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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 18282598080
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species...
Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA
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great place for adults and kids

We had 3 adults and 3 kids under 9, just looking to kill a couple of hours, we had NO ideal how great this place was going to be. We ended up spending 3 hours and could have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Sterling, Virginia
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Sterling, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We had 3 adults and 3 kids under 9, just looking to kill a couple of hours, we had NO ideal how great this place was going to be. We ended up spending 3 hours and could have easily spent a couple more hours. There was enough variety of things going on to keep all of us interested. The paths... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Family of 5 with children ages 6, 2, & 9 months. We all enjoyed ourselves and there was plenty to see. The animals looked well taken care of and exhibits were large. It was a hot day but most of the walkways were shaded by trees and cooler. Only issue was the parking. We had never been there before and... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My grand boy had a great time we joined as a family member so we can return plus you can go to other places for half off or free for a year can't beat the price Time spent with Grandboy Jaxon priceless

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Johns Island, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The kids enjoyed the visit very much,but I thought it wasn't much more than a bunch of animals in cages.

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Seeing the animals that run through our backyards was amazing. We could tell our family about the time that we saw a black bear digging in a dumpster. That one time I almost stepped on a garden snake. Also the time we were hiking and saw copper heads on the trail. Almost hitting a fox on a very early morning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The people who wrote bad reviews for this place were just confused about a nature center versus a zoo. Zoos have penguins and elephants and other animals from around the world. This nature center has only native animals and I just had the loveliest visit. The coyotes, foxes, wolves, and black bears were all active and easily viewed in their... More 

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Pittsford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The setting is beautiful, on winding trails in the hillside and the exhibits are well done. My three young grandsons were spellbound with the owl presentation, which the adults found equally fascinating. It is clear that the staff is highly professional and knowledgable. We would go back again.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I so enjoyed this Nature Center. Authentic and educational, seeing the animals and about the habitat .

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Hickory
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was a small area, probably can make it through in less than an hour to see all the animals. They are making upgrades, which will be nice when they are complete. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It was a very reasonably priced activity for our family. The exhibits were great, we were able to see all of the animals, and it was the perfect size for families with young children. My boys loved it!

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Additional Information about Western North Carolina Nature Center

Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 18282598080
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 10

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