Families have endless options for keeping the kids entertained here, well beyond the plethora of miniature golf and waterslides. The sense of adventure is seriously upped with two recent additions to Pigeon Forge. The Flyaway, 3106 Parkway Dr. (tel. 877/293-0639; www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com), is one of the few indoor skydiving simulators in the U.S. After a brief orientation, you get the opportunity to experience a vertical wind tunnel of 120 miles per hour lifts you six to 12 feet off the ground. The experience is limited to those at least 40 pounds. Cost per flight is $27.95; equipment is provided, and they are open daily. Combining a love of thrills and a bit of Hollywood magic, Movie Rider, 3370 Parkway (tel. 865/428-8511), is an indoor virtual roller coaster. Digital surround, motion seating that makes you feel like you're moving even though you're not, and films shows on a big screen, with digital surround sound, take you on a high-tech film ride, with simulations including two roller coasters, a speedway, a submarine, and outer space. Adult admission, $14.25; kids $12.25.
A softer, gentler experience kids might like is Boyds Bear Country, 149 Cates Ln. (tel. 888/654-6215; www.boydsbearcountry.com) is the world's "most humungous teddy bear store," with over 7000 bears, hares, cats, moose and mice. Kids can make their own teddy bears, adopt a baby bear cub at the Boyds Teddy Bear Nursery, and experience home cooking at the on-site restaurant, and live entertainment on the weekends and special events throughout the year. They also periodically sell site-exclusive Boyds Bears, such as the patriotic Della Mae Bearyproud. Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.