Asheville Attractions for All Ages

Asheville AttractionsAs your plan your vacation to the Asheville, North Carolina area, you’ll want to consider the interests of everyone. No matter what it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Check in to your room at the Orchard Inn, then get out and see all that the area has to offer. Here’s a list of Asheville attractions for all ages.

The North Carolina Arboretum

The Arboretum has been cultivating connections between people and plants for 25 years. It is surrounded by the Southern Appalachian Mountains and is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. You must visit the North Carolina Arboretum. It’s nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

Asheville Art Museum

The museum has an amazing collection that showcases the very best of 20th and 21st century American art, as well as the cultural heritage and contemporary art of Western North Carolina. Asheville Art Museum’s collection contains more than 3,500 works in all media. It offers a variety of programs to visitors of all ages. You can go on the first Wednesday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. when it is free to the public.

Asheville Pinball Museum

Here’s a fresh idea! The Asheville Pinball Museum is located in downtown Asheville. It has more than 25 pinball machines that you can play as often as you’d like for one set price. Stop by any day of the week. They also offer snacks, sodas and beer.


There’s so much to see at Biltmore in Asheville, from the 250-room Biltmore House and its century-old gardens to the 8,000-acre backyard with horseback riding and rafting. Antler Hill Village is also a great place to visit for dining, shopping, and historical exhibits. It connects the estate’s past and present.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe is considered to be one of the giants of 20th Century American Literature. He immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. The historic Victorian home is now one of American Literature’s most famous landmarks.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

This is a great place to go for family fun in Western North Carolina. You can hop on board the PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express this October. View the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains from a train seat. You’ll see a canvas of colors and breathe a breath of crisp, fresh air! You can also try they Nantahala Gorge Excursion, THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride, and more!

Folk Art Center

Home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts in the southern Appalachians. The center houses three galleries, a library and Allanstand gift shop. Visitors will see live craft demonstrations daily in the gift shop, starting in March of each year.

Asheville Mall

There’s something for everyone at Asheville Mall! There’s Belk, Sears, Dillard’s and JCPenney, along with 100 specialty shops. It’s close to the Biltmore Estate on Tunnel Road.

This list should get you well on your way to enjoying Asheville, but the list goes on and on! To find out more about Saluda and Asheville, North Carolina, download our free Vacation Guide now!

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