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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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Beautiful Christmas lights

My daughter and I visited during the evening Christmas lights display and it was just beautiful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Evans, Georgia
New Member

Just moved here in the last 3 months. Great place to take my dogs walking which I enjoy here so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bonsai exhibit” (197 reviews)
“quilt garden” (95 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
+1 828-665-2492
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter and I visited during the evening Christmas lights display and it was just beautiful! It wasn't too crowded so it was very peaceful to walk through the gardens. There were plenty of friendly staff and volunteers on hand. The displays are great for...More

Thank SouthernJanetR
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just moved here in the last 3 months. Great place to take my dogs walking which I enjoy here so much because their are so many miles you can walk. The gardens are beautiful and so are the Winter Lights. You can take classes here,...More

Thank 250saffy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Arboretum for the Christmas Lights.....it is a walking tour with not only lights but fun things for the kids to do as well.....the lights are beautiful! There is a small cafe, as well as a hot chocolate booth amidst the lights....a fun...More

Thank flyingby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVE this place! Gorgeous gardens, woodsy walks, changing exhibits and interesting programs, easy to get to. Tourist or local, get over there and enjoy some cool flora!!

Thank JulieW142014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relaxing location to spend an afternoon. There are numerous trails through the gardens and the woods.

Thank Lou1505
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time at the arboretum. An exceptional and knowledgeable staff. The butterfly exhibit was fantastic. Great for an entire family to enjoy for a day.

Thank O4518RIsuzanneh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun, festive time to visit. Lots of lights plus hot chocolate, apple cider, s'mores & more. Family-friendly event. Great for children & Holiday buffs.

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit and wow. We did the evening holiday lights. They were spectacular. A beautiful way to spend some time enjoying the outdoors in a very beautiful setting. We will be back in the spring to see the daytime beauty. Enjoy!!!

Thank onemichael
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Member for years. So much beauty and great food at the cafe. This is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year and the exhibits are always interesting. Go and breathe the beauty of nature. Great hikes.

Thank Dutch O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Asheville for the opening night of the Arboretum’s Winter Lights. It was spectacular!! Such an array of lights in an easily walkable setting is truly a treat for the senses. As much as I loved Biltmore’s Candlelight Christmas tour, I think this...More

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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