is a wonderful
place for a family vacation. It is a fun and educational theme
park in Tennessee near western North Carolina. It costs much less than
other parks and it takes less
than 7 hours to drive there from Chapel Hill, NC.
Here are links to show you the rides for both young children and all ages, music shows, a show about live birds of prey, hand-made crafts with people making things out of glass, wood, and metal right as you watch, and fun shopping.
All of the rides and shows are free after you have paid for your entrance ticket. For $99.00 per person, you can buy a Season's Pass, good for the rest of the year in which you bought the ticket. Save that pass card and you can return as many days as you want with free entrance.
Your children will learn about the simple, country people who live in the Smoky Mountains and their culture, music, and history. Two of my Korean students' families went to Dollywood with me in 2013 and they loved it.
Here are some more pictures of Dollywood:
This place was made by
Dolly Parton, who is a famous singer, songwriter and movie star. She
also cares about doing good things in the world. She believes in
education and so she started a reading program that gives books to
She cares about protecting nature and wild animals, so there is a live eagle preserve at Dollywood. Your children can see an eagle, owl and other birds up close.
the year there are special events and
festivals at Dollywood.
During Spring Break 2015 there will be special shows of entertainers from around the world called the
Acrobats from Quebec, Canada
Dancers and Musicians from Ireland
Singers from Siberia
Dancers and Drummers from Argentina
Stilt-walkers from Germany ( who walk on high sticks)
was born in the
Smoky Mountains. Her father was a poor farmer and she had 10 brothers
and sisters who all lived in the tiny house in the above left photo.
There is a full size copy of that cabin in
Dollywood. By making the Dollywood theme park, she has brought a lot of
money and jobs into her
homeland. In fact, some of her family works at Dollywood. You may
hear them sing there.
Here is a video of Dolly and her Uncle Bill talking about her life as a child and now: Dolly Parton Revealed.
Dolly's Most Famous Songs
Dolly Parton singing with her boss, Porter Wagoner in 1967
You have probably heard
some of her songs, like “I Will Always Love You”. Whitney
Houston was famous for singing it, but Dolly Parton wrote that song
for her music partner and boss, Porter Wagoner, when she was ready to
leave his TV show.
Here is Dolly telling about why she wrote it, and then singing it.
Dollywood is in
Forge TN, only a 6.5 hour drive from Chapel Hill, and costs much,
much less than other parks. For $99.00 per person, you can buy a
Season's Pass, good for the rest of the year in which you bought the
ticket. Save that pass card and you can return as many times as you
want with free entrance.
There are nice low cost hotels in Pigeon Forge very close to Dollywood ranging in price from $40 - $100 or more per night for a room with 2 queen beds. I have stayed at several of the lower priced hotels and they are fine, clean, with wifi, and some have a full free breakfast. Dolly is building a big, fancy 307 room hotel, but it is not finished yet.