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Family Adventure Vacation in Asheville

Western North Carolina Family Adventure Vacation Guide

Ready to get your family out of the house for a fun family adventure vacation?  Western North Carolina is the perfect place to visit! First, book a family adventure with us on our Treetops Park, Asheville Ziplines, Kid Zip or Kolo Bike Park.

Asheville Ziplines– Have a zipline adventure set amongst the canopy of our 150 + year old oak trees with views of downtown Asheville.  Our zipline rangers lead and (back you up) on your trip through our tree-lined course.  Ages 8 and over can zipline on our Asheville Zipline Canopy tour with 2 choices: a 3-hour tour with 11 ziplines and 3 sky bridges (including our 1,200 foot side-by-side lines) or a 2-hour abbreviated tour with 7 ziplines and 1 sky bridge.  Either trip starts with an extensive ground school, so you can practice on the ground, then a start on our 3 bunny-slope ziplines. Zipliners must be between 70 and 250 lbs and ages 8-12 require an adult escort.

Kid Zip is our Zipline Park built for ages 4 to 10 to fly between sailed platforms over a meadow.  The Ziplines start at ground level and build speed and height up to 25 feet high.  (Kids who are nervous about the height, can exit in the middle of the course.)  It is a perfect activity for those who don’t weigh enough to make it through the Asheville Zipline Canopy Course, but who are ready to fly through the air.  Ages 4-6 must have an accompanying adult escort who is under 225 lbs. Ages 7-10 are required to have an adult monitor watching. The inclusion of this kid-oriented adventure experience makes the ACA a must-do for anyone looking for a true family adventure vacation.

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park is a family aerial playground for ages 4 and over.  We offer 7 aerial trails with over 77 fun challenges like swinging bridges, a hang glider, a sky kayak and a turtle swing.  While you traverse the trails, you are clipped in with our smart-clips and full body harness.  Or ages 4-6 use a smart roller.  Either way, you are continuously connected to our trails while you are in the air.  Ages 4-6 start on the Purple Trail on the ground, then can choose between our Green and Blue beginner trails that are 10 feet off the ground.  Older kids and adults can choose between appropriate trails which go up to 50 feet in the air.  The Treetops Park is a great family or group activity as everyone can choose their level of adventure and still be in the same area encouraging and laughing with each other as obstacles are conquered.   Adult escorts are needed for kids and the weight limit is 265 lbs. 

Kolo Bike Park is the first bike park in Asheville to offer 4 miles of trails, 2 pump tracks, multi-lane jump line, skills park, and challenge elements scattered through our 100-acres.  Mountain bikes are available to rent to use on property or to take off property.  And year-round youth mountain bike skills sessions are offered by our experienced instructors.   

Whitewater Rafting is offered by our sister-company Wildwater, who has been offering guided adventures in the south eastern mountains of the US for over 50 years.  Their Nantahala Gorge and Pigeon River Gorge locations are the closest to Asheville and offer Whitewater Rafting for ages 4 and over, Kid Zip (ages 4-10), Zipline Canopy Tours (ages 8+), Jeep Tours, and Lodging.  Check them out Spring to Fall for more family adventures.  

Then, check out other fun family adventure vacation activities to do in Asheville:

Biltmore Estate– don’t just visit the house, check out the farm, hiking or biking

WNC Nature Center – home to 60 species of wildlife that live or have lived in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Trolley Tours of Asheville – check out their 90-minute overview tour, ghost tour or take advantage of their hop-on hop-off tour

The Flying Bike– electric bike tours of Asheville or rentals for all ages

NC Arboretum– spend a few hours or a day walking through the lovely gardens, exhibits and 10 miles of trails

Asheville Pinball Museum – play old pinball machines

Asheville Tourists Baseball – enjoy a fun evening of baseball Spring and Summer.  Games are full of fun activities and of course great baseball!

Splasheville is Asheville’s play-in downtown interactive water fountain at Pack Square Park with 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations.   

