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Family Fun
Activities for All Ages


 
North Carolina State Forest
Holmes Educational State Forest - Talking Tree Trail, hiking, picnic area, helicopter, displays and emphasis on fire prevention. Open mid-Mar thru Nov., Tuesday through Sunday, 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0100 www.ncesf.org

DuPont State Recreational Forest - encompasses 10,600 acres in Henderson and Transylvania counties. The Forest includes several waterfalls and 80 miles of roads and trails. The forest is open year round for hiking, mountain biking, swimming and horseback riding. Fishing is allowed with a valid NC fishing license. Hunting is by special permit only, issued by a permit agent of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, 1300 Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC (828) 877-6527 www.ncforestservice.gov/Contacts/dsf.htm

 
 
 
 

Local Parks
Jackson Park - offers 212 acres with 4 picnic shelters, 9 baseball fields, soccer fields, 8 tennis courts, playgrounds, bicycle trails, and many walking trails. The park is home to several species of birds, wildlife, and plants, making the park a great place to observe nature. Organized activities and special events for youth and adults. 801 Fourth Avenue East., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4884 www.hendersoncountyrecreation.org

Patton Park - offers19 acres with 2 baseball fields, basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts (open Memorial Day-Labor Day), 2 tennis courts, a football field, two pavilions with picnic tables and grills, 2 gazebos, playground, a one-half mile lighted walking trail, an Olympics-sized swimming pool (pool open 7 days during summer season), bathrooms and a skate park. Hours for Patton Park and the Skate Park are 7:00am-11:00pm daily. Hwy. 25 N, Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-3084 www.cityofhendersonville.org

Laurel Green Park- offers a walking trail and playground, no public restrooms; located on the corner of Laurel Park Hwy. & White Pine Dr., Hendersonville, NC (828) 693-4840 www.laurelpark.org

Mills River Town Park - includes a 0.4 acre multi-use trail, a dog park, picnic shelter, tennis courts and playground. (828) 890-2901
124 Town Center Dr, Mills River, NC www.millsriver.org

Fletcher Community Park - Nature trails, playground, picnic areas, soccer field, baseball fields, soccer fields, arboretum gardens, disc golf, and restrooms/concessions. 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org

Kate's Park - walking trail, playground, large picnic shelter and tot lot. The recreation department has developed many special and ongoing youth activities. Library Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org

 
 
 
 

Miniature Golf Centers
Boyd Park - Church Street, Hendersonville, NC Memorial Day - Labor Day, 7 days 11:30am-9pm, (828) 697-3084

Champions Golf Learning Center - 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, lighted driving range & golf lesson. 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234 championsgolflearningctr.com

 
 
 
  Public Library
Henderson County Public Library , an extensive collection of books, children's library, storytelling, programs, research/reference materials, computer classes & public computers ; 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4725 www.henderson.lib.nc.us
 
 
 
 
Skating
Sk8t Depot - offers roller skating, arcade games, free WIFI for parents and food, 1705 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-8754 www.sk8tdepot.com
 
 
 
 
Movie Theaters
Epic Theaters - 200 Thompson St., Hendersonville. Stadium seating with 12 screens. For movie info call (828) 693-1146 www.epictheatres.com

Flat Rock Cinema (formerly Skyland Cinema) - 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, Flat Rock. For movie info call (828) 697-2463 www.flatrockcinema.com

 
 
 
 
Bowling
Tarheel Lanes - 3275 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. Largest bowling alley in Western North Carolina (828) 513-2328 www.tarheellanesinc.com
 
 
 
 

Museums
Antique Toy Museum - Houses decades of vintage toys. Open Sat. & Sun. 1pm-4pm, free admission, 154 White Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 694-1480 or (828) 702-1922. www.hendersonvilleantiquetoymuseum.com

Colburn Earth Science Museum - Offers exhibits, educational programming, specimens of mineral crystals and gemstones from North Carolina and around the world. 2 S Pack Sq, Asheville, NC( 828) 254-7162 www.colburnmuseum.org

