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Lee Pantas, visit
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A trip to Asheville and Western North Carolina doesn’t have to be boring for the
kids. Scattered throughout the mountains near Asheville and in the city itself
are a plethora of fun things that will bring smiles to the faces of kids and
kids-at-heart alike. The links below take you to web pages with more information
and website links for each attraction.
for complete coverage of all of the attractions in
Western North Carolina.
Asheville Area Parks: A wide variety of choices for outdoor
sports and playgrounds. Both city and county maintained.
Asheville's Fun Depot:
Go-karts, laser tag, bumper cards, mini bowling, climbing wall and
Asheville Outdoor Center/Southern Waterways: Gentle rafting
trips on the French Broad River.
Biltmore Estate: Educational, awe-inspiring and fascinating (for
Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center: Located on the Parkway in
Asheville. Educational exhibits.
Botanical Gardens at Asheville: 10-acre gardens maintained by
the University of NC at Asheville.
ClimbMax Climbing Center: Rock climbing center located in
Folk Art Center: World class art and craft exhibits, craft
demonstrations. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.
McCormick Field: Asheville Tourists Single A Minor League
North Carolina Arboretum: Wonderful gardens and botanical
Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center: Pack Place Art
Museum, The Health Adventure (health and science museum for children
)and Colburn Earth Science Museum.
Western North Carolina Nature Center: Animals of all types,
Appalachian nature exhibits.
Blue Ridge Parkway: Many educational and interesting attractions
near Asheville. Picnics, hiking. A major attraction. The Parkway
passes right through Asheville.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park: Extraordinary natural
attraction in North Carolina's newest state park.
Dupont State Forest: 10,300 acres in Henderson and
Transylvania counties. The forest is open year round for hiking,
mountain biking, swimming and horseback riding.
Ghost Town in the Sky: Western theme park located on a
mountaintop in nearby Maggie Valley.
Hands On! A Child's Gallery:
Hendersonville Gallery that offer educational exhibits that
stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe
"hands on" setting.
Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum:
Vintage toys, including dollhouses,
trains, wind-up toys, dolls, and miniatures.
Holmes Educational State Forest: Talking Tree Trail, picnic
area, programs for children, displays.
Lake Lure: Public beach for swimming, fishing, wonderful boat
tours of one of America's most beautiful lakes.
Waterfalls: Great natural attractions. In the nearby Brevard
Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace: Pioneer history exhibits and
Farther Out In
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: One of the more popular
attractions -4 to 4 1/2 hour round-trip train rides through the
mountains. Departures from Bryson City and Dillsboro.
Santa's Land Theme Park & Zoo
Family oriented theme park in Cherokee
Tweetsie Railroad: Fun-filled Wild West adventure train ride for
children. Located in the Boone area.