Saturday — 11:30 a.m.
Grab a hearty lunch at Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, a casual eatery that serves Tennessee barbecue and Southern favorites with options like smoked pork, chicken, ham and turkey sandwiches, chicken wings, chili, ribs, loaded baked potatoes, and more.
Cost = $25
Grab a good-for-you lunch at Healthy Balance Meals, where every menu item has zero trans-fat and no refined carbohydrates plus all meats are lean, cheese low fat, and produce organic. Choose among soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and burgers. Kids’ menu items are all $5 or less.
Cost = $25
Saturday — 1 p.m.
Head to the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo. Home to more than 600 live creatures from cute to creepy, these animals represent more than 130 species. (Informative plaques and brochures help answer questions sure to arise.) Among the exotic birds, bugs, reptiles, mammals and amphibians are a northern blue-tongued skink, African crested porcupine, and golden headed lion tamarins which are some of the smallest and rarest monkeys on earth, plus many others.
Cost = $42 ($13 per adult, $8 per child age 3-12, free for children under age 3)
Saturday — 3 p.m.
Play miniature golf at Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Mini-Golf, located at Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Play the “Chicken Eggspress,” “Porky Putts,” or the “Udder Course” surrounded by animatronic farm animals that comment on your golf swing.
Cost = $48 ($15 per adult, $9 per child age 3-11, free for children age 2 and under)
Visit Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum to tour a collection of 90 cars valued at over $8 million! All of the cars were made in America and date from the 1950s through the 1970s. The museum also displays more than 5,000 treasures, all with a Muscle Car theme. Find more than 18,000 Muscle Car collectibles in the gift shop.
Cost = $32 ($11 per adult, $5 per child age 8-12, free for children younger than 8).
Saturday — 6 p.m.
Enjoy dinner at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria, where the world-class Neapolitan-style pizza is hand-crafted of fresh ingredients and wood-fired in a 550°F brick oven. This popular restaurant has earned TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” six consecutive years.
Cost = $35 for a large pizza, two beers and two sodas.
Saturday — 7:30 p.m.
Visit Smoky Mountain Knifeworks, the world’s largest knife showplace. Peruse the massive collection of just about every kind of knife and sharp edge you can imagine as well as some you never knew existed—the motto here is, “if it cuts, we carry it.” Don’t miss the Relic Room, billed as “the largest diversity of history for sale in North America.” From dinosaur teeth to Civil War newspapers, Cold War medals and military pins to Zuni fetishes to 15th Century books and so much more, the assortment of treasures available here is mind-boggling.
Cost = Free to browse
Saturday — 8:30 p.m.
Return to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pigeon Forge-Sevierville. As suits your family’s energy level, interests and the weather, spend some time swimming in the pool or seated around either the fireplace or firepit.
When ready, return to your guestroom to relax until bedtime.
Cost = Free