Dollywood. Better than Hollywood (or at least just as good)!

It’s a one-of-a-kind place named for a one-of-a-kind superstar entertainer! What could be more fun that a trip to Dollywood, the Smoky Mountains’ very own theme park with a real Hollywood connection?

Fun for the whole family is guaranteed with thrilling rides, musical shows, shopping, and great food. Whether you want the excitement of roller coasters and water slides or wish to learn more about the people of the region, including master craftsmen and artisans who carry on centuries-old traditions, you’ll find it all at Dollywood.

Rides: Adventure is at hand, no matter how fast, or how slow, you like your rides. Some of the most popular amusement park rides in the world are at Dollywood. Check out the Daredevil Falls log flume, the Flying Elephants, the Dollywood Express steam engine, the Mystery Mine, a Demolition Derby ride, a sky drop, Timber Tower, the Tennessee Tornado coaster, the Wonder Wheel, a Veggie Takes ride, and so much more. You can even check out Dolly’s own tour bus – her legendary “home on wheels”.

Shows: Experience the best in live music with shows that offer country, bluegrass, gospel, and rock and roll. There’s even a show featuring Dolly’s relatives and her special brand of music. Plus, Dollywood features a wide variety of performances including magicians, animal shows, circus acts, jugglers, plays and musical, comedy, and holiday favorites. Kids of all ages will love Dollywood’s Adventure Theater featuring the ever-popular Gazillion Bubble Show.

Crafts: Take a step back in time and learn the Smoky Mountain traditions of hand-made crafts. Daily exhibitions include blacksmithing, glass blowing, wood carving, wagon making, candle making, and more. Sample tasty treats made by master candy makers and learn how mountain settlers made their own food, clothing, and well, just about everything else they needed for survival. It’s an authentic look at mountain life dating back generations.

Shopping and Dining: Shoppers just love Dollywood. With more than 40 shops featuring apparel, home furnishings, artwork and handmade crafts, you’re sure to come home with a few bags full of bargains. Specialty shops feature sporting goods, magic tricks, patriotic gifts, and naturally, musical instruments. And while you are shopping, check out one of the park’s many great restaurants and cafes offering everything from down home southern cooking to barbecue, pizza , ice cream and funnel cakes.

And More: Four of the South’s largest festivals take place each year at Dollywood, including the Festival of Nations (March 27 – April 26), KidFest (June 11 – August 1), the National Gospel and Harvest Festival (September 29 – October 30), and Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 6 – January 1).

Events at Dollywood begin in early spring and last through December, with peak season for visitors beginning in May through early fall. If you plan to be in the Smokies several times throughout the year, you’ll want to purchase a season pass.

Make sure to check the park hours for your visit before arrival and make sure to check for awesome discounts on Gatlinburg cabins. Have a great time!

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