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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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We went for the otters!

So, this is a pretty "small" site, as far as animal viewings go. Few animals in few exhibits; but we realized this wasn't a zoo, so we enjoyed it for what it was. The otters... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

So, this is a pretty "small" site, as far as animal viewings go. Few animals in few exhibits; but we realized this wasn't a zoo, so we enjoyed it for what it was. The otters, Obi-Wan and Olive, were adorable. They give military members free admission, which is really appreciated. Our 3 hour visit was definitely worth the $11 ticket... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We didn't know what to expect for this. It's a HUGE nature rehabilitation center, laid out like a zoo. Not a huge selection of animals but enough to feel like you saw a lot. Plenty of fun and educational things for the kids. They have a nice nature/hiking trail that is relatively difficult to walk as it leads down the... More 

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Our son loves to visit the nature center. We try to go several times per year. We also love to get a membership. It actually saves us money and makes it where we are able to attend as much as we'd like.

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High Point, North Carolina
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Our family and children enjoyed this nature center. The price is fairly decent and there are discount tickets around. It's not a MUST see like the NC Zoo, but it is a lovely diversion.

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We always buy family season passes every year, probably the best value in family entertainment in western north carolina. My kids never tire of this place and they are good about changing something up every season. Great staff. Great functions. Great education. Great non profit to support. If you are not aware, a season pass also gets you an AZA... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice little zoo. $8 per person, not to bad. The animals enclosures were fairly spacious and the animals seemed to be well taken care of. It was a nice time.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Nice place to take the family. Lots of interactive things for kids to do, we want to return with the grand kids. Take your time and enjoy the nature center. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a small place, so don't expect to spend a whole day; but the cost is appropriately small also. Large enclosures for most of the animals. It's a nice place to visit if you're in the general area.

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Groves, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It's a great place, but at least half of the enclosures were either empty or the animals weren't visible. It's a lot of walking and not enough to see. They could have done a better job at providing education about the animals and the nature center itself. That would of course mean they would need more workers. We easily finished... More 

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Williamson, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I took my older children here almost 20 years ago and it's still fantastic! This small "zoo" is very educational regarding the wildlife in the Carolina mountains. All the animal enclosures are large, seem to be healthy for the animals, and allow the animals to be viewed easily. The coyotes were howling. The bears were being fed. The wolves and... More 

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Additional Information about Western North Carolina Nature Center

Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8080
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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