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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 18282598080
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of...

Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region's rich biodiversity. The Nature Center is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA

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A great and humane collection of indigenous animals.

We recently visited the Western North Carolina Nature Center for the first time in over a decade. It was a favorite attraction of my son when he was in elementary school. He's now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
John D
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Dublin, Ohio

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently visited the Western North Carolina Nature Center for the first time in over a decade. It was a favorite attraction of my son when he was in elementary school. He's now in college and just had to have us stop again while we were in the Asheville area. We were not disappointed. This nature center continues to expand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We showed up late in the day so crowds were leaving and a thunderstorm was coming but that didn't dampen the fun. We hung out with the otters during the heaviest of the rain and they were very active right up against the glass. There is a slide right by the exhibit that little ones can go down. Easy stroll... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

my 3 kids love animals... ok 2 out of 3 love animals and this was a fun visit. we have to hit the local wildlife when we are travelling and this was a great stop.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we went it rained. The staff member at the ticket desk. asked if we were members of any science museums and I reluctantly said yes. She then told me if I had my membership card it may get us in free or at a discounted rate. So I pulled out my membership card and we got in free!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought our 6 year old godson and he LOVED IT!!! I mean, what's not to love??? Bears, and we were there to watch them be fed, and they were active!! A petting zoo, swimming otters, wolves, raccoons, owls, cougars, and lots of play areas!!! We pet snakes, turtles, and a giant hissing cockroach!!! We loved the snakes and turtles... More 

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Lake Wales, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to drag my daughter out after 4 hours. She loves coming here each year. Disappointed that you can no longer go in with animals at petting area, but do understand it is for the animals wellbeing.

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Thank Katrina N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The WNC Nature Center is a great place ti visit for kids of all ages. It is like a small zoo, with everything from bears to otters. There is also a petting zoo with goats, sheep,and chickens. It is in a beautiful, mostly shaded location in Asheville. Also a small play area for children. A great place to provide fun... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a family vacation with wife, son (4.5), daughter (nearly 2) and it felt like it was on verge of becoming a pretty good zoo. First a disclaimer - my wife was less positive about it than I was. I felt it was exactly what I expected: a zoo that favored local wildlife in quality habitats. There were a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great combination of local animalia, this local science center has some very nice close up views of the animals. Some of the displays were obscured by fencing, probably for security's sake. The underground exhibit was disappointing, but overall it was a great time! If you go, stop by the gift shop for fresh cherry limeade!

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Canton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A perfect first stop on our trip to Ashville. Our family loves wildlife and this was perfect. The black bears were impressive and super active. The otters were playing and showing off for us. The Red Tail Hawks were gigantic! We highly recommend a trip to the WNC Nature Center

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