Asheville Urban Trail is the downtown walking tour of the city’s history.  Stand in Thomas Wolfe’s shoes.  Or get your photo with the famous Flat Iron or dance with the Appalachian Stage.  Downloadable map is here.

Other near-by family-oriented adventure destinations:

Chimney Rock and Lake Lure

Chimney Rock State Park– spend a few hours or a few days hiking the trails, splashing in the bottom of the 404-foot waterfall or enjoying the view from on top the rock!

Lake Lure Beach and Tours – rent a pontoon boat for the day or play at their beach

Hendersonville/Brevard

Dupont State Forest – hike, bike or just play in the falls

Pisgah Forest Gem Mining– 2 locations with one downtown Hendersonville

Hands On Children’s Museum

Apple Orchards in the Fall- there are many to choose from- but Justus Orchard and Stepp’s Orchard are our favs!

Bearwallow Mountain– great hike with kids!

Sliding Rock – water slide on massive boulders! But get there early! Sometimes they close when its too crowded.

Nantahala River Gorge

Wildwater Rafting/KidZip/Ziplines – just 1.5 hours from Asheville, this outdoor playground has many options including rafting, ziplines and a Raft-n-Rail trip up the Nanty Gorge via the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and back down by raft!

Great Smoky Mtn Railroad – ride the train up and down the Nantahala Gorge

Museum of the Cherokee Indian –  experience the 11,000-year-old Cherokee story with intriguing displays and interactive video.  It is a very entertaining experience for all ages.

Oconaluftee Indian Village –  then visit the reenactment of a true Cherokee Indian Village

Check all websites for reservations and open hours as COVID-19 operating procedures are in effect in North Carolina, including wearing face masks!      

