Plan an Epic Mask-Free Vacation in Tennessee

Since we started traveling in August of 2020, many people have asked if masks are required. In the beginning, we wore masks. Now, we look for options that do not require masks. For example, our recent trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennesse, was completely mask-free and so much fun for all of us.

What to Do in Pigeon Forge

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – we used our homeschool discount to see one of the best aquariums in the country. We weren’t required to wear masks, and my kiddos loved every exhibit in this incredible attraction. We visited a few years ago, and we made sure to add this to our itinerary again this year.

WonderWorks – with over 1000 hands-on, interactive exhibits, this museum is a must-see for any family visiting the Pigeon Forge area. My kids thought the upside-down building was so cool, and they asked to play laser tag over and over. Aside from a ton of fun, this museum is very educational, too.

Pigeon Forge Snow – We all voted, and this indoor snow tubing spot was our favorite stop during our entire vacation. Yes, it is pricey, but it is worth the money. The tubing hills are high and fast, so keep that in mind. My five and four-year-olds road the hills for an hour straight without stopping!

Sevier Air – if the weather isn’t cooperating, this trampoline and ninja warrior park is the perfect place to escape the rain/snow. We booked two hours of jumping and fun, and it was a good amount. My kids were pretty tired by the time we left. Tip: you can bring in outside food and drinks, but there is a snack bar on-site.

Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show – we splurged on this show, and I’m so glad we did. My kids were mesmerized the entire time, and they’re still playing Sapphire and Crimson Pirates at home. The skeleton scenes could be a bit scary for young, sensitive kids. My oldest daughter closed her eyes.

Parrot Mountain – If you have a bird-lover in your house, you’ll love this bird-filled place. You can hold birds, talk to birds and even buy a bird to take home with you (starting at $900). Be sure to bring quarters or dollar bills to feed the birds. They’ll charge a {high} fee to use a credit card.

Where to Stay in Pigeon Forge

RV/CabinSun Outdoors Pigeon Forge was our home away from home for the week. We parked our 42-foot fifth wheel in site 128 and had a fabulous green space to run around in, right outside our front door. The sports courts, jumping pillow, pool, and so much more kept us entertained for the entire week. I highly recommend this RV resort.

ResortCountry Cascades Waterpark Resort boasts over 75,000 gallons of water in their on-site waterpark. Whether it’s the 4-story twists and turns of the River Run body slide or the total thrill of the River Chaser, you’re sure to find a new favorite. Not to mention Splashaway Bay, the beached entry leisure pool, the indoor pool and hot tub, the outdoor pool and sunning deck, and the convenience of the Snack Shack – when it comes to fun, this is the place to stay.

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