Top 10 Kid-Friendly Things To Do in Asheville

While Asheville may be well-known for its sundry of adult libations, the city also boasts tons of kid-friendly fun the whole family can pour into.

~ Check out our Top 10 hot spots for kiddos below ~

 

Asheville’s Fun Depot

With over 65,000 square feet of indoor fun, Asheville’s Fun Depot is the ideal place to spend quality time with your friends and family regardless of the weather. Attractions and activities include: outdoor and indoor go-carts, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, X-rider 4D Theater, arcade games, Aeroball, Lazer Frenzy, Atomic Rush, and more!

 

 

WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity.

 

 

Asheville Pinball Museum

The Asheville Pinball Museum offers a wide array of pinball machines spanning from the 1950’s to the 21st Century! Once you pay admission, there are over 80 pinball machines and video games ready to play.

 

 

Asheville Museum of Science

Asheville Museum of Science is the premier exploratory science experience in downtown Asheville. With fully interactive exhibits, street level access, and a variety of educational programs, AMOS is a must visit for the whole family! Be a geologist in our Colburn Hall of Minerals, dig for fossils and say hello to our Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton, climb into the tree canopy in our Southern Appalachian Forestry exhibit, and so much more at the Asheville Museum of Science!

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Take the kids on a hike! The Blue Ridge Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, the Parkway’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina offer many ways to explore rich traditions.

 

 

Tubing the French Broad River

Tubing the French Broad River has become one of the most popular activities to do in Asheville during the summer months! Check out Zen Tubing, Sky Tubing or French Broad Outfitters, all conveniently located in the city for tube rentals and river shuttles.

 

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Their scenic rail excursions take you from our historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Their variety of train options and special event trains makes them perfect for making memories. Dine in the First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola. Step on board for your next rail adventure!

 

Asheville Tourist Game

Take them out to the ball game! The Asheville Tourists are a minor league baseball team based in Asheville, North Carolina. They play in the Class A South Atlantic League and have been a farm team of the Colorado Rockies since 1994.

 

 

Ziplining

Zip through the trees at one of the many zip lining companies located just minutes away from Downtown Asheville. Not only will you get the adventure of a lifetime, this is one of the most unique ways to see the spectacular mountain scenery of WNC. Check out Navitat, or the Adventure Center of Asheville for more info!

Love in Asheville: Valentine’s Day Itinerary to Make You Swoon

Valentine’s Day is less than one week away, which means it’s time to plan that special something, for that special someone. This is one of our favorite holidays every year because we get to see couples young and old, fall in love all over again. While you are busy planning each detail of the day, you can leave the driving to Asheville Premier Transportation. We are available for full day rental or by the hour to chauffeur you and your date throughout the city in style. We can even hit that sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ve been dreaming about. Thinking more of a “Galentine” with your besties? We can pick up the whole crew! All it takes is one call and we begin setting up your trusted and luxurious ride. Here’s a  few of our favorite ideas for this year’s Valentine’s Day trip itinerary that will surely make you say those three special words…”I heart Asheville.”

 

A sweet surprise.

 

While dinner is a definite, may we recommend, life is short, eat your dessert first. Start your romantic time in Asheville a couple days early at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. On Feb. 10, they are hosting a free, fun, family-friendly sensory chocolate tasting at their factory at 21 Buxton Ave. in Downtown Asheville. Guests will be able to sample the seasonal confections in their Aphrodisiac Collection at their experience tables, sip bubbly, hot chocolate and coffee, and nibble on savory snacks.

 

 

 

A table for two.

 

A Valentine’s Day dinner is a must do no matter where you are. However, if you are in Asheville, this changes everything. As you may know, Asheville is known as one of the greatest foodie cities in the nation. Asheville’s independently-owned restaurant represent the spirit of this culinary city. With over hundreds to choose from, we recommend starting your search on Asheville’s Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) calendar of events. Click HERE and fall in love with an array of Valentine’s Day culinary events in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

Twilight in the mountains.

 

Craggy Gardens – About 20 miles up from Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Craggy Garden offers a 360 degree panoramic of the stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the chilly winter months, bring a cozy blanket, and a cup of tea or coffee (because they love you latte) and trek up the ridge to watch the awe-inspiring sunset that falls from the sky each evening and melts into the sea of mountains.

 

 

 

 

Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie

The luxurious travels and fashionable style of one of the greatest love stories in history are currently on display at the stunning Biltmore Estate with a new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. The exhibit takes you to the romance and passion of the era with more than 45 film dazzling costumes from the iconic film—representing the extensive wardrobes required by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.