Planning a family vacation can be hard especially when everybody has different interests. If you are looking for a bit of adventure but still want to slip in a bit of history, look no further than Asheville North Carolina.
Why is Asheville Awesome for Families?
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is quickly becoming a popular destination for family getaways. You’ll find family tours in Asheville that explore the vibrant neighborhoods of the city, as well as guided tours that take you on an thrilling adventure. This charming city truly has something for everyone in the family. Get ready for good food, kid-friendly breweries, live music, fun street art, and outdoor adventures. There’s always something to do when you visit Asheville.
Great Outdoor Activities in Asheville for Families
- Hike to Asheville’s Secret Swimming Holes: Experience Asheville like a local on this guided hike through the Appalachian Mountains, discovering the cool, refreshing waters of secret swimming holes and beautiful waterfalls while being surrounded by amazing views. End your hiking adventure with a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to a local kid-friendly brewery and enjoy a craft beer or a non-alcoholic drink.
- Experience the Thrill of Whitewater Paddling on the French Broad: Whether your family’s into paddling or it will be the first time on the water, paddling and rafting the French Broad is a thrilling combination of small whitewater rapids and calm water. Each local guides has swiftwater rescue training and will teach you the basics so you can enjoy your time on the French Broad River, taking in the scenic views and watching wildlife along the way.
- Ride Around Town on Electric Bicycles: Zip around downtown Asheville on an E-Bike, taking in the city’s vibrant street art, historic sights, and breathtaking natural beauty. This tour focuses on the Montford and north Asheville neighborhoods on the way to Patton mountain to give you some of the best views of the city.
- Paddleboard Through the River Arts District: Have a trip to remember as you paddle along the French Broad while checking out Asheville’s famous River Arts District. Then, leave the city behind as you paddle on towards scenic mountains and an occasional wildlife sighting.
- Go with the Flow Down Sliding Rock: Located in Pisgah National Forest outside of Asheville, this low waterfall is a natural waterslide that drops off into an eight-foot deep pool. This is an extremely popular activity for families in the summer, so hot days can see a bit of a line to get to the top. But, because of its popularity, there are lifeguards on duty, as well as changing rooms and restrooms on-site.
- Stroll Through Town Taking in Asheville’s Vibrant Street Art: Check out the iconic and colorful street art throughout Asheville’s River Art District with a walking tour. Grab an ice cream and head out to explore the city on foot while finding incredible art that brings the city to life (which also makes an awesome backdrop for selfies to brag about on social media).
- Take a Step on the Wild Side with Tropical Gardens Mini Golf: Watch for wild animals as you get in 18-holes at one of the most prestigious mini-golf courses in North Carolina. This course also has plenty of shade so you don’t have to worry about battling the hot summer sun as you enjoy with your family.
- Be Transported Back in Time with the Craggy Mountain Line: This open trolley gives you a dose of history and nature and you chug along 7 miles of track that has been used since 1889. You can even have a picnic or play around at Woodfin Riverside park when your trolley takes a break, making it a fun adventure for all ages.
Don’t Miss These Fun Things When Traveling to Asheville
- Asheville Pinball Museum: Is there anything better than the flashing lights and ringing from an old-school pinball machine? Be sure to check out the Pinball collection at this unique museum and try your had at 50 different pinball and classic video games.
- Asheville Museum of Science: Let kids explore the world of science with an interactive STEM lab, be amazed at the dinosaur skeleton, and check out the Southern Appalachian Forest tree climb.
- Biltmore Estate: The Biltmore Estate is one of the most iconic locations in Asheville that is surprisingly kid-friendly. Explore the world-famous home of the Vanderbilts and check out the playgrounds, the wineries (grape juice for the kids), and the animals. Then be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Stable Cafe.
- KidSenses & The Factory: This interactive children’s museum in Rutherfordton, not far from Asheville, with over 14 learning exhibits at KidSenses for kids 0-10, while The Factory is home to a robotics lab and 3-D print shop for kids over 11.
- Grove Park Inn: Let the kids run off and enjoy camp-like activities and get away to the spa for a relaxing massage or catch a round of golf at this beautiful Asheville establishment.
- Sauna House: Whether you’re looking for a massage or want to check out the bathhouse, Sauna House is a blissful oasis that is sure to help you recharge.
- Asheville Salt Cave: Relax and recharge in a Himalayan Salt Cave, experience a hammam steam room, or book a massage at one of the most unique spas in Asheville.
- Tupelo Honey Cafe: Enjoy the flavors of a made-from-scratch Southern meal at this family restaurant in Asheville. Check out the sweet potato pancakes or give the shrimp and grits a try. The kids are sure to find something to satisfy their taste buds at this yummy spot.
- All Day Darling: A family-friendly restaurant where you’ll have a variety of baked goods, salads, seasonal dinner specials, and snacks. It’s a great spot to grab a cup of joe or a unique house tonic, signature cocktail, or craft beer.
- Biscuit Head: If you’re looking for some Southern cooking that’s dang delicious, this is the place to be! Just be sure to head here in the mornings though since they mostly serve breakfast and lunch.
Plan The Perfect Family Getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains
With so many interesting adventures to be had in the Great Smoky Mountains, we’d be happy to give you some local insight on planning a fun and exciting family trip to Asheville. Most of our guided tours can be adjusted to accommodate families with children as young as 6 years. As long as the minimum weight and height requirements of the needed equipment are met, we can help you make lasting memories with our outdoor adventures. We’ve had many families book multiple adventures with Asheville Adventure Company while visiting the area, as well as families that book each time they’re back to visit. Call us at 828-417-7109 to discuss how we can help you make your family’s trip as exciting and memorable as possible.