5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

We recently took a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and I am so excited to finally share our trip to Dollywood with you all!  I have to tell you, though, that me telling it and you actually experiencing it are going to be very different.  We have been to Pigeon Forge before.  We went a few years ago and had an amazing time!  We didn’t get a chance to visit Dollywood on our last visit, though.  This time, our kids were a little bit older and we got a chance to make it over to Dollywood!  Boy, oh boy, am I happy we did!  I’m going to do my best to walk you through all of the reasons we will make Dollywood a permanent stop on our Pigeon Forge vacations every time we go!

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

1.  Everyone loved it!  ~  If you have more than one child or several people in your family who have different ideas of fun, then you know how important it is to find a place where everyone has fun.  Dollywood was just that for our family.  Our three children are 17, 11, and 9 years old.  These are not easy ages to please, but Dollywood was fun for everyone!  Yes, even our 17 year old left the park skipping and smiling.  She told us, over and over again, how much fun she had.  As a mother, that is exactly what you want from a vacation spot 😀

The first ride we got in line for was the brand new Lightening Rod roller coaster.   The Lightening Rod is the fasted wooden roller coaster in the world!  I was in the hospital for a few days last month, so sadly, I wasn’t able to ride it with my children, but they rode it and LOVED it, as you can see from their video 😀

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

2.  It’s a cool place on a hot day ~  There are plenty of “wet rides” and cooling stations all around the park.  We rode the Smoky Mountain River Rampage second and got all wet!  This helped cool us off and made our walk around the park in the heat that much more fun!  There are several rides that offer a watery oasis from the heat and we rode them all 😀

The Smoky Mountain River Rampage was probably the favorite for the entire family.  It wasn’t too fast or scary.  Everyone was able to ride together, and the water gave us a nice break from the heat.  We rode this ride three times before we left the park that day!

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

3.  Coasters!  –  The kids had a blast planning their path through the park in the weeks leading up to our trip.  Nothing could have prepared them for the fun and excitement they would actually experience while at Dollywood though.  They rode (almost) every roller coaster at the park.  It was so much fun watching how excited they were when they found out there were more coasters after they thought they rode them all!  We were at Dollywood from the time they opened their gates, until they closed the park.  It is safe to say that the kids were happily exhausted!

4.  The food – I had BBQ nachos and sweet tea at the Backstage Restaurant and it was AMAZING!  It was everything you would expect from a sweet southern spot like Dollywood.  We all got our fill of southern fare and sweet tea during our trip to Dollywood.  There are over 20 great places to fill your belly with everything from corn dogs to southern fried chicken while at Dollywood.  You can take a look at them all over on their website.

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Family To Dollywood In Pigeon Forge

5.  Amazing shows – Because our kids are getting older, my husband and I were able to relax a bit more on this trip and we got to sit and watch a show while at Dollywood.  Although the kids were reluctant because it was cutting into their “coaster time”, they were laughing and playing along in no time at all!  When you’re planning your trip to Dollywood, be sure to make time to catch a show.  There are over 20 shows that happen, year ’round, at Dollywood.  You are sure to find one or more that will be fun for your whole family.  You can take a look at the entire lineup over on their website!

Overall, Dollywood was one of the best experiences that our family has every had together.  Dollywood will definitely be the place we visit every time we go back to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to visit the Great Smoky Mountains.  Be sure to explore for yourself and see what your family might like to do while you’re there:

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  1. Inspiring Kitchen

    You have beautiful kids! These are definitely good reasons to visit Dollywood. This looks like a super fun place for the whole family.

  2. Amy Jones

    Looks like perfect summer memories for your kids. This place seems really cool! Hope to visit Pigeon Forge someday

  3. Cecile

    I hear Dollywood is an amazing place to visit. Your pictures tell a great story!

  4. tara pittman

    Dollywood sounds so fun. My family has to check it out.

  5. Taylor Ebner

    You had me at food and coasters! My family has been begging for this trip the past 3 summers. This summer may be the time!

  6. Jasmine Eclipse

    I’ve always wanted to go to Dollywood! Hopefully one day we’ll make it out there. It looks like you and your family had a blast!

  7. Dawn McAlexander

    Dollywood is my favorite theme park in the world! I love to watch the ducks in the pond and to ride the train. I am looking forward to going back there soon.

  8. Enricoh Alfonzo

    this seems like such epic fun! i want to go hahaha brilliant summer memories for the kids

  9. Ana De- Jesus

    Wow Dollywood looks amazing, the perfect spot for both thriller seekers and families alike!

  10. victoria

    Dollywood sounds so fun and looks like I wanna go there with the kids

  11. Agnes Dela Cruz

    Wish we are near and enjoy the fun weekend there with the kids, I am so sure they will enjoy it!

  12. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I love that you are such a daredevil and can go on all these rides. I’m the resident photographer because I am such a coward when it comes to rides. My son however is starting to be less like me and more like my daredevil sister.

  13. Elizabeth O.

    This is definitely a place that kids (big or small) will enjoy. Just look at all the rides! I’m sure the food is just as good as you mentioned and of course, how can you resist going to such a nice place when the weather is just to warm!

  14. tp keane

    I had no idea Dollywood did all these things. How cool is that.

  15. Pamela

    My grandchildren were just there. My 8-year-old granddaughter’s favorite thing was the roller coasters. Like Grandmother/like Granddaughter! We took our girls when they were young, too. Fun seeing the grandchildren enjoying the same thing.

  16. cris

    The big difference between theme parks in the states and the UK… weather. I’ve not seen a picture yet of a bad day.

  17. wendy

    I have not been to Dollywood in Many Many years! You took some beautiful pictures! You and your family seemed to have a blast! Thank you for sharing an amazing review!

  18. Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide

    Bucket list item for sure!!! This looks like so much fun and Dolly is my all time favorite.

  19. Kathy

    I’ve always wanted to visit Pigeon Forge. That looks like so much fun too. My family would have a wonderful time there.

  20. Echo

    I’ll be honest, I love Dolly and have always wanted to go to Dollywood! I still will someday!

  21. Lexie Lane

    I like to see the show! Your adventures at Dollywood sounds really fun, I want to go there too!

  22. Nikki Jenner

    Sounds like a great family destination this summer. I hope that I can bring all my family at Dollywood.

  23. Leigh Anne Borders

    I loved this post. One of my favorite places to escape to is Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountains! Dollywood is such a great fmaily fun place!

  24. Nicole Escat

    This sounds like a must-see place for us. I hope that we can go here, it is far from our place.

  25. LIz Mays

    Once you told me there were over 20 shows, I was sold. I love the coasters but anything spinning is a no. I’m happy to sit and watch shows all day though. Fun!

  26. Rosey

    My daughter is the only one in the family who has been. She went with extended family She loved it!

  27. Ana Fernandez

    Coasters and the food are great reasons to go! Sign me in to next trip!

  28. CourtneyLynne

    Omg you don’t have to convince me! I wish I could go one day!

  29. Anosa

    Sounds like a cool and fun place for the entire family

  30. She Joh

    I’ve always wanted to attend Dollywood and your pictures confirm it’s a destination i need to visit!

  31. Mardene Carr

    Well the big grins on the kids’ faces says it all….LOL

  32. tauyanm

    hope i can visit this place with my whole family too! would love to try everything I see in your photos!

  33. Dawn gibson-thigpen

    wow a cool and fun post. you guys look like you had so much fun.

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