6 Really Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg at Night

Published Sep 23, 2020

After dark, this Smoky Mountains town sparks with nightlife, food and fun. You won’t run out of amazing things to do in Gatlinburg at night.

1. Cruise on a Mountain Coaster

Zip downhill, through glittering tunnels of lights, at speeds up to 35 miles an hour! You’re on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, a coaster where you and your sweetheart (or kid, or friend) drive a two-rider car on a track so fast you’ll think you’re taking flight. A brake lets you take control—unless you’re bold enough for the “No Brakes Night Ride.”

2. Watch a Live Band at Ole Red

For country music fans—especially Blake Shelton fans—this down-home concert hall is a must. Shelton’s hit song “Ole Red” inspired this laid-back place, where you can hear established stars and breakout country artists. Grab a drink, munch chicken, burgers or amazing desserts, and listen to live music on the best sound system around.

3. Relax at Your Gatlinburg Cabin Rental

Relishing the privacy of a quiet cabin is a great way to spend a cozy evening. Soak in a bubbling hot tubPlay pool or arcade games in the game room. Make a great dinner (or unpack terrific takeout) and watch movies. Cabins with fire pits are ideal nighttime fun, with s’mores, stories and stars. Pick a Gatlinburg cabin where you’ll love cuddling up.

4. Take a Ghost Tour

History meets horror in Ghostwalk of Gatlinburg. Your costumed storyteller leads you into Gatlinburg’s past of haunted hotels, murders, and spirits who lure the living. This is a hair-raising hour of frightening folklore and terrifying true tales. Borrow a “ghost detector” from your guide so you’re ready to spot the supernatural.

5. Walk the Gatlinburg Strip

Imagine entertainment, food and shopping, all steps from each other. That’s the Strip, and at night, it glows with neon and possibilities. Take in dazzling views from the Gatlinburg Space NeedleRipley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, escape rooms, wineries, moonshiners, restaurants for every taste—explore all these and more, long after dark.

6. Ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift

Gatlinburg sparkles below as you ride the chairlift to the top of Crockett Mountain and Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. At the summit, point out your favorite nighttime destinations on the Strip far below. Walk over the stunning SkyBridge and stroll the new SkyTrail that hugs the mountain’s curves.

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