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When it comes to outdoor activities and adventures, Asheville is second to none.
Looking for outdoor activities in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville? The breathtaking scenery of our Blue Ridge Mountains engulfs the charming city of Asheville. Come enjoy the great outdoors, including hiking the many trails and discovering glistening waterfalls. The beauty of the region attracts thousands of visitors each year, and among them are many people in search of adventure vacations for couples.
Thanks to our friends at Crazy Family Adventure!
They recently included the Adventure Center of Asheville in a great post about some of WNC's best family friendly activities and we are honored to be near the top of the list!
Visit their website at http://www.crazyfamilyadventure.com/things-to-do-in-asheville-with-kids/ or read our exceprt below...
We fell in love with Asheville the minute we pulled in! Maybe it had to do with the walking/biking path that ran through the middle of our campground or the river flowing right behind our site, but the vibe made us want to be outside exploring. We definitely took advantage of the beautiful landscape and tried some really fun and unique adventures. Check them out!
Quick Jump is an ultimate adrenaline rush
Opening May 9th, 2015 at the Adventure Center of Asheville, QuickJump is an ultimate adrenaline rush that is unprecedented in the Asheville area. After gearing up in our full body harness and reaching the pinnacle of our 65-foot Jinga Canopy Tower prepare to take that big step for an intense rush. Free fall 15-20 feet before the "Quick Jump" devise gradually slows you down and lowers you the remaining distance. This heart pounding adventure is memorable but quick so plan to try it twice. Two Quick Jumps are available side by side so find a friend, spouse, sibling or child to scream your lungs out with!!
- ages 10 and over
- 10-15 minutes total jump time
- max weight of guest is 250 lbs.
$10/person for first jump, $5/person for each additional jump
QuickJump is an add-on activity when you're visiting the Adventure Center. You have to be participating one of our featured activities (ATAP, KidZip, Zipline Canopy Tours) in order to add the QuickJump to your adventure.
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park
The Adventure Park has seen an amazing amount of growth this year. We have built and opened a "Blue Course" which has similar difficulty to the Green Course, but with two ziplines, by popular demand. Another change we've made is modifying the rules and the elements on the Green Course to accommodate our guests as young as 4 years old! Whether you have a birthday party of kids, or you're looking for a solo challenge, or anything in between, we want to invite you to come hang out with us this summer!
Back in June, we opened "KidZip" which is the first zipline in the country designed just for kids ages 4-10. Each 4-6 year old must be accompanied by an adult, but 7-10 year olds can go on their own, with adult supervision. (If you're 10 or older, the Adventure Center of Asheville also has 'Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures' for you.) KidZip also accommodates birthday parties, just like the Adventure Park.
If you like rock climbing, tree climbing, or both, TreeQuest is the thing for you. We have 5 trees that you can climb all the way up and several other trees for bouldering as well. We have staff on hand that can help guide you up the trees, facilitate, and accommodate your group!
We would love to see your smiling faces this summer at The Adventure Center of Asheville and Asheville Treetops Adventure Park! Come hang out with us!
The Adventure Center of Asheville is introducing 2 new features for 2014!
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park currently offers 50 challenges on 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, and 1 advanced trail. Each trail includes about 10-13 challenges. ATAP will be adding one additional trail and the Safe Roller system for even greater ease and access for younger or more timid adventurers. Access to our 2 beginner trails will include children 4 years and up with a parent escort. There will be 10 new challenge elements on the new trail.
Get ready to go vertical but take away the climbing wall and bring in the trees. The Tree Climbing Adventure will be a tree based vertical climb using rock holds (like on a climbing wall) secured onto trees. Your climbing experience will vary from tree to tree because the climb will reflect the curves and twists of each unique tree. The Tree Climbing Adventure will be great for parties and groups.
KidZip is one of our most exciting and anticipated new adventures. Every day we speak to families and hear from our industry partners they wish their 9 year old or younger could zipline. As a family focused adventure facility we heard you and plan to do something . KidZip will serve that younger age group on a true zipline tour with 10 connected ziplines that are fun and exciting but perfect for the young flyer. The zips will be a mixture of ground based, mini towers, and trees. It will be located adjacent to the adventure park.
For more information follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or contact The Adventure Center of Asheville at 225-2921 or reservations at 800-451-9972.
