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Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone Number: +1 828-264-2792
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Explore a real gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill! Amazing visitors...

Explore a real gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill! Amazing visitors since 1948 visitors receive a quick guided tour of the Mystery Platform where two guest stand on a perfectly level platform but appear to grow and shrink as they switch sides and the Mystery House where the laws of gravity appear to have been forgotten as things roll up hill and visitors experience a strange pull to the North. After the tour guest are invited to stay and experiment as long as they like before moving on to the Hall of Mystery with a series of Optical Illusions and Hands on activities including The Shadow Wall, the Spooky Spigot, The Flying Mirror, and everyone's favorite Bubblerama where you can actually stand inside a giant soap bubble. Visitors also get free admission to visit the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection of over 100,000 arrowheads they collected over their life time and to a walk thru the 1903 Dougherty House the home of the founders of Appalachian State University. Also while at Mystery Hill visitors can buy a bucket and try their hand at Gem Mining at the area's premier gem mine Doc's Rocks and the Appalachian Fossil Museum. Open 7 days a week year round, rain or shine. Mystery Hill is located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321.

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Exactly what we expected

Not amazing, not horrible. A delightful rainy day activity. The tilted room and the bubbles were a hit. Everything else is pretty random.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jjbenitez
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Lenoir, North Carolina
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76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

nice place for family having a trip together lots to be learned especially water running up hill nice store to buy souvenirs kids would really like the different things to do well worth money

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Kenly, North Carolina
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37 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a kid I can remember coming here every time we road through. The gravity room has always been my favorite. Now that I have kids of my own we always stop by and like me their favorite is the gravity room and the bubbles. This is an awesome attraction you wont be disappointing if you stop by. Great history... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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90 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not amazing, not horrible. A delightful rainy day activity. The tilted room and the bubbles were a hit. Everything else is pretty random.

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went on a whim and were actually surprised how we enjoyed it! It is not a gimmick but a natural phenomenon. Good for a rainy day.

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Belmont, NC
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is amazing the Great Science Lessons and Having fun at the Same Time. It is a very small place, but lots of hands on stuff to explore.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this attraction to be cute, but not worth the price of admission. The place was quite dirty and smelly. We did it. We won't do it again!!

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Thank Neysa B
Matthew U, Owner at Mystery Hill, responded to this review

Neysa B - The Underwood Family and staff are so sorry that we did not live up to your expectations, we pride ourselves on providing a fun Roadside America experience at a great value. Most visitors tell us that the $9 and $7 tickets are a great value for all that you get including the Guided Tour of the Natural... More 

Linwood, North Carolina
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my husbands first time here. He review is "it's alright an ok attraction not worth 19 for two people". They do go over the history of the place and how it got started. This was a young kid who you could tell was in a hurry.. But he was friendly

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Thank Tiffany f
Matthew U, Owner at Mystery Hill, responded to this review

Tiffany f - The Underwood Family and staff are so sorry that we did not live up to your husband's expectations, our fun little Roadside America attraction has been entertaining visitors since 1948 and most visitors tell us that the $9 and $7 tickets are a great value for all that you get including the Guided Tour of the Natural... More 

Texas
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our 10 and 12 year old grandsons here, after mining at Doc's Rocks. Our guide, a very young man, was very boring-spoke very fast and in a monotone voice. I had a hard time understanding. Boys loved the slanted room. I found it hard to stay in there. They had a blast. Not worth the money, in my... More 

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Matthew U, Owner at Mystery Hill, responded to this review

foodieoma - The Underwood Family and staff are so sorry that your guided tour experience was less than we strive for and you can be assured that the guides are already working to make sure they are all providing the entertaining tour they expect, we pride ourselves on providing a fun Roadside America experience that is fun for all ages... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area so stopped by Mystery Hill. Some interesting finds. The kids had a really good time. May be a little pricey for what you get, but worth stopping by if you've already done the big area attractions.

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1 Thank ERHJ
Matthew U, Owner at Mystery Hill, responded to this review

ERHJ - The Underwood Family and staff are so glad you and the kids enjoyed your visit to Mystery Hill, we pride ourselves on providing a fun Roadside America experience at a great price. Most visitors tell us that the $9 and $7 tickets are a great value for all that you get including the Guided Tour of the Natural... More 

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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this place! I have yet to meet a kid that does not love Mystery Hill. They have done a lot of upgrades to the exhibits and it looks really good. Keep it up guys.

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1 Thank Katrina M
Matthew U, Owner at Mystery Hill, responded to this review

Katrina M - The Underwood Family and Staff are so glad you guys had fun at Mystery Hill and noticed our ongoing efforts to upgrade and improve the exhibits. There is more to come in the near future!! More 

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