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The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Gorgeous scenery, neat exhibits, easy walking paths, great value.

The arboretum is easy to find and only costs $12/car for an in and out day pass (no extra charge... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Amanda M
Davidson, North Carolina
via mobile
Beautiful gardens, bonus Legos

The gardens are beautiful, the Lego exhibit is amazing. Surprising how many Legos go into each... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Arden, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“bonsai exhibit” (187 reviews)
“quilt garden” (88 reviews)
“parking fee” (67 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The arboretum is easy to find and only costs $12/car for an in and out day pass (no extra charge beyond that for admission). We walked through the arboretum and education center and saw the Lego exhibit on display. It was so neat! The garden-themed...More

1  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The gardens are beautiful, the Lego exhibit is amazing. Surprising how many Legos go into each design. Easy walking. Take your camera lots of picture opportunities. Would like to go back during the winter after a snowfall. Bonsai exhibit is spectacular.

1  Thank MicGil86
Reviewed 4 September 2016

The formal gardens are beautiful and well planned. The trails are gorgeous, peaceful and well-maintained. The two buildings are convenient, full of information, include a cafe and gift shop and delightful volunteers and employees. Admission is free, but there is a $12 parking fee--no matter...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

In route to Black Mountain, this spot was a perfect last minute place to visit and stretch our legs, as well as our two year old son's! The grounds are beautiful, not overwhelming in size, and a unique way to experience Western North Carolina beauty....More

Thank EasygoingE
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Fir $12 per car you get some easy but lovely hiking paths. We didn't have time to see the educational center but thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.

Thank christinee2013
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I love it. Great place for all ages. I mostly use it for my running. Running there at least 4 times a week. Nice place family as well.

1  Thank Simon T
Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is more than an arboretum - there are formal gardens, interpretive exhibits, miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking, an educational center, scheduled and private tours along with special events, a cafe and more. Plan to spend several hours whether you are...More

Thank Mary J
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was unlike any other arboretum I've visited. The place was far more like a botanic garden. Lots of interest for small children, who seemed to be really enjoying their stay. A model train exhibit was being readied and it was fantastic even though not...More

Thank Al A
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon. They had a clever exhibit of Lego plants and insects in unexpected spots throughout the gardens, while we were there. We have been here twice and would come again. It's that pleasurable. Wear good walking shoes.

Thank lawrenceh24
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Oh, my! What an awesome exhibit. It is remarkable how many are in each sculpture. This Kenny is very talented. Don't miss this opportunity to see these works of art. Stop in the cafe for strawberry lemonade and a sandwiche, too. Take your time, plan...More

Thank cjb9x
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7 June 2017|
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Response from Elaine D | Reviewed this property |
copied from their web-site: The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. The first Tuesday... More
5 February 2017|
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Response from Whitney S | Property representative |
Thanks for reaching out and we look forward to having you! All facilities will be open in April (including the Baker Exhibit Center). Most hiking trails are dirt/gravel and the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
17 December 2016|
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Response from Lesa L | Reviewed this property |
When we were there there was a coffee/sandwich area .... but not something I would plan for a meal. I think they had some remade sandwiches, cookies, chip bags, coffee and soda. You ordered at the window and picked it up... More