13 Fun Things to do in Asheville with Kids

Being from Argentina, a culture where kids are included everywhere, I wanted to find such a place in the United States.

Asheville not only has lots of family-friendly things to do, but it’s also a very child-friendly town, offering lots of outdoor time possibilities, yummy food, delicious desserts, and an engaging community.

I’ve put together a list of Asheville activities and attractions for kids and their adults, from playing in the park, splashing in a swimming hole, and apple picking.

Take a Hike on Some of the Most Kid-Friendly Trails

Your family will love the astonishing 360-degree views after hiking the 1.2-mile Craggy Garden Pinnacle Trail for only 20-30 minutes.


Photo credit: Leah Swann

North Carolina Arboretum

The NC Arboretum offers some of the best things to do with toddlers in Asheville. It features a 10-mile network of short, well-maintained, easy trails.


Western North Carolina Nature Center

The WNC Nature Center is home to 60 species of wildlife that live or have lived in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.


Explore Downtown Asheville

If you need some quiet time, head out to Malaprops, a local bookstore/coffee shop with a great children’s section.


Montford, Asheville’s Most Historic Neighborhood

You’ll love the ample streets, the ancient trees, the artsy houses with colorful porches, and the friendly neighbors.


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