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 Vacations in Asheville

Family Vacations in Asheville

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Sliding Rock
A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File
While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest…

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Couple hiking at waterfall
Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

by Melba Newsome
Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails.…

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2016 National Gingerbread House Competition & Display
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2016 National Gingerbread House Competition & Display

November 23, 2016
Monday-Thur, 9am-9pm for non-resort guests; Sunday 3pm-9pm
Cost: Free ($10 to Park)

  • Splasheville

    In the heart of the summer, with warmer temperatures still creeping into the forecast, there's no better time than now to find unique ways to cool down. Fortunately, you can escape to the mountains of Asheville to find relief from the hot days. Even … read more

  • GSMNP Sunset
    by K.C. Cronin

    To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park … read more

  • WNC Cheese Trail
    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

  • Amy Ager | Hickory Nut Gap Farm
    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

  • Mountain Cabin at Carolina Mornings
    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

  • Ski Lesson at Cataloochee Ski Area
    by Lindsey Grossman

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

  • Navitat Canopy Adventures in Fall
    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

  • Children with Goats
    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