What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘water park’? Whatever it is, I can just about guarantee Dollywood’s Splash Country water park will blow it out of the water! (pun intended 😉 )
I wouldn’t be a Dollywood Insider if I didn’t give you the scoop on the newest attraction at Splash Country: TailSpin Racer. The 360 degree looping water speedway is a six-lane racing slide that’s five stories tall and longer than a football field. Best of all, you only have to be 42” tall to ride TailSpin Racer, so families can race head-to-head with the fun of a traditional mat racer-style slide, but with the tight turns and daring drops of an enclosed slide. You’ll find this new adventure just after you enter the park on your left.
But you won’t want to stop there! There is so much to experience at Dollywood’s Splash Country. One reason we love it so much is because we can bring everyone in the family, from babies to grandparents. In fact, last summer we had a mini family reunion where over 20 of us gathered for a weekend at Splash Country because there is literally a water attraction for everyone of any age to enjoy. (Dollywood’s Splash Country Retreat: A Multi-Generational Birthday Celebration).
Although we rented a retreat for our full day at the water park, we took advantage of the “After 3, Next Day Free” deal the day before and set up camp at Little Creek Falls; it’s conveniently located in the center of the park and features a children’s pool, fun slides and a water activity center. But what appealed to our group most (which included four babies under the age of two and three grandmas) were the large butterfly wings that provided shade. The grandmas loved playing with the little ones in the zero-entry pool when they weren’t napping and while the big kids (and some of us adults) ventured out to some of the more daring water slides.
Speaking of daredevils, there are plenty of slides to satisfy the thrill-seekers in your group (those riders over 48” tall). While I’ve taken my turn on Fire Tower Falls and Mountain Scream, my hands down favorite is RiverRush. It’s Tennessee’s first and only water coaster and you only need to be 42” to ride. Yes, I’ve been known to get off and get right back in line for this one! My tweens would tell you this is their favorite water park attraction as well.
Of course, no trip to Splash Country would be complete without a turn (or two or three…) around the Downbound Float Trip. Again, this is a great choice for every member of the family, as life-vests are available for those that aren’t the strongest swimmers (did you know that life vests are available to borrow for free and can be picked up from various locations in the water park?).
And if you’re looking for more family fun while floating, make sure to try Big Bear Plunge and Raging River Rapids; riders only need to be 36” tall and you all get to sit in one big raft together and, if you’re like our family, have a screaming contest on the way down.
Now if you’ve read any of my other Insider posts, you know that no trip to Dollywood is complete without some delicious eats… and you’re sure to find them at Splash Country as well. I’ll admit, I’m a little partial to the desserts over the main dishes. Two that you can’t miss are a berry sundae from Berries & Cream and the Canadian fried dough phenomenon, BEAVERTAILS.
Can you now understand why we needed more than just one day to take advantage of all Dollywood’s Splash Country has to offer? So suit up the family and make sure you add an extra day (or two) onto your Dollywood vacation this summer to experience IAAPA’s “Must-See Waterpark”!