The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

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Hendersonville
Kid's Activities

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White Squirrel, found in Hendersonville NC, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
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   A trip to Hendersonville 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.

 

See also WNC Attractions for complete coverage of all of the attractions in Western North Carolina.

In Hendersonville
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.
Hands On! A Child's Gallery: 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.
Hendersonville Area Parks: A wide variety of choices for outdoor sports and playgrounds. Both city and county maintained.
Henderson County Heritage Museum: Displays and exhibitions relating to the history, culture and heritage  of Henderson County.
Holmes Educational State Forest: Talking Tree Trail, picnic area, programs for children, displays.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County: Minerals, gemstones and artifacts.
Western North Carolina Air Museum: Display of restored airplanes, restored replica and antique airplanes

In Asheville
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 more.
Asheville Outdoor Center/Southern Waterways: Gentle rafting trips on the French Broad River.
Biltmore Estate: Educational, awe-inspiring and fascinating (for older kids).
Blue Ridge Motion Pictures Studio: Studio tours.
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 downtown Asheville.
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 baseball games.
North Carolina Arboretum: Wonderful gardens and botanical exhibits.
Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center: Pack Place Art Museum and Colburn Earth Science Museum.
Western North Carolina Nature Center: Animals of all types, Appalachian nature exhibits.
 

Close to Asheville
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.
Ghost Town in the Sky: Western theme park located on a mountaintop in nearby Maggie Valley.
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 area.
Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace: Pioneer history exhibits and demonstrations.

Farther Out In The Mountains
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.
Tweetsie Railroad: Fun-filled Wild West adventure train ride for children. Located in the Boone area.
 
 

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