Dollywood has something for everyone. This theme park in the Great Smoky Mountains is designed to bring you the flavor of old fashioned mountain living with a big dash of fun thrown in. For the adventurous, there are thrilling roller coasters, while the rest of us can enjoy family style rides, musical entertainment and crafts exhibitions.
The park is divided into several areas, each with a different theme. We'll take a quick tour to give you a feel for what to expect from your visit. There are restaurants, snack stands, and shops throughout the park.
When you enter Dollywood, you'll be walking through Showstreet, where you'll find two theaters featuring live entertainment. You'll also find the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the small but lovely Friendship Gardens. You might want to choose the large fountain here as a convenient place to meet up if your group gets separated.
Head left from the entrance to Dollywood, and you'll find yourself in Timber Canyon. The Thunderhead wooden coaster is popular with teens and other adventurous sorts, and there's Mystery Mine, a steel coaster, to boot.
For the little ones, there's splashing and water fun at Beaver Creek and Beaver Creek Boat Float, and they can burn off some energy at Lil' Loggers' Landing play area.
Right next door to Showstreet is Rivertown Junction, which features a family favorite, the Smoky Mountain River Rampage. It's white water rafting without the work, and you will get wet -- very wet. You'll also find shops, crafts and a theater in this area of Dollywood. The large pond is a nice spot to relax a bit and just watch the ducks.
Craftsman's Valley features a variety of old-time crafts, and you can even watch them being made. There are more theaters and shops in this area, as well as Dollywood's reconstructed grist mill and an eagle sanctuary.
The major rides include Daredevil Falls, Blazing Fury, and Tennessee Tornado. At Daredevil Falls and Blazing Fury, you'll get wet. On the Tennessee Tornado you'll stay dry, but you may get a bit loopy on this twisty coaster.
Dreamland Forest is a great spot for the little ones. They can cool off in the fountain. or play in the Treehouse and Tiny Tots Playground.
For the bigger "kids" there's the Mountain Sidewinder, where you'll take a water toboggan down the mountainside, and get nice and wet in the process.
Conveniently, there are lockers located near the Mountain Sidewinder, so you can stash some towels and a change of clothes.
Adventures in Imagination features indoor attractions. Chasing Rainbows is an interactive museum of Dolly Parton's career. Smoky Mountain Wilderness Adventure takes you on a ride through the Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas.
Jukebox Junction is a trip back to the 50's. The kids love Rockin' Roadway, where they can "drive" a classic car. Or you can enjoy live entertainment at the Pines Theater.
The Village is where you can catch a ride on the Dollywood Express, an authentic coal-fired steam engine, which takes you on a five mile trip through the mountains. You can also catch a show at the Heartsong Theatre or ride the Village Carousel.
The Country Fair is exactly what the name implies, all sorts of rides, arcades, and games. The teenagers will love the Dizzy Disk, and there are plenty of rides for the tots as well.
The Celebration Hall is a convenient place to have fun when there's an afternoon rain shower (very common in the summer).