The Cascades: One of Splash Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

Summer is in full swing and so are the soaring temperatures! Thank goodness for Dollywood’s Splash Country and the break from heat it provides. Our family recently went on a three-day Dollywood-filled adventure and chose to spend the first day at the water park enjoying the many water slides and attractions—and working on our tan lines.

We’ve realized over the years that Splash Country can be enjoyed several days in a row due to the size and variety of attractions. In fact, many people never make it to the back of the park where our favorite area lies in wait: The Cascades!

The Cascades area boasts an 8,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool with zero-depth entry, cascading waterfalls (thus the name!), two slides, geysers, interactive water play areas, water jets and more! The pool area is also surrounded by generous seating and waterside Retreats and Canopies. The Retreats and Canopies are available for rent and worth every penny.

There is so much to do in this sizable area tucked in behind Fire Tower Falls and Bear Mountain Fire Tower. Our younger children delighted in the geysers and water play area while our older kids enjoyed zipping down the slides over and over again with little to no wait. It was easy to keep an eye on everyone from our perch at the beach entry side of lagoon and we had peace of mind as the ever-vigilant life guard staff patrolled the area. In fact, the Splash Country lifeguards have some awesome tips for parents here.

Insider Tip

Tell the kids to seek out the hidden misters around the lagoon! They are just one more hidden gem to discover in this area.

The Cascades is truly the perfect place to kick back while the kids explore. This “secret cove” is sure to become one of your favorite places to recharge and connect as a family while beating the summer heat. It has been for our family!

By | 2019-06-24T16:08:02-04:00 June 24th, 2019|Water Park|0 Comments

About the Author:

Erica Ho (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) originally started Goodbye Normal (goodbyenormal.com) as a way to document her family’s international adoption journey. They have adopted from China and Ethiopia. Since then, the blog has grown and continued to embrace her daily walk through parenting, faith, travel and other odds and ends. Erica also serves as the Director of Missions at America World Adoption (awaa.org), sending teams out to care for orphans around the world. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four children (all ten and under). Her family has enjoyed making memories at Dollywood since moving to Tennessee nine years ago.
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