Anakeesta At Night: Best Things To Do When The Sun Goes Down

Experience the magic of Anakeesta at night. It's a great place to watch the sun set and explore after dark, with iconic scenes like the Tree Top Skywalk and instagrammable locations at every corner. The Gatlinburg mountaintop theme park has so many options for families, couples, and all kinds of adventurers.

Anakeesta Hours & Pricing

Anakeesta's hours vary day to day. Most months Anakeesta is typically open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, with some exceptions where the park closes at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm. You can always find today's hours at the very top of Anakeesta's website or by calling (865) 217-2187 and pressing extension 0 for the most up to date information on current hours.


Astra Lumina

A brand new experience debuted in October 2022 and can be enjoyed exclusively at Anakeesta at night. Astra Lumina can best be described as an enchanted night walk amongst the starts. The surreal light show is the 15th of the Lumina Enchanted Night Walk series and the first of its kind in the United States.

Astra Lumina
Tree Top Skywalk - Anakeesta at night

Tree Top SkyWalk at Night

One of the coolest and most popular attractions at the park is the longest tree-based skywalk in North America. The 50-60 foot high suspended bridge yields gorgeous sights of surrounding nature during the day, and you might even get a glimpse of a black bear on the forest floor. But Anakeesta at night makes the Tree Top experience even more magical. The fairy lights cascading across the connecting bridges add a layer of mystique and romance to this unique experience.

Fire pit at Anakeesta

Gather Around The Fire Pit

An especially lovely idea for a romantic date night in the Smoky Mountains is gathering around the fire pit and watching the sunset from the park's Black Bear Village. You and your partner can grab something sweet to eat, enjoy a cold brew, and listen to live music as you take in the gorgeous surroundings. Watch the lights of downtown Gatlinburg slowly start to glow as the sun sets behind Mount LeConte.

Smokehouse Bar at sunset

A Drink At The Top

Experience a Smoky Mountain sunset from the patio at Anakeesta's Smokhouse Restaurant. The outdoor deck offers a 270 degree view overlooking downtown Gatlinburg and the National Park. The spacious outdoor area adjacent to the bar serves liquor, specialty cocktails, wine, and beer and is an amazing spot to enjoy a sunset with a delicious beverage in hand.

Drink Menu
Anakeesta sunset

Dinner At Sunset

In addition to the lovely Smokehouse Restaurant in Firefly Village, there's plenty of other places to dine and enjoy Anakeesta at night as well. Find modern American cuisine at the Cliff Top restaurant, a quick gourmet flatbread at the Kephart Café, or even a homemade brownie sundae at Pearl's Pie In The Sky.

Dining at Anakeesta
Treeventure Challenge Course at Anakeesta

Treeventure Challenge Course

This interactive treehouse adventure is a great place for all ages to climb, swing, crawl and slide in an imaginative place to play - and it's even more fun after dark. The course is made up of six netted bridges and three treehouses that each contain different challenges. It's fun for both kids and kids at heart; you'll feel like a kid out past your bedtime.

Enchanted Christmas

A celebration of lights transforms Anakeesta after dark during the holiday season. Their beautiful displays make it a top Winterfest attraction and lovely place to have a hot cocoa or a hot toddy with family and friends. The magical villages come to life and fill your heart with winter cheer during Anakeesta's Enchanted Christmas.

Enchanted Christmas

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