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“Gorgeous, quiet escape”

The North Carolina Arboretum
Ranked #6 of 186 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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Atlanta, GA
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, quiet escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

If you are looking for a relaxing few hours in the Asheville area, go to the Arboretum. We were only there for about an hour (our 10 month old wasn't real interested), but I would love to return. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. It is so quiet there. The Bonsai Garden is so interesting. Since the gardens in Atlanta charge way more for a per person admission than the per car parking fee at the Arboretum, we had no qualms with paying the small admission price. It was 100% worth it.

Visited May 2013
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Goose Creek, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very pretty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Admission is $8 per car. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens or facilities. There are poo sacks and waste bins located throughout the grounds for pets. The trails are well maintained, including signage describing various plant species. Signs seemed sporadic and random but its better to learn something than nothing. Some parts of the park seemed still unfinished, such as the rhododendron garden. We didn't see any rhododendrons, just plots of tall grass. The gardens are really pretty though I was surprised/disappointed that not every plant was labelled. The map provided at the entrance wasn't very good, so it's just as well to start walking down any random trail and enjoy the woods. The bonsai exhibit is amazing and worth the price of admission. At the entrance a bar coded card is provided. Hold onto it, because it's needed to swipe at the exit to let you out. Admission allows you all day entry/exit. Also, I used apple maps on my iphone to navigate there. It didn't take me to the correct entrance of the park, so follow the road signs to the Arboretum, and it'll be easy to get to.

Visited August 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Arboretum itself is a treasure trove of plant and information, the Bonsai Garden is unique and amazing, the woods and grounds are great for walking, picnicing and there are always interesting exhibits in the galleries.

Visited May 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Cost too much to park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I used to go there all the time just to walk and take pictures then they started to charge for parking and it is not worth it with so many other places to go to that are just as nice but does not cost anything to park.

Visited August 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“wonderful arboretum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful plantings, trail walks, fun for the whole family, great gift shop. Parking has a fee but I think the first Tuesday of each month is free.

Visited August 2012
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