Editor’s Note: This post was written by Kayleigh Johnson, Dollywood Parks and Resorts Hospitality Intern.
One of my favorite things about Dollywood is the endless list of things to do. From thrilling roller coasters to delicious food, it’s impossible to run out options when you visit. There’s so many things to do, in fact, that you can spend a week at Dollywood Parks and Resorts – and make an entire vacation out of it.
To make planning easier for you, we took care of the heavy lifting. Here is a curated list of what you can do during a week-long trip to Dollywood.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
You can’t go on vacation without first having a place to stay, right? Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa is tucked into the side of the Great Smoky Mountains right next to both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. With amazing food right downstairs and a full-service salon and spa, you don’t even need to leave the resort in order to have the perfect getaway. Plus, family activities provided by Camp DW allow you and your little ones to make fun memories! I recommend spending a whole day at the resort so you can experience The Spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, indoor and outdoor pools, game room and the numerous activities the resort team schedules for guest enjoyment.
Realistically, you will need at least two days to experience all that Dollywood has to offer. With all the rides, food and entertainment, it would be impossible to do everything in a shorter amount of time! I recommend spending two days out of the week exploring (and eating) your way through the park. Often, guests visiting for only one day overlook a lot of the fun – including the crafts, shopping and so much more that is offered inside the park. If you plan for multiple days, you won’t have to feel rushed and can spend all the time you need making memories to last a lifetime.
Dollywood’s Splash Country
If you visit during the summer, Dollywood’s Splash Country is a must! With more than 30 slides on 16 attractions (including my favorites: a wave pool and a lazy river), you’ll need a full day to soak up all the sun and fun. Plus, the food is not typical water park fare: choose from salads, walking tacos, burrito bowls and even Nashville Hot Chicken sliders. If you’re looking for a memorable dessert, you can hit up Berries N Cream or BeaverTails to satisfy that sweet tooth.
3-Day Park Tickets
If you’re wishing to experience all that the parks have to offer, Dollywood has you covered with a 3-Day ticket that will allow you to visit Splash Country on one of those days for only $10. This is the most economic option for those wanting to spend two days at Dollywood and one day at Dollywood’s Splash Country. However, if your crew would rather spend more time splashing in the pool than soaring on a roller coaster, then the 3-Day, 2-Park ticket would be the best option! Both options end up being the same price – it just depends on your park preference.
Another fun family activity are a trio of entertaining dinner shows – Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show, and the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud. Each of these shows provide a spectacular feast that you and your crew can devour while you watch friendly competitions on horseback at Dolly Parton’s Stampede or battles between swashbuckling pirate crews as they duel for treasure at Pirate’s Voyage.
Pink Jeep Tours
If you choose to stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, you actually can score kids’ price tickets for a Pink Jeep Tour for the entire family. If you’re unfamiliar with Pink Jeep Tours, your group will hop in a pink jeep and go on a guided tour through the Smokies. This is a great way to go a bit deeper into the mountains, see some amazing views and learn more about the history and culture of the Great Smoky Mountains.
All these things are a MUST if you are planning to visit Dollywood Parks and Resorts. That being said, it’d be a great idea to plan for an entire week spent in the Smokies. I promise you won’t regret it – and you’ll leave with memories that will last a lifetime. We hope to see you soon!