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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
Phone Number: 828-665-2492
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Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of...

Established in 1986, this area is over 425 acres and home to thousands of flowers, plants and trees.

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Whether you are a couple wanting to look at beautiful plants or a family geo caching on the trails, this is a great place to enjoy being outdoors. Geo caching is like a treasure... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Whether you are a couple wanting to look at beautiful plants or a family geo caching on the trails, this is a great place to enjoy being outdoors. Geo caching is like a treasure hunt for kids using a gps. You fins the treasure container, pull a toy or item out and replace it with something you brought. The toys... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I visited the Arboretum while on an Asheville vacation. We were very impressed! The gardens are beautiful and of particular note is the Bonsai Tree exhibit - absolutely fascinating. The venue has two separate exhibit buildings, one of which has a small cafe. There are a number of walking trails on the property. It was VERY hot... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You see things that you don't see otherwise. It is a great place to take kids for them to learn and learn to enjoy.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family brought my mother and we explored the trails for an afternoon. This is a great place to hang out with your family, learn a little about the NC mountains and get some exercise. Great way to spend Mother's Day!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first time at the Arboretum. I am not a gardener but the trails were simply beautiful. The Bonsai garden was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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Candler, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I joined the Arboretum for their walking trails, but also get to take advantage of the exhibits, the gardens and the food in the Savory Thyme Cafe! The amount is not overwhelming and the food is so tasty! I had the Veggie Muffuletta with the Moroccan Carrot Salad...mmmmmm!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very well manicured and maintained park with nice hiking trails and gardens. Very good park for families with kids as lots of educational resources.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the Arboretum--I go there to walk, to learn, and it is a place I would proudly take a visitor who appreciates nature and flora...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're a nature lover you just can't beat the arboretum for amazing scenery, unique plantlife and thought provoking art. A must see stop if you're in the Asheville area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Amazed by the lovely, expansive gardens, rich landscape design, and fun Lego exhibit for the kids to top it off. We enjoyed a wonderful August day in the refreshing mountain air, enjoying the grounds at our own pace. Look forward to returning on our next trip to the mountains.

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