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The Adventure Center of Asheville
4.7
Based on 159 reviews
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Astrid Pena
Astrid Pena
11:37 02 May 21
Best.trip.ever!! Brandon and West were AMAZING guides and made the whole thing so much more fun! I am terrified of... heights but they both made sure throughout the entire trip that I, and the others, felt comfortable and were enjoying it! I would do this again without hesitation. Thank you, guys!!!read more
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson
21:41 28 Apr 21
It's the perfect place solo, or with the whole family. There's a little something for everybody and so close to... downtown. If you didn't know it was there, you would miss it. A great little gem just on the outskirts of town.read more
Brandon Tran
Brandon Tran
00:00 27 Apr 21
Our family went to visit Kid Zip in Asheville and we had a blast. I ended up getting the season pass for a year because... the kids loved it so much. We've also experienced the TreeTops adventure park. The obstacles also a lot of fun for kids and adults. Good times! Go visit them!read more
Audrey Power
Audrey Power
13:20 26 Apr 21
I brought a group of high school seniors who all found some thing at the right level of challenge for themselves. They... loved zip lining, Climbing, and some of the creative thinking needed to complete the courses. The adventure center was also very accommodating for students who wanted to remain on the ground, and they were able to add a few tickets to our group at the last minute. Great service. Very fun.read more
Cyn Slingsby
Cyn Slingsby
13:46 08 Mar 21
Scheduling our group was easy with Sarah! We needed to make changes and her grace, comfort and professionalism were... high! We all (15 kids/parents) loved our experience! The rangers are funny, knowledgeable and helpful! All the kids left saying they want their next day party there!!! Thanks to an extensive and amazing staff!!!read more
Stacey Vargas
Stacey Vargas
04:21 20 Feb 21
We went on the Treetop Adventure and did the big obstacle course on the trees. It was great fun! Highly recommended if... you enjoy climbing, obstacle course, and you're not too afraid of heights.read more
Leslie Anson
Leslie Anson
16:36 18 Feb 21
Our zip lining guides Donovan and Doug were outstanding! They were funny, watched us and gave helpful pointers and... taught us about the local trees. They also recommended a wonderful local place to eat! These two made our experience that much more enjoyable!read more
Jeffrey Clark
Jeffrey Clark
22:36 04 Jan 21
The kids really enjoyed this place. We did the tree top adventure. I thought it was really neat that they had like 7... different courses.read more
Antonella Prevost
Antonella Prevost
20:13 03 Jan 21
Such an entertaining place!! Had a great time. The courses are challenging but doable and that’s what keeps it fun. The... only two downsides in my opinion were that 1. It only lasts 2 hours and starts from when you watch a video and do the whole harness thing, so you lose time to actually be up on the trees and 2. I’ve been to other adventure parks and they sell/rent gloves because the courses have elements where you need to hold onto a rope or cable. I asked for them but they don’t sell/rent or even suggest you to bring your own. My hands were really hurting afterwards. Anyways, I’d recommend it!!read more
Liz Yablonicky
Liz Yablonicky
14:35 01 Jan 21
My teen children and I did the zip lining with Donovan and Brandon this week. What great fun! I was very nervous but... our guides helped me gain confidence safely and they were so supportive and funny. We were only in town for a few days so when another zip line company cancelled our reservation due to inclement weather, we were thrilled and relieved to be able to come to Adventure Center of Asheville. Thanks for staying open and showing us a great time! Also loved the Covid safety protocols in place.read more
carson stuckey
carson stuckey
02:48 19 Dec 20
What a great place for a birthday party. My 8 year old son had a blast. Great place for a family outing, or good place... to challenge your friends on the hardest courses. Looking forward to going back.read more
Lane Carolina
Lane Carolina
16:44 14 Dec 20
Our group was staying downtown and this place was super close. There were several guys who had never done any zipline... stuff before, but the staff was so helpful and friendly. If we had more time we would have rented some bikes for the bike park. Just a great place to play and feel like a kid again.read more
Grant Drenning
Grant Drenning
19:15 21 Nov 20
Our group of 8 had an amazing time on the Zipline adventure. Our guides Marz and Donovan were great. They were... extremely knowledgeable and eased some of our groups anxiety before beginning. They start you on some smaller lines before moving on to the bigger and better ones. They are also hilarious and had some killer one liners, they are sure to make you laugh. We had a great time and would definitely do it again. If you're apprehensive at all about doing this don't be, by the end, our most apprehensive person was just as eager as everyone else to get to zipping!!!read more
Lindsey Yow
Lindsey Yow
00:02 11 Nov 20
Friendly staff and so many fun things to do. I also love that they allowed the haunted trail to take place there and... raise money for charityread more
