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8 of the Best Dollywood Rides for Families You Have to Try

The sign and flower display at the entrance to Dollywood.
May 17, 2018

Dollywood is one of the most popular family attractions in the Smoky Mountains! There is everything from shops, to restaurants, to shows, and of course, rides. Dollywood has a number of exciting rides for those looking for a thrill, but there are also plenty of family-friendly rides you can all enjoy together! Check out 8 of the best Dollywood rides for families:

1. Dollywood Express

dollywood express ride

All aboard the Dollywood Express ! This authentic, coal-fired steam engine takes you on a 5-mile journey through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, offering breathtaking views and an incredible adventure. It’s great for families because parents can sit back and relax while the children feel what it’s like to ride on a real train around the mountains!

2. Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby takes classic bumper cars to a whole new level. Race around while keeping an eye out for cars coming at you from every direction! With two people to a car, your family is guaranteed to have a good time swerving around each other and trying to avoid the chaos.

3. FireChaser Express

FireChaser Express is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster! This ride will have you feeling just like the firefighters who race to save the Smokies from disaster. Let out screams of excitement as you race around the twists and turns and are blasted forward and backward!

4. Lemon Twist

This ride is sure to quench your thirst! When you get to the Lemon Twist ride, climb inside the lemon cup and get ready for an adventure you won’t forget. Spin around and around as you circle the giant lemonade pitcher in the center of the ride. The kids will have a blast on this adventure, and it’s fun for the parents too!

5. Shooting Star

shooting star at dollywood

This family-friendly Dollywood ride is out of this world! Once you’re strapped in, enjoy a slow ride to the top as you take in the gorgeous views around you. But don’t get too comfortable. Just when you think you’ve made it safely to the top, the Shooting Star begins a daring trip back to the bottom. It’s just the right amount of excitement and thrill for children!

6. Scrambler

For a thrilling experience that’s fun for all ages, ride the Scrambler ! This ride shuffles you back and forth and in every direction — it’ll definitely have you feeling a little scrambled. Both kids and parents will love gliding from one side to the other and making memories together that will last forever.

7. Smoky Mountain River Rampage

Get the feeling of whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains when you ride the Smoky Mountain River Rampage . It’s the perfect family adventure! You’ll experience dips, twists, turns and more on this exciting ride. Get ready for a wet and wild ride when you brave the rapids.

8. Village Carousel

kid on carousel

And let’s not forget the most classic family ride of all — the Village Carousel ! Dollywood’s carousel has 60 beautifully painted animals to choose from. There is even a lead horse called Dolly because of its flowing blonde mane! Parents can enjoy the ride with their kids or stand on the sidelines and wave as they pass.

Is there someone in your group who doesn’t love rides? Check out these other fun things to do in Dollywood if you don’t like rides!

Where to Stay

To be close to all the excitement at Dollywood, stay in our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals! Our cabins range from 1 bedroom to 15 bedrooms and can accommodate families of all sizes. You’ll be able to enjoy all the necessities for a comfortable stay, such as a fully equipped kitchen, cable TVs, wi-fi and cozy beds, along with benefits of staying in the Smoky Mountains, such as hot tubs, stunning mountain views and game rooms!

Try all of these Dollywood rides and more when you visit the Smoky Mountains. To start planning your vacation, browse our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals and find the perfect place to stay.

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