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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: 828-665-2492
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Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of...

Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees.

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The NC Arboretum is our family favorite for a wide variety of activities, whether hiking, biking, touring the bonsai and other gardens or the special events. The variety of native... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The NC Arboretum is our family favorite for a wide variety of activities, whether hiking, biking, touring the bonsai and other gardens or the special events. The variety of native plants inspires gardeners, and there is always something in bloom.

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Go when school is out--otherwise parking and traffic can be a major headache. Nice original building scattered with newer less attractive/noteworthy structures. Quad is nice under the trees and within walking distance to restaurants, bars... interesting day. Check out the Carolina Inn

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Who knew plants were so interesting. The bonsai garden is diverse and well-described. The indoor exhibits are worthy of any children's museum. The food is good, the staff are kind and knowledgeable. It's not crowded, perhaps because the admission seems a little steep, compared to other attractions of this kind. Wouldn't hesitate, though, to pay for any person 10 and... More 

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A superb collection of healthy plants, shrubs and trees. Well layed out and maintained pathways. The education offered and exhibitor of mono prints which was interesting. The display of animals of North America was superb, detailed, good quality write ups and quality exhibits. In all well worth the $12 car fee, would have spent longer walking but it was rather... More 

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Erwin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a summer day walking through the gardens. We especially liked the variety of bonsai trees.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The arboretum is always a pleasant place for a long walk, on your own or with a guide. Take friends, because the admission price is per vehicle.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are members of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which has a reciprocal with the NC Arboretum. Not much was happening, but we got information about the orchid show, and the wild life exhibit for the upcoming grandkids' visit.

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San Diego, California
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the North Carolina Arboretum in September because I had one day to spend in Asheville where I was meeting a friend. We couldn't decide where to go and decided against the Biltmore because of the price. We're both pretty active people so we decided instead it would be nice to go on a hike. A little internet research... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cost was minimal $12 per car, spent 3 hours hiking on paved trails, very nice. They have dirt trails as well but we didnt have time to explore those. Connects to the national park as well which was nice. Tons of bikers, runners, and people walking their dogs.

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Candler, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to take a leisurely walk, with or without your canine companion. Going there 4 times will pay for annual membership. Nice café, nature store, guest artist creations, classes for children and adults great value.

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