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The North Carolina Arboretum

Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone Number: 828-665-2492
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Ranked #11 of 79 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Leisure education
Owner description: Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Leisure education
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

There are many trails here, but really nothing to see. Many of the greenhouses were closed and nothing was flowering, as you'd expect in January. There aren't many great views from here while hiking so I'd recommend only going here when the plants are in bloom.

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Watkinsville
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We were in Asheville, NC for the weekend and thought it would be nice to check the place out. I had heard about their Bonsai collection and wanted to see them. First off, we followed our GPS 1 1/2 miles off the main road to end up at the locked back gate. A big sign on it said older GPS... More 

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have visited the NCA before for the gardens and a garden party but this time we returned for the lights, which were beautiful as expected. I do have to say they were a little on the high side for admission and it wasn't easy to get them either at the last minute. We did enjoy them however we had... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Several of my family members wentin December to see the Christmas lights we had to walk around in the cold to see this and it was also raining the lights were beautiful but not for what we all had to pay .I will not pay these prices and drive a 100 miles again for this high price .

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Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautifully decorated in lights during the holiday season. You can walk through at your own pace and not feel rushed. We also enjoyed the fabrics exhibition in the educational center

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New Orleans
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Folks in Asheville take anything "green" seriously, and the NC Arboretum is included. Beautifully laid out with informational opportunities sprinkled all over the property. An extra perk - above average gift shops.

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Brunswick, Maine
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We visited here on New Year's Eve to what was their first "Winter Lights" exhibit. The volunteers were wonderfully helpful and explained that a retired gentleman from Disney had helped them the past two years to ready this event. The results were spectacular and I strongly recommend that anyone in the area next year to be sure to take in... More 

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Marion, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This year the man that was in charge of Disney light shows in FL offered to do a show at our arboretum. We went with our daughter and son-in-law and totally enjoyed it. I am sure each year will be even better!

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I went for the Christmas lights show, which I found out was their first year organizing this event. They did a great job! Most events of that scale have a lot of bugs the first year out, but I wouldn't have known it had someone not told me. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The gardens are... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The arboretum is one of the great 'managed' natural attractions of the Asheville area. There winter lights show is nice, if a but pricey. The best time to go is in the warmer months, when the indigenous bonsai exhibit is open and everything is green. The nearby Bent Creek hiking and biking trails are a great extension of the outing,... More 

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