What to Expect When Visiting The Island at Pigeon Forge

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The Island at Pigeon Forge is a must visit location during your trip to Pigeon Forge. It’s an entertainment complex offering places to eat, stay, shop, and play. The Island, which fun fact is not an island at all, offers free parking and free admission. Just walk right in and partake in any of the many activities or grab a chair and relax by the fountain. The Island is also pet friendly and open every day of the year. Spend as little as an hour to a half day experiencing all that The Island has to offer.   

shops under the margaritaville island hotel at the island at pigeon forge in tennessee


The Island at Pigeon Forge is home to the Margaritaville Island Hotel and the Margaritaville Island Inn. The location of these hotels are ideal. They are steps away from The Island’s restaurants, shops, and entertainment. You won’t even have to get into your car. Looking for a luxurious stay in a prime location, the Margaritaville Island Hotel may be the place for you. See the balconies above the shops in the picture? Those belong to the Margaritaville Island Hotel. If you want a more budget friendly option, you’ll want to skip the hotel and check out the Inn or another nearby hotel. For more information, visit https://www.margaritavilleresorts.com/margaritaville-island-hotel-pigeon-forge/stay.  


There are over 40 shops at The Island including a couple of toy stores, some souvenir shops, and some boutiques. If you like to shop at small businesses you’ll enjoy the shops at The Island. 

A couple of honorable mentions include: 

  • Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine which does tastings and offers a wide selection of moonshine options
  • Pepper Palace which offers tastings of hot sauce ranging from mild to burn your face off. They even have a Ghost Pepper hot sauce challenge. If you ever thought about what it would be like to participate in the show Hot Ones, you’ll want to stop here. 
  • Paula Deen Retail store where you can buy everything from kitchenware, to the mix for her famous biscuits, to her cookbooks.

child riding the carousel at the island in pigeon forge tennessee


There are a number of attractions at The Island. If you enjoy  games, there is a large arcade. Have grade school children? There are a few amusement rides for them. Unfortunately there are only one or two for toddlers and for thrill seekers. For the family, you’ll find a ropes course, a carousel, and like every tourist location, there is a giant ferris wheel. At the entrance to The Island, you’ll find the Alcatraz Crime Museum which features some famous artifacts including OJ Simpson’s Bronco. If you’re a fan of Epcot’s Soaring Around the World in Disney World, you’ll love The Island’s newest attraction, Sky Fly: Soar America.   


Probably the most popular place to eat at The Island and my personal favorite is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Paula Deen’s is a family style restaurant, which if you’ve never been to one essentially means that  large portions of food are sent out for the table to share, and when that’s gone, you can ask for another helping. To read our review of Paula Deen’s, CLICK HERE

Another popular restaurant at The Island is Dick’s Last Resort. Dick’s is a lot of fun if you like gentle teasing and funny looking hats. The food and drinks are pretty good too. Looking for Pizza? Try Mellow Mushroom. How about a margarita with your meal? There’s a Margaritaville for that. 

Paula Deen Family Kitchen restaurant at the island in pigeon forge tennessee

Final Thoughts

The Island at Pigeon Forge is a must visit attraction for your family, no matter what time of year you visit. Our family usually spends a few hours there every time we visit Pigeon Forge. It’s a great place to have lunch or dinner, a good place for some outdoor fun, and a beautiful place to just relax and take pictures. Be sure to schedule some time in your itinerary for a visit during your trip. For more information visit https://islandinpigeonforge.com/

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