6 Unique Date Night Ideas in Gatlinburg for a Romantic Evening

Published Apr 10, 2024

Planning a romantic getaway in Gatlinburg? First, pick a private, cozy cabin for two. Next, plan an “only in Gatlinburg” date night. Try these unique dates for an unforgettable escape. 

1. Stroll through the stars at the enchanting Astra Lumina experience.

Illusions crafted by light, sound and projections create Astra Lumina, a magical nighttime experience. You’ll feel as if the stars have floated to Earth and you’re walking among them! This one-of-a-kind outing is at Anakeesta, the mountaintop park. Dine at Cliff Top Restaurant, then let Astra Lumina transport you to the heavens. 

2. Soar over the city with a helicopter tour. 

Surprise your honey with a bird’s-eye view. Book a helicopter tour for just the two of you, with Scenic Helicopter Tours. Choose a Romance Package to add longer flights, chocolates, wine and even a picnic to your high-flying date.

3. Hold each other tight while you visit Gatlinburg’s ghosts.

Do you two share a love of mysteries or the supernatural? Take an expertly guided walking tour, unveiling the histories and legends of Gatlinburg ghosts. Ghost Walks of Gatlinburg leads you on a spooky trek through the centuries.

4. Picnic at dusk.

Pack a picnic supper and don’t forget the chocolate covered strawberries. Head into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Twilight is a perfect time to stop at any viewpoint and watch sunset colors splash across the sky. At dusk, many animals come out for an evening forage, and your date might include a bear or coyote sighting! 

5. Linger over an intimate dinner.

Have fun dipping and dunking, with fondue at The Melting Pot. Their “Thursdate” turns an average Thursday into a special meal, complete with rose petals, candles and more surprises. For an elegant evening, dine at The Greenbrier, a steakhouse with extensive whiskey and wine lists for discerning palates. 

6. Enjoy nighttime views from SkyPark.

Glide up a mountainside in a gentle chairlift to Gatlinburg SkyPark high above the city. Watch the sun set over the Smokies’ three tallest peaks. Dare to walk across the SkyBridge–a suspended bridge, longer than two football fields, with a glass floor at its center! SkyPark stays open late. Watch Gatlinburg’s night lights glittering below while you have drinks in the cafe.

Gatlinburg is full of romantic dates you’ll never forget. Start by reserving your cabin today

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