Events & Activities in Bristol

Sky Valley Zip Tours – Up to 56% Off Ziplining

Blowing Rock

$158 $69

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Ten zip lines soar through one-mile course at elevations of up to 300 ft. for panoramic views on mountain zipline tour

Up to 54% Off River Tubing

Todd

$40 $21

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Groups of aqueous adventurers float along the peaceful waters of New River atop new tubes with built-in headrests

Up to 51% Off Rock Climbing for One or Four

Boone

$19.95 $10

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Guests scramble up an outdoor climbing tower outfitted in a harness, helmet, and climbing shoes, while instructed from the ground by staff

50% Off Tandem Hang-Gliding

Kings Creek

$230 $119

Take in bird’s-eye views soaring high above the earth during tandem hang-gliding flight

Up to 51% Off from Colin Hocking Photography

Multiple Locations

$195 $95

Colin Hocking - LRPS leads shutterbugs on seven-hour exploration of parks with Joy Shuck NC–certified environmental educator

Up to 57% Off Zipline Tour for Two in Morganton

Morganton

$138 $59

Course with multiple ziplines, rope bridges & tunnels; 32-foot climbing tower; & 50-foot-high educational treehouses

Up to 58% Off at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club

Morganton

$86 $39

Players head out for 18-hole rounds of golf on a course designed by the renowned Donald Ross

50% Off from Skydive Smoky Mountains

Morristown

$298 $149

Adventurers safely strapped to experienced divers plummet from heights of up to 9,500 ft.; exhilarating free falls captured on video

44% Off Services

Wytheville

$25 $14

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

71% Off Intro to CrossFit Classes

Multiple Locations

$135 $39

Expert trainers lead small groups through beginner-level classes designed to safely introduce them to the high-intensity CrossFit regimen

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Star Lanes - Asheville

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 61% Off Hot Yatra Yoga Classes

Biltmore Forest

$99 $49

Instructors guide groups through coordinated breathing techniques and vinyasa flow poses during classes heated to 94-98 degrees

Up to 51% Off a Membership at The Rush Fitness

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

Membership includes access to indoor pool and rows of cardio equipment, as well as group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning

Up to 62% Off Karate Birthday Party or Martial Arts Lessons

Asheville

$199 $99

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Instructors can teach students self-defense, confidence, and perseverance skills in martial-arts classes

55% Off

Asheville

$100 $45

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 63% Off Intro Course at Summit CrossFit

Asheville

$200 $79

Squats, presses, dead lifts, and other functional movements all get incorporated into CrossFit's intense workouts of the day

50% Off

Asheville

$40 $20

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80% Off at Tiger Bang's Martial Arts Academy

Candler

$250 $49

One-month trial of unlimited martial-arts classes; choose from tae kwon do, hap ki do, and tae moo do

Up to 53% Off at Fat Cats Billiards

Asheville

$40 $19

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An unlimited number of players enjoy an hour of pool while sipping beer and snacking on chicken tenders and burgers

Up to 75% Off Dog and Human Bootcamp

Asheville

$126 $39

Humans and dogs workout together during 60-minute bootcamps; introductory obedience lesson gets dogs up to speed

Up to 51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

West Asheville

$50 $25

Instructors emphasize effective communication during lessons detailing riding techniques and ongoing horse care

87% Off Boot-Camp Classes at O3 Health And Fitness

Asheville

$218 $29

After a health assessment, exercisers are free to take an unlimited number of fitness-enhancing boot-camp classes

79% Off at Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do

Asheville

$185 $39

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One-hour martial-arts classes are separated by age and skill level to help students build technique at their own pace; uniform included

Half Off Colburn Earth Science Museum Memberships

Downtown Asheville

$50 $25

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Members receive free admission and discounts at a science museum with more than 4,500 mineral specimens, including more than 1,000 gemstones

69% Off Ballroom-Dancing Lesson Package

Asheville Ballroom

$80 $25

Experienced instructors tailor lessons to individual learning methods to train students in waltz, foxtrot, swing, and salsa

Up to 53% Off Aerial Circus-Arts Classes 

Asheville

$34 $16

Instructors help their suspended pupils make their way through hanging silks, hoops, or hammocks with grace on trapeze

