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.
For a slower experience, check out the Rockin Roadway – where you can ride in a classic car from the 1950s. The Village Carousel is a classic carousel with calliope music and gentle enough for the smallest riders.
Thrill rides can be found at Dollywood, too! Check our the brand new Wild Eagle – the first wing roller coaster in America. If a 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop at Mystery Mine doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, we don’t know what will!
Water rides are a must in the heat of summer in Tennessee. Daredevil Falls has you climbing into a boat at an abandoned logging camp for a one-of-a-kind thrill. Smoky Mountain River Rampage is a classic park attraction that will cool you off on even the hottest summer day.
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.
Dollywood also features a wide variety of performances including magicians, animal shows, jugglers, plays and musicals, comedy, and holiday favorites.
Be sure to check the entertainment schedule before you visit!
You can even check out Dolly’s own tour bus – her legendary “home on wheels”.
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.
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! There are more than 40 shops featuring apparel, home furnishings, artwork and handmade crafts. You’re sure to come home with a few bags full of one-of-a-kind purchases.
Specialty shops feature magic tricks, patriotic gifts, and naturally a few musical instruments. 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.
Some of the South’s largest festivals take place each year at Dollywood, including:
Festival of Nations (March 16 to April 14)
Entertainment, food, and art from around the world
Barbecue and Bluegrass (May 24 to June 2)
Some of the biggest names in Bluegrass music and lip-smacking BBQ!
Harvest Festival (September 27 to November 2)
Watch the leaves change to the tunes of Southern Gospel music
Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 9 to January 4)
The most spectacular Christmas lights in the Southeast!
Don’t forget the fun and fireworks all summer long during the Summer Celebration!
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!
Book Your Getaway
If you want to stay even closer to the action, check our our amazing list of cabins near Dollywood over on our Pinterest board. We even have a travel guide for what you should be looking for in your Dollywood cabin.