Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is an incredibly popular vacation destination nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Most people think of it as a family destination and while it offers tons for families, it has a lot for Millennials, too. Here are 10 things for Millennials to do in Pigeon Forge.
1. Stay At The Black Fox Lodge
The Black Fox Lodge is Pigeon Forge’s newest hotel. Enjoy free wi-fi, spacious rooms, a complimentary hot breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, onsite restaurant and bar, fire pit area, and outdoor pool with a slide. The hotel is in the heart of Pigeon Forge so you can walk to several of these attractions.
2. Enjoy Appetizers At Bullfish
Millennials are sure to love the Instagram worthy dishes at Bullfish. Try the Spicy Shrimp (Gulf shrimp lightly battered and fried, tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, served with crispy wontons), Fried Green Tomatoes (tomato slices breaded and fried golden with feta cheese and pico de gallo on mixed greens with aged basalmic reduction), Loaded Potato Cracklins (beer cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, sour cream, green onions, and parmesan), Chargrilled Oysters (eight specialty oysters-on-the-half shell, grilled over an open flame, smothered in garlic butter and parmesan cheese), or Ahi Tuna Wonton Stack (pepper-encrusted Sashimi-grade Ahi tuna, seared rare and sliced thin, crispy wontons, cucumbers, soy ginger glaze, wasabi, and pickled ginger). Yum!
3. Let Loose At The Island
The Island is Pigeon Forge’s premier shopping, entertainment, and dining complex. Whether you want to ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel (200-feet high observation wheel), shop at more than 60 retail stores, play games in an arcade, or sit in a rocking chair and watch the Island Show Fountains (water dance and light choreographed to music), The Island has a little bit of everything. This is my favorite thing on this list of 10 things for Millennials to do in Pigeon Forge.
4. Find Your Way Out Of The Escape Game
Escape Games are really popular right now and Pigeon Forge has one of the best. Choose from five experiences: The Heist, Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Classified, or Prison Break. Can you escape in 60 minutes?
Tip: You can book your visit online ahead of time.
5. See The Smoky Mountain Opry
The Smoky Mountain Opry is the largest and most attended musical variety show in the Smokies. Enjoy varying styles of music including rock ‘n roll, pop, country, and show tunes. The Opry uses state-of-the-art technology and dazzling costumes. It’s like something straight from Broadway.
6. Eat Chicken And Waffles At The Frizzle Chicken Pancake Coop
Chicken and Waffles are a breakfast staple in the South. Start your day in Pigeon Forge with Frizzle Chicken Pancake Coop‘s Chicken and Waffles. They are the best in town!
Note: This was hands down the best Chicken and Waffles I have eaten in my life.
7. Spend The Day At Dollywood
Dollywood has more than 40 rides and attractions spanning 150-acres in the Smoky Mountains. The park is divided up into ten themed areas, giving you a truly immersive experience. Visit the most popular tourist attraction in Tennessee, co-owned by the legendary Dolly Parton.
Tip: Visit during one of Dollywood’s five festivals a year.
8. Try A Moonshine Sampler At The Timberwood Grill
Try a sampling of Ole Smoky Moonshine, the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the United States, at The Island’s Timberwood Grill. Your flight includes Island Orange (Mango Habanero Whiskey, orange juice, simple syrup, and lime), The Dolly (Apple Pie Moonshine and ginger ale), Shine & 7 (Blackberry Moonshine and lemon-lime soda), Tennessee Peach (Peach Moonshine, pineapple juice, sour mix, and grenadine), Hunch Punch Margarita (Hunch Punch Moonshine and house margarita mix), and OS White Lightnin’ (White Lightnin’ Moonshine). The samplings come in tiny red solo cups that make for a cute Instagram picture.
9. Learn About American Crime At Alcatraz East
Although there are tons of things to see at Alcatraz East, Millennials will enjoy the exhibit dedicated to Pop Culture. Learn about notorious happenings during your lifetime, including the Casey Anthony trial, Manti Te’o being catfished, Natalee Holloway disappearance, 9/11, and counterfeit crimes (like knock-off Uggs and designer purses). The Alcatraz East museum will definitely capture your attention.
10. Find Your Way Through The Odyssey
The Odyssey is a 5,000 square-foot mirror maze inside of MagiQuest. You are given a pair of gloves upon entry so you can actually feel your way around the maze. The coolest part of The Odyssey is that the rooms have music and colored lights. See how long it takes you to find your way through the maze!
Visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
That completes my list of 10 things for Millennials to do in Pigeon Forge. If you are interested in learning more, read my Travel Guide To Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I hope you will consider making Pigeon Forge your next vacation destination.
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Taylor Pittman 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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