Henderson County Mineral & Lapidary Museum - Beautifully displayed minerals, gemstones, displays, jewels cut by Gem & Mineral Society members. Geodes, Indian artifacts and fluorescents, Open Monday-Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, 400 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-1977 www.mineralmuseum.com

Hands On! - A Child's Gallery - Hands On! - A Child's Gallery provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe, "Hands On!" environment where kids can be kids. Adults need to accompany children, Tuesday - Saturday 10am- 5pm, 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville, (828) 697-8333 www.handsonwnc.org

Henderson County Heritage Museum - housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street, offers public display galleries, artifacts, collections, archives, demonstrations, and exhibitions relating to the history, culture and heritage of Henderson County. Open Wednesday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm. One Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 694-1619 www.hendersoncountymuseum.com  

KidSenses Children's Museum - a 10,000 square-foot, interactive children's museum featuring 13 large hands-on exhibits that are geared towards children ages 0-10. Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday: 9am-5pm and Friday: 9am-8pm. Hours of operation change seasonally. General admission $5 per person and $3 for seniors 55 and over. Group rates available. 172 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC (828) 286-2120 www.kidsenses.com       

Western North Carolina Air Museum - First air museum in NC. Display of restored airplanes, restored replica and antique airplanes. Advance reservations necessary for groups. Open April-October & Novembver-March / Wednesday 12Noon-5:00PM,Saturday 10:00AM-5:0PM, Sunday 12Noon-5:00PM, 1340 Gilbert Street, Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-2482 www.wncairmuseum.com

Wheels Through Time Museum - Features America's vintage transportation from the past, Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-6266 www.wheelsthroughtime.com

 
 
 
 

Gem & Gold Mining
Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, covered flumes for rain or shine mining, discount family rates. Picnic by the stream and visit the antique shop for more treasures. Located only 2 ½ miles west of Downtown Hendersonville on Highway 64 West (2120 Brevard Road) open all year,
(828) 692-6560 www.elijahmountain.com

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, located in Hickory Nut Gorge, on the banks of the Rocky Broad River. Chimney Rock, NC (828) 625-5524 www.chimneyrockgemmine.com

Broad River Gems and Mining Company, On site mining, located on the gold bearing Broad River. Rutherfordton, NC (828) 286-1220 www.broadrivergems.com

Thermal City – offers gold and gem mining. Open March 15 – November 15. 5240 US Highway 221 North, Union Mills NC (828) 286-3016 www.huntforgold.com

 
 
 
 

Horseback Riding
Biltmore Estate, reservations suggested, Asheville, NC 800-411-3812 www.biltmore.com

Cedar Creek Stables, 542 Cedar Creek Rd., (reservations recommended), Lake Lure, NC 828-625-2811 www.cedarcreekstables.com

Pisgah Forest Riding Stables, Guided trail rides by reservation, Monday-Saturday. Pisgah Forest, NC 828-883-8258 www.pisgahstables.com

Riverside Riding Stables, Lake Lure, NC 866-206-0235 or (828) 288-1302 (open year round, weather permitted, call for reservations) www.riversideridingstables.com

Saddle-Up Trail Rides, Mills River, NC (828) 768-9025 (open April 1-Nov 15 weather permitted, call for reservations) saddleuptrailrides.homestead.com

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, Caney Fork Rd, Marshall, NC (open year round), (828) 649-3464, 800-959-3513 www.sandybottomtrailrides.net

Shoal Creek, Dupont State Forest Trail Rides, Sky Valley Rd., Hendersonville, NC (open year round, weather permitted, call for reservations) (828) 551-2225 www.shoalcreeknc.com/trailrides.htm

 
 
 
 
Recreational Areas
North Mills River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - Tubing (bring your own tube), picnic areas, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycle & horse riding trails; 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC (828) 877-3265 1-877-444-6777 (Toll Free)
Mills River Recreational Area

