When you want to play, but Disney is too damn expensive

There are two kinds of people: those who love Disney and those who hate Disney.

Which one are you?

If you're a Disney curmudgeon, and you loathe the idea of paying to stand in line all vacation, this article may not be for you.

Maybe you want to read this instead.

But if you buy ALL THE EARS and put your family's names on shirts with Disney characters, then keep reading. Maybe you just don't have the money this year to make the trip? We want to help.

No matter which camp you fall into, we can all agree that Disney vacations are---expensive!

So, if you love Disney, but it's just too expensive for you right now, we thought we'd compile a list of amusements park alternatives that are within driving distance to Nashville. Any of these parks make for great weekend trips from Nashville!

 
 Pin for later! 8 Thrill-worthy southern amusement parks, besides Disney via ThoseCrazyNelsons.com

Pin for later! 8 Thrill-worthy southern amusement parks, besides Disney via ThoseCrazyNelsons.com

 

1. Dollywood (3.5 hours)

This theme park also has a waterpark, called Splash Country! Located in PIgeon Forge, TN. Special deals can be found here.

2. Holiday World and Splashin' Safari (2.5 hours)

Did you know that Indiana has an amusement park that's just over 2 hours away from Nashville? Here are some insider tips for your next visit.

 
 The Legend, wooden roller coaster at Holiday World

The Legend, wooden roller coaster at Holiday World

 

3. Six Flags over Georgia (4.5 hours)

This popular theme park is located near Atlanta. Check out all the rides they offer here.

4. Kentucky Kingdom (2.5 hours)

This park is basically in Nashville's backyard. It offers rides and a waterpark, named Hurricane Bay. Here's a special they offer for out-of-state visitors. 

A little bit further away...

5. Carowinds (6.5 hours)

This park is located in Charlotte, NC Special deals can be found here.

6. Wild Adventures (7 hours)

A zoological themed park, Wild Adventures is located in Valdosta, GA. Here are some special offers to consider.

7. OWA (7 hours)

An entertainment destination (pronounced oh-wah), this newly opened venue has 21 amusement rides and is 30 minutes from beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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