Appalachian Pinball Museum

538 North Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Appalachian Pinball Museum has a collection of both vintage & contemporary pinball machines as well as video games.
  • Play all day for a flat fee.
  • Hours vary by season, call for details.



Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum – Historic Train Depot

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The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina.  The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80 ft Garden “G” scale layout.

  • Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Admission is free
  • Donations appreciated
  • Check web site for hours

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

511 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692 8386
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The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO is the only public aquarium in Western North Carolina. It is recognized as the first inland aquarium in North Carolina.

  • The Aquarium houses 20+ displays of tropical fish, eels, stingrays, sea horses, turtles, a touch tank, a 2,000-gallon shark study tank with bamboo sharks and more!
  • Check web site for hours, they vary by season
  • Admission charged
  • Educational opportunities for schools are available

Asheville Museum of Science

43 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
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  • The Asheville Museum of Science hosts special events and educational programs in addition to permanent and traveling exhibits and displays.
  • The Colburn Hall of Minerals showcases Terra Box exhibit; a fossil dig and a Teratophoneous curriei dinosaur skeleton.
  • Watch the waters of the French Broad River table change paths as you uncover the methods of ecology.
  • Hands-on activities and demonstrations are held daily in the STEM Lab!
  • Check web site for hours.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

1800 Little River Rd
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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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. Tour the home for a small fee, and learn about 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.

  • Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
  • Admission charged for house tour

Cradle of Forestry in America

11250 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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The Cradle of Forestry in America is a 6,500-acre Historic Site within the Pisgah National Forest, set aside by Congress to commemorate the beginning of forestry conservation in the United States. Outdoor activities include two guided trails, which lead back in time to seven historical buildings, including a 1915 Climax locomotive and an old sawmill.

  • The Forest Discovery Center features a fire fighting helicopter simulator, hands-on exhibits, a 26-minute movie ” First in Forest: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School,” children’s games and more.
  • Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Open April – October
  • Check the web site for hours or fees


Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina

661 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 225 South)
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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The Flat Rock Playhouse has presented hundreds of productions for over eighty years. The Playhouse offers quality entertainment rarely found so far from Broadway. The Vagabond Players perform a variety of hits each year from comedy, American classics, musicals, farces and whodunits. The Playhouse features professional actors from across the country in major productions such as Mamma Mia, West Side Story, South Pacific and more.  The Playhouse is open mid-April through mid-October, plus a holiday production, presenting matinees and evening performances Wednesday through Sunday.

Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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  • Hands On! provides engaging interactive exhibits creating hands-on learning experiences.
  • Weekly Programs and Special Events are offered, check the website for a schedule.
  • It is an educational and fun way to spend the day with children ages 1 – 10.
  • Check web site for admission charges and hours.


Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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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.
  • Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm
  • Admission is Free

Henderson County Public Library Main Library

301 N. Washington St.
Hnedersonville, NC 28739
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  • The Henderson County Public Library system is among the top mid-size county libraries in North Carolina. There are 6 branch libraries located throughout Henderson County. 
  • The Library offers a wonderful selection of reading materials, story time, events, classes and programs.
  • Computer use is available free for library card holders (patrons must have their library card number). Guests may purchase a computer use pass.
  • The Kaplan Auditorium is located in the Main Library on Washington Street. 



Hendersonville Community Theatre

229 S Washington St
Hendersonville, NC 28739
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The Hendersonville Community Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit, non-professional, volunteer based organization of theater-lovers, was formed in 1966. The theater was known as the Hendersonville Little Theatre for more than 50 years. The season runs from May through early-November and special events during the off-season. Tickets are available for a single show or season tickets.

Historic Flat Rock Cultural Center Museum

118 Village Center Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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The Cultural Center of Historic Flat Rock is a museum and cultural center located in the “Old Flat Rock Post Office” building, operated by Historic Flat Rock, Inc. The Center houses Flat Rock artifacts and original furniture from the post office as well as antique furniture manufactured in Flat Rock. It is operated by Historic Flat Rock, Inc.

