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Address: 129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
Phone Number:
+1 828-264-2792
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 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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Family enjoyed the mystery and puzzles. Doesn't take long to complete. 4 year old and 13 year old enjoyed. Price is reasonable, gift shop has wide range of prices on gifts for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jennifer W
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North Wilkesboro
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and granddaughters went.. The look on their faces at some of the stuff there was priceless. Especially where one that is the youngest appeared to be bigger than her older sister..lol

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1 Thank pinky3138
Fleetwood, North Carolina
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our kids loved this place! Admission is fairly priced and there is lots to look at and do. I would recommend this attraction to all age groups. We will be visiting again soon!

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Thank BeccaCheek
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17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Family enjoyed the mystery and puzzles. Doesn't take long to complete. 4 year old and 13 year old enjoyed. Price is reasonable, gift shop has wide range of prices on gifts for everyone. Was our second visit.

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Thank Jennifer W
Millers Creek
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely love this place. Going back this year. Well worth the trip to Blowing Rock. The Gem mine, the coffee shop, and the museum all top off this worthwhile day trip.

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Land O' Lakes, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This isn't on the level of Ripley's by any means, but it was fun and my son enjoyed it! Upstairs in the house next door was neat...very historical.

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1 Thank ellyn1970
Cape Coral, Florida
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The brochure said it best... you just can't explain it, you need to just go! Our kids loved it, and honestly, very inexpensive! Our tour guide was great, and we did the old fashioned pictures, and our photographer was great too! Great rainy day place!

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1 Thank 172vanessa
Miami, Florida
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42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Similar to a Ripleys Believe it or not. A lot of fun for ages 16 and under. Gravity room was great and some of the exhibits were a lot of fun. Will fill about an hour of your time.

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1 Thank Kevin C
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this when looking for things to do on a rainy day! We thought it would be a little childish but it was kind of interesting to solve the riddles and other odd things displayed. The vortex room was funny and the bubbles were a good time. Short but relatively cheap and tickets let you... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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124 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The vortex room blew us away. This quirky tourist trap was a good time and we enjoyed it. I highly recommend that you stop here on your vacation.

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1 Thank Jamie G
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friendly tour guide takes you through the building, showing you a series of optical illusions. My husband and I went, as we usually like unique, fun things like this, but this is definitely for younger children. There were a few hallways and rooms with clever riddles/facts, the vortex room (which is a building built on a slant), and a... More 

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