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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The...

Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.

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Fun to do and family friendly. Bonus! A great way to get outside and enjoy nature! We enjoyed cooling off in the creek

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fun to do and family friendly. Bonus! A great way to get outside and enjoy nature! We enjoyed cooling off in the creek

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the LEGO exhibit and it was awesome. Lots of easy hiking trails and amazing plants. The Holiday Lights during the winter season are also amazing.

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is surely one of the signature attractions of Asheville. There are many things to see, with ever changing exhibitions. The are also many trails for stretching your legs. If you want a quick bite, you don't have to leave the compound. There is a library, in which you can relax and read. We come about once a year, even... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was beautiful in the off season (not many flowering plants) so I can't imagine it spring the summer. I will definitely come back one day to see it then. The main garden section was quite a bit smaller than I was expecting however. The gift shop was great and the women in the visitor center was very knowledgeable about... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the arboretum, go in the spring, go during summer, go see the lights in the winter, plan your wedding there and then invite me. This is a great place to take family, elderly and children, plenty of shade and places to sit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful natural setting anytime of year. It is cold in November but bundle up and you will be fine. Hot chocolate is only a few steps away. DW

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens and paths to stroll down. Their exhibits are also very educational for the young and old. Nice gift shop and very friendly staff. They only change by the car load which makes it very affordable. Just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, if ever in Asheville, NC, worth the visit here.

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Denver, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most gorgeous gardens, trails and exhibits. This is a must see! Individuals and families have memberships here so that they may visit and walk among the tranquility. The staff is outstanding with many volunteers participating. So relaxing. The Bonsai exhib is fantastic.

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Asheville, North Carolina, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great hiking and bike trails through woods settings make for a relaxing and fun way to stay fit & healthy.

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for walking around. There are many trails to try. There are various indoor exhibits. The Winter Lights show is not to be missed.

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