Planing vacations for our family can prove to be a little challenging. With the boy’s age difference and the hubby’s pickiness, it’s often hard for me to find a location that the whole family can not only enjoy but really embrace. When I sit down to try to plan family vacations, I have a check list that I go through – will there be rides that are age appropriate for both the kids? Will there be shows that the hubby and I will love? Will there be enough attractions to keep the whole family entertained and engaged for the duration of our stay? These are some of the questions that I often struggle with.
Having live in the mountains of North Carolina for over six years now, the constant recommendation I have gotten for family vacations is Dollywood. Over the past six months, as I’ve tried to determine a location that the whole family can enjoy, it’s the one place that has come up over and over again. So much so, that I began to feel that I was crazy for not having visited already. And one trip through the gates proved that I had been!
Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dollywood is a location that the whole family can get excited about! Named after Dolly Parton, the park boasts both the best in live entertainment and exciting rides. From the moment you enter the gates, you are transported to a land where time doesn’t matter and the focus is good family fun! From rides for the littlest adventurers to jaw dropping roller coasters to shows that will thrill both the young and old, Dollywood truly has something to offer every member of the family.
When you walk through the gates at Dollywood, you can’t help but be happy and smile as Dolly Parton’s voices comes through the speakers and smiling faces meet you. Even adults are transported back in time with childlike delight as sights and sounds immerse them in a world that is all about experiencing the wide array of Dollywood attractions.
And this Spring and Summer there are more reasons than ever to make Dollywood your choice for family vacation! They are upping the ante with new attractions while still providing the family friendly fun that they are known for. Here’s a look at why you won’t want to miss your 2013 Dollywood Experience!
Reason #1: New Attractions
Dollywood is already pretty spectacular but this year they are adding on to make your visit even more exciting. With the addition of the Cirque Shanghai show, a stunts and aerobatics extravaganza that will thrill the whole family, as well as the opening of the “River Rush”, Tennessee’s first water roller coaster in May, Dollywood is ensuring that no member of the family will ever get bored.
Reason #2: The Wild Eagle
This roller coaster is as entwined with the topic of Dollywood as anything I’ve ever seen. You HAVE to experience the thrill of soaring through the mountains like a bird on American’s first winged roller coaster with your feet dangling free! It’s a heart stopping experience that you don’t want to miss.
Reason #3: Fun for the Whole Family
Whatever your thrill is, Dollywood has it! From shows to rides to shopping, everything you need for a memorable family vacation can be found within the Dollywood gates! There is no need to leave the property for anything – including amazing food! So stay for a day or a week because there will be plenty to keep you coming back for more.
Reason #4: Festivals Galore
As if the fun of Dollywood wasn’t already enough, there are constant festivals going on to make your trip that much more memorable! Starting in May you can take part in the “Barbecue and Bluegrass” festival, where you’ll hear live bluegrass music and of course taste some of the barbecue that we’re known for in the south!
Reason #5: Memories
Plain and simple, Dollywood is all about creating memories for the entire family. There are few places you can go where the focus is solely on being together and enjoying what a family vacation truly means. Dollywood takes the stress and decision making out of family vacations and presents you with a location that offers an environment you will love and helps you create a lifetime full of memories!
This summer, I encourage you to look no further than Dollywood for your family vacation. Whether you’re a Western North Carolina native or just here for vacation, it’s an experience you will always remember and a destination that your whole family will fall in love with.
Be sure to check out Dollywood.com today! They will help you plan your vacation from start to finish, including hotel rooms, tickets and more! And don’t forget to like them on Facebook using the box below so that you’ll be up to date on shows, events and all the special happenings at Dollywood this year!
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning a vacation that you will never forget today! Embrace the joy of Dollywood and make a trip to a destination that has something for every member of your family.
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