All About the Expansion for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg
No trip to the Smokies is complete without an afternoon at Anakeesta! This family adventure park is filled with fun things to do, and there are even more on the way this upcoming year. To help you plan for a successful visit to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, here’s everything you need to know about the exciting expansion!
Vista Garden Walk Expansion
The newly extended Vista Garden Walk is one of the parts of the Anakeesta expansion that is currently open! It has 5,000 new flowers, 800 shrubs, and 250 trees to be added soon. There are also several more twigloos, gazebos, and a Willow Man sculpture. You’ll also find winding pathways lead to treehouses, natural musical instruments, and challenge courses.
New Dining Option
You’ll never go hungry when you stop by one of the Anakeesta restaurants, and in the spring of 2020, you can try another fantastic restaurant when you visit. You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal with expanded seating options and scenic views of Mt. LeConte.
An Additional Retail Shop
Anakeesta in Gatlinburg is home to fascinating shops where you can buy anything from locally made mugs to jewelry and apparel. In the spring of 2020, another shop added to the summit, so be sure to stay tuned to see what merchandise will be sold at this new shop!
A New Way to Reach the Summit
In the past, visitors have reached the summit of Anakeesta in Gatlinburg by one of the scenic, one-of-a-kind Chondolas with open-quad chairs and enclosed 6-person gondola cabins. However, coming later in the summer of 2019, there will be new passenger trucks at the base station you can ride to the top through the forest. Along the way, you can enjoy an audio tour where a guide will share fun facts about the unique history, animals, forests, and plant life of the Great Smoky Mountains.
This new overlook beer garden is now open and hosts live music event series, arts and crafts, local artisan demonstrations, games, and more. It features an airstream beer cart and outdoor seating where you can kick back and enjoy yourself.
This 50-foot observation tower is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. It will allow guests to rise to a height of 1,930 feet for a 360-degree view of the Smokies! The stone and timber structure is reminiscent of the traditional fire tower structure found at Mt. Cammerer in the national park.
Now since you know all about the expansions coming for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, it’s time to start planning your visit! Be sure to check out all of the other fun things to do in the Smokies so you’ll always have an exciting attraction or activity in mind.