Even though it is January and Dollywood just closed for the season, spring—and most importantly spring break—will be here before we know it. Now is the time to start planning your escape! Whether or not you’re in school, I believe everyone needs a little break in the springtime. I am going to give you a few reasons why I love including Dollywood in my spring travel plans.
Fun for ALL
When you get out of the house, it’s important that everyone enjoys the outing! Whether it is your first time or you have been visiting since Dollywood became Dollywood, you are sure to find something you love at this park. I am not a huge fan of roller coasters, but I enjoy trying new foods, watching new (and old favorite) shows, and what would a trip to Dollywood be without riding the Dollywood Express? With young children, you can fill your day with the attractions in Country Fair and Wildwood Grove. For adrenaline junkies, they’re going to be busy in Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon. For the less-adventurous, Craftsman’s Valley provides hours of entertainment between craft demonstrations, Eagle Mountain Sanctuary and the Birds of Prey show. And, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is perfect spot to call your home away from home.
Sunshine and Blooms
After dealing with a long, cold winter, it’s fitting that you reward yourself with a spring jaunt in East Tennessee. The wildflowers are starting to bloom and everything is coming back to life. Did you know there are more than 1500 species of flowers in the Smokies? That’s more than you’ll find in any other national park in North America! It’s the perfect time to visit Dollywood, too, before the heat of summer officially hits. Plus, if your calendar cooperates, you could schedule your visit during Flower & Food Festival (April 23 – June 7). There’s something special (and beautiful) about being together at Dollywood in the fresh Smoky Mountain air.
For me, food is half of the experience at Dollywood. There are so many dining options. You can try something new every day of your spring trip. And, of course, you can’t visit Dollywood without a loaf (or three) of cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill.
Excitement and Newness
I also just really love the beginning of a new season at Dollywood. There is such magic and excitement in the air when Dollywood opens its gates each spring and ushers in a new season. While the park is closed, Dollywood hosts are hard at work making sure everything is in tip-top shape. I love walking into the park for the first time each season. The buzz is almost tangible and smiles are contagious.
If you are thinking about taking a trip for spring break, I highly suggest Dollywood as your destination. HERE’S a great resource to help you plan!