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Who ever said finding things to do on vacation had to come with a price tag? Discover budget-friendly outdoor adventure, laidback recreation and entertainment in Pigeon Forge and nearby. From scenic drives to the chance to watch local artisans practice their trade, explore our top low-cost activities to experience all the fun at a fraction of the cost.

Drive the Cades Cove Loop

A true hidden gem, tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the Cades Cove Loop is a scenic 11-mile one-way road that winds through lush valleys teeming with wildlife and dotted with historic buildings. You can explore pioneer homesteads, churches and a grist mill at your own pace. The drive is completely free (though a $5 parking pass is required if you plan to stop) and a perfect way to spend a morning or an afternoon as a family. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the designated areas along the loop. 

Go on a Hike

As the nation's most popular national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for having some of the region's most stunning hiking trails. For the price of a $5 daily parking pass, gain access to the natural wonders that await on the 150 trails within the park. Set out on the easier paved Laurel Falls trail, take in breathtaking vistas at Clingmans Dome, or climb to new heights on Mount LeConte. Remember to carry water, snacks and a map for a safe and enjoyable hike.

Enjoy a Free (for Kids) Dinner Show

Pigeon Forge is known for its action-packed dinner shows, and many offer free admission for kids with a paying adult, ensuring a fun-filled evening for the whole family without breaking the bank! At Lumberjack Feud, kids under 4 are free, and at Country Tonite, kids under the age of 12 gain admission at no cost. Be sure to check age restrictions, as they vary for each show.

Discover the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community

A short drive from Pigeon Forge, the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community is an 8-mile loop of galleries, studios and shops. Here, you can watch artisans create unique pieces, ranging from pottery to paintings. Many shops offer free demonstrations, and browsing is free. It’s a fantastic way to experience local culture and perhaps pick up a handmade souvenir.

Visit The Island

A short jaunt from Camp Margaritaville, The Island in Pigeon Forge has something for everyone. In between shopping and dining, find a spot on one of the many rocking chairs and settle in for the dazzling Island Show Fountain, which features water and lights synchronized to music. Entry to The Island is free, and the Island Show Fountain is open to the public.

Relax, Play and Camp 

Guests at Camp Margaritaville will find there's no need to leave the property to have fun! Included in the price of each stay is access to a lazy river and an expansive pool area with a splash pad for the kids and a pool with a waterslide. Discover a calendar of daily activities, let the kids stretch their legs on the playground, or simply relax around the bonfire with s’mores.

Get Your Game On

At Camp Margaritaville, guests have access to plenty of ways to enjoy some friendly competition. Find unlimited indoor fun at Fin City Entertainment Center. from billiards or duckpin bowling to the wide selection of arcade games, or head over to the Pickleball court to try your hand at the beloved game.

If you are looking for cost savings for your vacation this year, Pigeon Forge offers a wealth of activities that don’t require a hefty budget. From scenic drives and hikes to free shows, there’s plenty to do without spending much, and Camp Margaritaville provides the perfect base for a memorable and affordable getaway in Pigeon Forge. Explore our special offers and book your stay now!

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