Family Activities

    Blue Ridge Parkway

     
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    Blue Ridge Parkway follows the mountain ridges from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. The Parkway’s 469 toll-free miles combines natural beauty, mountain forests, wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views. . Located 15 miles north of y Hendersonville.

    • Nature Trails
    • Dog Parks
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area
    • Camping

    Open Weather Permitting

    Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    1800 Little River Rd
    Flat Rock, NC
    (828) 693-4178
     
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    Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is where Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, author, and lecturer spent the final 22 years of his long and productive life at his estate, Connemara. The home, originally built in 1838, displays the Sandburg’s furnishing as they lived at Connemara from 1945-1968, including Carl Sandburg’s collection of 12,000 books. A tour of the home shares Sandburg’s life as a writer, journalist, folk singer, social activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and biographer. Visit the barn and descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s champion dairy goat herd and hike over five miles of trails. Access to trails, grounds, barns and public areas is free

    Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery

    318 N. Main Street
    Hendersonville, NC
    (828) 697-8333
     
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    Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery is a children’s museum located on Main Street in Hendersonville – it’s the place where LEARNING comes into PLAY.  Hands On! provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning. It is an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 – 10. Hands On! is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm (check the website for special summer hours). 

    Henderson County Heritage Museum

    1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
    Hendersonville, NC
    (828) 694-1619
     
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    Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street. It offers public displays, artifacts, lectures, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, a replica of a turn of the century county store and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage of Henderson County. The museum celebrates veterans of all wars, and has an Civil War Display.

    Historic Train Depot

    650 Maple Ave.
    Hendersonville, NC
    828-890-8246
     
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    The Depot house an HO scale railroad layout that is a prtotypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville and Western NC. It also features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooese and a Thomas the Tank train in a sceinc layout that children can operate

    North Mills River Recreational Area in Pisgah National Forest

     
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    North Mills River Recreational Area is located in Henderson County, just 13 miles from Downtown Hendersonville and offers picnic sites, campsites, river fishing & tubing. The forest offers hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are near the campground.

    Tubing (bring your own tube), picnic areas, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycle & horse riding trails

    North River Farm Tours

    3333 North Mills River Rd.
    Mills River, NC
    828-890-5316
     
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    Guided tours of a real working farm, activities include a picnic by the river, fishing, you pick produce, guided tube floats, tent caming, corn maze and guided horseback rides. Tours offered May – October by appointment.

    Pisgah Forest Gem Mine & Gifts

    507 N. Main St
    Hendersonville, NC
    828-367-8330
     
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    over 60 feet of indoor mining sluice, exclusive Black Light Mining- Find special gems and minerals that glow in the black lights, gemstone cutting while you wait on select days, Open year round. Two locations to visit, 507 N. Main St., Hendersonville; and 3338 Asheville Hwy., Pisgah Forest.

    Serpentarium Magic

    8488 Boylston Hwy.
    Mills River, NC
    (828) 776-HISS
     
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    Serpentarium Magic offers educational tours with over 200 snakes, a two-headed Corn Snake as well as albino collection of snakes, turtles, toads and frogs. Plus, lots of other unique interactive exhibits.

    Sycamore Farms NC

    764 S. Mills River Rd.
    Mills River, NC 28759
    828-388-1708
     
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    Farm tours are back! If you would to see the Shetlands face to face, be sure to set up your farm tour today! A tour is a great way to learn about these sweet animals. There are so many fascinating facts about Shetland Sheep. You will Learn about their wool, what they eat, the countless things that you can create with their fleece, and all about their personalities! So, what are you waiting for? Book a farm tour today! Families, school groups, church groups, etc. are all welcome! See you soon at Sycamore Farms NC!

    Cost includes tour and sample of wool for parties of 5 paying guests or more. $5 per person, ages 3 and under are free. Parties of 4 or less $25 per group.

    Tour Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday

    Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

    1301 Fanning Bridge Rd
    Fletcher, NC
    (828) 687-1414
     
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    Western North Carolina Agricultural Center offers several exhibit halls featuring equestrian shows, dog shows, rodeos, car shows, just to name a few. The Ag Center is home to the Mountain State Fair, a ten day celebration of mountain living featuring exhibits, animals, a midway and food. Located 11 miles from downtown Hendersonville.

    YMCA

    64 W.
    Hendersonville, NC
    828-692-5774
     
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    Organized activities, day camp, indoor pool, tennis, basketball, gym, fitness studio, weight room, youth center