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Everything You Have to Do at Anakeesta For Adults


Thinking about going to Anakeesta but want to have a game plan before you arrive? It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you step off the chair lift and see all of the shops, restaurants, and activities! Here’s a list of everything you have to do at Anakeesta so you can get started planning your day on the mountaintop! 

Experience the Treetop Skywalk

treetop skywalkThe Treetop Skywalk is a must, not only because it’s included in your general admission ticket, but also because it’s one of the most unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else! Suspended 50- to 60 feet in the air, the bridges span 880 feet through the trees, enveloping you in the serene nature of the forest. You’ll be able to catch glimpses of the wildlife, and you just might see a bear roaming the forest floor below!

Enjoy a thrill at the Zipline Adventure

Adventurous thrillseekers will definitely want to go on a zipline! You can fly through the trees side by side with family or friends. Even first-timers will have a blast due to our careful and trained staff. While reservations for this activity are not required, they’re encouraged for the best experience. 

Grab a sweet treat from Pearl’s Pie in the Sky

pearls pie in the skyThere are several snack options at Anakeesta, but we recommend grabbing a sweet treat from Pearl’s Pie in the Sky! Famous for its homemade fried pies, this shop will satisfy any sweet tooth. They also serve ice cream and their brownie sundae is out of this world good! If you’re looking for something more substantial or lunch options, check out a visitor favorite– Tennessee Sidecar’s walking taco!

Observe the views from Anavista Tower

360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg’s tallest point? Heading up to the Anavista Tower is a no-brainer! Surrounded by a lush botanical garden, this tower is a peaceful spot for admiring the beautiful scenery. Plus, this experience is also included in general admission!

Unwind with drinks at the Bar At The Top Of The World

After an exciting afternoon, start winding down with drinks at Bar At The Top Of The World. Choose your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail, and enjoy uninhibited mountain views while waiting for your table to be ready for dinner. 

Devour delicious food from Smokehouse

smokehouse Anakeesta restaurantYou’ve certainly worked up an appetite from your fun day at Anakeesta, and at the Smokehouse restaurant, you’ll be able to enjoy house smoke meats from brisket to chicken wings. It doesn’t get any better than southern barbeque and a view!

Immerse yourself in the magic of Astra Lumina

Astra Lumina is a magical night walk in collaboration with the Moment Factory, the very first of its kind in the U.S. Follow the paths and explore the wonders of lighting, projection, and sound for a night among the stars! This add-on experience will be the grand finale of a day well spent at Anakeesta. 

Ready to make a trip to the Smokies? Check out more fun things to do and start planning a vacation you’ll never forget!