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Address: 129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
Phone Number: 8282642792
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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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Our kids had such a great time..

Loved learning about the Vortex, loved experiencing the Vortex even more! They also had a great game and puzzle room that I found fascinating! We will probably be back...

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Rodney C
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Advance, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The main attraction was definitely the "room". It was fascinating but other than that and overall, the experience was just "blah". Our "guide" literally seemed rushed once we got to the vortex room and literally ran out and we were left not even really understanding where to go next. I actually had questions about the attraction as I was fascinated... More 

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Advance, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved learning about the Vortex, loved experiencing the Vortex even more! They also had a great game and puzzle room that I found fascinating! We will probably be back...

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Thank Rodney C
Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction is every bit as cheesy as you might imagine, with all sorts of gravitational "anomalies," optical illusions and a bubble room. As a bonus you also get admission to the Appalachian Heritage Museum next door with a huge collection of arrowheads. The adults in our group thought Mystery Hill itself was corny but the kids had a blast... More 

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Newport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting small tour. My opinion the 1st room you visit is the best. Balls roll uphill, water runs uphill and you completely lose your balance. The rest of it...eh, was ok. Was only $8.00 a head so not bad.

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Thank lmelke
Westminster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

One of those places you have to go to. Balls rolling uphill are only one of the many odd things. Great place for preteen kids.

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Thank chuckland
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

I have driven past Mystery Hill many times without stopping, but I finally stopped in with three of my grandchildren (15, 13, and 11). We all had a great time and the kids were still talking about it days later. It is definitely worth the stop. The kids also enjoyed the collection of tens of thousands of indian arrowheads. Stop... More 

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

My little girl had the best time at Mystery Hill. We had a great tour guide that provided some really great information and history of Mystery Hill. My teenage son also thought it was okay. My kids favorite part was the Vortex room and bubble room. Highly suggest this activity for families with small children, but truly a fun destination... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

We use to come here when I was a little girl. I remember loving it and always wanting to go when we came to visit. It's really run down and needs some updates. I was with 3 kids ages 2-10, and they were done in 45min!

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Thank EmilyFH
Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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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