Things For Millennials To Do In Pigeon Forge


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a highly sought-after vacation destination in the scenic Smoky Mountains. Although often perceived as a family-oriented getaway, this charming city also has plenty to offer millennials. Let us present nine exciting things for millennials to do in Pigeon Forge that cater nicely to that generation.


Stay at the Black Fox Lodge

The Black Fox Lodge offers a seamless blend of rustic Southern charm and modern style, providing an inviting and comfortable experience. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities, including complimentary wi-fi, spacious rooms, a delicious hot breakfast, and access to a 24-hour fitness center.

Additionally, the lodge boasts an onsite restaurant and bar, a fire pit area, and an outdoor pool featuring a slide.


Enjoy Appetizers at Bullfish

Millennials are sure to love the Instagram-worthy dishes at Bullfish. From the Spicy Shrimp, featuring lightly battered Gulf shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, to the Fried Green Tomatoes, served with feta cheese and pico de gallo on mixed greens with aged balsamic reduction, the menu is sure to impress.

The Loaded Potato Cracklins, topped with beer cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, green onions, and parmesan, are a tempting appetizer.

When it comes to entrées, the Chargrilled Oysters are a standout choice. These specialty oysters-on-the-half shells are grilled over an open flame smothered in garlic butter and parmesan cheese, resulting in a truly delectable dish.

Another delicious option is the Ahi Tuna Wonton Stack, featuring pepper-encrusted Sashimi-grade Ahi tuna, seared rare and sliced thin, accompanied by crispy wontons, cucumbers, soy ginger glaze, wasabi, and pickled ginger.


Let Loose at The Island

The Island is a renowned destination in Pigeon Forge, offering an exceptional blend of shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences. It boasts diverse attractions, including the awe-inspiring Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel. 


Visitors can also indulge in retail therapy at over 60 stores, enjoy gaming excitement at the arcade, or simply unwind in a comfortable rocking chair while marveling at the captivating and choreographed Island Show Fountains. With its multifaceted offerings, The Island truly caters to a variety of interests. It is my favorite thing on this list of things for millennials to do in Pigeon Forge..


Find Your Way Out of the Great Escape Room

Escape rooms are experiencing a surge in popularity, and Pigeon Forge boasts one of the finest. Offering a selection of four unique experiences, including Poker NightEscape ArtistMountain Top Murders, or Rob the Mob, participants are presented with the challenge of escaping within a limited 60-minute timeframe at The Great Escape Room.

Tip: You can book your visit online ahead of time.

Photo from Great Escape Room website.

Eat Decadent Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles have long been considered a beloved breakfast tradition in the South. Begin your day in Pigeon Forge at the esteemed Frizzle Chicken Cafe, renowned for serving delectable chicken paired with perfectly crispy Belgian Waffles.

Widely regarded as the best in town, this eatery boasts an impressive collection of over 100 singing animatronic chickens. Indulge in a hearty Southern-style American breakfast or lunch at this family favorite.


Spend the Day at Dollywood

Dollywood, nestled in the picturesque Smoky Mountains, boasts over 40 magnificent rides and attractions spanning an expansive 150-acre landscape. The park’s ten themed areas offer a truly immersive experience, allowing visitors to embark on a captivating adventure.


Encounter majestic eagles, be serenaded by captivating live bluegrass and country music, indulge in the world-renowned cinnamon bread, and marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship in Craftsman’s Valley. Moreover, the diverse array of delectable dining options is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

A visit to this sensational park is not complete without exploring its renowned restaurants. Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in the magic of Dollywood, the preeminent tourist attraction in Tennessee, proudly co-owned by the legendary Dolly Parton.

For an enhanced experience, plan your visit during one of Dollywood’s spectacular yearly festivals, such as the illustrious Smoky Mountain Christmas or the vibrant Harvest Festival.


Try the Moonshine Sampler

Experience the exquisite taste of Ole Smoky Moonshine, the foremost distiller of premium moonshine in the United States, at The Island’s Timberwood Grill.

Your flight includes a delightful array of handcrafted cocktails: Island Orange, a fusion of Mango Habanero Whiskey, OJ, simple syrup, & lime; The Dolly, an enchanting blend of Apple Pie Moonshine & ginger ale; Shine & 7, a refreshing combo of Blackberry Moonshine & lemon-lime soda; Tennessee Peach, Peach Moonshine, pineapple juice, sour mix, & grenadine; Hunch Punch Margarita, crafted with Hunch Punch Moonshine and their signature margarita mix; and OS White Lightnin’, a classic choice.


Learn About American Crime at Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East offers a multitude of captivating exhibits, each fascinating in its own right. Amongst these, millennials will find particular interest in the dedicated display of Pop Culture. Delve into the notorious trials and incidents that shaped recent history, from the Casey Anthony trial to Manti Te’o’s catfishing ordeal and even the mysterious Natalee Holloway disappearance.

Additionally, gain insight into significant events like 9/11, as well as the pervasive issue of counterfeit crimes encompassing knock-off Uggs and designer purses.

Alcatraz East also provides an assortment of special exhibits and programs tailored specifically for kids. Engage in activities such as cracking a safe, participating in a police lineup, exploring a jail cell, or immersing oneself in the CSI gallery. The museum also showcases captivating legends of the Old West and much more.

Basic admission tickets are priced at $28.95 for adults aged 13 to 60, and $21.95 for individuals aged 61 and above.


Find Your Way Through The Odyssey

The Odyssey is an extraordinary mirror maze spanning 5,000 square feet within the enchanting MagiQuest. Upon entry, you are provided with gloves to navigate the maze tactically. One of the most captivating aspects of The Odyssey is the incorporation of music and colored lights within the various rooms. 

Test your skills and determine the time it takes to successfully navigate through this intricate labyrinth!

Additionally, MagiQuest offers three other fun attractions. Exclusive admission to this particular experience is priced at $12.99 for adults and $10.99 for children aged 4 to 10. Combo tickets are discounted.


Taylor Hardy wrote this article.

My meals and activities were paid for by the CVB during my visit to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All opinions and reviews are my own and unbiased.

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