Splash Country#2 in Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge
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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.
Splash Country is situated adjacent to the Dollywood amusement park, and on-site parking is available (for a fee). There are restrooms, lockers, ATMs, first-aid stations and concessions stands selling snacks and drinks on-site. Water park hours vary, so you'll want to check the website ahead of planning your trip, but Splash Country is typically open from early May through Labor Day from around 10 a.m. to about 6 to 8 p.m. daily, often with extended hours on the weekends. Individual water park tickets cost anywhere from $29.95 to $79.95 (with discounts available for kids ages 4 to 9 and seniors 62 and older) depending on how many days you want to go and what days you'll be visiting. You can also purchase combo tickets, which grant access to both Dollywood theme park and Splash Country, for $89 to $119 (again depending on how many days of access you want). For more info, visit the Splash Country website.
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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.
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