Enjoying Dollywood with Small Children

  1. Bonnie says:

    We try to go several times a season – we live in western NC. My kids are now 19 & 21 and we still love going here! I started taking them when they were 4 & 5. I didn’t know this until years later, but my son stuffed extra socks in his shoes to be tall enough to get on a few of the rides that he just missed the height requirement on by about an inch lol. Great memories there.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Ha ha, love it! Part of the draw of Daredevil Falls for the kids was that with Bruiser’s thick-soled sneakers and “big hair” (as he calls it), he juuuuust met the height requirement. You never know just how important that height bar is at a park until you’re a parent! It can make or break the whole experience! 😉

      • Bonnie says:

        Apparently you never know just how important big hair can be either 🙂 This is the first year we will be going without my son 🙁 He joined the Air Force & I guess he feels they need him more than we do lol.

  2. Guest says:

    Okay, I need your expert opinion: Dollywood or Holiday World? Our kids are 11,6,4 and 2. We did visit Dollywood when they were younger (and enjoyed it!) but this will be the first year they can truly ride the rides.

    Thanks for your advice!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Both parks are great for kids and have LOTS of rides and activities for them. You really can’t go wrong with either as far as that goes.

      One difference with Dollywood is that it has a major historical/cultural component – My children actually learned something about Appalachian culture, which was cool since our ancestors are from the area. That’s one big difference in the parks- The other is that with Holiday World, there’s absolutely NOTHING going on in the surrounding area– It’s very rural. We tend to go to Holiday World for the day and come home the same night.

      Dollywood on the other hand has TONS of stuff to do nearby, in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, so it’s a fun place to go and stay for a few days, which is what we did when we visited. Spend one or two days at Dollywood/Splash Country and then you can do some other activities in the surrounding area as well (my kids loved the nearby aquarium, for example).

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