Kid-Friendly Fun in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is the perfect place to create amazing family memories. It has something for family members of all ages. Here in Asheville, you will find an array of wonderful activities for your tots. Spend your days exploring the vast number of kid-friendly attractions and your evenings at one of our mountain vacation rentals. Carolina Mornings has some wonderful accommodations that are beautifully suited for families (some with their very own playgrounds!)

Naturally Good Fun
A local favorite for family fun is the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, this 40-acre attraction is a must-see any time of year for animal lovers of all ages. With ample opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals, the center provides numerous ways to learn about the wildlife of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Featuring over 60 species of local animals, including the red wolf, cougar, and river otter, plus creepy crawlies like snakes, salamanders, and toads. Bird lovers (and budding bird lovers) can meet winged wonders of this area such as owls, turkey vultures, and red-tailed hawks. If exploring with younger children, make sure to check out the educational barn area, which includes the opportunity to learn about farm life with the help of sheep, goats, chickens, and a donkey.

An Adventure Back in Time
When you stay with Carolina Mornings, you'll be treated to our exclusive Mountain Discovery Pass. In addition to numerous discounts to local attractions, you'll receive one adult pass per day to the Biltmore Estate. The ability to step into another time is a a true learning experience that is appealing to all ages. Kids and adults alike enjoy exploring the luxury of the Biltmore Estate. Built in the late 1800s by George Washington Vanderbilt II, it is the largest privately owned residence in the United States. You can spend the whole day exploring the interior of this magnificent mansion or, if you have budding little gardeners, nothing will appeal more to them then discovering the beauty of the extensive gardens. Maybe your family is a little outdoorsy? If so, set aside some time to walk some of the over 80 miles of well-marked trails on the property. Lace up those hiking boots and hit one of the trails that surround the house to see the property from a whole different perspective.

Finding Your Home Away From Home
After a long day of family fun, make your way to one of the wonderful Carolina Mornings vacation rentals - your Asheville home away from home. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and minutes from both the Biltmore Estate and the WNC Nature Center, Carolina Roost is a perfect vacation home for families. This three bedroom, three bath home offers two comfortable TV areas (no fights about what to watch!), a game room, a deck area complete with rocking chairs, and mountain and wooded views. Your whole family is welcome as this is a pet-friendly property.

The Red House

Another wonderful nearby option for your family's stay is the Red House. Kids can have a slumber party in the bunk room, get competitive in the game room, and enjoy the outdoors with their very own playground. Creating family memories at the end of the day by gathering everyone and cooking together in the large gourmet kitchen. After all of you create a meal together, enjoy eating dinner al fresco at the picnic area along the stream.

An Attraction that Rocks
Maybe your family would like to get a taste of the outdoors. If so, consider checking out Chimney Rock. Younger children are sure to love Woodland Walk and Grady's Animal Discovery Den. Woodland Walk is a great half-mile winding trail with 12 discovery stations for kids to learn about animals of the area. At the end of the path, Grady's Animal Discovery Den is home to many forest animals. Make sure to say hello to Grady the groundhog and Virginia the opossum! Older children will love the challenge of the Skyline Trail and reaching Exclamation Point - the highest point in Chimney Rock State Park. At an elevation of
2,480 feet, imagine the elation of the feeling that you're on top of the world. For people looking for even more of adventure, Chimney Rock offers rock climbing. With climbs and lessons available in all different levels of experience, it is an adventure the whole family can share (the minimum age for rappelling is 6 years old).

Fun in the Sun
For a mellow day away, hit the beach. Yes, Western North Carolina has a beach! Minutes away from Chimney Rock, the beach at Lake Lure is a relaxing way to spend the day. When the weather is warm, get your swimsuits, sunscreen, and floaties. The beach at Lake Lure offers fun under the sun for all ages. Sunbathe, build castles in the sand, slip-slide down the water slide - whatever your beach lovers desire, it can be found here.

Nearby Landmark Cabin is a cozy two bedroom historic treasure along a quiet street across from the Rocky Broad River. If you long for days when the family unplugs from the internet, this eco-friendly cabin gives you the chance to do just that. Spend some real time connecting to one another! Built in the 1950s, it is said to have been the first schoolhouse in South Carolina before being completely renovated and moved to its current location. Convenient to both Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, this getaway even has a fire pit for evenings of cooking s'mores and storytelling by the fire.

Zipping Along
If you are traveling with older children, take them on an adventure among the trees. Take a leap and zip from tree to tree with French Broad Ziplines. Feel thewind on your face as you zip down the tree canopy and experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a whole new different way. Minimum age is 10 years old.

A Cabin Full of Fun
Relish in the joy of mountain living at its best with your family at El Oso. This two bedroom A-frame cabin is set high among the trees in the Pisgah National Forest. El Oso provides the ultimate in family fun. Kids love sleeping up in the loft! The whole family will enjoy playing board games, darts, ping pong and foosball, and, when it's time to relax, you can gather together on the beautiful deck or around the fireplace. Nearby, you will find several nature trails (one leading to the Appalachian Trail!), snow tubing in the winter, and lots of warm weather activities - rafting, horseback riding, fishing, and a community pool.

For Blossoming Botanists
Young botanists will enjoy North Carolina's Arboretum. Located in Asheville, this 434-acre attraction offers ten miles of hiking trails and 65 acres of gardens to explore. Visitors of all ages and abilities can find trails suited for them. For more adventure, take a high-tech treasure hunt by locating the Arboretum's ten geocaches. Beginning geocachers (or those without their own equipment) can borrow a "Geocaching Packet," which comes complete with a family-friendly GPS.

With so many exciting, kid-friendly activities, Asheville is the perfect place to create memories you will love for years to come.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve your Asheville mountain cabin. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).

By: Carmen Ybarra

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