Family Friendly Activities in Asheville, North Carolina


Last year, I went to Asheville, North Carolina for the Type A Parent Conference.  Besides learning a lot about my blog and the direction I wanted to take with it, I also loved meeting bloggers I follow and love and wandering around Downtown Asheville.  I brought my daughter with me last year and she went to KidCon, the babysitting service provided for an additional cost by the conference (which I highly recommend!).  This year, I am bringing my whole family.  My husband hasn’t had a day off of work since Christmas Day and he is looking forward to spending some solid daddy/kid time exploring Asheville.  In preparation for our trip, I put together a list of things for my family to do while I am attending conference sessions and rubbing elbows with other bloggers.  I am not sure what they will decide to do but I will keep you updated with reviews from my kids!


Chimney Rock Park – I think my husband is most excited about taking the kids to visit Chimney Rock Park.  The kids will love wandering the Great Woodland Adventure hike and my husband will enjoy the Hickory Nut Falls trail, both of which are family friendly and doable with two kids under the age of seven!

“Splashville” – Located in front of the courthouse, this splash pad water feature will keep my kids occupied.  If it is turned on, that is!  I found Splashville listed in the comments of my pal Amy’s blog.  I did a search for it but didn’t really find much info. 

Colburn Earth Science Museum– My rock loving son will be in heaven in the Colburn Earth Science Museum.  Big S has to pick up a rock everywhere we go.  He will love looking at the gemstones and minerals.

Asheville Outdoor Center – Speaking of rocks and gems, the Asheville Outdoor Center has gem mining.  Pay for a bucket, take it to the water and use a sluice to find some gems!  There is also tubing and canoeing available.

Western North Carolina Nature Center – This is something I might make them wait to visit when I get out of conference sessions!  There are animal exhibits like otters, red wolves, black bears and other animals that are native to the Appalachian area. 

Health Adventure– This science museum has lots of interactive hands-on exhibits.  Check the schedule before you go because there are lots of activities throughout the week.

Drum Circles – I heard all about the Drum Circle last year and was so disappointed I missed it.  We definitely won’t miss it this time!  On Friday nights throughout the summer, impromptu drum circles occur in Pritchard Park.


Asheville Tourists – This baseball lovin’ family is definitely going to try to make it to an Asheville Tourists game.  The Asheville Tourists are a Double AA club that feeds into the Colorado Rockies.  They are playing home games the whole time we are there and tickets are super cheap! 

The North Carolina Arboretum – Take a hike or a guided trail walk here or see one of the most unique Bonsai collections of the United States.

Go geocaching – We have been geocaching a few times and the kids love the treasure hunts!  Asheville has some great geocaches both in the downtown area and on the hiking trails. 

Go hiking – Asheville has so many hiking trails for levels of all kinds!  My children love to hike.  I have mentioned before how it amazes me how they will hike a mountain for hours but complain about walking across a parking lot to get to the store!

Lake Lure– Our hotel has a pool, but if my husband wants to get the kids out of the hotel and into the water he might make the drive to Lake Lure where there is the Water Works park and beach area.


Carl Sandburg Home – Little S and I stopped here at this National Historic Site on our way home last year but it was raining.  I would love to go back and visit when the sun is shining.  We could take a walk and then tour the home of this famous author.   

These are just a few of the activities available!  There is so much more…a trip to the Biltmore, hiking to waterfalls.  I don’t think my husband and the kids will get to do everything they hope to!

Special thanks to Amy, at the Q Family Adventures, and her post 13 Things to Do in Asheville with Kids, TravelingMom’s 10 Free Things to do in Asheville, Kelby Carr of the Type A Parent Conference, the Explore Asheville, and Visit North Carolina who helped with my research.


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