theater is almost as compelling as the show
you are there to see,” Rowan said.
A more active Knoxville outing can be
found at Ijams Nature Center, home to
Navitat Canopy Adventures, which debuted
a nighttime zipline opportunity this past
summer. Attendees will get a kick out of
zipping through the forest at night under
Groups can get off the ground at night
in Gatlinburg, too, according to Marci
Claude, public relations manager for the
“Take in the Great Smoky Mountains and
the lights of Gatlinburg from three vantage
points high above the city,” she said, citing
the rooftop bar at Loco Burro Fresh Mex
Cantina; the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, which
travels to the top of Crockett Mountain; and
the 400-foot Space Needle, which offers a
bird’s-eye view of the city.
Distillery and winery tours can also be
arranged in the evening hours at, among
others, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery,
Sugarlands Distilling Co., Sugarland Cellars
winery and Bootleggers Homemade Wine.
Entertainment options in Gatlinburg
include the Iris Theater’s Impossibilities, a
fun magic show that encourages audience
participation, and Sweet Fanny Adams
Theatre’s vaudeville comedy show.
“The cast and crew will have you in
stitches with their original comedy routines
in a traditional English-style theater,”
Claude said. “Audience participation is a
big part of their shtick—they love groups!”
A main source of entertainment in Pigeon
Forge is Dollywood theme park, where
according to Leon Downey, executive
director of the Pigeon Forge Department
of Tourism, groups could have a private
dinner function, see a stage show and, in
the summertime, enjoy fireworks.
“Another idea is having a miniature golf
tournament, something fun for all ages
and skills,” he said, citing Firehouse Golf at
Walden’s Landing, which is a walkable area
with attractions, shops and restaurants.
“The group could celebrate the tournament’s
winner at the Smoky Mountain Brewery.”
One more after-hours option in Pigeon
Forge is to visit the Titanic Museum Attrac-
tion for a tour and reception.
In downtown Sevierville, home to the
world-famous Dolly Parton statue, which
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