Tropical Gardens Miniature Golf strips away the cartoonish aspects of the game found on many courses, instead situating its 18 putting greens amid a diverse landscape of ponds and blooming floras. As a waterfall trickles nearby, a flamboyance of fake flamingos perches under the shade of a tree, silently observing golfers' mannerisms to use in their upcoming novel. Aside from navigating the miniature fairways, players can swing at baseballs in the batting cages or reunite quarters with their captive brethren in the video arcade.
Grovewood Cafe could very well be a cottage from a fairytale. Greenery seems bent on overtaking the restaurant and completely surrounds its patio, where whimsical sculptures from Grovewood Gallery pop up from the ground. On the inside, flowers bring color to tables bathed in light from oversized windows. And, like many a Brothers Grimm character, chef and owner Larry Waldrop depends on local farms for sustenance.
Larry believes that the best meals are made from scratch, and without too much help from machinery. He prefers to chop his meat by hand, for instance, rather than use his government-issued butcher robot. His menu of Southern-inspired plates gives credit to several area farms?there's grilled meatloaf from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, pork from Heritage Farms, and chicken breast from Ashley Farms, which arrives encrusted in crunchy walnuts. Every day, there's a special free-range omelet available for lunch. And if you're in the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, stop by for the Grovewood's take on eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes, grilled Sunburst Farm trout, and swiss chard.
The Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.
Showcasing the mysterious inner workings of the human body and the curiosities of science, The Health Adventure invites families to peruse its colorful spaces brimming with interactive exhibits and educational classrooms where children and parents can bolster their knowledge together. The sizeable facility, which was recently relocated to the Biltmore Mall, houses innovative permanent exhibits, such as the dizzy tunnel and the Arrive Alive, which simulates how alcohol effects you while driving. Play areas give kids a chance to read, craft scale models of city hall with PVC pipes, and play in the dress-up closet. The traveling exhibit gallery hosts such kid-friendly themes as The Magic School Bus and Curious George, and elsewhere, participants can test their sportcentric mettle by clocking their pitch speed, calibrating their balance on a pommel horse, or identifying balls from various sports by taste.
Nearly a dozen activities and attractions fill the gargantuan space at Asheville's Fun Depot, but that's just the beginning. The family-friendly fun center is also home to a coffee bar, cafe, and ticket redemption area. All of these options almost add up to entertainment overload, which is why the depot lets guests decide how many activities they'd like to do on a given visit. Guests mix and match indoor and outdoor go-kart rides, laser tag, mini bowling, and trips up the climbing wall for a fun (and full) day of activities. The entertainment is appropriate for kids young and old, but guest 3 years old and younger have the tots turtle lagoon all to themselves.