  • Open on Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm, May – September
  • Call to schedule an appointment on other days
  • Closed October – April
  • Meeting space for lectures, book groups and discussions

Historic Johnson Farm

3346 Haywood Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
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Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th-century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on-site from French Broad River mud. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage. The property offers historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals, and 10 historic structures on 15 acres filled with trees in a natural setting. Guided tours of the historic house are available Monday-Friday, call for times.

The Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists have transformed the boarding house into a fiber arts center, which includes weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning, or knitting.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Mineral & Lapidary Museum features the natural beauty of minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts found in North Carolina, in the United States and around the world. Displays include North Carolina minerals, dinosaur egg cluster, English minerals, fluorescent minerals, geodes, petrified wood & large logs, coral, artfully crafted jewelry, gem stones, Cullinan Diamond replicas and a Henderson County Meteorite, on loan from the Smithsonian, are featured displays. Gift shop is open daily. Geode cracking. Free admission!

  • Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm (Winter Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday).
  • Admission is free.
  • Located on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery

1401 Fish Hatchery Rd
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located in Pisgah National Forest. The Center’s indoor and outdoor attractions include: aquariums, hands-on exhibits, garden display, special programs, viewing and feeding of the hatchery trout. Free admission.

Open year-round:
December – March: Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:45 pm
April – November: Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 4:45 pm


701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732
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  • The Riveter Climbing Gym boasts over 16,000 sq ft of climbing terrain.
  • The dedicated kids climbing cove offers 2 massive geometrix climbing routes, 11 rope stations, and a boulder area that tops out to the world’s coolest slide.
  • State-of-the-art hangboard and pulley systems to support recreation and competitive fitness.
  • Covered area with terrain for all types of bikes and skill levels.
  • The outdoor riding area offers a wide range features of a hillside.
  • Bike rentals are available. See pricing for more information.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

1836 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Sky Zone is fun for the whole family, with open trampolines, foam pits, climbing walls, jousting, dodgeball, a ninja warrior course, pace for birthday parties, trampoline workout classes, special family and glow in the dark nights, and a toddler zone for the littles.

  • Open 7 days per week

The Center for Art & Entertainment

125 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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The Center for Art & Entertainment offers interactive dinner murder mysteries, touring shows, repertory theatre, tribute music series, storytelling events, classes, and more. Wine, beer, soft drinks, water and light snacks available for purchase at the bar. Check the website for hours, performances,  showtimes, classes, art exhibits and more.


  • Online Ticket Sales
  • Group Discounts
  • Venue space available for performances, meetings, weddings and other events

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

52 North Market St
Asheville, NC 28801
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The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. This historic site is devoted to interpreting the life, literature and times of Thomas Wolfe through the use of his mother’s boardinghouse and Look Homeward, Angel. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville in downtown Asheville.

Hendersonville’s Oakdale Cemetery is the location of the statue that Thomas Wolfe made famous in his epic autobiographical novel,  Look Homeward Angel.

Open Tuesday – Saturday. House tours are offered daily at half past each hour for a small fee. Group tours available by reservation.

Timber Axe Throwing

218 Duncan Hill Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Axe throwing is similar to a combination of darts and bowling. It is an indoor recreational range set up like a bowling alley with a bullseye target at the end of the lane. The lanes are divided by steel fencing with rubberized floors. Great fun for groups.

  • Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are suggested and maybe made online
  • For ages 13+, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
  • Beer and Wine Available
  • No experience necessary
  • Admission Charged
  • Coaching Provided


Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
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  • North Carolina’s first air museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the flying heritage of the Western North Carolina.
  • It features an impressive collection of restored, replica and vintage airplanes, models, engines, and flying memorabilia.
  • The museum is housed in two large hangers, where you will find passionate volunteer pilots that are eager to show you around. 
  • The museum is located adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport.
  • No admission charge.
  • Call for days and times museum is open.
  • Advance reservations for groups requested.