Two thirds of 55-year-olds fondly recall family vacations as early as age five. Today’s children believe vacations are a great way to spend quality time with their parents. provides research-based evidence of the benefits family travel has. But statistics are not necessary to remind you why family vacations can be a great way for families to bond and share experiences. You can remind your family by taking them to Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) and experiencing it yourself.

Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a great place to make memories. It has all the Dollywood delights, including the Wild Eagle roller coaster and peaceful walks along mountain streams. Mom and Dad can even play along with an audience-participation gag at a family friendly comedy show.

“This is a ready-made place for fun and good times. The only ingredient visitors need to add is themselves,”Leon Downey is the tourism director.

Downey says that there are more family-friendly activities this year.

Dollywood’s Splash County waterpark will open Tennessee’s first watercoaster this spring. It measures 1,175 feet in length and lifts four-passenger, toboggan-style boats 237ft high. The Dollywood theme park will be inaugurating it. “Great American Summer”On June 22, six weeks of extended nighttime operation, nightly fireworks and nightly entertainment will be offered.

The Wonders of Flight is a giant helium balloon that lifts up a 30-passenger gondola to 400 feet in the air. Visitors can enjoy the thrills of ascent while enjoying the Smoky Mountain scenery. Another romantic way to see the beautiful green scenery is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. It towers 200 feet above the ground.

The number of family-friendly activities is almost as long as the Ferris wheel. WonderWorks, a science-oriented centre in an upside down building, is where magician Terry Evanswood shows a new version. “Wonders of Magic”Show. You will find a number of theaters in Pigeon Forge that offer entertainment for all tastes.

Many families continue to play long after sunset. They enjoy go-cart tracks and miniature golf courses as well as bumper boats and bungee jumping along the Parkway, the main thoroughfare of the city.

“I can promise you that kids will long remember staying up past their regular bedtime to race a tandem go-cart with Mom and Dad,”Downey spoke.

You can find more ideas for family fun in Pigeon Forge at MyPigeonForge.comContact us at 800-251-9100.