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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great zoo!

Our family had a great morning at the zoo, only ended because it was a bit cool, and we were ready... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Our children enjoyed the zoo. We liked the sea otter and the bears. It was nice they had little... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
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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...more
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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Our family had a great morning at the zoo, only ended because it was a bit cool, and we were ready for lunch. We visited all of the animals, including seeing the river otter feeding. The keepers were very friendly and open to answering questions....More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Our children enjoyed the zoo. We liked the sea otter and the bears. It was nice they had little play centers between the different animals. The underground exhibit was cool. Not sure about the food. We had a picnic at the bottom of the hill....More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

If you have kids this is a really cool place to take them. Lots to see and do. The staff is excellent as well.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The WNC nature Park is situated just a few minutes by road from Asheville downtown. Although it was a chilly and windy day, the kids enjoyed seeing the animals here. The wolves, foxes, bears and snakes all make for a nice outing. The otter feeding...More

Thank IndTravelller
Reviewed April 3, 2018

Although comparatively small in size, the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville does an admirable job of providing visitors with an opportunity to see a variety of wild animals in natural settings. Part natural history resource and part regional zoo, the Center strives to...More

1  Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed walking through the outdoor exhibits and cages. It is mostly outdoors, hso dress for the weather. Interested in read the animals stories and their range area. About $10/person.

Thank marksF2925MA
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Excited to take my grandchild to see the animals and especially the petting zoo. The animal petting area was a big disappointment. The animals were on one side of a fence and people on the other. There was a feed bag on a gate so...More

1  Thank JustusIndiana23
Reviewed April 1, 2018

A fabulous look into the indigenous species found in the region. Nicely laid out with many viewing options and children activities throughout. We love the otters!

Thank Quiltstitcher
Reviewed March 26, 2018

Our kids loved this nature center. Good focus on local, indigenous animals. It was really well maintained and had a wonderful staff. I really liked how it was nicely walkable. Great price and free parking too! We would definitely visit again.

Thank Rather_Nomadic
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Visited today with our six-year-old son, and we loved every minute. The entire place is clean and well maintained. The animal exhibits are terrific—the otters are a highlight. The walking area above the bears is also really cool. The size was perfect for our family—there...More

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August 25, 2018|
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Response from Beth S | Reviewed this property |
We used a gps and had no issues
June 8, 2018|
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Response from AmeriCorps M | Property representative |
Hi there! You are welcome to bring food with you into the park, there is just no food allowed near the NC Farm petting area. There are picnic tables on the mid level of the park near the gift shop cabin.
Tommy L
April 17, 2018|
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Response from jelsegood | Reviewed this property |
I think most people covered that. Some animals have a tendency to sleep part of the day. They also have feeding times so check the calendar. We went mid morning and a few of the animals were on nap time.