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline. Offers guided boat tour, sandy beach or water activities at the Beach Water Works; 2930 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC  877-386-4255 lakelure.com

Lake Julian Recreational Area - offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events; off of Long Shoals Rd, Skyland, NC (828) 684-0376 www.buncombecounty.org

Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in Pisgah National Forest - Swimming, hiking, fishing, camping; 375 Wesley Branch Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 670-5627 or (877) 444-6777 Lake Powhatan Recreation Area

 
 
 
 

Whitewater Rafting | River Tubing | Canoing | Kayaking
ZenTubing
- 1648 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC tubing located on the French Broad River 1/4 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the NC Arboretum on Hwy. 191 1-855-936-8823 www.zentubing.com

Green River Adventure, 111 E. Main St., Saluda, NC, kayaking, guided waterfall/swimming hole hikes, 800-335-1530 www.greenriveradventures.com

Asheville Outdoor Center, 521 Amboy Rd., Asheville, NC canoing, tubing, kayaking, rafting & gem mining,  800-849-1970 or (828) 232-1970 www.paddlewithus.com

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers a day full of zip-line tours and kayaking. Located in Lake Lure, just minutes from Chimney Rock State Park. 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC Call for for rates and reservations (828) 625-4500. www.canopyridgefarm.com

Headwaters Outfitters - 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC, canoing, tubing, kayaking, & fishing (828) 877-3106 www.headwatersoutfitters.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center - offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, mountain bike rentals & lake kayaking 13077 Hwy 19 W, Bryson City, NC 828-488-6900 or 800-232-7238 noc.com

 
 
 
 

National Forest
Cradle of Forestry Forest Discovery Center - Hands on exhibits, guided walks, historic cabins, craftsmen, logging locomotive, helicopter simulator, Forest Discovery Center & hands-on exhibits. Open mid-April to early-November, Pisgah National Forest/Davidson River Recreational Area Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3130 www.cradleofforestry.com

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located in Pisgah National Forest. Attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Open to the public daily, 8am - 4:45pm., except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. (Outdoor exhibits close at 4:30 p.m.). (828) 877-4423. www.ncwildlife.org

Pisgah National Forest - Pisgah National Forest's attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Pisgah Forest State Fish Hatchery, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, The Cradle of Forestry and the North Mills River Recreational Area. Activities include hiking, camping, fishing (license required) swimming, and picnic areas. www.fs.usda.gov

 
 
 
 

Fishing Areas
Crab Creek Catfish Farm, 441 Crab Creek Rd., no permit required, daily 10am-9pm., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-0023

North Mills River Recreational Area/Pisgah National Forest, permit required, 5289 N. Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC
877-444-6777, 828-890-3284 Mills River Recreational Area

Dupont State Recreational Forest, permit required, (828) 877-6527 www.dupontforest.com

Davidson River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest - (828) 862-5960, 1-877-444-6777 www.recreation.gov

French Broad River, www.riverlink.org/riverguide.pdf

Lake Julian, permit required, Skyland, NC - (828) 684-0376 www.buncombecounty.org

Lake Lure, permit required, Lake Lure, NC - (828) 625-9983 www.townoflakelure.com

Sorrell's Creek Trout Farm , 443 Sorrell's Creek Road, Canton, NC 28716, (828) 648-9903

Fishing License - Children under 16 years of age do not require a North Carolina fishing license but must be accompanied by a licensed adult or possess the license of a parent or guardian. License can be obtained by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH or at various local retail outlets. (License not required at privately owned trout ponds/farms where admission is charged) www.ncwildlife.org

 
 
 
 

Swimming / Watering Holes
Patton Park
- Public swimming pool, picnic areas, tennis, basketball (pool open 7 days during summer season) (828) 697-3084 www.cityofhendersonville.org

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-9622 www.ymcawnc.org/centers/hendersonville

