Vacation Fun for The Whole Family #Dollywood2013

Dollywood contacted me about sharing some of the challenges of finding a family vacation spot that we can all enjoy. And because vacations don’t pay for themselves, I said yes!

Since having kids the one thing we try and do is take at least one family vacation every year. With crazy busy schedules and a husband who works out of town a lot it is a great way to make sure we spend some time together just being a family. Last year we did a trip to St Louis and a trip to Disney World. Both were great in their own ways.

But having children with a five year age difference can create difficulty in picking somewhere to go on vacation that will ensure everyone has a great time. My idea of a great vacation would be a quiet and relaxing spot next to a large pool somewhere. My husbands idea of a great vacation would be anything low key with great food. And the kids? Anything fast paced and exciting.

Finding family-friendly spots that have great entertainment, fun activities, and shopping that is more of an experience than just souvenirs can be exhausting. If not almost impossible. Luckily, there’s Dollywood!


Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dollywood is that magical spot that both children and parents can enjoy. If you have never seen the Smoky Mountains, I can promise you that it is some of the most beautiful country! Dollywood delivers the best in live entertainment, exciting rides, great food, shopping and even plenty of ways to kick back and relax.

Entertainment is covered by checking out a country show, travel back to the 50s, with Dollywood’s Dreamland Drive-in or Country Crossroads. If you are looking for something a little more edge of your seat check out the new and exciting Cirque Shanghai. The jaw-dropping stunts and acrobatics will be fun for the entire family.

For those who are looking for more adventure Dollywood has exciting and thrilling rides and attractions. The Eagle, America’s first winged coaster, takes riders on a unique experience that feels as if they are actually soaring high above the Smoky Mountains. Or you and your kids can experience the new “RiverRush,” Tennessee’s first water coaster coming in May. My son and I love coasters, the faster the better, so The Eagle is right up our alley.

If that is still not enough to get you excited, Dollywood has great festivals going on all throughout the year. In May Dollywood will feature the Barbeque and Bluegrass festival. Hear live music from some of the best bluegrass artists and of course sample some amazing barbeque. The park will also have extend hours and nightly fireworks for their Great American Summer theme.

Like Dollywood on Facebook to stay up to date on everything they have to offer. will even help you plan your vacation, from hotel rooms to tickets. Planning your vacation is so easy that it leaves you nothing more to do but pack and then enjoy your time with your family! Dollywood invites you to stop thinking about planning your vacation and just enjoy it.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Dollywood blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world!
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  1. I love Dollywood! It was one of the things we did at Brandcation. The people are super nice there. I hope to get back there soon one day. :)

  2. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says:

    We did the Dollywood waterpark last year. My 6 and 4 year old had a great time!
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  3. I love Dollywood. I used to go a lot when I was younger. They had funnel cakes and I loved the Log Flume ride and train was so much fun.
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  4. I’ve always heard such great things about Dollywood — one day I hope to get my family there!
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  5. I’d love to visit Dollywood sometime, it looks like a blast!
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  6. I’ve heard so many neat things about Dollywood. Would love to visit one day.
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  7. I would never think to go there until I have read about other bloggers experiences… it looks like fun!
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  8. It looks like a fun place!
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  9. I’d love to visit!
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  10. We just vacationed in the Smokies – we didn’t have time to go to Dollywood, but we will definitely visit there in the future. Thanks for the review.
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  11. I would like to go back to Dollywood.
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  12. I love visiting Dollywood. They offer plenty of things to do for every age in the family. Going to the Smokey Mountains is one of my favorite places to visit.
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  13. Elizabeth A. says:

    Wow, I never knew there was so much to Dollywood. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. I’ve never been to Dollywood. Sounds like I’m missing out!
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  15. Meghan @JaMonkey says:

    We love Dollywood!
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  16. I’m not too much into country, but I actually think I’d enjoy it there.

  17. I want to plan a trip there next summer!

  18. This sounds like so much fun.

  19. I will make it there one day. It sounds like a lot of fun!
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  20. sounds fun! I must go there one day…
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  21. This sounds like so much fun! I’ve never been to TN, only driven through and that’s not the same thing!
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  22. How fun!
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  23. I so need a vacation and Tennessee is one of my favorite states–it is beautiful!
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  24. Jennifer says:

    I wanna go to Dollywood! I’ve never been out East! AGH!
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  25. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard really good things about it!
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  26. Jennifer says:

    I went to dollywood for the first time last year – it was amazing!

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