Dollywood#1 in Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge
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Dollywood is likely one of the main reasons you're planning a visit to Pigeon Forge: It's a sprawling amusement park that boasts more than 50 rides and attractions, music and entertainment shows, multiple dining options and festivals and events galore. Owned by legendary country music singer Dolly Parton, the park is a Pigeon Forge staple. Popular rides include rollercoasters like the Barnstormer, Dragonflier and Wild Eagle, and kid-friendly attractions like a carousel, a scrambler, bumper cars, swings and more. In addition to rides and attractions, Dollywood hosts '50s- and '60s-themed a capella shows and wildlife demonstrations. If you're planning to visit around a holiday, check out the events during Dollywood's Harvest Festival in the fall and Smoky Mountain Christmas in the winter. Not to mention, the park has several souvenir shops, craft stores and dining outlets.
As expected, Dollywood receives rave reviews from recent parkgoers, with many praising the number and quality of the rollercoasters (a surprise for some). Several patrons said the theme park was a bit bigger than they anticipated and recommend purchasing the two-day pass to ensure you have time to try most or all of the rides you want, in addition to exploring the craft shops and seeing shows. Visitors also say the staff members here are friendly and helpful. A few people warned, though, that the Dollywood app, which has info on ride wait times and a map, can be unreliable. You may want to download and print off a map of the park before you go.
You'll find Dollywood just east of central Pigeon Forge and parking is available on-site for a fee. Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, and there is a calming area available on-site for visitors with special needs who "may have sensory overload." Dollywood's hours of operation vary depending on the day, but it is typically open from about 10 a.m. to around 7 or 8 p.m. In the fall, the theme park is open on select days; it also closes seasonally between December or January (depending on the year) to mid-March, but is open around select holidays and events. Be sure to check the website to confirm hours of operation before your trip. Tickets cost anywhere from $79 to $109 per person (depending on how many days of access you buy: one, two or three). You can also purchase combo tickets: These range in price from $89 to $119 (depending on days of access) and grant entry to Dollywood and Splash Country. For more info on hours, maps and to purchase tickets, see the Dollywood website.
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#2 Splash Country
Full of slides and rides, the 35-acre Splash Country water park is an excellent spot to cool off when the weather is warm. From thrilling whitewater raft rides and winding, twisting waterslides to a wave pool and a lazy river, this water park provides the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. There are 12 water rides and features at Splash Country, and the website classifies the attractions in different categories so visitors will know which are family-friendly and low impact, and which are considered thrill rides for more adventurous types. Keep in mind, if there is lightning detected in the area the water park policy is that it must close until the lightning has moved on. Past visitors recommend asking for a rain check if this happens to gain admission for different day.
Recent travelers loved the variety of water rides for kids of all ages here, with many saying this is an excellent way to spend a fun day with family. Some warned though that it can get crowded during the summer, which means longer lines for the water rides and for the bathrooms.
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