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Pigeon Forge Family Vacation Ideas with Teens Include Skydiving, Shopping, and Zorbing. Teens are notoriously hard to please but Pigeon Forge rises to the challenge with an array of thrilling, heart-pounding experiences, from zorbing and indoor sky diving, to FireChaser at Dollywood. Zorbing Family Vacation Adventures with Teens in Pigeon Forge, TN

Try zorbing. How about sending your teen rolling down a hill inside of a giant sphere. Maybe add a pail of water and a sibling? It can be done in Pigeon Forge. The new Zorb hill complex is open and it is the place to try an edgy new way to have fun – Zorbing. Actually all ages can try it but it seems most likely teens will get the most reward. Straight from New Zealand, Zorb Smoky Mountains Inc, is the first location to Zorb in the United States. Zorbs are essentially giant dual-skin balls standing at an impressive 11 feet tall, and riders climb inside to jump, roll and slide down a 700-foot long hill. For a twist on traditional Zorbing, try the hydro Zorb, a slippery ride that’s cross between a waterfall and a roller coaster, or the harnessed Zorb for the maximum G-force experience. Take your teens and go Zorbing you will have plenty to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner.

Since our last trip a few things have been added to the list of teen vacation activities. Great Smoky Mountains Skywheel is a terrific place to get the lay of the land as a gondola takes passengers raises 200 feet above the trees for a 360 degree view of the town, river and mountains. Smoky Mountain Speed Park has become FunStop Family Action Park with all new thrills including three new go kart tracks and a zip line experience plus the always popular SlingShot and SkyScraper. Dollywood Summer Family AdventuresNaturally Dollywood is a vital component to a successful vacation with teens. In addition to the awesome waterpark Dollywood offers thrilling rides including famously thrilling FireChaser Express, the nation's first dual launch family coaster – blasting riders forward and backward. 

Skydiving with the family?
At Flyaway Indoor Skydiving age is not an excuse. They have created a controlled flyaway that will even work for the fraidie-pants in the family. Participants take a short class on the proper safety techniques and body postures including how to tuck and fall. The most important part of the class is learning the hand signals. Our instructor, Robbie made sure that each one of our party of eight understood what he was saying in hand signals. The gear includes a jumpsuit, knee and shoulder pads, helmet and goggles. Four people use they air shaft flying room at one time. Each person is entitled to a minimum of three minutes flight time. A giant fan simulates the experience of a free fall.  Just jump and feel the lift. 

Go cart wild.
In operation for 20 years The Track Family Recreation Center really is a fun-filled center with something for everyone. The Wild Woody a 3-story wood racetrack was our first and second choice to ride. Children may ride in their own cart as long as they are taller than 4’10” tall. Double racecars must have one rider older than 16 years of age in addition to the height requirement. Created for younger children, the Kids Country area contains seven rides in a compact family friendly space. The Deal: In brochure racks around town there are coupons that provide “Buy 2 get-one-free” discounts.

Shop almost forever.  On the trolley route, The Historic Old Mill, is a landmark in Pigeon Forge. Located on the Little Pigeon River the gristmill houses a general store filled with gifts and memorabilia rich with the history of Tennessee. We took a tour through the mill and lunched next door at the Old Mill Restaurant. Known for country cooking, most of their meals are made from scratch, meaning gristmill flour and local produce. That made the biscuits and great blackberry cobbler taste even better. We had a relaxing afternoon watching crafty artisans display their talent. Potters work while shoppers watch. Bonus Points: Connecting to the Old Mill Square is Patriot Park, a 16-acre park with a walkway along the river.  Space Zone Pigeon Forge Family Fun with Teens

Seeing is not always believing.
Within a crazy lopsided building along the Parkway is a marvelous theatre and WonderWorks - an amusement park for the mind – a place to be shared by multiple generations; definitely not–to-be-missed if you are vacationing with teens. More than 150 interactive exhibits including gravity machines, photo shadows, optical illusions and memory tasks fill the 55,000 square feet of mind-bending, reality-altering fun. No one will be bored.
 
Make it happen. To order a free trip planner with the latest visitor information, vacation packages, specials, discounts and deals call toll-fee 1-800-251-9100, (865) 453-8574, or log onto www.mypigeonforge.com  



Content researched and posted by Lisa Kamps Duac, Publisher of the Family Travel Files. Images provided by Family Travel Files and Zorb.com. Copyright updated 2017.
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