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River Arts District

Asheville, NC
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Ranked #25 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
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Asheville, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

After years in the backwater of Asheville, this old industrial section is getting a new personality. It now has a few art galleries and restaurants.......but come back in a few years and the butterfly will have emerged. R

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Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The River Arts District was our first stop when we visited Asheville. I will echo a previous reviewer who said the RAD is a great concept that hasn't quite made it to fruition yet. This review will focus on the experience of visiting the RAD rather than the artists' work. We visited the RAD in the late morning on a... More

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Hewlett, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Some of the studios were better than others. The Glass studio was excellent. I loved the fact that they did a glass-making demo. It was great for my grandchild. She didn't want to leave

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Asheville, North Carolina
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137 reviews 137 reviews
40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Now sporting new bars and breweries, the area has been updated and now looks much better than it did a couple of years ago. There are some really funky places to both eat and drink. Easy to get to. Parking is sometimes a bit crazy, but if you want something that is not downtown, this is the area to go

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126 reviews 126 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited the Asheville River Arts District on a Saturday at about 3pm. It seemed like a lot of the galleries were closed. I'm not entirely sure if they were open earlier in the day or they just open at the convenience of the artist. Many of them also started closing doors around 4pm. We enjoyed walking around. Most of... More

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Interestiing opportunity to see artists and crafts people doing their work. A chance to talk with them as well

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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112 reviews 112 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The River Arts District is in an area of Asheville that was at one time a vital industrial section of town. While the industry has since left, the artists have moved in to help save the area from complete decay. Some of the old industrial buildings look like they may have during their heyday. But many of the smaller store... More

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

There were a bunch of art studios and galleries right next to each other, so a short walk takes you to glass blowing, pottery, painting, sculptures, metal work, whatever doors are open that day. Just walk around and browse.

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Like to see how the artists evolve over time. Lot's of different art. Choices in all price ranges. Like the fact that many artists are in residence doing their art and explaining what and how they do it.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

To some the area may bit a little forbidding but we originally lived near Manhattan so we were not deterred in the least. The area is up and coming with renovated warehouses that are now galleries and art studios. No snobbery here just friendly, helpful people who love to chat. The Art varies some of it is quite exceptional but... More

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