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North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
828-665-2492
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Ranked #5 of 83 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, National Parks, Educational Sites
Activities: Walking, Leisure education
Traveler Description:     Young or old,  male or female,  gardeners or non, hikers, bikers, and all, love the North Carolina Arboretum year round.  The views are... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the NC Arboretum after checking out some reviews. It was money well spent. The only expense was to park the car, and that was very reasonable. We observed many impressive plants and arrangements thereof as we strolled through the gardens. Everything was labeled in some way, which is essential, due to the fact the we... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Finally got to visit the Arboretum during a summer visit to Asheville. Have wanted to see this place in "full bloom" since finding it on a trip to Biltmore Estate at Thanksgiving. Visited in July and it was an amazing array of natural gardens, forested walk, formal gardening. I enjoyed the Bonsai very much! They had numerous examples of Bonsai... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great location, enjoyed the trails and bonsai garden as well as the gardens themselves. The volunteers in the buildings were all very friendly and helpful as well.

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Orange, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A truly beautiful botanical garden. The bonsai garden is special. Unexpectedly, the gift shop has an excellent selection of items from local artists.

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Caryville, Tennessee
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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The gardens of flowers were dazzling. It was a feast for the eyes. The walkways thru the gardens was delightful. It was very well laid out for maimum enjoyment. The quilts in the educational building were wonderful

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great visit, both to the beautifully landscaped gardens and to the hiking trails beyond. Spent about 4-5 hours there, all of them thoroughly enjoyable.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have visited the Arboretum on multiple occasions because of being an a resident of Asheville, but I visit often because of how beautiful it is. (If you live in the area, I strongly suggest buying a year long pass because the parking fees have gone up) This is an absolutely wonderful place to come whether you want a short... More

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Youngstown, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We read the reviews & I was super excited to stroll the gardens, but we didn't see much ? Think we missed something? Which is possible b/c there were several weddings that day. We went in early afternoon & left b/c of a wedding & not wanting our children to disrupt. So we went back in evening & had same... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We took the 1pm Tuesday nature hike. Advertised as 1.5 hrs, it took a 2.5 hrs on a hot day. The guide, Tony, spoke at length about every plant specie on the grounds, as well as about a couple hundred more that are not on the grounds! He over did it, but the gentle walk thru the woods & trails... More

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South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The seventy-five mile drive takes me from the heat of South Carolina summer to this mid-altitude oasis in the Blue Ridge mountains. I've always found these gardens well maintained and nicely curated with good color in most seasons. There is a pleasing lack of tourist gimmicks with the gardens feeling understated in a pleasing way. The visitor infrastructure is most... More

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