At the Island in Pigeon Forge, you’ve got a little piece of the beach nestled in the mountains. Since it isn’t possible to have the actual beach here in Tennessee, the Island has done the next best thing and added an “island” outfitted with lots of specialty stores, Margaritaville, and the beautiful fountain for visitors to enjoy. This multimillion dollar water fixture was designed and built by the company WET which is the same company that designed and built the world famous Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. If that isn’t motivation enough to head to the Island, we don’t know what else to say.
Located in the center of the Island, this enormous fountain is a sight worth giving a glance to at the least, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. The fountain has over 90 water shoots; 89 of these shoots go vertically while 6 rotate to form quite the spectacle. Simply having water shoots, one of which shoots 60 feet into the air, didn’t seem like enough for the designers, so this pond on steroids has color-changing lights that light up the water shoots along with a water show. To add even more diversity, the fountain has two levels; the upper level flows down into the lower level over a bed of stones that acts like a mini waterfall.
The water show is a scene that you won’t be able to stop watching. The water shoots and colors have been synced musically with 14 different songs. Prepare to be amazed as you watch water dance to some of your favorite tunes. There is a show every 30 minutes from 10 am to 11:30 pm. In between the shows, the fountains shoot up and down over and over; it’s a sight that will put you in a trance.
Sitting around the fountain, especially at night, is incredibly relaxing. The sound of the water almost mimics the ocean. The lights, that are always changing colors, will allow you to have something new to look at all the time. There are chairs and rocking chairs located around the entire fountain, so if you’re worn out from a day in the mountains, this is the perfect way to unwind. If you’re wanting to walk around the Island to enjoy its other attractions, the fountain is visible from many of the shops, so you’ll be able to soak it up while you’re on the go.
As far as price goes, there isn’t one. Seeing this grand fountain, which we believe doubles as a piece of art, comes at no cost to you. Just walk up and take a seat. The only drawback about this sight being free is that you cannot guarantee getting a seat right away. There’s always standing room, and you can grab a seat as soon as someone else gets up to leave. Whether you see it by sitting, standing, or passing by, the Island Fountain and Light Show is a must see.
Insider Tip: Parking for The Island is completely free. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family that doesn’t cost anything, walking around The Island is a nice relaxing time with lots of neat things to see, and won’t cost you a dime.
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