National Parks / Natural World in ASHEVILLE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Asheville has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Asheville, North Carolina offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Asheville itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • North Carolina Arboretum

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    (9 miles) Asheville

    One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up ...

  • Chimney Rock Park

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    (21 miles) Chimney Rock

    This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one ...

  • Lake James State Park

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    (35 miles) Nebo

    Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State ...

  • Table Rock State Park

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    (42 miles) Pickens

    Great Country Park with the stunning Table Rock Mountain providing an unforgetable backdrop. The park has a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic ...

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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    (46 miles) Greenville

    A 21 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views!

  • Paris Mountain State Park

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    (49 miles) Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • South Mountains State Park

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    (51 miles) Connelly Springs

    Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.

  • Beech Mountain

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    (54 miles) Beech Mountain

    Come play a mile up! At 5,506 feet our town has many fun things to do! Come try out our free sledding hill, go ice skating, snow tubing, try skiing or snowboarding, or enjoy a delicious cup of hot ...

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace in South Carolina with the famous Liberty Bridge, and that stunning waterfall! An oasis in Greenville!

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    (56 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Elk Knob State Park

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    (68 miles) Todd

    Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system.

  • Ijams Nature Center

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    (77 miles) Knoxville

    Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and ...

  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

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    (84 miles) Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Stone Mountain State Park

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    (100 miles) Roaring Gap

    Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait.

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  • Hands On Museum

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    (22 miles) Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (31 miles) Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • Hands On Regional Museum

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    (49 miles) Johnson City

    Offers over 20 permanent, interactive exhibits which provide fun and learning for all ages. Facilities include equipped roleplay settings, creative and constructive zones, physical play areas and ...

  • Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site

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    (53 miles) Gray

    Prehistoric museum fun in Tennessee with interactive exhibits, discovery carts, and a dig pit offering something for all ages!

  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    80,000 square feet, and three floors of interactive fun in South Carolina, all focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • The Guinness World of Records

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    (55 miles) Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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    (55 miles) Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • Rocky Mount Living HIstory Museum

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    (56 miles) Piney Flats

    Tour and explore recreated buildings with costumed characters and authentic contents, plus museum, heirloom garden, crafts demonstrations and regular events.

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum

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    (59 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Count the spikes on a Stegosaurus tail. Stand next to one of the most common predators, the Allosaurus. Learn to spell “Parasaurolophus,” the largest ...

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

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    (59 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face to face with your favorite A-ist celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    (60 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Catawba Science Center

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    (68 miles) Hickory

    Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!

  • The Muse Knoxville

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    (79 miles) Knoxville

    A fun kids museum that features interactive exhibits all about science and art! Hands-on learning and fun with the ONLY public access Planetarium in Knoxville!

  • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    (81 miles) Knoxville

    A fascinating museum for kids and families, with educational programs, exhibits, events for families and lots of fun things for kids to learn - all about natural history and culture!

  • Knoxville Museum of Art

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    (81 miles) Knoxville

    Kids can immerse themselves in art and culture at the Knoxville Museum of Art - a creative, educational and FUN way to spend your family day out!

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    (82 miles) Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Abraham Lincoln Museum

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    (91 miles) Harrogate

    Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the ...

  • Settlemyre Planetarium

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    (94 miles) Rock Hill

    The Settlemyre Planetarium, located at the Museum of York County, uses a sophisticated star projector and a domed ceiling to recreate the night sky at any time of the year. Using this projector and ...

  • Ty Cobb Museum

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    (98 miles) Royston

    Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players ever, and now kids can learn all about his life and achievements at this Georgia museum all about him!

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

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    (4 miles) Asheville

    The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over ...

  • Hollywild Animal Park

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    (47 miles) Wellford

    Over 500 animals waiting inside this South Carolina Animal Park that are roaming free in natural enclosures, or man made islands - some animals eat right out of your hand!