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Western North Carolina Nature Center

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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
+1 828-259-8080
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Grandson had fun!

We were looking for an outing for the last day of our Asheville vacation and thought our grandson... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mysamdog
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Canton, Georgia
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Small but nice!

The WNC Nature Center is a small but nice zoo. The employees were all very friendly and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
SuperPoser
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Canton, Ohio
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  • Excellent58%
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  • Average9%
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“petting zoo”(68 reviews)
“otter feeding”(15 reviews)
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Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center - home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars. The Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805-2529
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+1 828-259-8080
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"native animals"
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"north carolina"
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"few hours"
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"all ages"
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"the barn"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were looking for an outing for the last day of our Asheville vacation and thought our grandson would enjoy the Nature Center. The reptile exhibit is really cool. You have an up close view of various snakes and turtles, etc. The otters put on...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The WNC Nature Center is a small but nice zoo. The employees were all very friendly and the grounds were kept clean. There are several play areas for the kids. We all really enjoyed the visit!

Thank SuperPoser
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited this beautiful nature center. We loved the descriptions on the sings for the animals and the different enclosures. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. They are currently working on their parking lot so spots were very limited...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with two elderly men. We all enjoyed our time there. Well kept and plenty to see. Good for about two hours.

Thank niaminiami
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love what the nature does for the Asheville community. Families can come here to learn about the local area and the animals, while tourists can appreciate and experience th animals that fill our forests, etc.... Lots of fun things to do and a very...More

Thank lesjarrell
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are in our late twenties with no children, and we really enjoyed our visit here. They have a lot of animals available to view, and their enclosures allow for you to easily see the animals from different angles, and not too...More

Thank Augustandwally
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

If you are looking to just chill and enjoy the scenery this is the place. Lots of spots to sit and take in some of the views.

Thank dirtyfreddie
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a fun place to go with children. lots to do and see. NC nature that natives may never see but here.

Thank conniecorn
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Our family had a great morning at the zoo, only ended because it was a bit cool, and we were ready for lunch. We visited all of the animals, including seeing the river otter feeding. The keepers were very friendly and open to answering questions....More

Thank SusUD
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Our children enjoyed the zoo. We liked the sea otter and the bears. It was nice they had little play centers between the different animals. The underground exhibit was cool. Not sure about the food. We had a picnic at the bottom of the hill....More

Thank Rachel B
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Tommy L
17 April 2018|
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Response from Greatescape16 | Reviewed this property |
Went in September around 10 am and was perfect. Not crowded
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cjoystover
1 March 2017|
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Response from FriendsofWNCNC | Property representative |
Hi! I would plan for about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the interest of your toddler. There are quite a few Nature Play areas where your little one can explore and play in addition to the animals, so plan to stop on your way... More
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Crystal M
18 July 2016|
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Response from Jnnfrguy99 | Reviewed this property |
We got in free with our pass from our local museum.
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