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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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We spent several hours here meandering along the trails. Most trails were wide and well kept. Room for runners, cyclists, hikers, and even leashed pups. It was an overcast day and even drizzled some, but despite the light fog the walk through the woods and...More
We went to see Winter Lights on 12/24 and loved it. Half a million lights -- so beautiful. We spent 2 hours, and stopped at the restaurant for hot tea at the halfway point to warm up. Inside, there was a small art exhibit that...More
This is the best holiday light show I have ever seen. It is large and laid out well. The colors and amount of different displays is one you should not miss. It is easy walking and there are fire pits and outdoor heaters. Plus there...More
My husband and I went for the Christmas lights over our New Year holiday while in Asheville area. We very much enjoyed the beauty and the family friendly atmosphere. The lights were excellently done and we imagined the time and care taken to execute this...More
My husband and I went on a trip to Asheville for our anniversary/New year's Eve. We aren't big into bars and such and found this idea online to see the winter lights at the Arboretum. The price was decent and the lights were beautiful. Only...More
Had a great time at the Winter Lights. Walked through it in about an hour, the went back through it a different way and saw new things that we missed the first time through. Music playing was lovely, and this was definitely a highlight of...More
Came on a rainy day in Dec. We only took a short hike but what a gem so close to asheville! I really want to come back in spring when flowers are in bloom. This place was nice because so close to our hotel, yet...More
The displays were amazing! The facility and staff are top notch and happy to discuss the facility and the light displays. Warming fires and hot chocolate along with games and holiday music made this a very memorable experience. Recommend purchasing tickets in advance of your...More
I was so looking forward to going to this with family and out of town friends. There’s no theme or music in this. For $20 I expect more than a block of lights. Hanukkah candles and no Nativity scene. They need to respect all religions...More
Per the arboretum website for their Winter Lights, “All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance ($5 convenience charge applied when purchased at door on non-sell out nights). Guests must select an entry... More
Per the arboretum website for their Winter Lights, “All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance ($5 convenience charge applied when purchased at door on non-sell out nights). Guests must select an entry time (6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 8:00 p.m.) when purchasing tickets. Ticket holders may enter any time between their selected entry time and 9 p.m.”
I would also check their site before going in general as they are experiencing snow delays.
We found it to be a perfect place to take our dog! Only issue is that you'll need two adults if you plan to go inside any of the buildings: 1 to stay with your dog, 1 to go inside. We also had difficulty finding water for... More
We found it to be a perfect place to take our dog! Only issue is that you'll need two adults if you plan to go inside any of the buildings: 1 to stay with your dog, 1 to go inside. We also had difficulty finding water for our dog, so plan to bring a water bottle and portable water dish!