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Toddling in Asheville

Aug 8, 2011  Help other parents survive on the go.
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These are a few things that we found in Asheville that made traveling with a two year-old pleasurable.

  • 1. The Health Adventure
    The Health Adventure, Asheville

    Hands on activities for kids ranging from 1-12 years old. A good way to spend a rainy half-day or to use up some of that pent-up energy.

  • 2. Biltmore Estate
    Biltmore Estate, Asheville

    As stated by many reviewers, the cost is high but it is worth it. There are many fascinating stories that accompany the house and with a backpack the tour is easy to do with a small child. I recommend downloading the Stuff I Missed in History Class podcast about the house so you can listen to it prior to visiting.

  • 3. Mount Mitchell State Park

    The highest peak east of the Mississippi is an hours ride northwest of Asheville. You can drive all the way to within 300 yards of the peak and walk up the rest of the way (a good option for parents that dont feel like hiking a two miler uphill with a small kid in tow).

  • 4. Fountain at Buncombe County Courthouse

    Just down the hill from Pack Place, this fountain will entertain your kid for at least half of a day. Grab the suntan lotion and take them in their suits and let them run around until they wear themselves out. Many other kids will be doing the same, so you don't have to worry about being the only entertainment.

  • 5. Asheville Tourists Minor League Baseball Team
    McCormick Field, Asheville

    A trip to the ballpark is easy with a kid here. It is a very family friendly environment, although there is no playground. The General admission seats behind first and third base are relatively wide open and there are many other families there with their kids.

  • 6. Pisgah Forest
    Pisgah Forest

    Sliding Rock, although we deemed it too much for me to do with our two year-old in arms, Looking Glass Falls, short hikes and scenic views made the drive down worthwhile.

  • 7. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
    Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock

    Although the kids won't love the house tour, which we didn't take, the goat farm will make them happy. Our daughter could have spent hours feeding the new addition to their flock(?) Abel. While your in Flat Rock, which is 30 minutes South of Asheville, grab lunch at Hubba Hubba BBQ.

  • 8. Hubba Hubba Smokehouse
    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Flat Rock

    Real Good Food

  • 9. Mountain Play Lodge, Arden, NC
    http://mountainplaylodge.com/Mountain_Play_Lodge/Welcome.html

    An indoor playground with several moon bounces and play areas set aside for small children. If you are looking to burn off some youthful energy take the 20 minute ride down to Arden. Parents get in free and the kids get in for 6 bucks.

  • 10. Carrier Park, Asheville
    http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/ParksRCA/default.aspx?id=15024

    A former racetrack that has been converted into a public park has a playground suitable for kids of all ages. Not the most up-to-date equipment, but is kind of neat and gets the kids out and about.

  • 11. French Broad Chocolate Lounge
    French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville

    Reward yourself after dinner with some of the best chocolate I've had. It will give you that extra kick as you stroll around town to people watch, shop and wind the kids down for bed.

  • 12. Chorizo
    Chorizo, Asheville

    Mouth watering latin food. You'll love it.

  • 13. Tupelo Honey Cafe
    Tupelo Honey Cafe, Asheville

    Good Southern food and equally good people watching in the heart of town.

  • 14. Woolworth Art Walk
    http://www.woolworthwalk.com/

    Stop by and check out some of the best local art I saw in our trip. Other than the River Arts District, this had some of the more interesting and edgy work (not much edge though). Asheville art seems at times more craftsy than artsy.

  • 15. River Arts District
    River Arts District, Asheville

    A lot of driving from studio to studio, though I am sure it could be walked if you really wanted to, but a lot of good stuff to check out.