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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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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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Let me start by saying that my daughter loves animals. We were in the Waynesvilles area looking for things to do and someone mentioned the Wildlife Center. As I stated earlier... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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St Augustine Beach, FL
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St Augustine Beach, FL
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Let me start by saying that my daughter loves animals. We were in the Waynesvilles area looking for things to do and someone mentioned the Wildlife Center. As I stated earlier, my daughter loves animals and was so excited to go. We went on a cold Sunday morning that was very windy. There is little shelter from the weather if... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small zoo, but very enjoyable for kids and families. Note that there is some uphill walking as it is build on a small ridge. This isn't too bad, but something to keep in mind if you are traveling with someone who has a hard time doing a lot of walking.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family friendly attraction on the southwest side of Asheville (close to downtown, close to the Biltmore Estate, convenient off the interstate). I've been with my friends, my sister and mom, my husband, and plan to go again and again each time I'm up that way. I live in Charlotte and visited Asheville often while I lived as a child in... More 

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Candler, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lived in Asheville for about 10 years before we first visited the nature center. We wished we had visited sooner. They have a good variety of well kept animal exhibits and offer educational opportunities as well. Membership here is reciprocal with many other aquariums and zoos in the United States as well.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even with most animals in hibernation or sleeping great place to visit and learn . Grand kids enjoyed as well as grandparents . Handicapped accessible

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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed spending some time here, walking around and communing with NC nature. We thought that it was a good experience and would go back again.

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Key West, Florida
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice way to spend an hour or so on a day when outside activities are acceptable. Most of the area is exposed to the outside so it has to be a good day. They have a decent collection of the wildlife of the area and favorably displayed. Also have a farm animal area that has short introductions to some of... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our grandsons 2 & 4 love going. Just big enough without taking too long. It is an easy morning activity. Good animal exhibits.

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Thank dlswi
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went today with my 6 year old -- he loved it! We'd gone hiking the day before and wanted an activity that was relatively low activity but fun for both of us. Liked most: - One thing that really stood out was how healthy and content the animals looked. Many places with animal habitats make me pretty sad -- animals... More 

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Canton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place! I like the fact that they have a lot of hands on exhibits for the kids. I also appreciate that a lot of the wild life is centered on WNC.

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