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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
Phone Number: +1 828-665-2492
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The...

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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A Beautiful Place

This place is great for walking and viewing their rotating exhibits. They also have adult ed classes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Janis G
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is great for walking and viewing their rotating exhibits. They also have adult ed classes.

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Thank Janis G
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting the NC Arboretum for their Winter Lights evenings is a good winter outing for adults and children. The light displays are lovely, and the short walking distances to see them (between the two main buildings), makes the stroll preferable to the drive through light displays (at other venues), as long as the weather is compatible! There are interactive shows... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited during the day to take our dog for a walk and just to get outside. We also purchased tickets for the Winter Lights and came back that evening. Well worth the trip. Just make sure you purchase tickets in advance for Winter Lights. Fun family event.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was most impressed with the staff- from the guard at the entry to the manager in the visitors center. They were all extremely helpful and friendly. I didn't think the lights themselves flowed well and several times there were so many people grouped together that it lost some of the appeal. My favorite part was the paper cones section... More 

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I traveled in a group of 5, using The Trolley Company to get to the Arboretum. The variety of light displays was beautiful. It took about an hour to wander through the different exhibits and have a cup of hot chocolate.

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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for serenity this is a must place to visit. It is acres upon acres of forest with well maintained hiking trails of various difficulties. There are family self-guided tours especially designed for kids. There are also many gardens and an outdoor toy-size train display to visit at the main property. Bring a book and find a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought my in-laws and two teen daughters here for a day time visit and the lights at night. It was very relaxing and inspirational. The kids actually had fun and asked to come back soon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The arboretum offers lots of hiking/walking paths through the woods and near a creek. They offer peaceful views of nature, and a little education to boot. There are also more structured gardens (in season), as well as a fun educational space for kids (or grownups :) with giant animatronic bugs!

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Arboretum is always a favorite when we visit Asheville. This time we saw Winter Lights which was a truly magical night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to spend some time off the blue ridge parkway, costs $12.00 to park but that's all you have to spend. The gardens are nice and they have a good lunchroom. Sandwiches were really good. Would like to visit at Christmas time, they were putting up their lights.

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