61% Off Yoga or Expressive-Dance Classes

Woodfin

$100 $39

Donation-based yoga studio's experienced instructors share yoga workouts with students from all walks of life

Up to 84% Off Dance Lessons

Hickory

$160 $29

Instructors lead one or two students of all experience levels through private lessons in a variety of styles

Up to 53% Off at Lunar Mini Golf

Hickory, NC

$16 $8

Black-lit mini golf course decorated with luminous animals and aliens

Up to 57% Off a 5K Mud Run

Rocky Mount

$80 $35

Runners plunge through mud and surmount obstacles to win a donation for their youth group; racers try to avoid obstructive gladiators

40% Off Martial Arts

Rocky Mount

$95 $57

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Up to 50% Off at Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour

Near Hanging Rock State Park

$90 $45

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Experienced guides send whole families zipping at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through lush forest canopy on an ecofriendly excursion

Up to 50% Off Historic Hendersonville Trolley Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

Tour guide fascinates guests with little know facts about city landmarks, locations, and odd occurrences throughout history

50% Off an Escorted Wine Tour and Dinner

Hendersonville

$159 $79

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Expert guides lead guests through three to four wineries' scenic vineyards; patrons taste wines and enjoy a full catered dinner

Up to 54% Off Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Fletcher

$50 $25

Groups of four are instructed in lessons that cover a variety of ballroom dance rhythms, including waltz, tango, and swing

Up to 55% Off Aquarium Visit or Membership

Hendersonville

$6 $3

Aquarium housing sharks and blue-spotted stingrays features entertaining and educational interactive activities

Up to 52% Off a Horseback-Riding Membership

Lake Norman

$158 $79

Equestrian-club membership with monthly English and Western rides on 13 acres of pasture or inside a lighted arena

Up to 54% Off Reptile Encounter

Troutman

$250 $125

Meet reptiles such as crocodiles and great pythons with up to five of your friends inside an interactive center filled with scaly creatures

50% Off Safari Encounter at Zootastic Park

Troutman

$500 $249

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For one hour, guests can interact with baby animals such as a tiger, camel, kangaroo, and lemurs; guests may take pictures throughout

44% Off at Reems Creek Golf Course

Reems Creek Golf Club

$52 $29

Eighteen-hole golf course inspired by the Scottish Highlands features numerous sand bunkers and punishing water hazards

Up to 46% Off Artistic Equestrian Dance

The Sablé Theater

$27.99 $15

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An artist creates scenes in sand that come to life on stage with the help of trick-riders and dancers

Up to 46% Off a Zipline Adventure

Sevierville

$89 $49

Six ziplines carry riders and safety-conscious guides through majestic views at 40–250 feet above ground in shadow of Great Smoky Mountains

Up to 52% Off Horseback Riding

Sevierville

$60 $29

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Trail rides overlook the Cherokee Valley with views of the Smoky Mountains and Lake Douglas; parties include hot dogs and marshmallows

Up to Half Off at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Pigeon Forge

$84 $42

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An indoor, wind-powered skydiving simulator allows for sessions lasting up to three times longer than outdoor freefalls

Up to 50% Off Photo Tour

Pigeon Forge

$116 $58

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Beginner and seasoned photogs travel to Smoky Mountains snapping pictures and learning photo techniques via cameras, cell phones or tablets

60% Off Cave Exploration

Cosby

$300 $120

Experienced guides lead groups of up to 30 on full- or half-day tours of an underground cave

Up to 50% Off Horseback Trail Ride

Radford

$60 $30

Rescued horses make for trusty mounts on one-hour rides across scenic hills and wooded trails

40% Off Membership to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

$50 $30

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

National D-Day Memorial – Up to Half Off Tour

Bedford

$20 $10

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

Up to 50% Off Drive-Thru Safari and Petting Zoo Park

Strawberry Plains

$18 $9

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Cars of visitors explore the 160-acre park with 700+ exotic animals such as zebras and emus before heading over to the petting zoo

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Blowfish Emporium fosters the talents of budding artists in structured art classes and also houses the work of more than 60 local and regional artisans. Cultivate your canvas-covering skills and discover decorative items other than bronzed fruit in The Grape Easel painting event. On entering the class, each student receives a canvas, a selection of paints, and various brushes, which unite to re-create the evening’s scheduled artwork of choice. Subjects vary by class and include such topics as abstract nature works, vibrantly colored musical instruments, and toothpaste-painted re-creations of 1930s toothpaste ads.

