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Family Activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are an infinite number of attractions, annual events, fun activities and exciting things to see and do for the whole family in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Linville Caverns

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Linville Caverns are conveniently located near Grandfather Mountain under Humpback Mountain in the southern high country between Marion and Linville, North Carolina. The beautiful Caverns offer an educational half-hour guided tour, as well as a fun gift and souvenir shop.

19929 US 221 North
Marion, North Carolina 28752

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Cradle of Forestry

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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. Take a ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall. Explore the sights and sounds, check out the events and activities at the birthplace of Forest Conservation in America.

11250 Pisgah Highway (US 276)
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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Fun Factory in the Smokies

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Fun Factory in the Smokies is a 56,000-square-foot family entertainment center offering over 100 arcade games, miniature golf, a go cart track, bowling, laser tag, and dining.

1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, North Carolina 28734

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PaddleFish Basecamp

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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
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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Pura Vida Adventures

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Pura Vida Adventures offers safe personal trips to families and small groups. They focus on exploration, discovery, and adventure, by providing guided tours and instructions in hiking, canyoneering, paddling, climbing, biking, and more.

155 New Hendersonville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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WNC Farmers Market

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The WNC Farmers Market offers high quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads, cookies and dozens of other farm-fresh items. There's a deli inside that offers sandwiches and ice cream, and the Moose Cafe serves three meals daily.

570 Brevard Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28806

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WNC Nature Center

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The WNC Nature Center is situated on 42-acres near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The center features indigenous wildlife and plant life of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering demonstrations, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits, farm animals and more.

75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28805

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Electric Bicycle Tours of Asheville

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Electro Bike Tours offers a unique way to experience the beautiful architecture, history, and energy of Asheville and the surrounding area. Explore Asheville on a safe, guided tour riding a pedal-assisted electric bike that makes riding less difficult and more enjoyable, with a boost in headwinds and hills, making sweaty rides a thing of the past.

432 Merrimon Ave
Asheville, North Carolina 28804

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The Blowing Rock

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The Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina's oldest travel attractions. It is an immense cliff, with mysterious winds, 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging Johns River Gorge. Open all year, weather permitting.

Highway 321 South
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine promises facet grade gemstones in every bucket of ore, and you can have your gemstone finds cut and set into jewelry on location. The Sugar Creek staff will help you pick out the best gemstones for cutting and ensure that every cut gemstone is flawless. Whether you are in search of a faceted gemstone necklace, bracelet, ring or that perfect set of custom gemstone earrings, Sugar Creek Gem Mine will bring your rough gemstones to life.

3045 Tynecastle Hwy.
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604

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