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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
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+1 828-665-2492
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The...

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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NC Arboretum

A great place for a long walk with plenty of trails. Dogs are welcome too. Costs a few dollars to get in (I think i twas $10 for the car) but, worth it as it's big and has lots... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Austin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place for a long walk with plenty of trails. Dogs are welcome too. Costs a few dollars to get in (I think i twas $10 for the car) but, worth it as it's big and has lots of things to see and a lot of space and nature.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not only are the grounds around the Arboretum beautiful, but the hiking trails are gorgeous any time of the year. The patchwork quilt garden and the Bonsai exhibit are two of our favorites. The trails around the property range from easy to moderate. There is also an azalea repository on the property that is worth a view

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved the Lego exhibit & the gardens, statues, displays! My 8 year old was entertained & so was my 31 year old sister & 20 year old brother. Very unique, informative & beautiful. Took 1-2 hours to complete. Only paid for parking. ($12)

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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our ladies group of 15 totally enjoyed our visit for the evening Christmas light display..I felt like a kid!! Enjoyed the entertainment and the inside animated display as well!! Will be returning for a visit in April and cannot wait to see the gardens in bloom at that time!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a lot of fun! We meandered through the gardens filled with lots of different light displays. Lots of visitors but plenty of parking and room to spread out in the gardens.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like lights this is a nice respite to visit as many of the designs were created by a former Disney employee. Nice arrangement, different styles of lighting displays you would not see in the standard Winter Light Festival. The trees light up in the sequence of swirls, different colors for each part of the tree, that was excellent.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun and beautiful holiday light display. We walked through, bought some hot chocolate and enjoyed the dazzling displays. If you are looking for a sure-fire way to get into the holiday spirit, this is a must-see on your holiday trip to Asheville. Save a few $$ and plan to go on a Tuesday when everyone gets the 'friends and family'... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visit often and have annual passes. Our last visit was to see the Christmas lights which have been a bit different every year. They were colorful and original in design. I always like the model train exhibit which also was decorated for the season. The flora on display change with the seasons and a rich array... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son, who has autism, is OBSESSED with lights, so I decided to take him here on the way back to FL from TN. It was truly amazing I would rate it 5 stars, only it was very expensive for just an adult and child. Plus I did not go during daylight hours, so I cannot judge the Arboretum from... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest, this isn't my favorite Christmas Lights display I've seen. It's very good if you haven't seen very many displays in your lifetime (i.e. children will love it) but I've seen better and didn't have to pay money to see them. Only a small portion of the Arboretum is decorated, which allows them to concentrate the lights in... More 

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