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4 Fun Things To Do at Dollywood Theme Park for Non-Riders

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If you always wanted to see Dollywood but are not a fan of thrill rides, you might be wondering if there are enough things to do for non-riders. You will be pleasantly surprised to know there are a ton of attractions in the park for folks who don’t like rides, ranging from world class shows to unique craft demonstrations. It is no wonder why you see such a variety of folks enjoying the park, ranging from toddlers to grandparents. Here are 4 fun things to do at Dollywood theme park for non-riders:

1. Explore Craftsmen’s Alley

craftsman valley dollywoodOne of the things that distinguishes Dollywood from other theme parks is their master craftsmen. While you can ride a Ferris wheel or roller coaster in almost every park in the country, you likely don’t have the chance to make your own glass blown ornament or learn about the culture and trades of Appalachian people in the late 1800s. Therefore, take some time to explore the Craftsmen’s Alley in Dollywood and meet the talented artisans who call the Smokies their home! Some of the craft shops include the Blacksmith and Foundry, Custom Glassworks, Old Flames Candles, and Smoky Creek Leather.

2. Catch an Award Winning Show

Another fun thing to do at Dollywood theme park for non-riders is watch one of the award winning shows. The park is just as popular for their shows as it is for thrill rides, so don’t miss a performance of at least one show during your visit! There are various theaters throughout the park with multiple show times daily, so be sure to pick up a show schedule when you enter the park and plan your day accordingly. There are also many festivals that take place at Dollywood where you can enjoy themed shows, including holiday shows during the Smoky Mountain Christmas event.

3. Browse Through the Souvenir Shops

emporium at dollywoodThere are so many cool souvenir shops at Dollywood theme park you could spend your entire day just shopping! Browse through each of the souvenir stores to find the perfect gift to take home from your vacation in the Smoky Mountains, or simply enjoy the pleasure of window shopping. Some of the stores that you will find throughout the park include Mountain Laurel Home, Cozy Bear Cove, Dolly’s Closet, Eagle’s Flight Outfitters, and the Hillside General Store. If you only have limited time, focus your shopping on the Dollywood Emporium at the front of the park. This huge store offers the ultimate Dollywood shopping experience and features the best of all that the park’s many shops have to offer!

4. Enjoy a Delicious Snack or Meal

If you aren’t someone who enjoys rides, you can enjoy all of the amazing food at Dollywood! One of the top places to eat in the park is Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, where you can sample a bit of everything including fried chicken and fish, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, biscuits, and much more. If you are craving a tasty snack, don’t miss the famous cinnamon bread at the Grist Mill! Some of the other tempting restaurants in the park include the Front Porch Cafe, Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans, and Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse.

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