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The North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Really pretty winter lights

We decided to go in the absolute below freezing coldest night of the year as we had overbought... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Clare C
Sydney, Australia
Fun Evening at Winter Lights, Asheville Arboretum

Every winter from right before Thanksgiving until December 31, the Asheville Arboretum puts on a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Asheville, North Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bonsai exhibit” (197 reviews)
“quilt garden” (95 reviews)
“winter lights” (76 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We decided to go in the absolute below freezing coldest night of the year as we had overbought tickets. It was with some trepidation we stepped out into the cold. We were so delighted with the cocoa stand as it was just what we needed....More

Thank Clare C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Every winter from right before Thanksgiving until December 31, the Asheville Arboretum puts on a spectacular holiday light show in the gardens. The event has gotten bigger and better each year and the 2017 season had many dates when the tickets were sold out. Tickets...More

Thank MKS1055
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the most Beautiful light shows I have ever seen!! I've been three years now and I am still blown away by its beauty. Other than the beautiful lights there's also great music, gift shops, a place to do crafts, fire pits to keep...More

Thank lovingmylife2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent way to enjoy a morning - walking in nature or one of the many gardens. It's very dog friendly as well.

Thank grgsct
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Arboretum was beautiful. There were many plantings and pathways to explore. It was restful and peaceful. It was quiet and not crowded with tourists.

Thank cjb43
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit the Arboretum every time we go to Asheville. It is a wonderful place to view the flowers or the Christmas lights, and any time of year is a wonderful place for hiking. There is a 7 Mile Loop that we will often do...More

Thank NMRB91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love visiting the arboretum whether I am going for a run, walking the dog or just strolling around. There are other places I would recommend for tourists before this but this place is beautiful.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful venue for day hiking with 3 dogs... very dog friendly! We returned that evening (without the dogs) for Winter Lights - spectacular!

Thank SchnauzerBridget
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The NC Arboretum changes not only from season to season, but also from year to year as exhibits change and plantings mature. Our favorite is the bonsai area where you can get up. Lose to marvel at these age old trees.

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the arboretum several times. There are always interesting special exhibits, but the most interesting to me is the bonsai garden. There are an amazing number of species and there is good information available about the garden. As a bonus, there is...More

Thank manasota
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16 October 2017|
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Response from MartsoSwan | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but someone at the arboretum can answer your question: either at the entry booth or in the Visitor Center.
17 September 2017|
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Response from Chris P | Reviewed this property |
Bikers and walkers can walk through the main entrance without paying a parking fee. As another suggested, you should consider contributing at the donation box at the main information desk once you do reach the parking area... More
8 June 2017|
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Response from Elaine D | Reviewed this property |
copied from their web-site: The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards are accepted at the front gatehouse. The first Tuesday... More