Home Team Handyman Service
Home Team Handyman Service
11:47 09 Oct 20
A lot of fun for the whole family. The price for the adventure was cheap compared to other parks we've been to and the... instructors were great. Hated having to wear a mask though which took away from the fun. Every time my mask would slip off slightly I was scolded but I guess that's where were at right now. All in all it was well worth it. Side note:Asheville has changed folks. Don't go downtown unless you're wearing a mask, even outside. The hippies run the show and will cuss you out for walking outside without one. I will NEVER go to downtown Asheville againread more
Chasing Rainbows
Chasing Rainbows
19:00 06 Oct 20
Spent the day here and loved every minute! The ziplining was amazing, and our guides Brandon and Marz made every second... enjoyable. I want to come back again and hopefully zip with those guides! You hand break here, instead of the automatic, which I actually prefer because I feel I have more control. The guides signal you when you need to break, and whether to break harder or softer. Loved every moment!read more
keven buttray
keven buttray
19:42 19 Sep 20
So many fun things to do!!
Kat Douglas
Kat Douglas
13:17 11 Sep 20
Friendly & Knowledgeable staff. My Son & I had a BLAST doing the Tree Top Adventure, We will deff be back!
Marc Kerr
Marc Kerr
03:02 08 Sep 20
Zipling was so much fun and I enjoyed it. Donovan and Brandon made my experience something to remember. The staff the... entire time was amazing.read more
Dorothea Young
Dorothea Young
18:07 07 Sep 20
Great staff where you purchase tickets. Well maintained trails
Andre Dickens
Andre Dickens
17:46 06 Sep 20
We decided to do the kids zipline course with our 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter and it was the best family... activity we have done. The kids enjoyed the course so much they did it 4 times. The guides and instructors were great and we are planning to come back to do the obstacle course. I would highly recommend this as a family activity.read more
Benjamin Chapin
Benjamin Chapin
23:49 26 Aug 20
Did the zip line tour. Staff was great, equipment sanitized and in good shape, had a blast conquering heights while... zipping along!read more
Mandy Yancey
Mandy Yancey
19:00 23 Aug 20
We did a zip line tour yesterday for my husband’s birthday trip. Our guides, Brandon and Donovan were fantastic! They... were fun and engaging. This was my first time zip lining. I’m not great with heights and they put me at ease. Thank you for a great time! HIGHLY recommend.read more
Veronica
Veronica
18:58 22 Aug 20
Donnaben and Brando made the experience memorable. They are super nice and train you well.
M L
M L
20:00 09 Aug 20
Our son has enjoyed two weeks of bike camp at KOLO this summer. Fantastic time with great counselors. He enjoyed it... so much, he wants to be a counselor in training next year.read more
Karmin Andrew
Karmin Andrew
22:29 01 Aug 20
Fun, safe, easy to arrange. Knowledgeable staff. Very well run operation.
Jennifer Olinger
Jennifer Olinger
00:41 17 Jun 20
My 9 year old enjoyed Kolo bike park camp last week - and he is back this week with his 13 year old sister enjoying... Adventure Camp. They are having a blast a rating it a “13” on a scale of 1-10. And kids are honest! Great staff. Safe and social distance friendly. Get outdoors and live life!read more
Jenna Morgan Hamilton
Jenna Morgan Hamilton
14:03 16 Jun 20
Our family came to the Asheville area from Virginia for a long weekend in an effort to change up our scenery and give... our kids something to look forward to because we had been under our stay-at-home order since mid-March. We decided to do the ziplining tour at Asheville Adventure Center because it gave us a chance to do something as a family outside and it was an activity the kids were really excited about. The folks at Asheville Adventure Center were amazing. Very friendly, with a great customer service attitude. We had our safety training with Jeff, whom I think is the owner, and our ziplining guides were Brandon and Donovan. They were terrific. Very low stress, but also very focused on safety and procedure. We had a very nice time talking with them over the two hours and we can't say enough about how much they added to our enjoyment of the experience. During the ziplining, we all had to wear facemasks because it was not possible to always stay six feet apart during time on the tree platforms but it was not too much of a bother and it actually ended up keeping my face warm because it was cool and breezy up in the trees. We highly recommend this company and will come back to do another activity with them the next time we come to Asheville!read more
Stephanie Worley
Stephanie Worley
18:21 01 Mar 20
I was not prepared for how hard it was but I had a great time. Staff was friendly and helpful. I'll definitely be back!
TheGalway Girl
TheGalway Girl
17:03 28 Jan 20
Wonderful family fun with a variety of activities. Need to do better about waiting time in line to check in.
June Davidson
June Davidson
11:50 09 Oct 19
My first time on a zipline and I loved it! I was especially impressed by the safety standards at the Adventure Center.... They took time for a training session to ensure all participants could demonstrate basic skills. ANY time a participation was up high, he/she was securely tethered by at least one (usually more) line to a strong cable. But our guides weren’t all business. Their jokes, stories, and little dance/demonstrations added greatly to the super fun experience. So go, zip, laugh and know you are in very safe hands.read more
