Tours

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.
  • The Aquarium houses 20+ displays showcasing dozens of tropical fish, eels, sting rays, sea horses, turtles and fish, a touch tank, a 2,000-gallon shark study tank with bamboo sharks, and much more!
  • It is recognized as the first inland aquarium in North Carolina.
  • Check web site for hours, they vary by season
  • Admission charged
  • Offers educational opportunities for schools

Bold Rock Hard Cider

72 School House Road
Mills River, NC 28759
828-595-9940
 
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  • Bold Rock Hard Cider is the biggest craft cider maker in the Carolinas.
  • The Mills River cidery uses apples sourced only from Henderson County.
  • The Cidery offers complimentary daily tours and tastings and features an expansive tasting room with overhead views of the bottling line.
  • Relax outside on the patio or inside the tasting room as you enjoy one of their award-winning varieties of Bold Rock Hard Cider.
  • Open 7 days per week, has a permanent food truck on-site, regularly has live music, movies on the big screen, and other special events.
  • Bold Rock Mills River Cidery offers complimentary tours Saturday and Sunday at 1, 3, & 5 pm.

Henderson County Heritage Museum

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

Hendersonville Visitor Center

201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
 
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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Come by the Hendersonville Visitor Center

  1. Conveniently located in historic downtown Hendersonville, on the corner of Main Street and Allen Street.
  2. Friendly staff and volunteers who are knowledgeable and excited to tell you about the diverse communities in Henderson County
  3. Hundreds of brochures, guides, maps, dining and lodging information.
  4. Clean Public Restrooms
  5. Free parking
  6. Pet Friendly
  7. A great place to shop for Hendersonville souvenirs and unique gifts
  8. Relocation Resources
  9. Free WiFi
  10. Free Cell Phone Charging Station

Step-On Guide Service available by appointment.

  • Specially-trained local guides are available by appointment.
  • A free bus “meet & greet” at Visitor Center is available by appointment. 
  • Tours ranging from ½ hour to all day available for a modest fee.
  • Customized itineraries free upon request:apple blossom & harvest tours, outdoor recreation, local history, spring & fall tours, museums and more.

HVL Pedal & Brews

110 2nd Avenue E
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-233-5606
 
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  • HVL Pedal & Brews is a 14-person pedal powered (electric motor assisted) vehicle that accommodates 10 Peddlers and 4 Non-Peddlers, as well as your conductor, who navigates downtown Hendersonville with a healthy dose of humor, style and entertainment.
  • Tour options include tours between the downtown breweries, non-alcoholic history tours, and private bookings. 
  • All options are BYOB.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-1977
 
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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.

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.

Serpentarium Magic

57 Hunters Ridge Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
828-776-4477
 
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  • Serpentarium Magic offers educational tours with over 200 snakes, a two-headed Corn Snake as well as an albino collection of snakes, turtles, toads and frogs.
  • Plenty of other unique interactive exhibits.
  • Call for hours as they change by season.

Sierra Nevada Brewing

100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC 28732
828-681-5300 
 
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for a wide variety of beers and ales, including the legendary Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada’s east coast brewing, bottling and distribution operation in Mills River is located 10 miles from downtown Hendersonville, south of Asheville. The Taproom offers 20 beers on tap. The restaurant serves farm-to-table dishes that are mainly supplied locally. Located in Henderson County on approximately 90 acres along the French Broad River.

 

  • Free, guided tours of the brewery are offered 7days a week, reservations must be booked online (tours fill up quickly)
  • Self-guided tours are also available (no reservations required)
  • Taproom and Restaurant – open 7 days a week
  • Regularly has live music

The Oriole Mill

701 Oriole Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-693-5500
 
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The Oriole Mill creates luxury quality, Jacquard and Dobby woven textiles. Their own line of products, sold at their factory store, lines includes coverlets, duvets, shams, throws, decorative pillows, window covering, yardage, and more. Everything they sell at their store is made on-site.

  • Free factory tours are available most Fridays at 1pm, for groups of 12-16 people.
  • Reservations are required .
  • Must be at least 12-years-old and wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes to enter factory.
  • Private group tours are available as well.
  • To make a tour reservation, call 828-693-5500 or email tours@theoriolemill.com.

 

 

The Trolley Company

1928 Brevard Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791
828-606-8606
 
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  • The Trolley Company, offers guided tours of Historic Hendersonville, Wine Tours, and special events.
  • Call for dates & times. Holiday tours are offered late November through December, and shuttles are offered on weekends to/from the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights show.
  • Groups may be arranged year round.

Van in Black

 
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  • Van in Black provides customized group tours.
  • They offer group transportation, for even things as simple as an airport shuttle.
  • Call for more information and rates.

 

 

Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-698-2482
 
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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.
  • Advance reservations for groups requested.