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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.

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine

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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

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Western North Carolina Agricultural Center and State Fair

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The WNC Ag Center is the home of the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, numerous horse and livestock functions, large scale conferences, exciting events, and trade shows. Check the WNC Ag Center web site for schedules and admission fees.

1301 Fanning Bridge Road
North Carolina, Fletcher 28732

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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
North Carolina, Bryson City 28713

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DuPont State Forest

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DuPont State Recreational Forest includes 10,400 acres in Transylvania and Henderson County, NC, with elevations from 2,240 ft. at Cascade Lake to 3,620 ft. at the peak of Stone Mountain. Little River runs through the forest, with four waterfalls.

1300 Staton Road
North Carolina, Cedar Mountain 28718

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Asheville Outdoor Center

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Asheville Outdoor Center offers family-friendly quiet-water float trips on the French Broad River with canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, and stand-up paddle boards. Asheville Outdoor Center also offers bicycle rentals and gem mining.

521 Amboy Road
North Carolina, Asheville 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 & more.

75 Gashes Creek Road
North Carolina, Asheville 28805

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Hands On Children's Gallery

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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

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LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours

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LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours depart from 90 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC; Haunted Comedy Bus Tours depart from 92 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC. LaZoom's iconic, purple bus tours show the funny side of Asheville.

14 Battery Park Avenue
North Carolina, Asheville 28801

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McCormick Field

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Remodeled in 1992, McCormick Field is one of the oldest operating minor-league baseball parks in North America. McCormick Field is home to the Asheville Tourists, a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies.

30 Buchanan Place
North Carolina, Asheville 28802

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Fox Mountain Guides & Climbing School

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Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is AMGA accredited, offering rock climbing and ice climbing trips and guiding in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia. Climbing classes and skills courses are available for all levels.

3228 Asheville Hwy.
North Carolina, Pisgah Forest 28768

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