Fall for Asheville, North Carolina on Your Fall Vacation
Asheville, North Carolina is a wondrous place to visit any time of year, but a fall vacation here is truly a delight. Autumn Is a favorite season for many who come to this Appalachian resort destination, a time of year when a kaleidoscope of color serves as a picturesque backdrop to the historic beauty of this town. The diverse architectural styles of the city – a heritage collection of preserved buildings ranging from Beaux Arts to neoclassical, and crowned by a fabulous Art Deco City Hall - make this one of the fastest growing vacation and wedding destinations in America.
There is plenty to do and a lot to see while in the area. In the heart of the Blue Ridge, this mountain city boasts over 30 art galleries, a culinary explosion of tastes to suit any foodie, and a wide variety of outdoor activities. Hiking, white water rafting, and zipline adventures abound. Accommodations are plentiful in this city of 500,000 residents, too. If one of the many branded hotel chains located here is not to your liking, choose one of the idyllic mountain view resorts, or take a fall vacation with the family at a comfortable, affordable rustic cabin. Bed and breakfast inns abound in the area, and several beautiful campgrounds and RV parks beckon those who love a vacation experience closer to nature.
One of the top attractions in the area is the Treetops Adventure Park. Here among the towering trees of a woodland park, adventurous visitors are treated to a huge menu of challenges. Choices are available for anyone who likes to climb, hike, jump, swing, rappel, or zipline. There are four adventure trails, each with varying levels of difficulty and between 10 and 15 challenges along the way. If you are ready for the zipline go to the park website at www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com to get all the information.
VISIT THE BILTMORE
The Biltmore Estate is a must see destination for any traveler who appreciates architecture, American history, or the sheer beauty of a spectacularly landscaped mansion set in the midst of 8000 acres of Appalachian splendor. This estate was built between 1889 and 1895 by George Vanderbilt and is still owned by family descendants. At nearly 180,000 square feet, this is the largest privately owned home in America. Go to www.biltmore.com to find out more about this magnificent estate.
VISIT THE GROVE PARK INN SPA
The ultimate in luxury is available to those who visit the OMNI Grove Park Inn Spa. This opulent resort features subterranean rock walls and a main pool area with two waterfall pools amidst a labyrinth of tunnels and arches. In addition, there are ten therapeutic mineral baths, and after a soak guests may choose from three après spa fireside lounges to relax in overstuffed chairs with warm blankets, and enjoy light snacks and herbal teas. See the Grove Park website: www.groveparkinn.com.
VISIT THE NATURE CENTER
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is an ideal fall vacation attraction for the whole family. This center gives the visitor a close-up look at the animals, birds, and plant life native to the Southern Appalachia region. Since 1976 this 40 acre nature preserve has been a major attraction in the Asheville area and it continues to grow and offer greater diversity of species each year. Check out the website for the Center at www.wildwnc.com.
TAKE A UNIQUE TOUR
Perhaps a zipline or a rugged hike is not your cup of tea. Take a tour on the Purple Bus. The LaZoom Comedy Tour gives riders a tour around the city and some great comedy entertainment along the way. This open air conveyance gives guests a great view, but some just ride the bus to enjoy the party. The bus has a designated driver so you can bring your own beer or wine. Find out how to book this tour at www.lazoomtours.com.
THE TREASURE OF APPALACHIA
The natural hot springs in the area initially led to settlement of this mountain town. By the end of the nineteenth century, Asheville had many health spas and resorts for wealthy clients and the city began to flourish. Today it is a booming city that retains its cultural legacy. Experiencing the exquisitely preserved architecture, and the visual splendor of autumn in the Blue Ridge are rich treasures visitors to this fall vacation wonderland can take home with them.
Do you like to be out in nature? Do you want to introduce your family to the splendor of the outdoors with a little excitement thrown in? A zipline adventure in Asheville may be your best bet. You get the opportunity to have a fun time with your family while taking in the magnificent natural beauty in this part of North Carolina. Picture yourself whistling through the air, high above the treetops enjoying views of the forested wonderland below or embarking on a treetop adventure that includes climbing and rappelling.
What You Will See on Your Asheville Zipline Adventure?
Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventure is conveniently located within city limits; this zipline tour will afford you views of oak trees that are more than a century old in addition to vistas of the city’s downtown area. The tour also comes with learning opportunities in that you and your family will get to discover species native to the area. These range from Fraser magnolias to North Carolina's endangered hemlock trees. If any member of your party does not have a serious interest in the environment, an Asheville zipline adventure trip just may spark a fascination with the wild and beautiful things of nature.
What to Expect on Your Zipline Adventure
The mixture of urban spectacle and verdant landscape are a unique element of this Asheville adventure, one that separates it from other zipline tours in the area. Your adventure will start with you being securely placed into a harness seat that wraps around your thighs. Note that flyers will be asked to leave their mobile phones behind and anyone with long hair will be asked to secure it. Other requirements for those who wish to take the Asheville zipline tour are that:
• They should be in decent physical shape, not weighing less than 70lbs or more than 250lbs.
