How Chernobyl Became a Bachelorette Party Town

Site of '80s nuclear disaster has now become popular destination.

June 10, 2017 5:00 am

During last year’s 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, RealClearLife ran a pretty somber piece last year looking at the site of nuclear meltdown that killed 31 and displaced thousands.

One particularly damning image inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone shows a bunch of Soviet-era gas masks, collecting dust on the floor of an old school.

Apparently, that wasn’t the end to the region’s story.

As Broadly notes, Chernobyl has since become a major tourist destination—specializing in bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Yes, you read that right.

According to one young woman who celebrated the milestone there, it’s the thrill of visiting a radioactive wasteland that’s the draw, an adrenaline rush she compares to skydiving.

How does one get in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone? It opened to the public in 2010, though visitors have to get a day pass from the Ukrainian government. They can also stay for multiple nights at a nearby hotel.

But if you’re picturing a bacchanalia inside a burned-out nuclear power plant, think again; guests can’t drink within the Exclusion Zone.

And of course, revelers get checked for trace levels of radioactivity before leaving.


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