529 West State Street
Bristol,
VA
US

Former professional driver and expert instructor Randy Baker and his team have been guiding drivers toward greatness for more than 20 years; past pupils include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jeff and Ward Burton, and the shadowy pit mechanic known only as Racer X. At SpeedTech Auto Racing School, Randy combines a fleet of super-speedy rides—authentic, metal-bodied vehicles boasting 650-horsepower V-8 engines—with a serious emphasis on safety to prepare drivers for any mishap on the track. Gearheads, speed junkies, and people who still sleep in a racecar bed despite their adult children's protestations soak up Randy's knowledge during one of SpeedTech's many race programs, varying in length from 3 laps to more than 100. With the school's built-in HD video feeds, drivers can commemorate their laps or prove to the family car it's been cheating on them with the hotel's valet.

151 Speedway Boulevard
Bristol,
TN
US

Buck Baker Racing School allows speed-hungry race fans to strap into an authentic Sprint Cup stock car and take it out for a leisurely spin around the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The school's masters of acceleration will instruct motorpupils during a roughly one-hour pre-drive class. Afterward, take shotgun while wearing the provided helmet and fire suit along with tennis shoes inside a bona fide, previously driven Sprint Cup Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. You’ll ride along as your instructor powers around the speedway, during which they'll dish out informative tips on driving and snappy catch phrases such as, "Zounds! I own 300 shares of Apple stock!" Once rookie racers are ready, they'll switch seats with instructors and kindle rubber with 10 full laps around the speedway's 24-degree banked turns, imagining that 53,000 spectators are cheering them on as they take a respectable 17th place out of 12,000 cars.

151 Speedway Boulevard
Bristol,
TN
US

Belmont Lanes courts globe-chuckers of all stripes and skill levels to set foot among its myriad lanes and entertainment apparatuses. Sextets of revelers can enjoy a two-hour party, which supplies the group with a pizza and pitcher of soda to celebrate the overthrow of pins and unification of hand and boulder. Meanwhile, cosmic bowling gives spatial thrills for late-night laning with the experience of visiting a galaxy of disco-ball planets. Party-goers should call at least one hour ahead of time to reserve their lane for cosmic bowling.

100 Belmont Dr
Bristol,
TN
US

On September 1, Bristol Motor Speedway will be buried under one ton of bacon. At the first annual Tri-Cities BaconFest, the pungent pork will be served up in a multitude of ways: Visitors can snag it for free at bacon stations during three tasting times, sample it in vendors’ bacon-infused desserts and entrees, or attempt to shovel down three pounds of it to claim the title Lord of the Bacon during the Man vs. Bacon eating contest. Other swine-themed events include the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pigskin Challenge, where preregistered participants aged 5 and up test their throwing arms on an accuracy obstacle course. At the hog-calling competition, shouters stretch their lungs as they imitate the sounds of hogs and, later, the sounds of hogs imitating celebrities. The family-friendly event will donate part of its proceeds to the Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit organization that raises contributions for educational, financial, social, and medical causes.

151 Speedway Boulevard
Bristol,
TN
US

Wahoo’s Adventures refers to itself as the “original” whitewater outfitter, having facilitated outdoor excursions on rafts, tubes, canoes, and kayaks for the past three decades. Whitewater-rafting tours take place upon the Watauga River, the Nolichucky River, and Wilson Creek Gorge, three waterways with differing levels of frothiness, much like three cappuccinos ordered by a family of bears. Alternatively, adults without rafting experience and children as young as 6 months can lazily drift down the New River while sprawled across tubes. As they pass rugged hillsides and scenic farmland, tubers can smell wildflowers, listen to chirping birds, and keep eyes peeled for Sasquatch footprints. Keeping clients safe is Wahoo’s main priority, which is why their experienced guides equip adventurers with high-quality life jackets, helmets, and paddles before taking the water.

105 John Sheffield Drive
Elizabethton,
TN
US