Zoos in ASHEVILLE with kids

It’s animal time in Asheville, North Carolina and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Asheville because this The Tar Heel State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • 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!

  • Greenville Zoo

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    (55 miles) Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    (59 miles) Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Knoxville Zoo

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    (80 miles) Knoxville

    Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.

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  • Ashevilles Fun Depot

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    (5 miles) Asheville

    Multi-level Laser Tag, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, a 24-foot climbing wall, soft play area, batting cages, and our newest attractions, multi-level outdoor go-cart track, indoor go-kart track, bumber ...

  • Mountain Play Lodge

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    (10 miles) Arden

    Kids can play, imagine, climb and stay active at this fun and colorful indoor play center.

  • Monkey Joes

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    (56 miles) Greenville

    Monkey Joes teaches kids to play with other kids while they run, jump, slide, climb and most important laugh until they drop.

  • Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

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    (63 miles) Kingsport

    Indoor fun in Tennessee, with fun inflatables, obstacle course, party rooms and much more for those active, bouncing kids!

  • Bounce Bristol

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    (70 miles) Bristol

    Bounce Bristol is an indoor family entertainment center for children up to 12 years old. We have inflatables, host parties, and have a great snack bar featuring Domino's Pizza. Parents are always ...

  • 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 17.5 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 with the central point being a unique cantilevered bridge from which to observe the waterfall.

  • 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

  • Black Forest Bear Park

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    (92 miles) Helen

    16 bears in individual habitats which you can view and feed from elevated boardwalks above the enclosures. Plus check out the reptiles and arachnids in GHC Exotics.

  • 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.

  • Wetlands Water Park

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    (46 miles) Jonesborough

    Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!

  • Otter Creek Splash Park

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    (47 miles) Greenville

    Slides include 2 bodies, 1 tube and a tadpole slide for smaller folk, with other features including a zero entry leisure pool and interactive splash pad.

  • Shipwreck Cove Waterpark

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    (52 miles) Duncan

    2 flume slides, kiddie lagoon with loads of play features, plus lazy river and larger leisure pool for bigger kids with rustic pirate ship and water cannons.

  • Dollywood's Splash Country

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    (57 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!

  • Discovery Island Splash Park

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    (62 miles) Simpsonville

    Featuring body and tube slides, flowrider, lazy river and a large children's splash pad play zone.

  • Helen Waterpark and Tubing

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    (92 miles) North Helen

    Tubing and waterpark fun for all ages in Georgia, with fun slides, adventures, pools, and even a rock wall!

  • Flea Market Tubing

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    (92 miles) Helen

    offers 4 awesome tube water slides, 1,000 ft lazy river and spray pad plus dry climbing wall.

  • La Zoom ComedyTours

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    (2 miles) Asheville

    A Comedy Show on Wheels! A side-splitting odyssey to the city's favourite neighborhoods and landmarks spells quirky fun for both first-time visitors and long time residents.

  • South Carolina Children's Theatre

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    Immerse yourself in the magic of live storytelling at this South Carolina Children's Theatre, with child-friendly shows and hands-on theatre experiences!