10 Things To Do With Kids Under 10 In Asheville


Traveling with the little ones, particularly those under the age of ten, often presents parents with special challenges. Unlike many vacation destinations, Asheville seems tailor-made for young and old alike. This week we dive into the best things for kids under the age of ten to do. So, parent's, there is no need to be holed up in your vacation rental as beautiful as it is. It's time to get out with the kids and explore Asheville. Here's how. 

Pisgah National Forest

What do you do when your backyard consists of 500,000 acres of pristine forests? You get out and explore, of course! All of our Asheville vacation homes are just a few minutes away from the Pisgah National Forest. From hiking adventures to heading over to Sliding Rock, there is something for all ages to appreciate in the national forest. 

Make sure to take the kids to Sliding Rock which is a 60 foot natural water slide that ends in an 8 foot deep pool of water. Obviously parents need to be aware of their children's swimming abilities and it is recommended they wear a personal flotation device. Either way it is a cool place to stop and see others sliding on a hot day. Who doesn't love a natural water slide?


Asheville Pinball Museum

Kids, here is your chance to claim the title of Pinball Wizard and let your parents know you don't need an Xbox to have a fun time. The Pinball Museum is, well a museum of pinball machines. Perfect for a rainy day or a fun diversion for parents and kids alike, you'll get a thrill at the nostalgic machines that defined a generation. Grab some quarters and let the games begin. 

The Adventure Center of Asheville

From ages four and up there is an adventure to be found zipping through the trees of the Adventure Center of Asheville. For the family that loves adventure there is no better place to be. The center is divided up into several courses which are color coded. Each color code is for a different age group, which is great for mom and dad. For our money you have to try the flying kayaks and snowbirds. Yup, you read that right, flying kayaks! Want more adventure? Check out our previous post: The 5 Best Outdoor Adventures In Asheville That Will Make Your Vacation Perfect.


Splashville at Pack Square Park

Hot days deserve cool mountain water and you don't even have to leave the city to experience the pure joy of splashing about in the fountains of Splashville at Pack Square Park. This interactive experience is one the kids will not soon forget. It is the perfect place for mom and dad to watch the kids giggle and play as families from all over the city converge on this park during the warm summer months. Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., this is just another fantastic feature of life in Asheville

No Taste Like Home

If you are looking for something a little different to do during your Asheville vacation, then check out the No Taste Like Home adventure. Fun for all ages this adventure is one filled with exploring the natural environment of Asheville all while learning about the naturally edible plants, and yes, even mushrooms that grow in the area. You'll take a guided tour all while gathering plants. Then you'll see live cooking demonstrations and have a tasting treat. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes and sunscreen because you never know where that edible plant is hiding. 

Fun Depot

Sometimes the day calls for some bumper cars, miniature golf, or maybe even a little go-carting. No matter what kind of fun you are looking to have, the folks at the Fun Depot seem to have it. Not to sound like an info commercial, but they even have a climbing wall and laser tag! If you need some fun family times, this is the place to be. The Fun Depot is also the perfect place to celebrate birthdays and other events if you happen to need that during your Asheville vacation. Either way, it is just another example of Asheville's unique ability to have something for everyone. 

Western North Carolina Nature Center

 Kids of all ages love a day at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. From bears to lovable otters you'll be pleasantly surprised by this gem of an attraction. With lots of daily programs and interactive exhibits, there is an adventure around every corner. One fun thing kids can do is take a behind the scenes tour which gives children an opportunity to see what it's like being an actual zookeeper. 

Great Smokey Mountain Railroad

Located just down the road in Bryson City you'll find the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Maybe I am a little partial to this stop as I have such fond memories with my own daughter giggling away as the train wound its way through the scenic forest of the Smoky Mountains. I am sure your kids will feel the same. The little ones will love the Thomas the Train exhibits and the older kids will love the feel of a diesel or steam locomotive powering its way along the tracks. There is something magical about trains, and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is the perfect place for your family to discover that magic.  


Mountain Play Lodge

This is the perfect place for the youngest in the group to have fun, burn off some energy, or get out of the sun and heat for a little while. Featuring loads of things to climb on, run around, and explore, there is no limit to the amount of fun you can have here at theMountain Play Lodge


Wildwater Pigeon Jeep Tour

 Wildwater Jeep Tours offers 2 hour Jeep Adventures at both the Nantahala and Pigeon River Adventure Centers. Their Jeeps have been specially modified to provide a comfortable open-air ride, and each trip is led by knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the cultural and natural history of the area. The Pigeon River tour features historic settlements and buildings on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On both trips the kids will likely see wildlife including deer, wild turkeys, birds of prey, and sometimes even bears! Jeep Adventure prices start at $44.95.


Are you ready to plan your family adventure in Asheville? If so, we are here to help make your Asheville vacation dreams come true. Give us a call today at 888-861-9487 or click the button below to start planning today. 

Do you have a favorite activity to do with your kids? Leave a comment below and let us know all about it. 



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