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Family Activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are an infinite number of attractions, annual events, fun activities and exciting things to see and do for the whole family in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fox Mountain Guides & Climbing School

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Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is AMGA accredited, offering rock climbing and ice climbing trips and guiding in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia. Climbing classes and skills courses are available for all experience levels.

3228 Asheville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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Santeetlah Marina

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The Santeetlah Marina and Ship Store offers boat storage and maintenance and carries the essentials to keep you on the lake and out of town by providing fuel, groceries, cold drinks, snacks, ice, boating supplies, apparel, fishing equipment, bait, tackle, fishing licenses, sporting goods and much more.

1 Marina Drive
Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina 28771

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Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

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Prospect for real gem stones that you can keep, including rubys, sapphires, emeralds, quartz crystals, citrine, amethyst, garnets, adventurine, sodalite, opal, fluorite, aquamarine and more.

2120 Brevard Road
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

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Stecoah Valley Center

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Stecoah Valley Center celebrates mountain traditions throughout the year with music programs, old-time festivals, workshops and other events that appeal to all age groups. The Center includes the Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery which offers a unique opportunity to buy original artwork as well as the fine crafts that have made NC famous. Also featured are many talented Cherokee Indian artists whose beadwork, pottery, masks and other artworks are produced in the ways of their ancestors.

121 Schoolhouse Road
Robbinsville, North Carolina 28771

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Asheville Museum of Science

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Home of the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and YMI Cultural Center.

43 Patton Ave
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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Air Museum of WNC

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The Western North Carolina Air Museum features award winning restored and replica antique and vintage airplanes, and houses flight manuals, engines from historic aircraft, photos of historic airplanes and pilots, and models of historic airplanes. There is no admission charge. Check the web site for hours of operation.

1340 E Gilbert St
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28793

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McCormick Field

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Remodeled in 1992, McCormick Field is one of the oldest operating minor-league baseball parks in North America. McCormick Field is home to the Asheville Tourists, a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies.

30 Buchanan Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28802

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White Squirrel Paddle Boards

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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the local rivers and lakes.

4469 Hendersonville Hwy.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine

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Sugar Creek Gem Mine promises facet grade gemstones in every bucket of ore, and you can have your gemstone finds cut and set into jewelry on location. The Sugar Creek staff will help you pick out the best gemstones for cutting and ensure that every cut gemstone is flawless. Whether you are in search of a faceted gemstone necklace, bracelet, ring or that perfect set of custom gemstone earrings, Sugar Creek Gem Mine will bring your rough gemstones to life.

3045 Tynecastle Hwy.
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604

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The Blowing Rock

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The Blowing Rock is one of North Carolina's oldest travel attractions. It is an immense cliff, with mysterious winds, 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging Johns River Gorge. Open all year, weather permitting.

Highway 321 South
Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

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