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“Waste of time”
Review of Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore a real gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill! Amazing visitors since 1948 visitors receive a quick guided tour of the Mystery Platform where two guest stand on a perfectly level platform but appear to grow and shrink as they switch sides and the Mystery House where the laws of gravity appear to have been forgotten as things roll up hill and visitors experience a strange pull to the North. After the tour guest are invited to stay and experiment as long as they like before moving on to the Hall of Mystery with a series of Optical Illusions and Hands on activities including The Shadow Wall, the Spooky Spigot, The Flying Mirror, and everyone's favorite Bubblerama where you can actually stand inside a giant soap bubble. Visitors also get free admission to visit the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection of over 100,000 arrowheads they collected over their life time and to a walk thru the 1903 Dougherty House the home of the founders of Appalachian State University. Also while at Mystery Hill visitors can buy a bucket and try their hand at Gem Mining at the area's premier gem mine Doc's Rocks and the Appalachian Fossil Museum. Open 7 days a week year round, rain or shine. Mystery Hill is located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 27, 2014

Completely a tourist trap. Your $9 entry fee pays for a guided tour through a farm with a completely fabricated story about "weird things happening" when the place used to be an apple orchard. Stand in certain places and see different man-made optical allusions which they say are natural occurences which defy the laws of physics.

The anti-gravity room is reportedly built atop a hill that defies gravity so then when you go into the room you see water that flows up and other oddities. However, if it were a natural occurance, why build a room?

Maybe it's supposed to be all in good fun. In that case, case kids will probably be thoroughly entertained; as for adults, it's tacky and cheesy.

3  Thank 790abbyg
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

This attraction was interesting and odd. The attraction is based on 2 odd occurances involving gravity and proportion. While they are interesting it only a fun side site not an important site to see if you have limited time. They also have a bubble room and a variety of optical illusions that were fun to look at. Another part of the attraction includes a large display of Indian arrowheads arranged in creative displays as well as a house with period furnishings.

Thank 3Pengins
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place has not changed much in over 30 years. Go ahead and take the kids, yes, it is cheesy, yes, you will want to find the quickest exit, yes, you will have to fake how great it is for their sake. They will have a limit of fun and then your done. They won't ask to go back because nothing changes and the second time is boring for them. The same lines, jokes and puns have been repeated for generations. As other posters have stated, you can get disoriented or dizzy in the mystery room. It is easy to step out of though. No need to take the picture in the room. It is $5 at the end and you will look silly and it is not that memorable (read: another travel picture in a drawer that never goes in the frame).

4  Thank luckygirl100
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We are a family of 5 with a 7 year old and 9 year old. First of all, there was no warning for people with Vertigo!! I wouldn't have spent the money if I would have known that it would cause dizziness. We were all somewhat disappointed with what this place had to offer. Maybe it's because we've seen most of it on a better scale at Ripley's and other places. The highlight of the tour was playing with the giant bubble wand. I would not suggest spending the money unless you are just curious and have nothing else to do.

2  Thank Jaxncrealtor
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

I loved Mystery Hill; however, I do wish I would have known about the possibility of becoming sick. I am still feeling a little nauseous an hour later. That being said, it really was a lot of fun!

Thank tksimpson1
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