Don’t know exactly what to do in Asheville, NC?
While visiting the area, whether you’re stopping off for a couple hours, on your way someplace else, or you chose this destination for a week-long vacation, you will want to make the most of your time here by finding unique and entertaining things to do during your stay—and I’ve got some solid recommendations to start you off.
In Asheville, NC, tourism is growing every year, and with good reason. With plenty to see and plenty to do, the city is a first-rate choice for a vacation destination. Asheville boasts a variety of highlights, from art galleries to mountain views, but that’s only the beginning of fun things to do in the area.
For visitors, landmarks such as the Biltmore House are among the first must-see places that come to mind. The Biltmore Estate is something you simply won’t be able to find in any other town, and if you’re interested in architecture or Victorian décor, this massive home is the place for you. I’ve been several times, and I won’t say that some children might not enjoy touring the home, but I think a majority of kids would find it far less intriguing to roam around a historic house than the adults. Plus, it’s a little on the pricey side, so I recommend doing something different for a big group with lots of little ones.
As far as fun activities for the family go, Asheville has several great options, but I’m a sports person, so my favorite thing to do with my family in the area is go to a ball game. The Asheville Tourists are the local minor league baseball team, and their home games at McCormick Field are a blast. The season lasts from April to September, and the Tourists do promotions all through the season for their home games, such as Dollar Dog Fridays, Sunday Fun Days, souvenir and jersey giveaway days, and more. They also host several fireworks shows every season, including one on the Fourth of July.
Another family-oriented place to visit is Asheville’s Fun Depot, the entertainment center packed with things to do for kids, such as indoor and outdoor go-carts, laser tag, miniature golf, dozens of arcade games, and play areas for toddlers and younger kids. In addition to all this is Fun Depot’s outdoor ropes course and zipline, which is their newest addition to the place.
If you’re more into just the games, check out the Asheville Pinball Museum. It’s a really cool place for visitors of all ages. There are 80 pinball machines of lots of different themes, including favorites such as Batman and Star Wars. It’s worth noting that since there only 80 machines, there is an 80 person limit in the museum. If you are the 81st person, you will be put on a waiting list and notified when you can play.
Speaking of ziplining though, of all the attractions in Asheville, NC, ziplining is the most thrilling. Our town is a fantastic place to try it out, whether it’s your first-ever zip or you’re an old hand at it. My top recommendation would be Navitat Canopy Adventures, as their zips are high and fast, and the views amazing. Another great option close to the heart of Asheville is Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, a one-stop-shop for ziplines, kid ziplines (for ages 4 to 10), ropes course trails, and mountain biking trails.
There are plenty of exciting Asheville, NC, attractions, but maybe you’d prefer a quiet tour to the noise of a ball game. For historic landmarks in and around Asheville, head over to the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock and hike the trails, visit the goat farm, or tour his house to learn more about the poet. Another beautiful architectural spot you might want to stop by in
Asheville is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, a lovely church that is least a century old and was built by an architecture from Spain who—fun fact—also worked on the Biltmore House.
Of all the Asheville, NC things to do during the summer, water activities such as tubing or kayaking are the best way to slow down and spend the day with friends or family. Zen Tubing is a top spot for a relaxing float down the French Broad river. You can even rent one of their “cooler tubes” to stow your lunch and stop off at one of the little islands to eat. The Asheville Outdoor Center also offers tubing, as well as 7-mile, calm-water kayak (or raft, or stand-up paddle board, or canoe!) trips. It’s a fun place, with outdoor games, gem mining, and more to do if you’d rather not get in the water. Here’s a tip: if you go down the river, try to spot the Biltmore House over the trees on your trip. You might even be able to snap a picture!
It would take you a great deal of time to be able to visit all the places I’ve named so far, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg for tourism in Asheville, NC, and all that the town has to offer. So, happy touring, exploring, and having fun!