Pigeon Forge Water Park Named Among Best Theme Parks in America

child at Pigeon Forge water park

The votes have been tallied, and the results are in. Dollywood’s Pigeon Forge water park, Splash Country, was recently named one of the best theme parks in America by TripAdvisor.

Known for it’s thrilling water slides, relaxing lazy river, exciting wave pool, and for being home to the only water roller coaster in Tennessee, we at HearthSide Cabin Rentals are not surprised to see the Pigeon Forge water park on this year’s list. 

Other notable water parks included on this year’s top 10 list include Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Water Country USA in Virginia, Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin and Cedar Point in Ohio.

How to Qualify

The theme parks included on this year’s list were all recipients of TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award. To determine which businesses qualify for this award, TripAdvisor has an algorithm that scans all of the reviews and comments made by recent guests to the attraction over a 12-month period. The reviews and comments were scored based both on quality and quantity.

In addition to the Travelers’ Choice Award, TripAdvisor also surveyed a total of 1,500 U.S. travelers on what their favorite park activities and trends were to help determine which parks should be considered for this year’s top 10 list.

About Dollywood’s Pigeon Forge Water Park

father and daughter at Pigeon Forge water parkDollywood’s Pigeon Forge water park is a total of 35 acres that are packed full of fun water-themed things families can do. This includes a water roller coaster, a long lazy river that winds through the entire park, several water slides for every age level, a wave pool, and a brand new kiddie play area.

For guests wanting to take a break from the sunshine for a little while, there are plenty of covered resting areas located throughout the Pigeon Forge water park. There is also a first aid station and life jackets available if needed.

Tickets/Hours for Dollywood’s Splash Country

Although summer is almost over, there is still plenty of time to pay your favorite Pigeon Forge water park a visit this year. From now through August 17, Dollywood’s Splash Country is open daily at 10 a.m. After that, it will be open just weekends, including Labor Day, through September 1.

Admission for Dollywood’s Splash Country is $47 for adults ages 12-59 and $42 for guests ages 4-11 and 60+. Be sure to take advantage of both Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge water park’s on guests arriving after 3 p.m. earning admission to the park the next day for free.

History of Dollywood’s Splash Country

Opened in 2001, Dollywood’s Splash Country quickly became one of the most popular attractions in Pigeon Forge. The name for the Pigeon Forge water park came from a contest lead by Miss Dolly Parton herself to find the most unique name possible for the new attraction.

Out of a total of 16,000 entries, Dolly decided on Splash Country.


Splash Country is located next door to the park’s namesake Dollywood. The two Pigeon Forge theme parks share a parking area.

For guests familiar with the area, you can avoid much of the traffic from the Pigeon Forge Parkway by taking the back entrance to the parks off of Veteran’s Boulevard.

For driving directions to either Dollywood or the Pigeon Forge water park, feel free to use the map below.

Places to stay after visiting the Pigeon Forge water park

Looking for a relaxing place to stay after spending an exciting day at Dollywood’s Splash Country? HearthSide Cabin Rentals offers a variety of Pigeon Forge cabins that are just a short drive from both Dollywood’s amusement park and waterpark.

To learn more about our spacious vacation rentals, give us a call at 1-888-993-7655. One of our cabin specialists will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you and your family may have.

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