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18 Fun & Unique Things To Do In Asheville With Kids

woman and child taking photos in front of Mural in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

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Since we moved to Raleigh in NC, we’ve taken many trips over to Asheville – it’s one of our favorite places to go with our two daughters. Why? Because there are so many things to do in Asheville with kids!

Mural in downtown Asheville

It’s not just a destination for hikers and mountain enthusiasts, it has some quirky attractions, inspiring museums, workshops, and breweries (yes you can take your kids to a brewery), and so much more.

If you’re not sure what to do in Asheville with kids, then below are some of our favorite and unique attractions for kids in Asheville that we loved during our visits!

Things to Do in Asheville With Kids

We have been to the Asheville area plenty of times before and love it so much, that we come back with our kids often.

Below are some of our favorite attractions in Asheville for kids that will keep them entertained and also get to experience what is so great about this mountain town.

1. Learn at Asheville Museum of Science

two girls digging in sandpit of Asheville museum of science

Small enough to not bore the parents, big enough it entertain the kids, the Asheville Science Museum is a good place to spend an hour or so.

It’s more suited to the younger children. There isn’t a lot to do here but it’s play. I loved the crystal section.

The dads minded the kids for a bit while the mums snuck away to check out the Herbiary down the street and grab some tea.

2. Hike to Catawba Falls Trail

kids posing on rock at catawba falls asheville
Catawba Falls

The highlight of our trip to Asheville was the family-friendly Catawba Falls hiking trail located 30-minutes east of Asheville near Black Mountain.

It’s a 2.8 mile round trip that takes you through the forest, past the creek and small waterfalls up to the thundering 100 ft high Catawba Falls.

It was a gorgeous walk through the Pisgah National Forest and the kids had a blast scrambling over rocks and falling into the icy water.

It was an easy trail and all the kids (ages 5-11) walked all the way without complaining. That is what we all call a hiking trail with kids well done (read our tips for hiking with kids post).

kids walking on stones across creek on Catawba Falls Trail
kids helping each other cross rocks over creek

I loved watching the kids bonding together and reaching out hands to ensure everyone jumped creeks and climbed rocks safely. This is the reason why we travel and it warms my heart so much!

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3. See The Gingerbread Houses at The Omni Grove Park Inn

Omni Park Grove Inn Asheville


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