Let’s get right to the point – Many people are asking the same questions: “Is a visit to Dollywood worth it if I don’t do rides”? or “What Is There To Do At Dollywood If You Don’t Ride Rides”?

Even though Dollywood is known for its world class thrill rides and roller coasters, there’s so much more to see and do! You will not be bored or disappointed even if you don’t get on any rides. We came up with this quick Guide so you can see everything there is to do at Dollywood besides rides.

What To Do At Dollywood If You Don’t Ride Rides?

Dollywood is not just a place for Thrill-seekers. If you really take your time and experience all that Dollywood has to offer, you will find more than just rides.

Here are some examples of what you can find at Dollywood.

Keep in mind that Dollywood is always changing. Depending on the season you visit, you can find different shows, decorations, food and merchandise.

Experience Shows and attractions

Craft Demonstrations at Craftsman’s Valley

Craftsman’s valley is full of interesting shops and exhibits! Skilled craftsmen showcase their talents, letting you see how things were made in the old days. You can watch blacksmiths, candle makers, and even make your own dip candles or create glass-blown ornaments. This area is a fun place to explore and shop for homemade goods.

Live Shows and Performances

Take your pick with many live shows that have even won awards!. From foot tapping music to soul stirring gospel tunes, there’s something for everyone. The park even has special music festivals.


Replacing the Chasing Rainbows Museum, The Dolly Parton Experience gives guests more Dolly than ever! It is three times the size of the former Chasing Rainbows Museum. It will include exhibits from her iconic career, the inspiration and results of her biggest dreams, the importance of her family, and even an exhibit that shows Dolly’s signature style through the years.

This opens in 2024 – More details will be shared soon!


Dollywood has a family environment which I love!
It’s not just fun for big kids. There are places for little ones too. Kiddos can burn off some energy on the slides and swings at the different playgrounds like Lil’ Pilots or the Firehouse Fun Yard. They’re safe, super fun for them and parents can relax for a little bit too.

Delightful Treats and Dining Options

Dollywood’s world-Famous Cinnamon Bread

No trip to Dollywood is complete without indulging in the famous cinnamon bread at the Grist Mill. Baked fresh all day, this sweet treat is a favorite among visitors.

Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans

Craving authentic Southern barbecue? Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans has you covered. 

Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

Named one of the top 10 best theme park restaurants in the country, this eatery offers an unlimited family-style meal with something for everyone. You choose three main dishes per table, with four side dishes per table and one dessert per person.
Bread and drinks also included.

Seasonal Delights: 

Each season brings a unique culinary experience, from summer fireworks snacks to festive treats during the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. They change the menu for every season, every year!

Front Porch Café

For those wanting a taste of Dolly’s favorite meals, the Front Porch Café is the go-to spot. They can accommodate meals for any food allergy; just ask to speak to the chefs.

Carnival Style Games

The Country Fair area of Dollywood is filled with carnival games ( and food! ). Keep in mind that these are not included with your admission and they are an extra charge.

Dollywood’s Unique Shopping Options

Whether you want a handcrafted masterpiece or a Dollywood themed souvenir.
Dollywood is full of different shops!

Unique Souvenirs

Mountain Laurel Home, Hillside General Store and Dolly’s Closet are just a few of the stores scattered throughout the park! From clothing to home decor, these shops let you take home a piece of Dollywood magic.

Dollywood Emporium

For the ultimate shopping experience, head to the Dollywood Emporium.
This huge store brings together the best from different shops within Dollywood.
The Emporium has it all!.

Memorable Finds

In every nook and cranny of Dollywood, you’ll find cute little shops or stands.
From handcrafted jewelry to locally inspired artworks and everything in between.

6 Non-Rider’s Tips For a Day at Dollywood.

Get Hands-On with Crafts

Don’t just observe—participate! Try dipping your own candles at Old Flames Candles or creating a glass-blown ornament at Mountain Blown Glass. It’s a hands-on experience that adds a personal touch to your day.

Relax on the Dollywood Express

Don’t miss the scenic Dollywood Express journey. It’s a relaxing 20 minute train ride through the Smoky Mountain foothills. Take a moment to enjoy the views.

Popular Festivals

Check the festival schedule. If your visit aligns with a special event like the Flower and Food Festival or Smoky Mountain Christmas, make sure to experience all the unique entertainment and decorations you will only find at the festivals!

Capture the Moments

Bring a camera or use your phone to take pictures and make videos!.
Whether it’s your child having a blast at the playground, the amazing glass-blowing process, or the beauty of the Smoky Mountains from the train, you will love looking back at all the fun moments.

Enjoy Nighttime Entertainment

Stay after the sun goes down to experience Dollywood’s nighttime entertainment, like the Wildwood Tree light show and story time in Wildwood Grove. The park transforms after dark, offering a different kind of enchantment.

is Dollywood Worth It If You Don’t Do Rides?

In my opinion it totally is! If you are on vacation in Pigeon Forge, don’t skip it.
You can watch different shows, see how things were made in the old days, play with your family in neat playgrounds, and even make your own crafts like candles or glass-blown ornaments. Plus, all the delicious food and shopping! They have different things each season.
Dollywood is a fantastic place for everyone, even if you’re not a big fan of rides.

Have Fun and make awesome memories together!

What is your favorite thing to do at Dollywood if you are not into rides?
Let us know in the comments!

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