Located in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Dolly Parton owned Dollywood family amusement park in Pigeon Forge is one of Tennessee’s top destinations for family vacations. With thrilling roller coasters, wild water excursions and world-class entertainment, Dollywood offers fun for the whole family. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss on your summer vacation to Dollywood.
Stay minutes from the park’s excitement at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. The resort offers indoor and outdoor pools, several dining options, special activities for kids and a spa for the adults. You’ll also receive exclusive perks at Dollywood, including door-to-door transportation, a resort guest entrance to the park and a complimentary TimeSaver Pass so you can spend less time waiting in lines and more time having fun.
Opening in May, Wildwood Grove is the newest addition to Dollywood, making up the park’s largest expansion in history. A whimsical land bubbling with natural beauty and fun, it features 11 experiences and six rides, including a suspended family roller coaster called the Dragonflier and the nearly 60-foot-tall Wildwood Tree. The area will also feature live performances; outdoor playgrounds; and Till & Harvest, a restaurant cooking up delicious Smoky Mountain Mexican dishes.
Take some time to cool off at Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park. There are more than 35 acres of attractions to explore, including a 1,500-foot lazy river; the state’s tallest twin-speed slides; a 25,000-square-foot wave pool; TailSpin Racer, a six-lane mat racing slide; and RiverRush, the first and only water coaster in Tennessee. Whether you devote a whole day or just an afternoon, Splash Country has something for both the thrill-seekers and the pool-loungers in the family.
Enjoy a four-course dinner and an action-filled show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. A true slice of Americana, Stampede has family-friendly comedy, thrilling horse-riding stunts and pre-show music productions. It all comes together with a patriotic salute featuring “Color Me America,” written and recorded by Dolly herself.
No trip to Dollywood and Pigeon Forge would be complete without spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Hike through the lush forests to breathtaking waterfalls and panoramic views, or answer the call of adventure and get your heart racing on a guided whitewater rafting tour. These mountains are some of the oldest in the world, and they’re full of sights still waiting to be discovered.
Dollywood is a great place to make unforgettable family memories this summer if you’re embarking on a weeklong adventure or just in town for a couple of days.