I live in a tourist destination. When I visit other tourist-y destinations, I research (a lot) on what we can do with our toddler. This wasn’t an issue until 3.5 years ago, when our boy was born. Before we could just get up and go (within reason) and didn’t have to worry about a little guy and everything that could entertain him.
So if you currently live in Asheville, NC or are considering visiting Asheville, here are 10 things you can do with your child in our fair city.
1. In the summer months, visit Splasheville. Unless it’s closed, which it was most of last summer. It’s a great splash pad. (The city of Asheville has a great Facebook page and they update Splasheville’s hours at least weekly during the warmer months.)
2. Mountain Play Lodge. This is especially great on rainy/super cold days for kids 12 and under.
3. Biltmore. Biltmore will always be on my list, and they have a great playground and petting farm for children.
4. WNC Nature Center. They have otters, walking trails and a slide. Need I say more?
5. Asheville Tourists minor league baseball game.
6. Wander downtown. We did this ourselves a year ago on a random, fabulous spring-like February day. I recommend it for everyone – tourists and locals.
7. Playgrounds. We have a variety of playgrounds around town! Malvern Hills is a great space in west Asheville. Weaver Park is a really great space for kids of all ages. Beaver Lake is also a nice spot for walking.
8. Take a hike. The Blue Ridge Parkway has so many entry points within town and there are a variety of trails and overlooks to check out. Also check out Kids in Parks to find various track trails that are in or around Asheville.
9. Asheville Pinball Museum. My toddler loves the pinball machines. For a set price, you can play unlimited games. Kids are a discounted rate. The APM can have a wait list – especially on weekends. Check with them early and get on the list (they’ll text/call you when there’s space.) It’s worth the price of admission.
10. Check out a brewery. I know this seems very non-traditional, but many of our breweries have great outdoor spaces and they’re fun for people of ALL ages (even those folks that don’t drink craft beer!)
Have you ever visited Asheville? Are you local and have a place to add?