Thanks to Tennessee native Dolly Parton and her fabulous Dollywood, the state has a large, highly regarded theme park. Adjacent to Dollywood is Tennessee's biggest water park, Splash Country. But the state has other amusement parks and water parks (including some indoor ones) to explore. Parks are arranged alphabetically.
Pigeon Forge (in the Smoky Mountains, near Knoxville)
Major theme park celebrating country music, Smoky Mountain culture, and Dolly Parton with a lot of fun coasters and rides.
Considering Dolly's involvement, it should come as no surprise that Dollywood is well known for its great shows. Its food and festivals are two more reasons to visit. Next door to Dollywood is Splash Country, a separate-admission water park. A true destination resort, it also features Dollywood's DreamMore hotel.
Small amusement park in the Smoky Mountains includes a handful of kiddie rides, a few more aggressive spinning rides such as a Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl, and a long chair lift. Go-Karts and mini-golf are also offered. Visitors can purchase individual ride tickets or all-ride armbands.
Lake Winne and Soakya Water Park
Rossville, Georgia, near Chattanooga
The small, traditional amusement park is physically located in Georgia on the state line. The park advertises itself as being in Chattanooga, however. Attractions include the the Wild Lightnin' steel coaster, the wooden coaster, Cannon Ball, a bunch of spinning rides such as a Paratrooper and a Wave Swinger, and kiddie rides.
Soakya Water Park, which is quite small, is included with Lake Winnie admission.
The traditional amusement park, which included Elvis' favorite ride, the Zippin Pippin wood coaster, closed in 2005. (The Zippin Pippin was relocated to Bay Beach, a park in Wisconsin.)
In the winter, it's a ski resort.
In the warmer weather, it's an "amusement park," although only in a liberal interpretation of the concept. Ride the aerial tramway (the country's largest according to its owners), careen down the Alpine slide, and get wet on the two water coasters.
The medium-sized outdoor water park offers eight water slides, including a mat racing slide, a lazy river, the Cowabunga Beach interactive water play center with a tipping bucket, swimming pools, and a lake beach. In addition to the water park, Nashville Shores offers lake cruises and the Treetop Adventure Park with zip lines, cargo nets, tree swings, suspended bridges, and other challenging activities.
Pigeon Forge Indoor Waterpark at The Resort at Governor's Crossing
Small indoor water park resort with some outdoor water park attractions as well.
Major outdoor water park. Adjacent to Dollywood and part of the resort, but requires a separate admission. Rides include the RiverRush water coaster, a family raft ride, speed slides, and an interactive play attraction with dump bucket.
Small, municipal outdoor water park with a few water slides, a lazy river, a pool, a water playground, and sand volleyball.
Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort
Indoor water park resort. Attractions include a lazy river, water slides, and an indoor/outdoor hot tub.
Wilderness at the Smokies
Indoor water park resort that is part of the Wilderness chain. Attractions include the Wild Vortex, a water slide with a launch chamber and a near vertical loop, as well as the Tornado, a funnel ride. The park features a translucent roof that allows sun to shine indoors year round.