Dollywood has been open since 1986, delighting visitors with fun rides and entertainment. Along with amusement park rides for the entire family, Dollywood hosts a number of dining options that are bound to please even the pickiest of palates.
With so much fun to be had at Dollywood, sometimes you just want a quick bite so that you can get back to riding the coasters and taking in the shows. Dollywood has you covered for those times with their concession stands throughout the park.
At SkyView Snacks, you can buy healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetable cups and snack bars as well as classic snacks and drinks.
Nut lovers will want to head to Showstreet Snacks and get some cinnamon glazed almonds, pecans, and cashews or salted cashews.
Midway Market and Mr. Jerry's Sit-N-Sip Refreshments are good spots to grab an ICEE, buttered popcorn, or cotton candy.
If you love funnel cakes, you don't want to leave Dollywood without having tried one of their incredible creations like the one pictured above from Crossroads Funnel Cakes or at Splinter's Funnel Cakes.
Other quick bites around the park include Dippin' Dots, Pork Rinds, and Kettle Korn.
Dollywood's Very Own Food Truck
Dollywood keeps up with current food trends and even has its very own truck parked in Jukebox Junction. The food truck serves its Famous Fried Chicken Sandwich (think Chick-Fil-A) and crinkle French Fries.
Guests can step back in time at Red's Drive-In and enjoy a Jukebox Special third-pound bacon cheeseburger or third-pound cheeseburger, served with crispy, golden fries.
Healthy options are available around the park, like these beautiful salads pictured below.
Like hot dogs? Specialty dogs are on the menu at The Dog House. Mondays and Tuesdays The Dog House is closed.
Dogs N Taters serves theme park favorites foot-long corndogs and signature tater twirls as well as one-third-pound hot dogs.
Market Square BIG SKILLETS ® is the spot in Rivertown Junction to get a steak or sausage sandwich or a good cup of coffee.
At Victoria's Pizza, diners can order cheese or pepperoni pizza, as well as sandwiches and salads. More pizza options are available at Lumber Jack's Pizza like the Lumber Jack Supreme.
For quick barbecue, head to Miss Lillian's BBQ Corner where options include BBQ pork sandwich platters, hickory-smoked turkey legs, and side items like fresh-cut roasted potatoes, and Hickory pit beans. Hickory House BBQ is another quick service option for Southern barbecue as well as for chicken tenders and fries.
Full-Service Dining and Buffets
If you prefer to rest a spell and enjoy a sit-down dinner, there are several options around the park.
Aunt Granny's Restaurant is located in Rivertown Junction and has been named one of the top-10 best theme park restaurants in the country. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet includes Southern main dish favorites such as fried chicken, fish, and baked chicken, and side dishes like mashed potatoes and green beans. Naturally, cornbread and biscuits are served as well.
Miss Lillian's Smokehouse in Craftsman's Valley is another buffet featuring fried chicken, smoked roast beef, carved ham, and smoked chicken. Side dishes include mashed potatoes and white pepper gravy, green beans, and brown sugar cinnamon apples.
Granny Ogle's Ham 'n' Beans is a full-service, sit-down restaurant serving meatloaf, pot roast, and pit ham. Fixin's (side dishes) include pinto beans, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, and coleslaw. To finish off your Southern meal consider ordering fresh cobbler.
In the park's newest addition, Wildwood Grove, there is Till & Harvest Food Hall. Diners can enjoy burritos or bowls filled with fire-grilled meats, and fresh vegetables on the open-air patio.
Desserts and Pastries
No proper theme park would be complete without dessert options and Dollywood does not disappoint.
For dessert, diners can enjoy classic treats such as banana pudding and milkshakes, Mountain Camp S'mores, or dig into a supersized apple pie that weighs in at 25 pounds at the Spotlight Bakery.
While you are in the park, you will probably experience the sweet aroma of cinnamon bread wafting through the air. You can purchase fresh-baked loaves at The Grist Mill and take them home with you.
The Spotlight Bakery bakes the crowd-pleasing pie, as well as its signature cinnamon rolls, flaky pastries, cupcakes, turnovers, muffins, cookies, and more. Their sandwiches are served on homemade bread, baked fresh daily.
If you are craving ice cream, the three locales you will want to search out are the Sweet Shoppe Candy Kitchen, which serves 10 delicious flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, Showstreet Ice Cream, and Blue Ribbon Cones in Country Fair.
If you visit Dollywood's Splash Country, be sure to check out their BeaverTails®:
Dollywood aims to make the park a family-friendly environment and has taken measures to meet the dietary restrictions of those with gluten sensitivities. While not gluten-free, the park does offer some baked goods that were produced in a gluten-free environment off-site. Visitors to the park with gluten sensitivities can check with guest services for more information and dining options.
For more information about dining at Dollywood, visit the Dollywood website.
Dollywood is a 150-acre theme park located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In 2014, Dollywood ranked among the top three theme parks by USA Today, and in 2015 was recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 20 worldwide theme parks.
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I was a guest at Dollywood and was able to check it out for myself. All thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errors are my own.