Find Your Happy Place: A Dollywood Guide for Seniors

Hit the road at Prime West Knoxville and take in the magic of Dollywood, located just an hour away in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Founded by country music legend Dolly Parton, Dollywood attracts 2.5 million visitors every year with thrill rides and family-friendly entertainment. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there are plenty of attractions for you to enjoy. Check out our guide to plan your itinerary for your Dollywood day trip.

Music, Music, Music!

You can spend an entire day taking in Dollywood’s wide range of musical performances — from Baby Boomer childhood favorites and Southern gospel to new country and beloved bluegrass. Popular performance troupes include the Smoky Mountain String Band, Kingdom Heirs Gospel Quartet, and the My People Show, featuring Parton’s family. Dollywood also hosts music festivals throughout the year, so you might want to plan a trip around one of these. 

Must-See Attractions

Seniors visiting Dollywood won’t want to miss these top attractions during their trip:

  • Dollywood Express: Tour the park on a coal-fired steam engine train and enjoy sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains. 
  • Chasing Rainbows: This interactive museum highlights Dolly’s life through memorabilia, stories, and costume collections.
  • Eagle Mountain Sanctuary: View the largest U.S. exhibit of non-releasable bald eagles in this 30,000-square-foot rescue and breeding area.
  • Craftsman Valley: Watch Appalachian-inspired blacksmiths, glassblowers, leather smiths, candlemakers, and potters create handmade gifts for purchase. 

Award-winning Eats

When it comes to Southern cooking, Dollywood is a regional favorite! The park has 27 different eateries for a quick bite or a full meal. Start with Dollywood’s famous cinnamon bread, served with apple butter or icing, made daily at The Grist Mill. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Aunt Granny’s all-you-can-eat Southern buffet, a park staple, or Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse, known for its BBQ. No visit to the park is complete without sharing a piece of the famous 25-pound apple pie from Spotlight Bakery. 

Before You Go

Take a look at  Dollywood’s calendar for special events, festivals, and park hours to make the most of your visit. Many ticket options offer discounts for seniors, including season passes. If you visit Dollywood after 3 pm, you can return at no additional cost the next day. It’s a nice way to break up your trip and pace yourself through the park. 

Hitting the Open Road with Prime Day Trips

At Prime Independent Living, our residents love staying active and planning visits with their families. Ask us about our scheduled trips to ‘hit the highway.’

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