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4 Fun Things To Do in Dollywood This Fall

If you’re planning on coming to the Smoky Mountains this fall, you have to spend at least one day exploring the South’s best theme park, Dollywood. While this park is a blast no matter what time of year you visit, it’s hard to beat Dollywood in Autumn. Here are 4 fun things to do in Dollywood this fall:

1. Stay Late to See the Great Pumpkin LumiNights

pumpkinsDuring fall in Dollywood, the real fun happens when the sun goes down! Stay into the evening and check out the thousands of carved pumpkins that are lit up all throughout the park. These pumpkins are carved into everything from frogs to Dolly Parton’s guitar. You can even stroll through a field of pumpkins carved into beautiful sunflowers. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a Dollywood tradition that brings visitors back year after year! As the park is lit up in an orange glow, make sure to snap a few family pictures!

2. Sample Some Fall Favorite Foods

Dollywood already has the best theme park food in the country, but once summer changes to fall, the menu gets taken up a notch. From warm soups to down home comfort foods, you’ll find every fall craving you have, all within the park. Try fall dishes like the Smoked Brat with Red Cabbage Jam or Balsamic Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Chop. Pair these meals with a side of a hearty bowl of Roasted Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Corn Chowder soups. We recommend visiting park restaurants like Front Porch Cafe or the award-winning Aunt Granny’s. It’s no surprise that treating yourself to these delicious fall delicacies is definitely one of the best things to do in Dollywood!

3. Enjoy Harvest Festival Events

pumpkinFrom late September till the end of October, Dollywood hosts their annual Harvest Festival. Voted America’s #1 Fall Family Event by USA Today Readers, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a can’t-miss time at the park. Enjoy some bluegrass while snacking on apple and pumpkin treats or attend any of the awesome seasonal shows! There is so much to do during the Harvest Festival, you may have to come back for a second day!

4. Take in the Autumn Colors

There is nothing quite like the Smoky Mountains in the fall! With the trees adorned in bright colors like orange, red and yellow, it is quite the sight to see! With the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, Dollywood is especially beautiful during Autumn. If you ride any roller coasters like The Wild Eagle, Tennessee Tornado or Lightnin’ Rod, you’ll get a front row seat to the Smokies from the sky. The views from the tops of these coasters are unbeatable if you’re brave enough to get on!

Now that you know about all of the fun things to do in Dollywood during the fall season, you can begin booking your tickets to see the Harvest Festival for yourself. Looking for other Smoky Mountain activities for your Autumn vacation? Check out all the other fun things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!