3 Things I Missed at Dollywood & Really Want to Go Back For

Flowers at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Over the summer, we took a family vacation in the Smoky Mountains. It wasn’t our first visit to Tennessee or even to Pigeon Forge (you can see what we did on other visits here), but it was our first time taking the kids to Dollywood.

Normally, I am the trip planner. I do the research, purchase the tickets, make the reservations, etc. But for maybe the first time ever, I didn’t do any of that. My sweet mama did it all.

And while it was SO NICE to not have to do all of those things, I wish I would have at least done my usual ‘research’. That way I would have known all of the must-see and must-do things there.

Here are 3 things that we didn’t see or do at Dollywood, that I hope we get to make a second trip back for!

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Walk Through the Chasing Rainbows Museum

On my senior trip, we spent a day at Dollywood and I remember looking at some of Dolly’s dresses and wigs. I couldn’t wait for Lainey to see those things since she is a HUGE fan.

Unfortunately, the Chasing Rainbows Museum was closed for renovations during our visit, so we weren’t able to see those things. I would love to take her back one day to see them.

Dollywood kite installation
(We might have missed the museum, but we loved the kite sky!)

Eat Some Cinnamon Bread

We visited Dollywood in the summer when it was unbearably hot. And since the kids were super excited, we spent most of our time rushing around from ride to ride. We didn’t really take the time to try any of the food.

Apparently, we missed out on the cinnamon bread as that is one of the things that the park is famous for. I’m not sure it would have even been good to us, as we were hot and sweaty the whole time.

I would love to go back around Christmastime and try some of it!

Riding the bears at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.
(We didn’t get any cinnamon bread, but we rode the bears!)

Visit the Craftsman Shops

As I said earlier, we were so busy rushing from ride to ride that we didn’t take the time to do much else that Dollywood has to offer. But I would love to go back a visit some of the craftsman shops around the park.

There are shops where you can make your own candles. You can also watch craftsmen forge items in the blacksmith shop, blow beautiful glass pieces, create custom leather apparel, and make intricate wood carvings.

The Largest Bean Can at Dollywood!
(We didn’t see the craftsmen at work, but we did see the largest bean can!)

Our visit to Dollywood was such a fun escape. We were in the midst of a hard deployment and this trip and time with family were just what we needed.

However, I look forward to visiting Dollywood again in the future and making sure that I don’t miss these 3 things when I’m there!

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