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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Peace little walk

If you are looking to just chill and enjoy the scenery this is the place. Lots of spots to sit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dirtyfreddie
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Glen Saint Mary, Florida
Fun with children

This is a fun place to go with children. lots to do and see. NC nature that natives may never see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
conniecorn
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA
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“petting zoo” (68 reviews)
“native animals” (20 reviews)
“otter feeding” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
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+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking to just chill and enjoy the scenery this is the place. Lots of spots to sit and take in some of the views.

Thank dirtyfreddie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun place to go with children. lots to do and see. NC nature that natives may never see but here.

Thank conniecorn
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family had a great morning at the zoo, only ended because it was a bit cool, and we were ready for lunch. We visited all of the animals, including seeing the river otter feeding. The keepers were very friendly and open to answering questions....More

Thank SusUD
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our children enjoyed the zoo. We liked the sea otter and the bears. It was nice they had little play centers between the different animals. The underground exhibit was cool. Not sure about the food. We had a picnic at the bottom of the hill....More

Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have kids this is a really cool place to take them. Lots to see and do. The staff is excellent as well.

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The WNC nature Park is situated just a few minutes by road from Asheville downtown. Although it was a chilly and windy day, the kids enjoyed seeing the animals here. The wolves, foxes, bears and snakes all make for a nice outing. The otter feeding...More

Thank IndTravelller
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although comparatively small in size, the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville does an admirable job of providing visitors with an opportunity to see a variety of wild animals in natural settings. Part natural history resource and part regional zoo, the Center strives to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed walking through the outdoor exhibits and cages. It is mostly outdoors, hso dress for the weather. Interested in read the animals stories and their range area. About $10/person.

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excited to take my grandchild to see the animals and especially the petting zoo. The animal petting area was a big disappointment. The animals were on one side of a fence and people on the other. There was a feed bag on a gate so...More

Thank JustusIndiana23
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous look into the indigenous species found in the region. Nicely laid out with many viewing options and children activities throughout. We love the otters!

Thank Quiltstitcher
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Tommy L
17 April 2018|
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Response from JustusIndiana23 | Reviewed this property |
The best time would be when it is not to hot or cold. It is outside and there is a lot of walking. We went in the morning and it gradually became more crowded through out the day.
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cjoystover
1 March 2017|
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Response from FriendsofWNCNC | Property representative |
Hi! I would plan for about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the interest of your toddler. There are quite a few Nature Play areas where your little one can explore and play in addition to the animals, so plan to stop on your way... More
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Crystal M
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.
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