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  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Pigeon Forge

    Dollywood

    The most-visited attraction in Tennessee is Dollywood, the self-created ode to the patron saint of East Tennessee: the big-haired, big-bosomed and big-hearted country singer, Dolly Parton. Located in Pigeon Forge and spanning 150 acres of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood Parks & Resorts features a theme park with Appalachian-themed rides and attractions, the Splash Country water park, mountain crafts, restaurants serving Southern-fried food and two fun accommodation options. Highlights include dramatic rollercoasters, live music shows and the Chasing Rainbows Museum, which traces Dolly's fascinating life – her hometown is nearby Sevierville. History The park that would become Dollywood opened in early 1961 as a small tourist attraction called Rebel Railroad, with a theme inspired by the centennial anniversary of the Civil War. Owned by the Robbins brothers from North Carolina, it centered on a coal-fired steam engine named Klondike Katie, and had a general store, blacksmith shop and saloon. It was bought by Art Modell in 1970 and renamed Goldrush Junction, and a campground, several children's rides, an outdoor theater, a log flume ride and the Robert F. Thomas Church were added. Jack and Pete Herschend bought the park in 1976, renaming it Goldrush initially and then changing it to Silver Dollar City Tennessee. It was renamed Dollywood when singer-songwriter Dolly Parton partnered with Herschend Family Enterprises to jointly own the park in 1986, and it doubled in size to 150 acres between then and 2010. A new area, Rivertown Junction, was added for Dollywood's first season, and the water park, Dollywood's Splash Country, opened in 2001. Since then, the theme park has become Tennessee's most-visited tourist attraction and welcomes over two million visitors annually. What to do at Dollywood Dollywood Theme Park Visitors to Dollywood Theme Park can enjoy over 50 rides, as well as attractions, shows and crafters that are authentic to the East Tennessee region. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world, Lightning Rod, as well as the steel thriller Mystery Mine, the forward and backward launch FireChaser Express, and Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. Geared to younger kids, the 6-acre Wildwood Grove opened in 2019 with 11 new experiences. Dollywood has received many awards for its live entertainment, which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s heritage, and Southern-style food is offered throughout the park. In addition, Dollywood hosts several of the South’s largest festivals and concerts. The Christmas at Dollywood festival is a big deal, with more than five million lights, Christmas-themed entertainment and special holiday meals. Dollywood’s Splash Country This water park opened in May 2001 and is situated on 25 acres on Middle Creek Road. Kids go wild for the place, which features Mountain Waves, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a family raft ride, a lazy river, an interactive children's area, multi-person tube rides, two "extreme" body slides, shaded lounge areas and a restaurant. Highlights include the TailSpin Racer, a six-lane mat-racer slide, and RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water coaster. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins Located overlooking the main park, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins provide a relaxing accommodation option. The resort houses guests in 70 cabins ranging in size from one to seven bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens. Facilities include indoor spa tubs, outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms with pool tables, an onsite swimming pool, children’s playground and outdoor grills. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa Although not as glossy as some resorts, DreamMore is known for its warm hospitality, and the grounds are impeccably clean and well manicured. The fun starts in the lobby, where you're greeted by a big-windowed view of the pool. Rooms were constructed with families in mind, with bunk beds typically ensconced in the wall beside the master bed. After a day in the adjacent theme parks, unwind with a hot-stone massage at the spa while the kids play air hockey in the games room. Perks include door-to-door transportation to the theme parks and early Saturday entry to Dollywood. Accessibility at Dollywood Dollywood's Ride Accessibility Center is available to serve guests who have an accessibility need and would like to enter an attraction through the accessibility entrance. The Dollywood Accessibility Guide can be downloaded here, and the park map guide and entertainment schedule are helpful resources and are available inside the park turnstiles. A Calming Room has been created for the purpose of helping guests with special needs who may have a sensory overload while visiting Dollywood. It is a quiet, relaxing environment, equipped with items such as a weighted blanket, sensory activity panel and a teepee. For more information, please visit the Ride Accessibility Center or call 1-800-Dollywood to speak to an attendant. Dollywood’s Splash Country also has an outdoor calming area, and it has accessibility tubes to enable guests with limited mobility to enjoy water attractions. In 2018, water wheelchairs were introduced as another option for people with disabilities to enjoy the park. Tickets and other practicalities Dollywood is open mid-March through early January and Dollywood’s Splash Country operates from mid-May to Labor Day. It is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 35 miles southeast of Knoxville, off I-40 at Exit 407, and 17km from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Parking is charged at $20 daily for standard length vehicles, and $25 for oversize length vehicles, such as RVs and trailers. One-day theme park tickets are available for $84 for visitors aged 10 to 61, two-day tickets cost $99 and three-day tickets are available for $109. Two-park passes to visit Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country cost $94 for visitors aged 10 to 61 for one day, two-day tickets cost $109 and three-day tickets are available for $119. Children and seniors pay $10 less on all tickets, and water park tickets are available as an add-on for an extra $10. Those heading to Dollywood's Splash Country water park pay $49.95 for a one-day pass if they’re aged 10 to 61, while two-day tickets cost $69.95 and three-day passes are $79.95. Children and seniors pay $10 less. Tickets can be reserved 60 days in advance here. Season passes and add-ons for TimeSaver passes, food and parking can all be booked online. Various lodging packages are available for those staying at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins and DreamMore Resort and Spa that include admission to the parks.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Pittsburgh

