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Things To Do With Kids in Asheville

Asheville is a small city cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. It is well-known for the vibrant art scene downtown and its unique history. With such cool historic architecture to help tell the tale, families who tour the city or any of its long-standing attractions for kids are surely in for a treat. Asheville was recently ranked by Forbes in 15 Coolest Places To Go In 2018 and took the top spot in Lonely Planet’s Best in the US 2017.

Asheville is full of famous landmarks that your family will love to visit. Appreciate fine art and studio crafts in the Downtown Asheville Art District or check out First Friday Art Walks in the evenings from April to December. Other activities for kids in Asheville include:

  • The Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s most visited attraction
  • Scenic mountain views on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
  • An Operation City Quest scavenger hunt downtown
  • Forest and mountain views, biking and hiking trails, gardens and a bonsai exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum
  • Carrier Park for sports facilities from roller hockey to lawn bowling and trails, picnic space, and river views

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Asheville hosts more than 50 summer events and festivals in the summertime. Catch Downtown After Five in August, the NC Gold Festival, or another fun summer event in Asheville. Find other kid-friendly attractions in the category below:

  • Book a rafting, zip lining, climbing, or canyoneering trips with French Broad Adventures
  • Navigate through the Annual Eliada Corn Maze
  • Walk through and marvel at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville
  • Catch free outdoor music at Shindig on the Green on Saturday nights
  • Play a few rounds of mini-golf at Lakeview Putt and Play in Arden
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Gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains are near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Browse a collection of cheap things to do with kids in Asheville:

  • See arts and crafts from more than 400 artists at the Grovewood Gallery
  • Admission at the Asheville Pinball Museum includes an all-you-can-play pass good for 75+ pinball machines and other classic video games
  • Try the Crazy Dash self-guided walking tour to get to know the city
  • Catch some fresh air downtown on a Wacky Walks adventure walk
  • Visit the Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village
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Pick your own fruits and veggies at local farms like No Taste Like Home, Zimmerman’s Berry Farm, or another U-Pick farm in Asheville. Browse more fun kids activities in Asheville:

  • Go-kart, mini-golf, play bumper boats, or climb indoors at Fun Depot
  • Stop for a sweet treat at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge
  • Go horseback riding at the Biltmore Estate
  • Cool off in the fountain at Pack Square Park
  • Try an Asheville escape room like Breakout Games or A-Escape

In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists named Asheville a bike-friendly community and the city has continued to expand their bike plan with more accessibility, added safety features, more paths, trails, and an expanded bike lane network. Rent and ride bikes through the downtown art district or try other kid-centric group activities like the following:

  • Schedule a fishing trip with Appalachian Bronzeback Adventures
  • Explore mountainous back roads on the outskirts of the city with Wildwater Pigeon Jeep Tours
  • Catch some fresh air on a Wacky Walks adventure walk with up to 6 people
  • Take a stand-up paddleboard tour with Wai Mauna Asheville
  • Book group ghost tours with Haunted Asheville

Learning can happen in or out of the classroom, even when school isn’t in session. Try out one of the following museums, science centers, and other educational activities for kids:

  • Use a scavenger hunt guide to explore the mineral collection at Asheville Museum of Science
  • Gather clues to solve a 3Quest city scavenger challenge
  • Enjoy children’s exhibits at the Colburn Earth Science Museum
  • Check out the art programs at the Asheville Art Museum
  • Visit the Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium in Hendersonville

To no surprise, Asheville boasts well-known art studios and teaching facilities but this mountain city is no stranger to the music scene either. Explore a collection of pottery, self-defense, voice, music, art, or acting classes for kids below:

  • Become a tie-dye professional at WAXON Batik & Dye Studio
  • Take acting, dance, or theater classes at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy
  • Sign up for art classes at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design
  • Try your hand at sculpting in the Odyssey Center For the Ceramic
  • Learn painting techniques at Painting with a Twist

Play indoors today at one of the Asheville indoor amusement centers or swim at the community pool. Browse more deals on indoor attractions for kids:

  • Save on two hours of bowling at AMF Bowling Centers
  • Jump off some energy at Sky Zone trampoline park
  • Play indoors at the Mountain Play Lodge play place
  • Sign up for swim lessons or take family fitness classes at Asheville Family Fitness & Physical Therapy
  • Skate indoors at Asheville Ice or at the Adventure Center of Asheville