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Last year my family had the opportunity to visit Dollywood’s Splash country, and we were so impressed with what we saw and experienced that we can’t WAIT to get back!  When I asked my family what do you want to go back to?  Hands down the response was: the lazy river and water coaster.
The Downbound Float Trip, or lazy river as my family called it,  was so much fun.  This 1,500 foot “river” adventure leisurely winds you through some beautiful some scenic spots.  Not to mention a couple of places where you can get drenched (if you choose to do so.)   The water coaster or RiverRush®   was truly the best thing EVER!  Even my son who was terrified of roller coasters got on this and loved it!  Imagine a water coaster that rushes through the Smoky Mountains. Yep, that is what the RiverRush is!  It is exciting and fast paced.  Did I mention wet?
Another fabulous amenity of Splash Country that we enjoyed were the retreats and canopies.  We needed a place to call our own so we rented a canopy.  Canopies are a nice option that provide you with the right amount of shade and privacy.  We enjoyed sitting in chaise lounge chairs under a canopy that provided us 65 feet of shade.  It was the perfect little space tucked away.  Dollywood Splash Country also offer retreats.   Retreats provide you with even more privacy and comfort.  Enjoy 200 square feet of shaded space, or you can opt to add on an additional 100 sq foot sun deck!  It’s like having your own little back porch in the midst of the Smoky Mountains.

These little hideaways are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can make reservations ahead of time!  If you need to escape the hot summer sun or have a little one that needs their own space, Dollywood Splash Country offers you a place to escape at an additional fee.

The water adventure park continues to improve the guest experience as it begins its 16th season.  Knowing that they have made even more upgrades makes us eager to get back to the fun!

“We always want to treat our guests to a few surprises each season, “said Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager, Mike Brown. “This year, we hope they notice more efficiency, more amenities and great new food options. Our team is ready for the 2016 season!”From its 2001 opening, Dollywood’s Splash Country was designed to be a uniquely themed, state-of-the-art, family water park where families could come to recharge and reconnect. It has continued to impress guests and industry experts alike, garnering national and international recognition. Among the list of accolades, Dollywood’s Splash Country has been named America’s Must-See Water Park by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions and as one of America’s best water parks by The Travel Channel.


This season, guests can look for added value and efficiency with upgrades to the turnstiles, retreats and canopies, food locations and more family locker space.And when all the swimming and sliding works up guests’ appetites, they can enjoy new food offerings including gourmet hot dogs from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs®, a 1/3 lb. burger on a brioche bun, crinkle cut fries, homemade cookies from Dollywood’s Spotlight Bakery and fried dough pastries called BeaverTails®—with choose-your-own toppings!

Dollywood’s Splash Country lifeguards also are re-energized for the new season as Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. just honored them with the prestigious Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award for their diligence while guarding the pools at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort™.


Whether guests love thrills like Fire Tower Falls, the state’s tallest twin speed slides; playing with the family in Bear Mountain Fire Tower®, a multi-level interactive attraction; or prefer relaxing in the Downbound Float Trip a 1,500-foot lazy river—everyone is going to love soaking up the fun at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Dollywood’s Splash Country is now open daily through Sunday, August 14, while the park opens on weekends through Labor Day weekend until Sept. 5. For more information about Dollywood’s Splash Country or any of The Dollywood Company properties, please visit or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

Want a deal?  You can enjoy the benefits of two amazing parks:  Dollywood and Splash Country with the Ride & Slide 2 Park Super Pass!  This will give you unlimited visits to BOTH parks, exclusive resort discounts (BTW, I have been here and it is ah-mazing!),  $5 off park admission for friends, exclusive ride time and more!  It is an amazing deal!  Make the deal even sweeter by purchasing a GOLD season pass  for only $45 more to get FREE PARKING and 20% OFF meals and merchandise.
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