More than 40 rides and attractions, live country music, working traditional artisans, and festivals are situated on Dollywood's 150 acres near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. New for 2012, the wild Eagle is the U.S.'s first wing coaster. in July, Kids-Fest includes The Gazillion Bubbles Show, with a laser light show and masterpieces of bubble artistry. And you don't have to leave Fido at home. Doggywood offers daycare for your pooch at $20/day. Next door, Dollywood's Splash Country offers 30 wooded acres of water adventure. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, this water park has slides , a lazy river, a wave pool, and attractions ranging from mild to wild. Parents can take a mani/pedi break while the kids get soaked. Dollywood Admission: $47/adults, $45.80/ages 4-11, under 4 free. $8 parking fee for either park. Splash Country Admission: $46.95/adults, $41.35/ ages 4-11, under 4 free.
Best Deal: Buy one-day admission to either park after 3 p.m. and get the net operating day free. Or look into a Splash & Play ticket ($86/$69) or packages that combine lodging with three-day admission to both parks.