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Nighttime Adventures in Waynesville


Dreaming of firefly nights and moonlit memories? Nestled between mountain peaks in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, the town of Waynesville offers activities and breathtaking views for every interest. While it’s a beautiful place to be by day, you’ll love it even more at night. Simply put, a night out in Waynesville will be a night to remember, full of endless adventure.

Taste the Adventure

Waynesville may be a small town, but it has a huge selection of restaurants to wine and dine in while exploring its nightlife. Whether it’s white-top dining or a laid-back meal, Waynesville’s numerous dining options, like Church Street Depot, Frogs Leap Public Restaurant, The Swag Restaurant and Sweet Onion Restaurant, will be sure to take your taste buds for an adventure.

Make Cosmic Discoveries

Pack your blanket, park your car, and watch as the Blue Ridge Parkway goes Blue Ridge Darkway, a sky full of glimmering stars. Make cosmic discoveries in the skies with that special someone from the trunk of your car, the bed of your truck, or even a tent at one of the parkway’s designated campgrounds. You can witness the past while in the present as these celestial beings burn before your eyes, lightyears away. What’s more magical an adventure than that?

Show Waynesville How You Roll

Let the nighttime hours roll by as you conquer the floors of Smoky Mountain Ska8way & Fun Zone, Western North Carolina’s largest roller-skating rink and family entertainment center. Maybe it’s falling on your butt while laughing with loved ones, competing for the top score on the PacMan machine in the arcade, or racing the rink for bragging rights. Either way, the 20,000+ feet of arcade games, climbing walls, slides, skating floor, and inflatable obstacle course will create memories that last a lifetime.

Art After Dark

If you have a passion or appreciation for the arts, you’ll want to include Waynesville’s Art After Dark into your evening adventure the first Friday of the month, May through December. This art gallery stroll features studio tours, a variety of art demonstrations, and live music lining the streets. Participating galleries feature Art After Dark flags, and showcase the unique work of Haywood County creatives that makeup Waynesville’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Discover Spirits in the Night

Get a taste of Waynesville’s nightlife, quite literally. Nothing takes you for an adventure while sitting in your seat like beer, wine, and spirits. Whether it’s a dim-lit, music-filled, or socially-thriving drinking environment, we have the spot for you. Join us at The Classic Wineseller during special events for a laid-back live music experience or Boojum Brewery Taproom and Frog Level Brewing Company for a beer-tastic brew!

Watch the Adventure

Looking to watch an adventure? See a play in one of the most active and award-winning theaters in the Southeast. Producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals, the Haywood Arts Regional Theater (HART) has no shortage of shows to choose from.

Dance the Night Away

Tip and tap your toes to the beat of Waynesville during the summer at the recurring Friday Night Summer Street Dance. This old-fashioned mountain hoedown features live mountain music, demonstrations, and instruction by local clogging teams, refreshments for purchase, and is conveniently located in the streets of Downtown Waynesville near a variety of local shops and restaurants.

Whatever your nighttime adventures in Waynesville look like, you’ll be sure to go home with memories to cherish forever. Just remember to capture them along the way and tag @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow in your posts!

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