Lake Lure Tours & Beach Water Works- over 20 miles of Lake Lure's shoreline.The marina offers guided boat tours, a sandy beach, swimming, Water Works water park, boat rentals. (828) 625-1373 lakelure.com/activities

Sliding Rock - A gentle natural sloping 60 foot smooth rock water slide, plunging into a pool of water at the bottom. Bathrooms and showers are open during the summer season with a lifeguard on duty from Memorial Day to mid-August from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. No alcohol is allowed. Pisgah Forest, NC (828) 877-3350 www.ncnatural.com

DuPont State Recreational Forest - Hooker Falls on Little River has become a popular swimming hole, dropping off a 13-foot high natural ledge before flowing into Cascade Lake. www.dupontforest.com

Splashville - Interactive dancing water fountains located in Pack Square in Downtown Asheville for children to play in and cool off. There are benches for parents to rest and relax, a large lush green space, artwork by NC artists and a stage for a variety of performances.

 
 
 
 

Aquarium
Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium
- houses the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina with 20+ tanks that display sea horses, sting rays, shark pups, lion fish, a touch tank and more. Open Wednesday-Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm, Suggested admission $3 per person, for ages 4 and up. Group rates available. Half price for ages 60+ on Wednesday. 511 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-8386 www.teamecco.org

 
 
 
 

Other Activities
Apple Orchards - Picking apples in the fall of the year. Many orchards sponsor children's learning activities, hayrides, etc., for groups & individuals Late August through mid-November. Hendersonville, NC (828) 697-4891 www.historichendersonville.org or www.ncapples.com

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - Goat farm, hiking trails, picnic area, in summer months Rootabaga Stories and World of Carl Sandburg performed at the outdoor amphitheater. Open 9-5 daily except Christmas Day. Special events and programs. 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC (828) 693-4178 www.nps.gov/carl

Champions Golf Learning Center - lighted driving range, golf lessons, 18 hole miniature golf, batting cages, 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville NC  828-698-1234 championsgolflearningctr.com

Chimney Rock Park- Offers a spectacular 75-mile view, hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, and special events. The Great Woodland Adventure is a family-friendly interpretative trail with 12 discovery stations. Open 8:30am – 5:30pm (Daylight Saving Time) weekdays and weekends 8:30am–4:30pm (Eastern Standard Time) weekdays and weekends. Chimney Rock, NC( 828) 625-9611 or 800-277-9611 www.chimneyrockpark.com

Feed & Seed - Live bluegrass & country music on Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30PM. No cover charge, donations appreciated,
3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, NC (828) 216-3492 www.feedandseednc.com

Fired Up! Creative Lounge - Choose from a large selection of pre-fired bisque items ranging from contemporary tableware, mugs, and noodle bowls to funky figurines. 433 N. Church St., Hendersonville, NC (828) 698-9960 www.fireduplounge.com

French Broad e'N'pire NTRAK Club Model Railroad - The Club offers a 25'x35' operating "N" scale train layout, which is about 1/2 the size of HO scale. Open to the public on Saturday 10am-2pm, as well as during selected community events. 503 7th Avenue across the railroad tracks from the Historic Hendersonville Train Depot. (828) 685-2726

Historic Johnson Farm - Childrens' programs & school group tours, walking trails, Barn Loft Museum, special events and programs year 'round. Open September-May, Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-2:30pm; June-August, Monday-Thursday 8:00am-2:30pm; guided tours are offered at 10:30am & 1:30pm. Adults $5, Students (K-12) $3, Preschool free. 3346 Haywood Road, across from Rugby Middle School. Hendersonville, NC (828) 891-6585 www.historicjohnsonfarm.org

Model Railroad at the Historic Depot - Apple Valley Model Railroad Clubs' replicated HO scale railroad of Hendersonville and surrounding area. The Depot includes many historical artifacts, a Southern Railway caboose and a special children's exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Open year round, Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm & Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm. Located on Maple Street off of 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC (828) 890-8246 www.avmrc.com

