Anakeesta is one of the newest attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Anakeesta calls itself a “magical theme park in the mountains.” We visited to days on our most recent trip and experienced the magic in the mountains. On 70 acres visitors will explore shops, dining, gardens, zip lining, a playground, canopy walk and more.

We purchased our tickets after 6:00 pm and were able to visit the next day anytime. Your journey starts with a trip up the “Chondola” choose a chair lift, or a gondola.

As soon as you step off the lift you will be transported to a quaint mountain village with shops and dining options at the Magical Firefly Village. Take time to explore everything here!

During our first night we explored the Vista Gardens. Along side the gardens on your way to the Tree Top Canopy walk make sure to take time to read the stories of the 2016 Gatlinburg Fire. You can visibly see how the fire impacted the town, on this walk you can read the stories. The garden is a tranquil walk with gorgeous landscaping and break taking views of the Smokies.

We spent most of our time on our first night at the Treehouse Village Playground and Gem Mining Station. This magical playground is fun for all ages. For under $15 for two kids, our two had a blast Gem Mining. Our son discovered arrowheads and our daughter enjoyed finding gems.

On day two we went straight for the Tree Canopy walk. Suspended 40 to 60 feet above the forest floor, visitors travel over 16 sky bridges linked by observation decks. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, we just missed seeing a bear on our first visit. Take your time at each observation deck to enjoy the view!

After a walk in the canopy we enjoyed a visit to Pearl’s Pie in the Sky for some Bluebell Ice Cream.

Anakeesta is adding a Rail Runner Mountain coaster this summer. They also have zip lining! This is on our list for our next visit!

A visit to Anakeesta should be on everyone’s Gatlinburg to do list! We enjoyed our time here so much. The views were amazing and we found it was a great place to unwind. For more information visit

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