Tennessee Theme Parks and Water Parks

Lightning Rod coaster at Dollywood.

Thanks to Tennessee native Dolly Parton and her fabulous Dollywood, the state has a large, highly regarded theme park. And adjacent to Dollywood is Tennessee's biggest water park, Splash Country. But the state has several other amusement parks and water parks (including some indoor ones) to explore. 

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Anakeesta (Gatlinburg)

Anakeesta Dueling Zipline


576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
+1 865-325-2400

As a theme park in the mountains, Anakeesta offers  a variety of attractions, including a gondola, a tree canopy walk, dueling ziplines, a mountain coaster, and gem mining. There is also a dining and shopping complex, a botanical garden, and a forest walk.

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Adrenaline Park (Sevierville)

168 Lee Greenwood Way, Kodak, TN 37764, USA
+1 865-933-4433

Adrenaline Park is not a traditional amusement park or theme park. It offers two attractions: extreme zip lines and a Skybridge that offers spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains.

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Dollywood and Splash Country (Pigeon Forge)

Dollywood grist mill
© Arthur Levine
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA
+1 800-365-5996

Dollywood is a major theme park celebrating country music, Smoky Mountain culture, and Dolly Parton with a lot of fun coasters and rides. It continues to expand with attention-grabbing attractions such as Lightning Rod, the world’s first launched wooden coaster. Considering Dolly's involvement, it should come as no surprise that Dollywood is well known for its great shows. Its food and festivals (including Christmas in the Smokies and Festival of Nations) are two more reasons to visit.

Next door to Dollywood is Splash Country, a full-featured, separate-admission water park. Rides at the outdoor park include the RiverRush water coaster, a family raft ride, speed slides, and an interactive play attraction with dump bucket.

A true destination resort, Dollywood also offers the lovely DreamMore hotel. Guests at the hotel get great extras, including early park admission and line-skipping privileges for the rides.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge (Pigeon Forge)

The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge

131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA
+1 865-286-0119

A shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, The Island in Pigeon Forge offers a number of rides and attractions, including The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel (a large Ferris wheel), a carousel, carnival games, dancing fountains, and live music. It is located on one of the area’s busy tourist strips that includes dinner theaters, restaurants, shops, and a variety of other attractions. See the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism site for more info.

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Lake Winne and Soakya Water Park (Chattanooga)

Lake Winne Cannon Ball coaster

Lake Winnepesaukah

1730 Lakeview Dr, Rossville, GA 30741, USA
+1 706-866-5681

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 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.

The outdoor Soakya Water Park, which is quite small, is included with Lake Winnie admission.

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Ober Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg)

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg

1310 Ski Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
+1 865-436-5423

In the winter, it's a ski resort. In the warmer weather, it's an “amusement park,” though only in a liberal interpretation of the term. 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.

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Nashville Shores: Hermitage

Nashville Shores water park

Nashville Shores

4001 Bell Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
+1 615-889-7050

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.

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The Resort at Governor's Crossing (Sevierville)

225 Collier Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862-6911, USA
+1 865-429-0500

The Resort at Governor's Crossing is a hotel located near Dollywood that offers a small indoor water park as well as some outdoor water park attractions.

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The Wetlands (Jonesborough)

1523 Persimmon Ridge Rd, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA
+1 423-753-1553

The Wetlands is a small, municipal outdoor water park with a few water slides, a lazy river, a pool, a water playground, and sand volleyball.

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Wild Bear Falls (Gatlinburg)

Wild Bear Falls indoor water park Gatlinburg

Westgate Resorts

915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
+1 865-430-4800

Located at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa, Wild Bear Falls is a medium-sized indoor water park. Attractions include a lazy river, water slides, and an indoor/outdoor hot tub.

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Wilderness at the Smokies (Sevierville)

Wilderness at the Smokies indoor water park

Wilderness at the Smokies

1425 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876, USA
+1 877-325-9453

Wilderness at the Smokies is an 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.

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A Guide to Tennessee's Theme Parks and Water Parks