Matthew Townes
Matthew Townes
01:01 30 Jul 19
Loved that all the kids could participate and could be fairly independent (our group had ages 5-9). Also challenging... enough for the more experienced adults in the group.read more
Manish Katiyar
Manish Katiyar
15:21 07 Jul 19
Great place for kids to get aquatinted with zip lining
Wendy Long
Wendy Long
01:01 14 Jun 19
Great experience for groups, either family or company groups on a retreat. This was my 1st time. And some parts were... harder then I thought but I got through it. They have levels of course (easy-difficult) you can take kids too! My daughter is 13 and can go on the bigger zipline. A fun experience!! I would definitely recommend! (They even do "Amazing Race" type set ups for larger groups .read more
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Kolo Bike Park
4.4
Based on 93 reviews
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Ray S
Ray S
00:07 03 May 21
Very nice place. Kids had a good time and liked the bike trails.
Heather Bullman
Heather Bullman
12:30 15 Apr 21
My 11 year old bikes at Kolo with his friend. He loves it so much. Thanks Kolo.
Sahra Claire Laird
Sahra Claire Laird
13:52 19 Mar 21
So. Much. Fun!my 4.5 year-old was completely psyched the whole time we were there, and I think we only explored maybe... a fifth of the park the first time we went!I think my hubby’s gonna really love it too when he goes later today!Great fun for all ages :-)read more
Lisa Larson
Lisa Larson
11:58 16 Mar 21
My boys couldn't get enough of riding here! They had so much fun!!
Justine Smith
Justine Smith
14:36 09 Oct 20
I had never mountain biked before I came here and was very pleasantly surprised that the trails were manageable for a... complete beginner like me. It was also really nice that some of the trails are intermediate level so as I got more comfortable I could try more difficult trails/tricks. I’ll definitely be back!read more
Alisa Taliercio
Alisa Taliercio
22:11 24 Sep 20
My son loved this place. It is all he has talked about and he can not wait to go back. Very well maintained course for... mnt biking!read more
Hillary Landry
Hillary Landry
09:23 01 Sep 20
Short trails with overgrown areas that should be kept up with, but we managed to make the best of the trip. There are... still some nice opportunities to work on skills. The staff in the gift shop were not friendly. The dirt jumps were closed due to rain the morning before, so plan accordingly with weather.read more
Heather Brooks
Heather Brooks
02:10 27 Aug 20
They do a jump night during the summers that is fun and well attended. It’s a fun little park. They’ve worked hard on... it. There are lots of little features to work on things like jumping and dropping. They do have a more advanced jump line... but that seems to be it for very advanced features.read more
association for traditional studies
association for traditional studies
12:47 25 Jul 20
As locals, we love having a full bike park just 10 minutes from the house--pump tracks, single trails, skill park and... friendly, fantastic staff. Our son goes to camp here all summer, and I ride with him several afternoons a week after work. Definitely consider the annual pass, as the more you know the park, the more you realize it has to offer. UPDATE: PLEASE CONSIDER EXTENDING CAMP NOW THAT SCHOOLS HAVE MOVED TO ONLINE LEARNING! Perhaps two sessions a day to handle the crowds (morning group, afternoon group) or afternoons or... WE WILL SIGN UP! Our children will need more than just outside time with homeschooling, but outside time that builds skills and involves learning.read more
Josh Ward
Josh Ward
04:02 23 Jul 20
Great bike park with multiple pump tracks, singletrack trails, and kids tracks. One of the few parks we've been to with... bicycle tracks specifically for the little ones. My kids loved it! The whole park is covered in well marked mountain bike tracks and trails divided up by skill level. You can rent bikes or bring your own to ride. Tons of fun for beginners or advanced riders!read more
Daniel Kneale
Daniel Kneale
22:28 11 Jun 20
I brought my son out here to fight boredom and get some exercise and accomplished both. In addition we had a great... deal of fun and met some great people!Upon arrival my son decided to inform me that his brakes weren't working at all. There we were with no tools or ability to continue riding. Luckily an employee at the park named Collin came to the rescue. He had my son's bike stopping better than ever.Great facility. Great people. Great tracks. 3 tons of fun!read more
Diego Salgado
Diego Salgado
20:01 28 Jan 20
Skill park and dirt jump, trails are so short!
Ross Bower
Ross Bower
15:14 06 Sep 19
Great bike park. Lots of options. Have a lot of places for kids/beginners and bigger stuff for the more advanced... riders. Great community events and social media presence. Clean and relaxed environment. 🤙.read more
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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

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Asheville, NC 28806

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