1) Take Your Kids to the Museum of Science
We have written about the Asheville Museum of Science in a previous blog. The science museum has a number of excellent learning opportunities for kids. Additionally, there are after school, hands-on educational programs afterschool and on weekends. This spring, make sure you pay the museum a visit.
2) Take Your Kids for a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
During Spring, the Parkway will change rapidly and daily. As new trees and flowers bloom, there will always be something to see. Whether you drive north or south, within two hours of Asheville and Arden, there are several excellent places to make a quick stop:
- Mount Pisgah and the Pisgah Inn: South from our neighborhood, the Pisgah Inn features breakfast and brunch foods (though they serve lunch and dinner as well), with magnificent views. Pisgah is a short, three-mile hike, round trip, but a significant climb. The reward is a nearly 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.
- Craggy Gardens: As we mentioned in our previous article, Craggy Gardens is a great parkway stop with short hikes and stunning views.
- Little Switzerland: Driving North from Wellington Estates, the community of Little Switzerland offers interesting history and unique shopping opportunities.
- Folk Art Museum: The folk-art Museum is just fifteen to twenty minutes from Asheville.
- Moses Cone Park: Closer to Blowing Rock and Boone, Price Lake and Moses Cone Park offer more, well-groomed hiking and biking trails than your family could experience in a single day.
3) Take Your Kids on a Zipline Canopy Adventure
Ziplining is becoming more popular in the Asheville area. Asheville Tree Top Adventures and Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures are both located in Buncombe County, and offer you and your children the opportunity to sour through the trees, while learning about western North Carolina history and culture. Uniquely, Navitat takes you through areas where the first Hunger Games movie was filmed.
4) Take Your Kids on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad
The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad has several options in which you and your family can enjoy the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River areas of Jackson County. A steam or diesel engine will guide you as far as 44 miles through one of the most beautiful areas in North Carolina. Plan for about five hours of total time, as you make stops in various historic sight-seeing places and small towns. You may even take a quick white water rafting excursion on your lay-over.
In our next article, we will conclude our list of twelve family-friendly spring activities in Asheville and western North Carolina. For more information on owning your own home here in the heart of the Appalachians, contact Wellington Estates in Arden, NC.