    Elks Lodge

    The Elks Lodge is renowned as one of the best live music venues in the North side of Pittsburgh. In addition to its famed Banjo Night, it also hosts a big-band night on the first, third and fifth Thursdays of the month (7:15pm; $5 cover). Banjo Night Find out why Pittsburgh is known as the Paris of Appalachia at the Elks' Banjo Night (Wednesdays at 7pm; free): the stage is packed with players and the audience sings along to all the banjo classics. The band is made up of Lodge members who treat Wednesdays as their practice night – but their skill and years of experience mean it's really a treat for the audience. Drinks are cheap and all profits from the food menu on the night are donated to charity. Do you have to be a member? The Elks Lodge started as a single social club in New York in 1868 and lodges are now present in many cities across the USA. They do a lot of charitable work in local communities and act as a social hub for members and non-members alike. Though you do have to apply to be a member, and have the recommendation of existing members to be successful, membership isn't required to visit this Deutschtown institution and enjoy live music.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Vedado

    Fábrica de Arte Cubano

    If only every city had a cultural venue as wide-ranging, inclusive and downright revolutionary as Havana’s unique art factory. The brainchild of Cuban fusion musician X-Alfonso in 2014, this gallery/live-music venue/inspirational meeting place for anyone who can afford the CUC$2 entry fee is where electrifying ‘happenings’ take place in a cavernous, Bauhaus-like interior.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in The Castro

    Castro Theatre

    Every night at the Castro, crowds roar as the mighty organ rises – and no, that's not a euphemism. Showtime at this 1922 art deco movie palace is heralded with Wurlitzer organ show tunes, culminating in sing-alongs to the Judy Garland anthem 'San Francisco.' Architect Timothy Pflueger's OTT Spanish-Moorish-Asian style inspired the Wizard of Oz sets, but earthquake-shy San Franciscans avoid sitting under his pointy metal chandelier.

  • Entertainment in Downtown & the Gulch

    Ryman Auditorium

    The so-called 'Mother Church of Country Music' has hosted a laundry list of performers, from Martha Graham to Elvis, and from Katharine Hepburn to Bob Dylan. The Ryman's excellent acoustics, historic charm and large seating capacity have kept it the premier venue in town, with big names frequently passing through. The Grand Ole Opry country music stage show returns here for winter runs.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in The Haight & Hayes Valley

    SFJAZZ Center

    Jazz legends and singular talents from Argentina to Yemen are showcased at North America's newest, largest jazz center. Hear fresh takes on classic jazz albums and poets riffing with jazz combos in the downstairs Joe Henderson Lab, and witness extraordinary main-stage collaborations by legendary Afro-Cuban All Stars, raucous all-women mariachis Flor de Toluache, and Balkan barnstormers Goran Bregović and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Boston Red Sox

    From April to September you can watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park, the nation’s oldest and most storied ballpark. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive – not that this stops the Fenway faithful from scooping up the tickets. There are sometimes game-day tickets on sale, starting 90 minutes before the opening pitch.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Salt Lake City

