Looking for the best things to do after dinner in Pigeon Forge? Indeed, Pigeon Forge is one of the best family-friendly destinations in Tennessee, both during the day and once night falls. In fact, the fun often just starts at dinnertime. Whether you love live theatre and comedy shows or are looking for adventure, you’ll find it all in this small mountain town in Tennessee.

    Grab a bite to eat and then head out for a night on the town for drinks, desserts, and laughter galore to fully take advantage of the exciting nightlife Pigeon Forge has to offer.


    The Old Mill Creamery

    An old-fashioned creamery offering sweet treats

    • Food
    • Families

    The Old Mill Creamery is one of the most popular ice cream parlours in Pigeon Forge that you’ll find at the corner of Old Mill Ave and Old Mill St. This old-fashioned Pigeon Forge staple serves up some delicious classic ice creams, custards, and sweet treats.

    Whether you love classic flavours like vanilla bean and salted caramel or want to try something unique like their Oat Mill cream pie and whiskey ribbon, their signature flavours are worth standing in line for. Head to the creamery after dinner and take a walk through the general store for an awesome night in Pigeon Forge.

    Location: 171 Old Mill Ave #3515, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 865-453-4301


    Smoky Mountain Brewery

    A lively brewery for craft beers and late-night snacks

    • Nightlife

    Smoky Mountain Brewery is the place to go in Pigeon Forge for microbrews and late-night dining. Located in Lumberjack Square, just off the Parkway, this brewery is centrally located and easy to find for a night out on the town.

    This brewery is a great spot for beer lovers as they have a good mix of flagship beers and seasonal beers and even offer a Brewmaster Special, which rotates every few weeks. Their dining room and bar have plenty of TV screens so you can watch your favourite game. The restaurant also hosts regular live trivia so there’s plenty of entertainment to pair with your brews and pub grub.

    Location: 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 865-868-1400


    Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

    Adventure afters dark on a high-speed coaster

    • Adventure
    • Families

    The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is one of the largest attractions in the Pigeon Forge area for thrill-seekers. Located west of town, just off Highway 321, this rollercoaster is over a mile long and gets up to almost 30 mph.

    While it’s always a hit during the day, the coaster truly comes to life after dark, with bright lights illuminating the course. Because the coaster is open late, make sure to stop by after dinner for an adrenaline-filled night adventure.

    Location: 867 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 865-0365-5000


    Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf

    Themed mini-golf courses in Pigeon Forge

    • Adventure
    • Couples
    • Families

    Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf is a mini-golf course with 2 18-hole courses, each with their own unique theme. Located at the corner of Pickel St and the Parkway, it’s a short drive from all of the major attractions in downtown Pigeon Forge.

    Professor Hacker’s is a great option for a fun place to spend a date night. It's also an activity the whole family will love. You’ll start off your adventure with a ride on the mining train that takes you to the first holes. From there you can pick from 2 courses, both filled with unique adventures and obstacles.

    Location: 3010 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 865-453-0307


    Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn

    A massive bar offering exceptional moonshine varieties

    • Nightlife

    Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn is one of the most popular places to stop on The Island in Pigeon Forge. With over 6,000 sq ft of space, this huge barn is a great place to enjoy an after-dinner treat with unique flavours of premium moonshine.

    Ole Smoky hosts live bluegrass music for you to tap your foot to while grabbing a drink. If you’re looking for a souvenir that you can’t get anywhere else, stop by their retail store and buy a bottle of moonshine to take home with you.

    Location: 131 The Island Dr #9116, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 865-436-6995


    Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

    Catch a glimpse of the greatest views of Pigeon Forge from above

    • Photo
    • Couples
    • Families

    At 200 ft tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel offers some of the best views of Pigeon Forge and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Located on The Island, it’s a great spot to snap a photo and to enjoy the thrill of an enormous Ferris wheel with glass gondolas.

    If you ride the wheel at night, you’ll catch the glimmering lights of a busy city below. The fountain at The Island also has nightly light shows, which are even more exciting to watch from above. The line can sometimes get long, so make sure to book your tickets ahead of time.

    Location: 131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 865-286-0119


    Xtreme Racing Center

    Race your friends on the fastest go-karts in town

    • Adventure
    • Families

    Xtreme Racing Center is a go-kart track boasting the fastest karts in all of Pigeon Forge, with speeds up to 40 mph. Located near the corner of the Parkway and Pine Mountain Rd, you’ll easily spot this go-kart track from the main road in town.

    At Xtreme, you can choose from one of their 3 racecourses, including the popular Xtreme track with 3,500 linear ft to explore at high speeds. While this is a fun spot to bring the family, it’s important to note that you must be at least 11 years old to drive your own kart. Ride all 3 courses or head to the arcade for a night of late-night excitement.

    Location: 3144 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 12 pm to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 877-920-6294


    Hatfield McCoy Dinner Feud

    A popular dinner theatre for a night of live entertainment

    • Food
    • Nightlife
    • Families

    Hatfield McCoy Dinner Feud is a theatre offering delicious food, a lot of laughs and plenty of jaw-dropping entertainment. Located next to the Titanic attraction on the Parkway, Hatfield and McCoy features a show based on a comedic quarrel between 2 families who are trying to set aside their differences.

    With 2 shows a day and a delightful menu filled with Southern comfort food, the whole family will love your night out at Hatfield McCoy. The show changes each season so make sure to check it out each time you visit Pigeon Forge.

    Location: 119 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Phone: +1 865-908-7469


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    Try delicious cocktails at this festive bar

    • Nightlife

    The Margaritaville bar is where you should head after dinner in Pigeon Forge if you like piña coladas and delicious frozen cocktails. Located on The Island, this resort is known for putting everyone into immediate vacation mode.

    Whether it’s 5 o’clock or after dinner, the atmosphere will immediately make you feel like you’re on the beach. Sit back and enjoy live music and tropical drinks for a fun night out in Pigeon Forge.

    Location: 130 The Island Dr #6101, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 865-210-8530


    Comedy Barn Theater

    Enjoy a night of laughter and fun at a comedy show

    • Nightlife
    • Families

    The Comedy Barn Theater offers nightly clean comedy shows the whole family can enjoy. Located off the Parkway, just 2 blocks from The Island, each show features magicians, jugglers, music, jokes and more to keep you laughing all night long.

    Most days of the week, there’s an early-bird show and a late show that are both about 2 hours long. For those craving an after-dinner snack, head to their concession stand and stock up on your favourite treats. The entertainers love to get the audience involved, so try and sit closer to the front if you like to be part of the action.

    Location: 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 865-428-5222


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    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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