firefly village
February 6, 2020

There are some new things coming to Anakeesta your family and friends will want to check out. From exciting things to do to a new restaurant with delicious food, there will be so much more you can enjoy. Here are 4 things coming to Anakeesta you will want to experience:

1. Smokehouse Brewery Restaurant

outdoor eating patio at anakeesta

Anakeesta is known for all the delicious restaurants and snack carts, and another one is going to be there soon! The Smokehouse Brewery Restaurant will serve southern barbeque classics. They will also have a huge selection of beer, wine, and cocktails to pair with your food. This restaurant will hold about 300 people with an indoor dining room and outdoor patio. From the indoor dining area, you will have beautiful views of the mountains. There will also be walk up areas where you can get pizza and frozen yogurt.

2. 360-Degree Observation Tower

If you want to see incredible views of the mountains, then you’ll enjoy the 360-degree observation tower that is coming to Anakeesta! This tower will stand at 55 feet tall, and you will be able to walk around the entire structure and see the Smokies. On a clear day, you’ll even be able to see Kentucky! You’ll also have the best view of downtown Gatlinburg. It will be the tallest point in Gatlinburg.

3. Water Play Area


Kids and adults alike will enjoy the water play area across from the Smokehouse restaurant. It’ll be a great way to cool down on hot summer days. It will be built to look like a creek in Tennessee, and there will be a waterfall. Near this water area, there will be a stage where guests will enjoy live music, as well as fire pits where you can sit and relax during the day or at night.

4. Tree House Adventure

If playing at Anakeesta is your favorite part, you’ll be happy to know there will be a Tree House Adventure. It will resemble the Tree House Village Adventure that is already at Anakeesta. Whimsical looking tree houses will be connected with bridges where kids and adults can explore and play. There will also be a net course and swings

More About Anakeesta


Anakeesta already has a lot to offer! You can get to the top of the mountain by chairlift or a jeep. There are all kinds of places to shop in Firefly Village, as well as plenty of places to eat. An outdoor patio where you can stop and enjoy your treats offers incredible mountain views. Walk through the Botanical Gardens to enjoy flowers and water features, or just hang out and relax at any of the benches, fire pits, or rocking chairs. If playing is important to you, there are playgrounds for kids, a mountain coaster, and ziplines.

You’ll definitely need to visit Anakeesta after these new things are opened! Want to know what else you should do when you stay in one of our cabins? Look at these other things to do in Gatlinburg for some ideas!

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