The NC Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden offering a wealth of activities for families and kids of all ages. Located minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, the NC Arboretum has diverse flower and botanical exhibits.
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
North Carolina, Asheville 28806
The Carl Sandburg Home (a National Historic Site, U.S. National Park Service) has five miles of trails and gardens on 264 acres. The on-site multi-media exhibit features Carl Sandburg, "Poet of the People," and describes the Sandburg family's life.
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
North Carolina, Flat Rock 28731
The Cradle of Forestry provides a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry. Walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive.
11250 Pisgah Highway (US 276)
North Carolina, Pisgah Forest 28768
PaddleFish Basecamp provides sea kayaking tours, hiking excursions, and multi-day expeditions in the Great Smoky Mountains. Two hour, half-day, full-day and multi-day trips are available. No experience is necessary. All ages welcome.
59 Depot Street
North Carolina, Bryson City 28713
Bennett Classics Auto Museum is a fun trip down memory lane, featuring everything from Model T's to Mack trucks, and from a Shelby Mustang to a 1963 Ford Mayberry sheriffs car signed by actor Don Knots (Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith Show).
241 Vance Street
North Carolina, Forest City 28043
Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine has produced minerals of all kinds for prospectors, including Aquamarine, Emerald, Ruby, Garnet, Peridot, Quartz, Agate, Amethyst, and more.
397 Main Street
North Carolina, Chimney Rock 28720
Visit with Santa and his elves, browse the gift shops and exhibits, and see the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa's Land also has rides, picnic facilities, and dining.
571 Wolftown Road
North Carolina, Cherokee 28719
Open, weather permitting, 7 days a week, 10 am to 6 pm, Memorial Day through mid-August. For admission rates, special events, and off-season hours call 828-625-0077.
2724 Memorial Hwy
North Carolina, Lake Lure 28746
Hand's On is an excellent place for children, parents and grandparents to explore and learn together. Exhibits and programs stimulate curiosity, creativity and make learning fun.
318 N. Main Street
North Carolina, Hendersonville 28792