Mountain Play Lodge - An indoor play and party center, offering large inflatables, soft play and playhouses complete with toys and costumes. For children up to the age of 12. 3389 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC (828) 676-2120 www.mountainplaylodge.com

North River Farms Tours, guided tours of a real working farm, other activities include a picnic by the river, fishing, you pick produce, guided tube floats, tent camping, corn maze and guided horseback rides, tours offered May -October by appointment, 3333 North Mills River Rd., Mills River, (828) 890-5316 www.northriverfarms.co/support-local-agriculture

STJ's Inflation Station - An inflatable bouncing playground, indoor party zone and private parties. 710 Tracy Grove Rd. #C3., Flat Rock, NC (828) 696-0674 stjs.net/stationhome.html

Sycamore Farms Sheep Farm Tours, guided tour of a real working sheep farm, Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am -4pm, other days & times available upon request, tours by appointment only, 764 S Mills River Rd., Mills River, (828) 891-2487 or (828) 388-1708 sycamorefarmsnc.com/farmtours.html

The Old Homeplace- live entertainment and dancing in a family atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking, Fridays & Saturdays: Country Music 7:00pm-10:30pm; 4060 North Mills River Rd, Mills River, NC 828-891-7704 www.facebook.com/theoldhomeplacemillsriver

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center - Equestrian shows, tractor pulls, antique car shows, dog shows, ten day Mountain State Fair held each September. Various events through the year. Fletcher, NC (828) 687-1414 www.wncagcenter.org

YMCA - Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center. Hwy. 64 W., Hendersonville, NC (828) 692-5774 www.ymcawnc.org/centers/hendersonville

Blue Ridge Corn Maze - Six acres of cornfusion. Open August-October (weather permitting) call for hours of operation. 570 Everett Rd., Brevard, NC (828) 226-0508 www.blueridgecornmaze.com

Asheville's Fun Depot - Offers a state-of-the-art arcade gallery, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, outdoor go-kart track, multi-level laser tag, soft play area, climbing wall and batting cages. 7 Roberts Rd., Asheville, NC (828) 277-2FUN or 866-303-4FUN www.ashevillesfundepot.com

Biltmore Estate - Largest privately owned home in the United States containing 250 rooms. Grounds open daily for touring the house & winery. Also located on the property are walking trails, shopping, horse back riding, & restaurants. January-March 9am-4pm daily, April-December 8:30am-5pm daily, Asheville, NC 800-649-3831 www.biltmore.com

Blue Ridge Parkway - Scenic byway with hiking, picnicking, scenic overlooks, historic areas, www.blueridgeparkway.org

North Carolina Arboretum - nature trails, gardens, and programs throughout the year; located off Hwy. 191 (adjoins Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC (828) 665-2492 www.ncarboretum.org

Western North Carolina Nature Center - 42 Acres of wildlife and native animals and Interpretive Programs. Open 7 days a week, 10 am-5 pm. Asheville, NC (828) 298-5600 www.wncnaturecenter.org

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace - Appalachian Mountain Home of North Carolina's Civil War Governor (1862-1865) and United States Senator located in Weaverville, NC (828) 645-6706 www.nchistoricsites.org/Vance

 
 
 
 

Other Regional Activities
Craggy Gardens - Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is located at mile marker 364.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offering information, exhibits, publications and self-guided trails. Picnic area located nearby. June and July are usually prime times to view the rhododendron. (828) 298-0398 www.blueridgeparkway.org

Cherokee Indian Reservation - Cherokee, NC Oconaluftee Indian Village, an authentic replica of an 18th century Cherokee community. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama of the Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC 800-438-1601 www.visitcherokeenc.com

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Bryson City, NC Mountain rail excursions year 'round Steam & diesel engines Several routes and plans available, Polar Express in December. 800-872-4681 www.gsmr.com

