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Rides and Thrills in Tennessee

From waterparks to amusement parks, you’ll find plenty of destinations to enjoy rides, thrills, and non-stop action around Tennessee. Many of the most popular theme parks and attractions are just a short drive from major cities so you won’t have to venture too far from your hotel and tourist destinations for a fun day at the parks. Whether you’re traveling with kids or just looking for an adrenaline rush, enjoy some fun and excitement at some of the best amusement parks and theme parks around the state.

Many people don't realize there are several theme parks within a short drive of Nashville. From safari experiences to Six Flags thrills, you’ll find a few destinations that put you within easy reach of the music venues in Nashville so you can break away and enjoy an adrenaline rush or fun adventure.

Spend an afternoon at Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water for rollercoasters or head to the Six Flags White Water Park about 20 minutes away for some gravity-defying slides and whirlpool experiences. Nashville Shores in Hermitage is another popular destination for swimming and water rides.

When you’re in Knoxville, head to Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center for go-kart rides, mini-golfing, paint balling and other fair games. Make your way to the Adventure Raceway in Pigeon Forge for a day of go-carting on the racetracks.

Whether you’re enjoying time with family or just want a place to kick back and enjoy some thrill rides, head to some of the amusement parks around Tennessee. Staying at a Best Western Tennessee hotel means you won’t have to travel too far to soak up all the fun.

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Dollywood is a must-visit destination when you find yourself in Pigeon Forge. It’s just a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has become a legendary tourist destination of its own. The park is open from March to December and features a variety of rides, music, and crafts from the Smoky Mountains region. The theme park is owned by country western entertainer Dolly Parton and has become a getaway for many families who want to escape to the Great Smoky Mountains for some fun and adventures.

Dollywood encompasses 150 acres and features dozens of rides and experiences for visitors of all ages. It also plays host to several seasonal festivals throughout the year. Head here to attend Kids Fest, a Smoky Mountain Christmas, or the National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Don’t miss the chance to attend a dinner show like the Dixie Stampede or Smoky Mountain Adventures to make the most of your visit. If you’re visiting during the summer months, head to Dollywood’s Splash Country for some waterpark fun.

Nashville Shores Waterpark

Found along Interstate 40, Nashville Shores Waterpark is located in Hermitage within the Nashville metro area. Neighboring Percy Priest Lake, NSW is just east of downtown Nashville.

Nashville Shores Waterpark features eight waterslides, the more level Kowabunga Beach, the Breaker Bay Wave Pool, and the Castaway Creek Lazy River – plus much more. If you’re looking to stay dry at Nashville Shores, try rides on the Nashville Shoreliner, or swing by the Treetop Adventure Park.