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“Beautiful gardens any time of year”

The North Carolina Arboretum
Ranked #5 of 185 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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Jacksonville, FL
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179 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens any time of year”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A beautiful place to go for a walk in the gardens any time of the year. The quilt garden is fun to look at and changes each year, there are often events and demos in the building and several woodland trails to walk with gardens all along the way.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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168 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Lovely Gardens - Peaceful Trails”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Well layed out with attractive formal displays and a variety of hiking trails of varying lengths. Nothing too strenuous. We've done some picnic lunches and wines and cheese stops along the trails - always a lovely place.

Visited October 2012
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Holland, Michigan
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59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“a jewel in the NC mountains”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We started going to the Arboretum years ago and have become members because it is such a special place. You can hike and bike and see the gardens in all of the seasons plus check out the exhibits at the education center. We always recommend that visitors to Asheville be sure to see the Arboretum.

Visited August 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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96 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Loved the gardens. We visited on a Monday and there were no staff around. We meandered through the gardens up the hill toward the visitor center. We appreciated the benches that overlooked the gardens and scenic mountain vistas. The cafe was closed on Mondays. When you enter make sure you keep the ticket the guard gives you because you will need it to exit the Arboretum. He didn't tell us that. He did say we could use the ticket to reenter the Arboretum that same day. We went elsewhere for lunch and came back to vist the art gallery/ gift shop. The hours said until 5 pm. We got there are 2:50 and the gift shop lady said she was closing in 6 minutes. She was pretty huffy and said she had to get home. We assumed something must have happened but then we wondered why she even bothered to stay open at all. I set about browsing at high speed. About 3 minutes later she said she was closing the gate and practically threw us and the others out. It was an unsettling experience and I can say from glancing at the items for sale that they were overpriced. You can find other craft items around Asheville for less. We hiked one of the trails along the creek but the trails were poorly marked and it would have been nice to have a bench once in a while.

Visited October 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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167 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice day trip to do some hiking”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Not far from Asheville and pretty place to hike. Was out of season for many of the gardens, but the bonsai trees were neat.

Visited October 2012
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