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Red Panda Exhibit at WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center and Wildlife Park in Asheville, NC

Experience wildlife up close with a family-friendly adventure to the WNC Nature Center, located just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville! Among the animals you’ll see are otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar! The 42-acre wildlife park features award-winning exhibits that are home to 60 species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of

Zach King Screen Grab

Discover the Magic of Asheville With Video Magician Zach King

Zach King is known as a video magician who is in a league of his own. His digital tricks have been dazzling people around the world, gaining him millions of fans. It’s no wonder this video magician was drawn to Asheville, where you can find magical moments at nearly every turn. That’s just what Zach King discovered on his adventures in town. See for yourself by watching the

Christmas at Biltmore

Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure to inspire the spirit of the season. 1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and

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Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville

A relatively new tradition is lighting up the holidays in Asheville. The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights, which began in 2014, features 500,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The lights illuminate the natural beauty and landscapes of the arboretum during the winter season. As you stroll the walkways through the manicured grounds,

Asheville Outlets

Discover the Newest Outlet for Shopping in Asheville

From the tree-lined streets dotted with independent boutiques to the open-air markets featuring local crafts, Asheville's shopping scene is as diverse as it is unique. The relatively new Asheville Outlets, just five miles from downtown, offers a destination for shoppers looking for national brands at great prices. The Asheville Outlets are conveniently located near the intersection of I-40

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Splasheville

Budget-Friendly Ways to Cool Down

Asheville's beat-the-heat adventures 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 better, you can leave your wallet at home because these refreshing adventures won't break the

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay

GSMNP Sunset

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube 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 (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

WNC Cheese Trail

Pick Your Own Produce at a U-Pick Farm in Asheville

Pick Your Own Produce 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? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine can be about more than just ordering at a restaurant. All around

Montford Farmers Market

Where to Find Farmers Markets and Local Harvest in Asheville, N.C.

An Emphasis on Fresh, Local Products from Area Farms Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe, Sovereign Remedies and The Market Place are only a

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Experience Farm Life in Asheville

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these

Mountain Cabin at Carolina Mornings

6 RAD Reasons to Rent a Mountain Cabin in Asheville, N.C.

From rustic to luxury, Asheville cabin rentals provide a place to call your own 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 - privacy, cozy fireplaces and even cozier hot tubs. Aside from the

Ski Lesson at Cataloochee Ski Area

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out 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 enough nostalgic button pushing at the Asheville Pinball Museum to

Navitat Zipline

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

Find Your Perfect Zipline Tour in Asheville 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 you’re looking for a heart-pounding thrill, grab a friend and head out on the Blue Ridge

Couple Hiking

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

Choose Your Own Hiking Adventure in Asheville, N.C. Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and technical scrambles up steep terrain; hikes that are short and sweet and multi-day adventures. Some hikes give you a view into the

Children with Goats

Not So Wild-life

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 these barnyard adventures, perfect for a family outing. Baby Goats Who doesn't love baby animals? Take your kids to see the "kids"

Otters

Otters

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 otter's main requirements are a steady food supply and easy access to a body of water. Facts You Otter Know Life expectancy in zoos: 16 years Life

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

Shortly before fall in Asheville and the Great Smoky Mountains, thousands of Monarch butterflies pass through the Asheville area as they migrate south to Mexico. The butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles on their journey, and we're fortunate that Western North Carolina is right along their route! When to see Monarch butterflies in Asheville, NC From the middle of September and continuing

National Gingerbread Competition

National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.

The Entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition Go On Public Display Each Year in Asheville For the Holidays. 2019-2020 National Gingerbread House Competition Viewing: Nov. 20, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020** (See details below) See the nation's most creative and incredible gingerbread creations when the entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition go on display to the public at The