Magic, Music, Nature: A Grandchild Adventure in the Great Smokies
From nature hikes to musical shows, from Dollywood to magic tricks and Pigeon Forge, discover the many wonders of the Great Smokies with your grandchild.
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Program No. 21737RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in show biz, dreamed of performing magic tricks or wanted to see behind the scenes in a professional theater, then come join us for a fun-filled discovery of the music, culture and entertainment of the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge started as a quiet mill town, but today it’s the “Entertainment Capital of the Great Smokies” and your grandchild’s learning playground for a week of theater performances, storytelling, theme parks and nature hikes. Meet magicians, musicians and get up close and personal with the natural world on hikes and drives through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking two miles on varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join staff members backstage and behind the scenes at Dollywood to learn the history of this unique theme park packed with rides, concert venues and mountain crafts.
  • Meet a stage magician to learn about show-biz life and cheer on performers at Dolly Parton's Smokey Mountain Adventure.
  • Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visit the city of Gatlinburg where we explore the Arts & Crafts Community.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12.
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Mike Gwinn
Mike Gwinn has made Pigeon Forge his home since 1995, and has never regretted a moment. He is a charter member of the bluegrass group, Pine Mountain Railroad, and has been singing and playing musical instruments since he was a young boy. He plays a variety of instruments during presentations including the guitar, “clawhammer” banjo, banjola, and dojo. His love for music and this area are clearly evident as he shares bluegrass, old-time and mountain music.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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