My family loves the water and spend as much of our time in it when the weather is warm. We have a pool in our yard which is an average size pool for 4-6 kids to comfortably play in. We also live less than 2 miles from the World’s Fair Park which has a fountain the kids can play in. One of our favorite places to visit is one of Tennessee’s most popular water parks: Dollywood Splash Country. We live just about 45 minutes from the park, so we are able to visit it whenever we like. We made a final visit before the park closed down for Labor Day and we had a tremendous time.
When we visit the park, we save the $10 parking fee by taking the Fun Time Trolley. This trolley has a central location you can park and ride to either Dollywood or Splash Country for just 50 cents per person. The drivers are super friendly and it is just a short ride to either of the parks. The park itself sits on 25 acres and was opened in 2001. The park boasts over 23 slides and rides for the entire family to enjoy. The park also offers plenty of locker rentals as well as shaded areas when you need a break from the sun.
When we first enter the park, we usually hit the Butterfly first. This double slide is a fun 55 foot drop which lands you into a crystal clear splash pool. This is a slide I could go on over and over again. On the day we visited, the wait for the Butterfly was less than 5 minutes, so we took advantage of that!
Caitlin and I love to hang out in the lazy Downbound Float Trip which is a 1,500 foot mad made river. You can float by and enjoy the gorgeous Smoky Mountains. When I was not paying attention, Caitlin pushed my float under the 200 foot waterfall and I was completely drenched! Hey! At least it cooled me off! The day was hazy and cloudy but it was still pretty hot!
We also love to ride down the Wild River Falls, which is 4 different tunnel slides full of twists and turns and lots of screaming on my part! You can ride single or double and with the shorter lines, we were able to slip and slide down each of the slides several times. Henry and I raced each other a handful of times and he won almost every time!
Our all time favorite ride is the RiverRush®, which is Tennessee first and only water equivalent of a roller coaster, which is 1,176 feet long. We had to wait in line for just over an hour, but it was well worth the wait. The RiverRush® takes up to 4 people per car racing through the beautiful trees a tall four stories in the air. It has four drops of varying drops, with the tallest at 25 feet and 45 degrees, along a track that takes you through tight turns, dark and scary tunnels and lots and lots of rushing water.
Just as Henry and my husband began to head over to the Fire Tower Falls, the weathter turned and itbegan to rain. Henry as afraid of the wind kicking up, so he headed over Little Creek Falls which is a ton of wet and wild fun for the younger crowd. With Henry’s autism, sometimes he needs to be alone, and I think this picture just sums up how happy he was to be standing under the “water mushroom”.
The weather really began to get hairy, but with no lighting present the park does not offer a rain check. We did not feel comfortable with the rain coming down as hard as it was and getting on any of the rides. It was a bit too scary for Henry, so we decided to leave. Even with the visit cut short, we had a wonderful time. When you are at Splash Country, you will find plenty of great places to eat and drink ranging from a sit down meal to a light snack. The tickets normally range in price from $47 for kids to $60 for adults and parking is an additional $10. With the Season’s pass, you pay just $94 for adults and $82 for kids, which means after 2 visits, you have paid for your passes. Be sure to follow Dollywood on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with all of their latest news and specials.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863