Whether you’re 2 years old or 102 years old, there is plenty of fun to be had in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains! The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are especially popular with senior citizens, who will find a variety of wonderful entertainment and shopping destinations in town. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top six Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions for seniors.
1. Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
If you’re looking for a souvenir from Gatlinburg or a unique addition to your home, a shopping trip in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is an absolute must. Located off the East Parkway, this historic 8-mile loop road is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Visitors to the Arts & Crafts Community will find numerous studios, galleries, and shops that are overflowing with beautiful handcrafted items. Some of the arts and crafts you can expect to see in the community include paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, quilts, baskets, brooms, wood carvings, and stained glass.
Dollywood is so much more than just roller coasters and thrill rides! Guests at Pigeon Forge’s famous theme park will have the chance to attend a variety of phenomenal music shows that are completely free with park admission. Whether you’re in the mood for country, bluegrass, gospel, or nostalgic songs from the 50s and 60s, you can hear your favorite tunes performed live by some of the area’s best musicians. Other highlights of the park include the craft shops, Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the Chasing Rainbows Museum (which is dedicated to the life and career of Dolly Parton), and all of the spectacular restaurants. Be sure to try some of Dollywood’s mouth-watering cinnamon bread; it is irresistibly good!
3. The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is a hugely popular shopping and entertainment complex located right off of the Parkway. Some of the shops you may want to check out during your visit to The Island include The Paula Deen Store, The Beef Jerky Outlet, Christmas and More, Patriot Peddler, and Puzzled. When you need a break from shopping, we recommend kicking back in the complex’s complimentary rocking chairs and watching The Island’s mesmerizing show fountain, which appears to “dance” to a number of hit songs.
4. Country Tonite Music Show
Country Tonite is another one of the best Pigeon Forge attractions for seniors. This unforgettable music show features classic country songs, a few gospel tunes, side-splitting comedy, and a moving tribute to veterans. A highlight of the show is watching Country Tonite’s youth performers: 17-year-old banjo virtuoso Willow Osborne and 12-year-old vocalist Shelton Tison. Guests at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals will receive one free adult admission to Country Tonite with our Luxury Pass.
5. Hollywood Star Cars Museum
The Hollywood Star Cars Museum showcases the most famous vehicles from TV and movie history. Some of the iconic vehicles in the collection include the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, the Drag-u-la from The Munsters, and the Jalopy from The Beverly Hillbillies. Guests can even have their photo taken in some of the “star cars” for an additional fee.
6. Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton
Readers of a certain age may remember Red Skelton, the classic comedian who had a 70-year career that spanned stage, radio, and television. At Remembering Red, comedian Brian Hoffman brings Red Skelton’s most beloved characters back to life in a hilarious show that will have you rolling in the aisles. The Remembering Red show is a real treat for anyone familiar with Red Skelton’s work, although youngsters accompanying their grandparents will also love seeing this family-friendly comedy for the first time.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of these excellent Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions for seniors. Our cabins come with your choice of stellar amenities, including breathtaking mountain views, decks with rocking chairs and hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, and home theater rooms. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!