luckily, I’ve done some searching to help you save even more money as you begin your adventures.

Great Smoke Mountains & Cades Cove

The first thing that most people want to do when they get to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is enjoy the incredible beauty of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While there are a ton of things to do in the park — from camping and hiking to rafting and guided tours — almost everyone takes an afternoon to do the FREE Cades Coves tour.

This scenic drive combines great outdoor views with a number of restored historic buildings highlighting the rich and fascinating history of 19th Century life in this area before it was designated a national park in the 1930s.

If you decide to do one outdoor adventure during your Pigeon Forge, Tennessee vacation, make it the free Cades Cove tour!

What you get: Free self-tour of a national park.

What you need to do: Nothing, just drive and enjoy yourself!


Let’s face it. If you’re in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, you’re probably going to Dollywood. Surely, it’s a must on your to-visit list, right? 😉

Dollywood offers weeks full of fun for the whole family, including a theme park AND a water park, incredible shopping, great food, and a huge range of Southern culture and country music special events!

If you plan on spending four or more days in Dollywood and taking in some special events while you’re there (and you will!), you’ll definitely want to check out the Season Pass program (see the Dollywood price comparison scenarios below) to start saving a lot of money on your Dollywood adventures.

The Gold Season Pass currently offers FREE admission for friends, FREE standard parking, unlimited access to the theme park and water park (if you buy the pass for both), early ride time on Saturdays, great discounts on food, merchandise and special events, and lots more perks. They’re basically your tickets to amazing family fun at crazy low prices!

From now until June 26,2022, Dollywood is also offering a FREE Pre-K Imagination Season Pass for children born in 2017 or 2018, so regardless of how many times you plan to visit this year, be sure to register for that pass for any child(ren) born in either of those years that will be coming with you. This way you won’t have to buy a ticket for them, which means even more savings. Furthermore, any child under 4 gets in free year-round.

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, you can even buy your Dollywood season passes using an installment plan, so that you don’t spend a lump sum all at once!

What you get: It depends on the option you choose.

What you need to do: Determine which option saves your family the most money from the scenarios below, and then reserve your tickets and/or passes from the website today.

Dollywood Price Comparison

One Annual Visit for a Family of Four

Pigeon Forge Tennessee - Dollywood Comparison Scenario Chart for a Family of Four

Note: U.S. active or retired military, veterans, military reservists, spouses and dependents get an even bigger discount on tickets and passes.

Four or More Annual Visits for a Family of Four

Pigeon Forge Tennessee - Dollywood Comparison Scenario Chart for a Family of 2 Adults and 2 Toddlers

Note: U.S. active or retired military, veterans, military reservists, spouses and dependents get an even bigger discount on tickets and passes.

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Shadrack Christmas Drive-Through Light Show

If you’ll be vacationing in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee during November or December and your family loves Christmas lights, you should put the Shadrack Christmas Drive-Through Light Show in Sevierville, Tennessee at the top of your must-see list! Everyone will look in awe at many beautiful lighted Christmas displays that dance in sync to Christmas tunes you’ll be able to hear through your vehicle’s radio.

Admission for cars and family vans with eight passengers or less range from $25 up to $30, depending on the day you visit. To save money on admission tickets, every year from mid-November until January 2nd Huck Finn’s Catfish gives their customers discount coupons.

What you get: discount coupon for $2 off admission to Shadrack’s magical drive-through light show.

What you need to do: Head to Huck Finn’s Catfish for some of their all you can eat award-winning catfish. When you pay, ask for the discount coupon for the Shadrack Christmas Drive-Through Light Show in Sevierville.

Food and Drink Deals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

So you’ve got lodging set up at a discount and made plans to visit a variety of places for free and at discounted prices. What’s left to think about for your Pigeon Forge, Tennessee vacation?

Why food and drinks, of course!

Pigeon Forge is absolutely bursting with a huge number of amazing family-friendly restaurants, and practically all of them offer year-round freebies, discounts and specials that will keep you and your family fed at prices you can afford.

With all these great deals, you will be tempted to just spend your whole vacation eating amazing food, which sounds like a pretty good vacation on its own!

Check out the huge range of coupons available year-round for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee restaurants and choose your top picks.

What you get: A huge number of food and drink deals.

What you need to do: Check out the coupon pages at the sites below and print the coupons for the deals you want.

Pigeon Forge Chamber offers three coupons that are good until December 31, 2019. The coupons are 10% off dinner or 15% off breakfast or lunch at Bennett’s Pit BBQ and 15% off lunch or dinner at Alamo Steakhouse.

Smoky Mountain Brochures’ coupons include 20% off at IHOP, free tea from Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, Kids 10 and under eat free at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe, 20% off at Denny’s and more.

Smoky Mountain Navigator has restaurant coupons for 15% off breakfast or lunch and 10% off dinner at Bennett’s Bar-B-Que, and many $5 off $25 or more coupons for places such as Golden Corral, Pancake House, TJI Fridays, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ and others.

Sunny Day Guide’s coupon selection includes quite a few freebies with certain purchases, 10% off at Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet, 15% off when you dine at Reagan’s House of Pancakes and more.

The Island in Pigeon Forge’s coupons include a free taffy or wrapped candy from Big Rock Candy Kitchen with your purchase of any tin, a free small coffee at Cinnabon when you purchase a Cinnabon classic roll or caramel Pecanbon, 10% off at Island Creamery, 25% off at Island Yogurt, plus more food and drink deals.

Discount Dinner Shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Another great way to save money while in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is choosing family fun and a meal all in one!

The internet is filled with great deals on family-friendly dinner shows that you should definitely take advantage of! Below, I’m mentioning what I believe are some of the best deals on dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or near that area.

Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Show

If your family loves comedy and comfort food, y’all can’t miss the Hatfield and McCoy dinner feud! In addition to creating new memories with lots of laughter, you and your family will enjoy endless drinks with an all you can eat Southern fried chicken meal as you watch the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster show.

What you get: Unlimited food and laughter for the soul at a discount of $5 off each adult ticket.

What you need to do: Print the coupon from Smoky Mountain Brochures. If you prefer to order online, go to the official Hatfield and McCoy website, click “Buy Tickets,” choose the date and time you and your family will be attending the show, enter the coupon code BRGCHRISTMAS19, click “Validate” to apply the discount, and then complete the checkout process.

This special Pigeon Forge discount offer expires on December 31, 2019.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas Stampede

A popular dinner show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is Dolly Parton’s Stampede. In fact, the Christmas show is a family tradition for many.

From now until January 4, 2020, your family can experience the 2019 Dolly Parton Christmas Stampede along with a four-course feast of home-cooked rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin and more at a discounted price.

While everyone fills their bellies with delicious home cooking, the show will begin. There will be a live nativity, twinkling lights, snow, Christmas music and so much more!

What you get: $5 off adult tickets and $3 off child tickets. The coupon will be valid for up to six people.

What you need to do: Request a coupon book from the Smoky Mountain website, or call 865-453-4400 to reserve your tickets early. When calling, mention SMC19 to get the discount.

This special Pigeon Forge discount offer expires on December 31, 2019.

I’ll add more deals as I find them. In the meantime, enjoy your vacation and savings!

Do you know of a deal in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Share it in the comments below and I may even add it to this article.

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