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Exciting news! Anakeesta will open a new restaurant, add restroom facilities, expand the Vista Garden area, build an iconic observation tower and add an interactive family area with water play, additional seating and a musical stage. All of these expansions are slated to open Summer 2020.

BREATHTAKING 360 DEGREE VIEWS! – OPENING SUMMER 2020

Located at the summit of Vista Gardens this exquisitely designed wood and steel observation tower will ignite the sense of adventure in every guest.  Towering 55’ above Vista Gardens and 655’ above downtown Gatlinburg, the guest will take in breathtaking 365-degree views of the mountains.  On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of Kentucky, our neighboring state to the North! Grab a snack and browse through the new garden shop for the perfect outdoor gift.

 

NEW DINING OPTIONS – OPENING SUMMER 2020

Looking for a cozy place to dine and enjoy the views? They will be serving up your Southern BBQ favorites at the new Smokehouse BBQ & Brewhouse.  Fully enclosed dining or outdoor patio seating options offering spacious dining for over 200 guests.

 

BEAT THE HEAT THIS SUMMER – OPENING SUMMER 2020

Families will love the new outdoor play area with cool wading streams and cascading waterfall. Relax around the fire pit, listen to live music and enjoy ample areas to relax and unwind and discover the magic in the mountains.

 

TREEHOUSE ADVENTURES WILL CHALLENGE CHILDREN AND ADULTS – OPENING SUMMER 2020

Anakeesta is also adding a new play area for families to enjoy, featuring whimsical treehouses connected by a net challenge course and areas to swing and relax.  Plus, a new accessible boardwalk will be built to extend Anakeesta’s botanical garden walkway. The trail winds its way into the beautiful Vista Gardens to access the tree house challenge course on the way to the new observation tower.

Which expansion are you most looking forward to?

The owner and founder of The Smoky Mountain Life, Kim Hunt, is a lifelong resident of southeast Tennessee and lover of all things Smoky Mountains. 

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