Family Fun

Asheville’s 8 million acres of backyard offers the perfect blend of urban adventure and outdoor exploration for an unforgettable family vacation.

Family Fun Video
A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File
While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and…

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

by Melba Newsome
Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure…

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"The Robot Zoo" Exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum

September 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 per car parking fee

  • by Asheville Insider

    What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? Maybe picking it, and trying not to let the juice run down your chin? … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Family farms abound in and around Asheville—and Fairview's bucolic Hickory Nut Gap is as family as they come. Both Hickory Nut Gap and the adjacent Flying Cloud Farms sit on land settled in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure. Five generations of their … read more

  • by Del Holston

    If you’re looking for accommodations with character, then you should definitely consider an Asheville cabin rental . Tucked throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains are a variety of winsome home rentals offering all the amenities you would expect - … read more

  • by Lindsey Grossman

    Avoid the crowds (and prices) that come with fall , spring and summer , and enjoy Asheville with your family at the most wonderful time of the year. Indoors With more than 30 pinball machines and over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” … read more

  • by Shayla Martin

    Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground. From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the best zipline experiences in Asheville. Go Far, Go Fast If … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Western North Carolina is covered with miles of rolling farmland, and home to a variety of " wildlife ." Asheville offers a variety of ways to interact with the more domestic creatures of the animal kingdom. Here are a few ways to go hand on with … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river … read more

  • by Asheville Insider

    Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour … read more