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Zoos in ASHEVILLE

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

    Let’s go to the ZOO! 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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  • 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.

  • Dollys Splash Country

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    (57 miles) Pigeon Forge

    For a unique summer vacation destination that's fun for the whole family, pack your bathing suit and take the plunge to Dollywood's Splash Country. This water adventure theme park combines the beauty ...

  • 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.

  • Cool River Tubing Company

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    (92 miles) Helen

    Take a river tubing trip down the scenic Chattahoochee, or play all day on our wonderful waterslide. All of our tube trips include your tube, U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver, a shuttle ...

  • 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.

  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

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    (2 miles) Asheville

    Discover what Asheville’s has to offer on a Gray Line RED Trolley Tour! Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes, and hot-spots of the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Centre

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    (53 miles) Gray

    Filled with interactive exhibits, Discovery Carts, a dig pit and touch-screen computer games, there is something for people of all ages to enjoy while learning about the prehistoric past of this ...

  • The Childrens Museum of the Upstate

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    With 80,000 square feet, they have 3 floors of interactive exhibits focused on arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment.

  • Miniature World of Trains

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    (54 miles) Greenville

    "Our World In Miniature". "A Fun and Educational Family Experience"! Up to 40 model trains traversing the large city scene and mountains the reach over 12 feet tall. All on 3 levels or highly ...

  • 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 ...

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