Night Ride on the Mountain Coaster – See You When the Stars Come Out!

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a nocturnal bird or creature? If so, you’ll want to make sure you pay an evening visit to what is unarguably one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg, TN – the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster.

The very first of its kind and modeled on classic alpine slides found in Europe, it is a true and authentic mountain coaster tucked into the Great Smoky Mountains. Though it is a wonderful experience during the day, with its stunning mountain and woodland views, it is also one of the only mountain coaster options with nighttime rides!

Gliding through the curves and along the woodland floor after the sun has set can be as thrilling or as delightful as you wish thanks to the remarkable design of this coaster. Silent and safe, it will offer one of your most memorable activities in town.

Evening Activities and One of the Best Attractions in Gatlinburg

This mountain coaster is a wonderful option for date nights, families and the most daring, due to its impressive design that sends you careening down the mountain in around seven minutes. However, it is often touted as one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg because it puts in you charge. The carts are private and designed for one or two passengers at a time. Equipped with brakes, they allow you to control the speed that you pass through corners, down slopes and through the woods.

The tracks allow the carts to run silently, and because you can ride it as a nighttime mountain coaster, it lets you enjoy a truly unique experience. Thousands of tiny twinkle lights illuminate the tracks and cast a gentle glow into the surrounding woodlands. However, the coaster stands as one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg because of the ride from the base up to the launching point, too.

Whether you are out on a “date night” or with the family, the sky lift that takes you from the bottom of the mountain and up to the launching point, offers unprecedented views. Take it around dusk or sunset and you will be in awe at the views along the way. Even after dark you can enjoy the twinkle of the lights below and the beauty of the starry skies. Then, hop on your mountain coaster cart and take an enchanting or thrilling ride back down into reality.

Is it one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg for families with smaller kids? There are some limitations. All riders have to be more than 38″ tall and over the age of three. Solo riders have to be taller than 56″ to reach the controls effectively. Other than that, it is the ideal activity for families – especially those with teens who enjoy a good thrill or unique challenge.