One of country music’s greatest legends Dolly Parton is more than an icon and an entertainer, she’s also the owner of a family centered theme park located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The theme park is home to five of the American South’s largest seasonal festivals, more than 40 rides, and 15 live shows from bluegrass to Andes pan flutes to Celtic music. There’s also an award-winning magic/illusionist show, a show featuring stunt dogs, and educational craft demonstrations — something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Touted as a ‘complete Smoky Mountain getaway’ and known for its down-home charm, Dollywood is a 150-acre theme park that’s as unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton. During the summer months, families can cool off at Dollywood’s Splash Country, a water park located in a mountainous hollow adjacent to Dollywood theme park. Splash Country has attractions for thrill seekers and pool-loungers alike.
A three-day pass to both theme parks works out to be the most economical option for families looking to enjoy an entire weekend at Dollywood and Splash Country. There’s also a full-blown resort (Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort), luxurious cabins, and plenty of Southern-style dining at all of the venues. Guests at the resort and the cabins may also receive discounts to the parks, so be sure to check for this when booking.