by Lesli Peterson – Written for and published on HomeSchool.com
Conde Nast readers recently named Asheville, NC the no. 4 friendliest city in the US. While my family of six visited last week, we felt that southern hospitality! We also fell in love with the farm-to-table dining experiences, the eclectic mix of business and arts, and the breathtaking hikes and waterfalls. Here is your guide to family fun in one of the “Most Beautiful Places in America.”
A short drive south of Asheville brings you two Forests of fun. DuPont offers multiple waterfalls, including woodlands featured in the movie Hunger Games. About 20 minutes on the other side of Brevard is Pisgah National Forest. You could fill a week with hiking and sightseeing, but if you only have short time then don’t miss Sliding Rock.
Take a “hands on” tour of George Vanderbilt’s home and gardens. This American mansion is fun for families, and especially friendly to homeschool families. Tour the home and gardens, take an outdoor adventure on the property, enjoy the animals at the farm, and so much more. Stay tuned for more about their new Homeschool Workbook, as well.
Enjoy a climb 500 stairs to the top of this iconic North Carolina attraction, and take in a gorgeous 75-mile panoramic view. See the falls made famous in Last of the Mohicans. Walk the miles of trails, and behold the work of Mother Nature at the North Carolina State Park.
Tupelo Honey Café has won several accolades, including “Best of Asheville” from Southern Living Magazine (2011.) Our family gave it two thumbs up for three reasons: Delicious locally grown food, a family-friendly ambiance, and an owner with a heart for his community.
Also worth a visit:
City Bakery Café – Awesome cappuccinos, and the stuffed French toast will fill you up for a day of exploring.
Mayfel’s– Get a table outside in the back courtyard – it’s fun and makes your meal family-friendly. Don’t leave without buying a jar of Mayfel’s sweet and spicy pickles, and I recommend the fried oyster salad with remoulade dressing.
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
This Hilton hotel is perfect for families. There is a fridge in the suite, an indoor pool for year-round play, and a breakfast and snack bar ensure you get out the door on time each morning. It is only minutes from Biltmore and Downtown Asheville, and provides easy access to the interstate for day trips to the surrounding area waterfalls.
Brookstone Lodge – Another family-friendly location, and we love that it is locally owned and operated.
Disclosure: Thank you to the city of Asheville for assisting us on our family adventure. Thank you, also, to Asheville Treetops Park, Biltmore, Tupelo Honey Café and DoubleTree Hotel for their complementary contributions to our Asheville adventure. While we appreciate their kindness, it never deters us from reporting our honest opinion.
This is a great place if you have never zip lined. The guys made it safe and comfortable and lots of fun. Beware the corny jokes.
November 4, 2022.
Very nice people, fun time :)
October 30, 2022.
Our favorite time of year, 5th yr experiencing The Haunted Trail -- never to disappoint! Thanks for another awesome year!
October 25, 2022.
So much fun. Definitely worth a visit. The Zipline guides are hilarious and fun.
October 25, 2022.
My son and I went ziplining, we did the short course. Though we were both terrified - it was extremely exhilarating! Brandon and Briggs were awesome instructors, and were also patient with me with each line as I was not able to get the courage to lift my feet to go 😳(I was too scared). Highly recommend visiting!
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The Adventure Center of Asheville is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort at 85 Expo Drive in Asheville.
Take Exit 3A off of I-240 | Off Patton Ave behind Regent Park