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“Great things come in small packages.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Western North Carolina Nature Center

Western North Carolina Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828-259-8080
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Ranked #14 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
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.
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great things come in small packages.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a classy place where the animals are well taken care of.

There is plenty of areas where you can watch them. This isnt the largest zoo you will ever go to. However its in a beutifull setting and has a great variety of animals.

We had a couple of hours yesterday so we decided to go and had a great time. Its cheap and will not have you walking all days so the kids shouldnt get tired.

Visited August 2012
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Family Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Frequently, when we visit family in Asheville, we spend an afternoon at the WNCNC. The red fox pups are fascinating; Keith did a wonderful job of teaching us about skunks, and one of the interns invited us to pet a corn snake- wow! The only sour note occurred at the admittance desk. Personnel there could take a lesson in friendliness and customer service.

Visited August 2012
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Waynesville,NC & Naples, FL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very Good, With Disclaimers...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

2nd visit in 2 years. It seemed less 'fun' the 2nd time, as we it loses it's luster with a repeat visit. If the info sessions are going on, it is very entertaining and informative for kids/adults. If not, (there were none this past Friday while we were there), it gets ho hum on a repeat visit.

While many reviews cheer the 2 wolves, the pair of cougars, (no longer native anywhere in NC), and the red wolves, it is slightly disheartening to see those animals doing the bored, repetitive pacing around their enclosures, as they have hundreds of acres in their natural range.

The butterfly exhibit is also gone...

Our 8 yr old granddaughter enjoyed it on first visit last year; this year is was a good couple of hours, but sort of meh for she and us. It does has decent admission fees, and is worth a couple hours for first time visitor, imo.

Visited August 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Family fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Fun place to take the kids. The wolves and cougars are really cool. It is very classy and well done.

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18 attraction reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A marvelous display for children to observe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I went here one week prior to my grandson's visit, and was certain to return with my grandson! He loved seeing the animals (in their own sense of free range) environment. I was intrigued at the variety of the species to observe.

Visited July 2012
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