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    Hearing the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a must-do on any SLC bucket list. A live choir broadcast goes out every Sunday at 9:30am. September through November, and January through May, attend in person at the Tabernacle. Free public rehearsals are held here from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Upper West Side & Central Park

    Metropolitan Opera House

    New York’s premier opera company is the place to see classics such as La Boheme, Madame Butterfly and Macbeth. It also hosts premieres and revivals of more contemporary works, such as John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer. The season runs from September to May. Tickets start at $25 and can get close to $500.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill & Bed-Stuy

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Founded in 1861 (the year the Civil War erupted), BAM is the country’s oldest performing-arts center. Spanning several venues in the Fort Greene area, the complex hosts innovative works of opera, modern dance, music, cinema and theater – everything from 'retro-modern' Mark Morris Group ballets and Laurie Anderson multimedia shows to avant-garde Shakespeare productions, comedy and kids' shows.

  • Entertainment in Midtown

    Playwrights Horizons

    An excellent place to catch what could be the next big thing, this veteran ‘writers’ theater’ is dedicated to fostering contemporary American works. Notable past productions include Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize–winning The Flick, Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, Bruce Norris’ Tony Award–winning Clybourne Park, and Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife and Grey Gardens.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Flawless acoustics match the ambitious programs of the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. From September to April, the BSO performs in the beauteous Symphony Hall, featuring an ornamental high-relief ceiling and attracting a well-dressed crowd. In summer months the BSO retreats to Tanglewood in Western ­Massachusetts.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in South Austin

    Broken Spoke

    George Strait once hung from the wagon-wheel chandeliers at the wooden-floored Broken Spoke, a true Texas honky-tonk. Not sure of your dance moves? Join a lesson, offered from 8pm to 9pm ($8). As the sign inside says: 'Please do Not!!!! Stand on the Dance Floor.'

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Midtown

    Richard Rodgers Theatre

    This theater opened in 1926 and is unique for several reasons. It was the first to allow all patrons to enter through one set of doors (generally there were separate entrances for low-price ticket holders, aka riff-raff, to come through). It also has the honor of being the venue for the highest number of Best Play and Best Musical Tony Awards.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Baltimore

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    The Baltimore Orioles play here, arguably the best ballpark in America, from April through September. Daily tours of the stadium are offered April through November.

  • Entertainment in Midtown

    Eugene O'Neill Theatre

    The Eugene O'Neill Theatre's shows have ranged from family-friendly Annie all the way to uproarious The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with nearly as wild a commercial ride as well – it's been bought and sold and renamed numerous times over its nearly a century lifetime. Playwright Neil Simon once owned it, before selling in 1982 to its current owners.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Midtown

    Carnegie Hall

    The legendary Carnegie Hall may not be the world's biggest concert hall, nor its grandest, but it's definitely one of the most acoustically blessed. Opera, jazz and folk greats feature in the Isaac Stern Auditorium, with edgier jazz, pop, classical and world music in the popular Zankel Hall. Intimate Weill Recital Hall hosts chamber music, debut performances and panel discussions.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Sleep No More

    One of the most immersive theater experiences ever conceived, Sleep No More is a loose, noir retelling of Macbeth set inside a series of Chelsea warehouses that have been redesigned to look like the 1930s-era 'McKittrick Hotel' (a nod to Hitchcock's Vertigo); the jazz bar, Manderley, is another Hitchcock reference, this time to his adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in East Village & Lower East Side

    Metrograph

    The Lower East Side hasn't gentrified this far yet, giving the owners of this true movie mecca the chance to acquire a building adequate for their vision. It has two screens, both a state-of-the-art digital projector and an old 35mm reel-to-reel. The expertly curated films often form series on subjects such as Japanese Studio Ghibli or provocateur Gasper Noé.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in The Strip

    Le Rêve the Dream

    Underwater acrobatic feats by scuba-certified performers are the centerpiece of this intimate 'aqua-in-the-round' theater, which holds a million-gallon swimming pool. Critics call it a less-inspiring version of Cirque's O, while devoted fans find the romantic underwater tango, thrilling high dives and visually spectacular adventures to be superior. Beware: the cheapest seats are in the 'splash zone.'