Summer nights are the best nights. Warm and comfortable evenings after sunny days. And summer nights also bring lots of really fun activities that aren’t available at any other time of the year. The Smoky Mountains offer lots of amazing entertainment after dark – here are some twilight time favorites!
Stars and Sunsets. Perhaps the most spectacular show to see here can’t be found on a stage or in a theater. You just have to look up and around you when the day gives way to night in the beautiful East Tennessee mountains. Start with the kaleidoscope of colors that paint a sunset here. Sometimes the pinks and oranges and reds, especially as they surround the clouds, are almost too beautiful to imagine unless you see them for yourself. All that beauty gives way to the twinkling lights of a multitude of stars shining in the clear air of the mountain skies. And there’s no admission price to this show except for a thankful heart for the beauty surrounding you.
Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors. To me, fireworks never get old. I love the anticipation as they streak straight up into the night sky and then burst into a variety of colors and designs and fill the darkness with sparkle. Add a synchronized soundtrack of music to tell the fireworks’ story, and I am totally smitten. I would watch them every evening if that was a possibility, and luckily it is at Dollywood nightly from June 17 through August 6. And here are my tips for the best place to watch the fireworks show: Timber Canyon/Wilderness Pass; Country Fair in front of Grandstand Café; Adventures In Imagination between Dolly’s Closet and Dreamsong Theater; the Front Gate in front of the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame; and the outdoor porches facing the pool if you are a guest at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Don’t miss it nightly at 9:30 p.m.
Even More Time for Play Time. While Dollywood has long featured extended hours during the summer season, I’m really excited about something totally new this summer – the first two Saturday nights in July, Dollywood stays open until midnight! That’s more time for summer thrills on Dollywood’s amazing world-class coasters and attractions – you’ve got to check out the new Drop Line in the dark and soar on Wild Eagle with only the stars to light your night. If you are a coaster lover and you have experienced these exciting rides in the daytime, you’ve got to come take a ride after dark – imagine seeing the theme park’s spectacular nightly fireworks display across the sky above Dollywood while experiencing a coaster ride! The other thing I’m excited about for the Midnight Nights at Dollywood is a new exclusive show for those two nights – a live music event in Dollywood’s Showstreet area with the theme park’s amazing performers singing today’s hottest hits. Two shows – at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. The hot summer nights just got hotter!
Make time to head to the mountains and experience even more fun after the sun sets this summer. The Smokies will make staying up late one of the best parts of every summer getaway.