Anakeesta Tickets in Gatlinburg, TN

576 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Overview

A Smoky Mountains adventure awaits you at Anakeesta. This outdoor adventure theme park combines nature, thrill, wonder, and more for a one-of-a-kind journey. Race on a zipline, see epic views of the Smokies from the Chondola, go gem mining, or brave the treetop canopy walk—the choice is yours! Plus, don’t miss the Magical Firefly Village with shops, restaurants, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Visit the Magical Firefly Village for shopping, dining, and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain range.
  • Certain attractions and activities have height, weight, and age restrictions and may cost additional.
  • The only way to access the outdoor theme park is via the Chondola.
  • Anakeesta opens at 10:00 am daily.
  • Located at 576 Parkway (traffic light #5) in downtown Gatlinburg.

Description

from Anakeesta
Anakeesta presents “Enchanted Winter”, a mountain of nighttime fun! When the sun sets, Anakeesta comes to life with a celebration of lights. Magical villages, seasonal shopping and visits with Santa will fill your heart with cheer.

Anakeesta, Tennessee’s award-winning outdoor family theme park is known for its panoramic smoky mountain views, thrilling treetop adventures including zipline and mountain coaster, dining, shopping, and seasonal special events featuring live music and family-friendly activities.

Ride a scenic Chondola or Ridge Rambler adventure truck from Downtown Gatlinburg to the summit of Anakeesta and enter a world of whimsy and family fun.

Walk North America’s longest Treetop Skywalk, play at TreeVenture and BearVenture Challenge courses or the Treehouse Village playground, Climb AnaVista Tower and see 360 ° mountain views from Downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point, then stroll lush meandering pathways in Vista Gardens, an interactive sensory garden.

Dine at Cliff Top restaurant with spectacular views of Mt. LeConte, serving delicious modern American cuisine. Savory southern BBQ and craft beers are served at the Smokehouse. Save room for a sweet treat at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Gather with friends and family around our firepit and watch the sunset on the smoky mountains while waiting for the lights of Downtown Gatlinburg to come alive.

General Admission includes: All-Day Access, visit early in the day and return later if you choose. Includes Anakeesta's Ghondola Ride, Elevated TreeTop Skywalk, Treehouse Village Adventure, Vista Gardens Walk, Memorial Forest Walk and Firefly Village. The Dueling Zipline Adventure, Gem Mining and Rail Runner Mountain Coaster is not included in General Admission and can be purchased when you arrive.

PRINTED VOUCHER REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE. Vouchers must be redeemed at the guest servies window upon arrival.



Tripster Customer Reviews

35 Reviews
william hua
huntsville, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"easily the best attraction in Gatlinburg"
November 2021 NEW
The age of our group is from 2 to 61 years old. Everyone of us enjoys the four hours we are there from riding the cart lift to the top of the tower. So much to do and to see (especially the perfect fall foliage scene).

It is absolutely a do-not-miss place to visit in Gatlinburg
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Tip: good pair of walking shoes and camera ready

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Jess Ruark
West Portsmouth, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Views"
November 2021 NEW
I absolutely recommend this attraction
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Tip: Drinks and food are very pricey

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Brody Frazier
Jefferson, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time, just be prepared for the wait on the ride up"
October 2021
My wife and I had a great time visiting Anakeesta. We have been before, so we knew to expect to wait to ride the Sky Lift up. We got there around 3 in the afternoon so beat the morning rush and waited about an hour
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Tip: Plan for a 1-2 hour wait for the Sky Lift

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Holly Renfrow
Phil Campbell, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
October 2021
We loved using tripster for Anakeesta! We got tickets at a cheaper price and skipped the ticket line.
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Tip: You will have to exchange the ticket voucher for an arm band ticket

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Dawn McGarr
Lowell, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memories made ??"
October 2021
I absolutely loved the ease of purchasing through Tripster. Printing out the tickets was a great way to be prepared. I also loved being able to plan out our three day trip knowing what we are doing and that those times were available! We will be using Tripster for future plans!! Highly recommended!!
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Cindy Hutchison
Mooresville, IN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice park"
October 2021
Beautiful scenery Did not ride the attractions as there were long wait times. Didn’t feel like it was worth the $$
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Tip: Long lines for attractions and not really worth the $$

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Nicole Blount
Ponte Verda, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Anakeesta"
October 2021
Views were beautiful, but parking and crowds horrible. Anakeesta does not have its own parking lot, so finding city parking can be stressful when it is busy! Loved the idea of going up to Anakeesta on a sky ride, however the 2 hour wait in line really put a damper on things especially when you pre-purchased tickets! I would love to redo this experience because we didn’t get to do everything because the zip line was sold out and the mountain coaster was another 2 hr wait. Also.... the park ran out of water!!!!
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1 Review
"Amazing"
October 2021
This was such a great experience! Courtney 1, Courtney 2 and JP were all super friendly and fun! Love this!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anakeesta

Is Anakeesta wheelchair accessible?

