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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 - 8:00 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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We took our 4 kids (5, 9, 11, 12) the enjoyed the place especially the room that tilts. The younger kids loved the bubbles. Also interesting museum on site. Cheap and can come and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Burlington, North Carolina, United States
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Over priced hoax, kids not all that engaged, temporary quick for attention span and looks run down. Kids did not love it thoguth is was "old fashioned"

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Pensacola, Florida
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We took our 4 kids (5, 9, 11, 12) the enjoyed the place especially the room that tilts. The younger kids loved the bubbles. Also interesting museum on site. Cheap and can come and go all day as you please. Even the older kids enjoyed themselves.

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Boyne Falls, Michigan
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wanted to go to Doc's Rocks and Gem Mine, but it looked really packed so we went to Mystery Hill, which is right next door. It only took us 15 minutes to do the whole walk through and we even went back to the slant room a second time. The displays were worn and kind of dirty. It was not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Stopped here because we thought the kids would enjoy - they did! The staff is very friendly and gave a neat tour. The experience is odd yet fun. There were other activites after the tour that the kids thoroughly enjoyed.

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Columbia, Maryland
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A local legend in the area, but it seemed a little worn and dated. Pre-teen kids will enjoy the visit, but even that enjoyment will only last about 15 minutes - there just isn't that much to see or do in the actual Mystery House. They include a visit into an interesting huge collection of arrowheads as well as a... More 

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Page, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The worst place to take my kids... our tour guide talked very fast, we do not understand him..when we ask questions he never answered... I don't know is what he would say... the bubble room was dirty it smells like mold... the water was very very dirty. . the carpet was wet.. the bathroom was the dirtiest bathroom ...it reminded... More 

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NC, USA
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We took our grandsons, ages 7 & 10, to Mystery Hill on 7/11/15, They enjoyed the actual tour, especially the gravity room!! One we finished there we walked over to the museum, which has MANY Indian artifacts, arrowheads, etc.... and antiques. They even enjoyed that. There is a greenway, that we took a walk on,as they rode their skateboards. A... More 

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Morganton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The tilted room, old exhibits and the museum. Nothing really special but definitely a great stop along your day for a little out of the ordinary fun.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited Mystery Hill July 2nd with 3 children (ages 15,14 &10). They enjoyed themselves but all felt like it was geared towards younger kids. Their favorite part was the tilted room. They found the Fossil Museum and American Indian Museum/1800 hHouse interesting.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a fun faux-mystery place to spend maybe an hour at, or stay longer and walk through the museums and there is an optional "gem mine" where you can spend between $12 - $55 per bucket to scoop for "treasures". Yes, it's Hokey Yes, it's dated Yes, it needs to be cleaned up Yes, I would guess no money... More 

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