No matter what you’re doing this summer during your vacation, you should check out one of the most popular Gatlinburg attractions, Anakeesta. Anakeesta is an outdoor adventure park that allows families to make memories together while enjoying the natural beauty of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. There is so much to see and do when you visit this popular attraction, and we want to help you learn more about it all.
Here are some of the many fun things you will be able to do at Anakeesta Gatlinburg and everything you need to know before you visit!
The first thing you get to do at Anakeesta is ride the chondola up to the top of Anakeesta Gatlinburg. You have two options: you can ride in the 4 person chondola or you can ride in the enclosed gondola, which can hold up to 6 passengers. On your ride up the mountain to Anakeesta, you get to see spectacular mountain views and downtown Gatlinburg as you soar through the trees to your destination. Once you’ve reached the top is when the real fun begins! And the best part is that when your day is done, you get to ride the chondola, or gondola, back down the mountain. You might even get to see downtown Gatlinburg covered in lights when you ride back down at the end of the day!
If you’re a little weary to ride the chondola, don’t worry! Anakeesta is introducing a new way to get to the top of the mountain. Starting in August, you can choose to ride in a Ridge Rambler, an adventure vehicle that takes you along a forested path and features an audio tour where you’ll learn fun facts about the history, animals, forest, and plant life of the Smoky Mountains.
2. Firefly Village
This will be the first place you touch ground at once you get off the chondola. Now you’re in Anakeesta Gatlinburg itself! This adorably named hub has all the food and shops you need in one place, so you won’t have to worry about going back down the mountain to get a bite to eat or shop for some souvenirs.
The shops offer a wide variety of items. You can buy handmade jewelry, candies, locally made crafts and clothing! Plus there will be your typical souvenir shops and plenty of places to grab some grub! There are picnic areas for you to use as well when the weather is beautiful.
Cliff Top Grill & Bar in Firefly Village is the most popular place to eat! Here, you can enjoy delicious dining alongside an unbeatable mountain view! The menu includes items like salads, burgers, fried green tomatoes, specialty drinks, and so much more!
3. Dueling Zipline Adventure
Embrace your competitive spirit when you suit up to tackle Anakeesta’s Dueling Zipline Adventure. The fun part about the ziplines is that they allow two people to go at the same time, side-by-side. So challenge your friends and family to a little friendly competition! You’ll zoom through the trees and get some amazing views of the world below you.
You will go up to 45 miles per hour on this zipline, so make sure you are prepared for some high-speed fun at Anakeesta Gatlinburg. You’re sure to have a blast when you ride the zipline.
4. Mountain Coaster
For you adrenaline junkies, have we got the ride for you at Anakeesta! The mountain coaster will take you on quick turns and twists that will whip you around the trees and natural curves on the mountainside. The Rail Runner at Anakeesta is the only single-rail mountain coaster in the country, meaning you’re in for a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour through 1,600 feet of downhill twists and turns.
The best part about this ride is that after you have had your thrilling ride down the mountain, you will get to relax and start breathing easier as you are taken back to the top. The leisurely pace as you go back up will give you a chance to see any sights you may have missed on your wild ride down. You may even be able to spot some wildlife!
5. Treetop Skybridge
Enjoy a walk in the trees on this amazing attraction! You can walk for 880 feet among the treetops to see the world from a bird’s eye view in the trees. Each bridge is suspended in the air from 50 to 60 feet above ground, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you are brave enough for this attraction if heights is really not your cup of tea.
This is a great idea if you want to have a nice leisurely experience on the top of Anakeesta Gatlinburg!
6. Children’s Playground
This treehouse themed playground is perfect for children of all ages! They will have plenty to explore, climb over and discover. And you can do it all right along with them! This is a great option to have if your little ones are a bit wary of the other attractions.
7. Scenic Overlook
And to top it all off, Anakeesta Gatlinburg has an amazing scenic overlook that offers great views of not only the mountains but also downtown Gatlinburg. This will also give you a great opportunity to take some group and family photos. The Overlook also is home to live music and an airstream beer cart!
8. Vista Garden Walk
As part of the attraction’s 2019-20 expansion, they’ve added on to their Vista Garden Walk. Visitors can now experience 5,000 new flowers, 800 shrubs, 250 trees, twigloos, gazebos, and a Willow man sculpture. The Vista Gardens is a botanical garden with walking trails that lead to treehouse-styled play areas, a challenge course for kids, and uniquely designed musical instruments for you to play with along the way. It offers a more scenic and fun adventure at Anakeesta.
Coming Soon: Observation Tower
In spring of 2020, guests will be able to enjoy a 50-foot observation tower that offers a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. The structure is reminiscent of the traditional fire tower structure found at Mt. Cammerer. You’ll love having 360-degree views of the mountains from a height of 1,930 feet!
Where to Stay When You Visit Anakeesta in Gatlinburg
When you decide to come visit this new attraction, you can stay in one of our beautiful Gatlinburg cabin rentals so you are close to all the action! We have beautiful cabins in Gatlinburg ranging in size to accommodate everyone from couples to large families and groups. Our cabins come with a variety of amenities, from kitchens, to hot tubs, and even indoor swimming pools. You’ll love the privacy our cabins provide while still being just a short drive from Anakeesta and all the fun in downtown Gatlinburg.
Take a look at all our Gatlinburg cabin rentals, and book your stay today for a fun-filled vacation!