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Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone Number: +1 828-264-2792
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Mystery Hill located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321 has been...
Mystery Hill located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321 has been entertaining visitors to the North Carolina High Country since 1948. Visitors receive a quick guided tour of the Mystery Platform where two guest stand on a perfectly level platform but appear to grow and shrink as they switch sides and the Mystery House where the laws of gravity appear to have been forgotten as things roll up hill and visitors experience a strange pull to the North. After the tour guest are invited to stay and experiment as long as they like before moving on to the Hall of Mystery with a series of Optical Illusions and Hands on activities including The Shadow Wall, the Spooky Spigot, The Flying Mirror, and everyone's favorite Bubblerama where you can actually stand inside a giant soap bubble. Visitors also get free admission to visit the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection of over 100,000 arrowheads they collected over their life time and to a walk thru the 1903 Dougherty House the home of the founders of Appalachian State University. Also while at Mystery Hill visitors can buy a bucket and try their hand at Gem Mining at the area's premier gem mine Doc's Rocks and the Appalachian Fossil Museum. Open 7 days a week year round, rain or shine.
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Not Very Interesting Tourist Attraction

Some of the special effects a little were cute, but the "guides" need more training so that they can demonstrate the things in the last area. The cost was excessive for the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Lanett, Alabama
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Lanett, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Some of the special effects a little were cute, but the "guides" need more training so that they can demonstrate the things in the last area. The cost was excessive for the value.

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meadows of dan, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We first visited when our son was 6. He insisted that we return this year because he wanted to see that vortex room again. Knowledgeable staff concerning history of former owners. Some of the items tend to perpetuate negative stereotypes of "mountain people." There was no ill will intended but some people might not appreciate the 2 seater outdoor toilet.... More 

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Lenoir NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Took the Grandboys (7&5) here last week, they may have been a bityoung to appreciate the " mystery" the Vortex room did disorient them and make them queasy. Mostly optical illusions here and a nice old house. Something to do once.

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Auburn, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

To avoid spoilers, it did have a few neat surprises and interesting exhibits. Themed and had the feel of a Ripleys Believe it or Not. However, was very low budget construction, dated, and while we usually like to take our time and really explore, we struggled to get a 45min visit out of it. For $25 for 2 adults and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We stop in for our five-year old (also had a 11 month old). The price was ok. The vortex room was the best part and sing the historic house and being able to walk thur it. Workers were nice with alot of knowledge. The five-year old had a blast with the bubbles. Definitely will go again with the 11 month... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was a neat place. The "vortex" room is worth a visit. There wasn't quite as much to see as we originally thought but it was entertaining for the entire family. My kids are 12 and 13 and really enjoyed it. The staff is very friendly and personable.

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High Point, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We went to Blowing Rock and Boone for Father's Day weekend and decided to do the tourist thing instead of our usual day hikes. We have kids under teenage years and they had a blast with all the different tricks and optical illusions. To us it was not that expensive and it is for all day. What is also nice... More 

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Folkston, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Went alone but I'm sure it would be better if more than one was in the group. Nonetheless I enjoyed the experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I traveled to Blowing Rock with my family when a young girl. This attraction was not only a "mystery" to me, but was explained to me by my dad as an "optical illusion." Jane H.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been there twice and it is pricy for what it is but it is a one of a kind experience. Children of any ages will never want to leave.

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Additional Information about Mystery Hill

Address: Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone Number: +1 828-264-2792
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Blowing Rock
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 9

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