Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is considered one of the best theme parks in the world. Dollywood offers incredible views of the mountains while providing guests with award-winning entertainment, food, and rides.
From live artists performing country, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music to master craftsmen showcasing glass blowing and blacksmithing, Dollywood allows guests to experience the rich heritage and artistry of the Smokies.
The park offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wood coaster; Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster; and FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster. Little ones can enjoy rides perfect for them in Dollywood’s Country Fair, an area specially designed for kids.
In addition to the mouthwatering food and outstanding entertainment offered throughout the year, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals. Entertainers and artists from around the world travel to the U.S. to participate in Festival of Nations, park hours are extended for a nightly fireworks show during the summer, and four million dazzling lights are hung to celebrate Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas—an eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event. Music-loving guests can enjoy Dollywood’s Barbecue & Bluegrass in the spring and the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration in the fall, both of which offer delightful concerts and tasty foods that highlight the changing of seasons.
Dollywood is open from late March through early January. Operating days and hours vary; for more information visit Dollywood.com, and be sure to check out Dollywood’s Splash Country for a water park experience that is sure to provide summertime fun.