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Western North Carolina Nature Center

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-259-8080
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Ranked #16 of 85 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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Owner description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals and poultry, plus a wide variety of animals on display, from bears and bats to spiders and snakes.

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Durham, North Carolina
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478 reviews 478 reviews
293 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I called ahead to make sure I could get some good pictures there. I was told they use what is called invisible fencing and you can take a picture through it. Once we got there most of the enclosures were chain link and if you have ever tried to take a picture through chain link you know the fence will... More

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Great for kids but adults who love animals, like me, will enjoy too. They have displays with otters, wolves, bear, coyotes, foxes, Hawks, owls, reptiles and petting zoo area with sheep and goats. Takes about 90 minutes to stroll through. Lots of things for children to get excited about.

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Tucker, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Not fancy and old fashioned, but it is still neat to see some animals and there was a neat trail to walk in the woods, particularly in leaf season when we were there. Some might not like the old fashioned way to keep animals, but it is how we grew up and it was nice being outdoors in cooler weather.... More

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CARY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Visited the WNCNC on a Thursday at 11:45am. First to note: the petting area closes from 12-2pm so we ran there first! There are four sheep and goats to pet and brush which my 4 year old loved. Unfortunately, the other goats and donkeys are kept separate and can only be touched when they are near the fence. The donkeys... More

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Tampa, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was our second visit to the Nature Center and once again it was a fantastic experience. I am a huge fan of otters and their river otter habitat is one of the best I have seen - they are so fun to watch. Most of the animals were active and all were in view. The bears, owls, deer, and... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Recently visited this attraction with family and 2 children, ages 7 and 11, who seemed to enjoy each part. The only disappointment is that because we got there late in the day we had to rush through the exhibits and the animals in the petting area were back in their stalls having dinner. I think we would go back to... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Great place to take children so they can understand how the natural world of Western NC relates to everyone's life. We sixty plus year olds had as much fun and the kids and learned quite a lot. May be your only chance to see some wild felines.

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Raleigh, NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

Family of five really enjoyed the nature center. Place is small but feels like you can get close and really see the animals. Petting zoo is great too!

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Cary, NC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a great, small nature center that focuses on the preservation of local species. You will find only local animals like raccoons, Graywolf, Redwolf, bobcats, etc. nothing exotic about this place. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here!

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Jacksonville, Alabama
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is the local farmer's market where you can get fresh produce from spring until the fall. There are also several buildings that hold crafts and other items you can expect to find at a farmer's market like local cheeses, honey, breads, & spices. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours to see it all.

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