Mount Mitchell State Park - Highest peak in Eastern U.S.A. Observation tower, tent camping, trails, nature study, picnic area, natural history museum, restaurant. May-Oct. Mile marker 355.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (828) 657-4611 or (828) 298-0398
ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/momi/main.php

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 800 square miles of natural beauty, nature trails, hiking, picnicking, waterfalls, wildlife, flora & fauna, and all manner of outdoor activities. (865) 436-1200 www.nps.gov/grsm

BMW Zentrum Museum & Visitors Center - Factory Tour, virtual tour, motorcycle exhibit, art display and more Call for details and hours 888-tourBMW (children 12 and up) Allow approximately 3 hours for tour, Greer, SC www.bmwzentrum.com

World of Energy Tour - Duke Engery's education center, audiovisual tour with animated displays, computer games, and a short nature trail; Seneca, SC 800-777-1004

Roper Mountain Science Center - On 62 acres with classrooms/ labs, pioneer farm, nature trails, planetarium & observatory, rain forest and amphitheatre; Greenville, SC (864) 355-8900 www.ropermountain.org

Greenville Zoo - Pleasant setting, children friendly - located in Cleveland Park with playground, picnic tables, walking paths and lots of open space; Greenville, SC (864) 467-4300 www.greenvillezoo.com

 
 
 
 

Snow Tubing / Skiing
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing - Located on a 300-foot hill, covered by 3-5 feet of snow. Open on weekends from mid-December - early-March (weather permitting). Call ahead for current conditions and updates. Willow Road, Hendersonville, NC (828) 696-0333 or 800-849-7553. www.moonshinemountain.com

Zip 'n Slip - features snow tubing runs and a 800 foot zip line, a solarium with fireplace and full views of the tubing runs. The slope is lit for night tubing till 9pm, a variety of snacks & hot chocolate are available; open Friday-Sunday (during the season), daily Christmas, MLK Day & Presidents's Day, weekedays by appointment only; 10725 US Hwy. 23 N., Mars Hill, NC (828) 689-8444 zipnslip.com

Snow Skiing - Two slopes are within an hour's drive of Hendersonville. Other slopes are located in the Northern Mountains. Check availability and snow conditions in advance. General information 800-438-7500 www.skicentral.com, www.onthesnow.com or www.goskinc.com

 
 
 
 

Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the Sky
- family theme park that offers an authentic western town and wild west with shows between good guys and bad guys; open spring thru late fall, 16 Fie Top Rd., Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926-1130 www.ghostowninthesky.com

Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo - family theme park with a Christmas theme, rides, zoo, entertainment, Santa, gift shops, food, & playgrounds; open spring thru late fall, Cherokee, NC (828) 497-9191 www.santaslandnc.com

Tweetsie Railroad - a wild west theme park featuring a three-mile ride on a historic steam railroad, live entertainment, rides, and a petting zoo, open spring thru late fall, Blowing Rock, NC 800-526-5740 www.tweetsie.com

 
 
 
 

Zip Lines
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park - is comprised of 60 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 trees and towering poles tucked into a wooded park just minutes from downtown Asheville, 1 Resort Dr., Asheville, NC (828) 225-2921 www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com

Canopy Ridge Farm - offers a day full of zip-line tours, tubing and kayaking, located in Lake Lure, just minutes from Chimney Rock State Park, call for for rates and reservations, 7115 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC (828) 625-4500 www.canopyridgefarm.com

Navitat Canopy Adventures - features 10 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, 2 rappelling experiences, and 3 short hikes. Zip lines range from 120 feet to over 1,100 feet in length, 242 Poverty Branch Rd., Barnardsville NC (828) 626-3700 www.navitat.com

The Gorge - offers a 3½ hour trip perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge, the steepest & fastest canopy tour in the USA, featuring 11 zip lines, 3 huge rappels and a sky bridge with breathtaking 90-mile panoramic view, 166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, NC (855) 749-2500 www.thegorgezipline.com