• They should be comfortable with heights.
• Children should be at least 10 years old.
• They must wear shoes with closed toes.
While on your zipline adventure, you should expect to reach heights of up to 70 feet and zip through the air at speeds of up to 40 miles an hour. Worried? There is no need to be, experienced adventure park staff know how to help newcomers become well versed in the skill of ziplining.
What You Will Do on Your Asheville Treetops Adventure
The Treetops Adventure Park is also within Asheville city limits (a short distance from downtown) and will provide your family with 50 challenges that each family-member can take at their own pace. The trails at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park offer varying degrees of difficulty so you can choose to start on an easy trail that is not as high above the ground. The beginner’s trail is perfect for younger children as well. The more advanced trails at the park provide a number of other exciting elements for you and your family to enjoy. While the beginner’s trail requires no climbing after the start platform, both the intermediate and advanced ones do. The intermediate trails include a hang glider, kayaking and a cargo net among their various elements. Those attempting the trail and who are between the ages of seven and 12 will need an adult escort or to be monitored. Only those over the age of 13 are allowed to attempt the advanced trails. The advanced trails feature a snowboarding zipline along with dancing hula hoops. Guests will be required to take instruction on the use of the equipment on the course as well as show that they know how to perform certain tasks before being permitted to climb.
Some of the Requirements for Treetop Adventure Park Guests are:
• They should weigh less than 250lbs.
• They should be at least seven years old.
• They should be attached to the safety system the entire time while on the course.
On Vacation in Asheville?
It is not easy to find vacation destinations that appeal to teenagers and to young children. It is even harder to find ones that are interesting to adults as well as to the younger ones. An Asheville adventure can solve both of those problems. It provides a varied playground that is challenging and exciting for grownups and for youngsters.
The Beauty of Western North Carolina
Asheville, NC is an amazing city, especially to raise a family in. It is a beautiful town that is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. People who live here get to enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds the city. The city itself offers a lot of activities to enjoy. There are loads of great restaurants that appeal to every kind of palette. There are countless cultural opportunities for families to enjoy, including some amazing art and music venues.
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park near Downtown
Thanks to RomanticAsheville.com for updating their links to our new website in their Outdoor Thins To Do in Asheville section!
The first large-scale treetop adventure park in North Carolina opens near downtown Asheville on September 29, 2012! The Asheville Treetops Adventure Park is like a jungle gym in the trees, with 50 elements from 12 to 45 feet above the forest floor that include climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges -- all anchored to more than 30 trees. It promotes family fun, physical fitness, outdoor adventure, active lifestyles, and personal growth and accomplishment. The park has elements for all ages, strengths, and adventure levels. It's part of the Asheville Adventure Center and next to Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures.
- March 17, 2013 - March 17, 2013
- Address: 1 Resort Dr., Asheville, NC 28806
- Times: Open 10:00-5:00 (Arbor Day Celebration from 2:00-5:00)
- Admission: Free Admission-Buy One, Get One Free at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park
- Contact: Susan Roderick
- Phone: 828-254-1776
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join Asheville Greenworks for an Arbor Day Celebration and the Grand Re-Opening of the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park at the Adventure Center of Asheville. For the 33rd year Asheville will receive the Tree City USA Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Volunteers can plant trees on this beautiful property overlooking downtown Asheville. as well as enjoy Buy One, Get One Free passes to the Adventure Park.
When you plan a vacation with your children you (or your partner) will likely find yourself in search of "family friendly" activities. Not every city is equipped to entertain any age group. A visit to Las Vegas with an 8 year old may not be your best choice - Ashevegas on the other hand, has plenty to offer. Of the vacation destinations across the country, Asheville stands out among the most family friendly places to visit.
When you visit Western North Carolina with your kids, here are a few places that should never miss:
If you’re in search of outdoor activities in Asheville, look no further than the high flying family fun at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and Asheville Zipline Canopy Tours. Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, these scenic attractions offer a customizable adventure that’s as unique as the city they’re in.
Asheville is one of the most exotic places that you can visit in North Carolina. The blooming beauty of this place lies in its forests, mountains, lakes, woods and other natural elements. So if you are looking for a vacation to explore nature, then pack your bags and come straight to this beautiful oasis of culture and nature. The natural settings and scenic beauty of the region offers the awesome opportunity for adventurous outdoor activities.