Yes, several areas of Anakeesta are wheelchair accessible. The Gondola cabins size is 32″ wide and 49″ deep for your ride to the summit of Anakeesta. The Firefly Village’s shops, dining pavilion, and viewing platforms are also wheelchair accessible.


Is the Chondola the only way to get to Anakeesta?

Yes. Guests can choose to ride in an open air 4-person chair with a safety bar or select an enclosed gondola cabin with seating for 6. This scenic ride takes passengers up 600’ to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain.


What should I wear?

It is recommended that guests wear comfortable outdoor attire and shoes. Those who wish to go ziplining must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to pull/tie back long hair.


Are pets allowed?

No. Only service animals may accompany guests.


Is Anakeesta open in the rain?

East Tennessee is subject to many different types of weather conditions. Anakeesta is an outdoor theme park and many of the rides and activities are designed to operate safely in a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow and light winds. Weather conditions are monitored at all times and for the safety of our guests and staff. With this in mind, staff may choose to suspend operations during periods of inclement weather. The park does not issue refunds for tickets that have been redeemed and impacted for bad weather. Please check the weather prior to entry. 


Is parking available?

Yes. On-site paid “Premier Public” city parking allows Anakeesta guests to park before embarking on the Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. Visitors can also find nearby parking at two City parking garages, one across the street at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage.


Are there restrictions for ziplining (not included in General Admission)?

Yes. Ziplining is an additional cost, and the restrictions are as follows:

  • Participants must be at least 7 years old AND 70 lbs. to participate. 
  • All guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • Participants must weigh between 70 lbs. and 270 lbs.
  • Everyone must wear closed-toed shoes. No Chacos, Crocs or Five-Finger shoes will be permitted.
  • Guests must be in good health and able to stand for 45 minutes.


Visitors cannot participate in ziplining if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You suffer from medical conditions that require immediate attention.
  • You have existing or recurring injuries or have recently had major knee, back, or leg surgeries.
  • You are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or anything else that impairs judgment.
  • You have any known mental or physical handicaps or disorders that would not enable you to complete the mental and physical tasks that happen throughout the course.


  • What should I bring for ziplining?
  • Appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring cameras, GoPro’s, and phones at your own risk. We highly recommend having straps or secure pockets.
  • Glasses and sunglasses can be worn. If you plan on taking them off we recommend having a strap.
  • Necessary medication such as inhalers, nitroglycerine pills, or epi-pens.
  • We recommend hair ties for long hair.


The following items are not allowed on the ziplines:

  • Dangling jewelry including long necklaces and hoop earrings are not allowed.
  • Unsecured items (phones, keys, water bottles, etc.) that can fall out while ziplining. This is for the safety of those working or traveling under our zip lines and platforms.
  • Short shorts, dresses, skirts, swimsuits, and baggy clothes are not recommended.
  • Backpacks or fanny packs are not recommended unless for medication.


Does the Rail Runner have restrictions (not included in General Admission)?

Yes, the Rail Runner is an additional cost and the following restrictions are in place for the Rail Runner for single riders:

  • Maximum weight: 270 lbs.
  • Riders under the age of 7 may not ride alone.
  • Must be at least 48" tall.
  • Tandem riders are subject to the following restrictions:
  • Combined weight cannot exceed 270 lbs.
  • Passengers ages 3 to 7 years old must be a minimum of 37" tall.
  • Passengers cannot be taller than the driver's shoulders.
  • Driver is fully responsible for passenger in front when riding tandem and must be able to control braking lever at all times.


Visitors cannot ride the Rail Runner if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You suffer from medical conditions that require immediate attention.
  • You have existing or recurring injuries or have recently had major knee, back, or leg surgeries.
  • You are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or anything else that impairs judgment.
  • You have any known mental or physical handicaps or disorders that would not enable you to complete the mental and physical tasks that happen throughout the course.


What should I bring for the Rail Runner?

It is recommended that visitors wear comfortable clothing (dresses, skirts, and swimsuits are not allowed) and bring GoPros, cameras, and phones at their own risk. Anakeesta is not responsible for lost items. Glasses and sunglasses may be worn.


Selfie sticks, dangling jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, and unsecured items are not allowed on the Rail Runner.


When does Anakeesta open?

The park opens daily at 10:00 am.