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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8080
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Animal center features an educational farm with livestock, small animals...
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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Our Grandchildren Loved It! (We Did, Too.)

The staff at this wildlife park are very friendly and the venue is wonderfully rustic. Be prepared to do a lot of walking! The kids had a great time learning about all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The staff at this wildlife park are very friendly and the venue is wonderfully rustic. Be prepared to do a lot of walking! The kids had a great time learning about all the animals and couldn't get enough of the big black bear and big cats. (I should note that my granddaughter had a nightmare about the bear!) I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

$8 was great price for the entrance fee. We got to see plenty of the animals, the bear exhibit was great to view. The coyotes started to howl. But the big cats where mostly asleeep. There was a cave exhibit showing the things underground it was a bit disappointing because it was just facts taking about the animals underground but... More 

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Cumming
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Nature Center has a LOT of land/space and compliments this with a wide variety of wildlife from bears to birds. In fact, there is a LOT of land and considering the space - few animals. A Petting place with goats and donkeys is an attraction for young ones. Certainly worth the couple hours of time invested to walk through... More 

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Warrensburg, New York
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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

While visiting Asheville with your family the Nature center is a must stop. My grandchildren aged 2 and 6 years old loved this place and hated to leave. They enjoyed seeing native Appalachian reptiles, birds and mammals. The otter especially were a big hit. You can bring your own food and snacks with you.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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49 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We recently visited the WNCNC on a week-long family vacation with our 8-month old. Being that this was the first vacation we have taken with our child, we had to plan some places that we knew she might take some interest in as well. The WNCNC is a very neat place, it's not a zoo or major park by any... More 

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Warrensburg, New York
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Perfect place to spend an afternoon outdoors. Great for younger children or just something to do for half a day cause its not too big like some zoos are. YOu can bring food and drinks in or they have a small area with a pirate :) that sells snacks and fresh lemonade with picnic tables. Everywhere has stroller access. Nice... More 

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place has some neat exhibits. I like to do wildlife photography so the fences do detract from trying to take photographs and the amount of kids running loose is very disturbing to the animals

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Cadillac, MI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It was a fun spending a couple hours at the nature center. We loved that we could see the animals so close up. Every employee we talked to knew so much about the animals, which is great when you have kids that always have questions! The animals inclosures were clean, as was the entire nature center. We would definately come... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Clean, neat, educational, reasonable admission charge. Would be perfect for families with young kids. Wear comfortable shoes.

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New York
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75 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went with two teenagers but noticed a lot of people with tiny kids in strollers, toddlers, etc. This is the perfect setting for families of this description. Easy to navigate, not on a thousand acres of land where parents would be exhausted by the end of the day. Actually on par, quality-wise, with some of the world's greatest zoos... More 

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