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The North Carolina Arboretum

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Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
Phone Number: +1 828-665-2492
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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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Beautiful spot in Asheville

My husband and both enjoyed the arboretum. The grounds are gorgeous, we enjoyed the exhibits and walking paths.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and both enjoyed the arboretum. The grounds are gorgeous, we enjoyed the exhibits and walking paths.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the arboretum for the first time on Dec. 4--it was terrific. The lights, the fun atmosphere, all the kids and their families having a great time...it really felt like Christmas.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We purchased tickets for the Christmas lights. However, it was cancelled due to smoke and not notice was given. Refunds were given.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Arboretum is filled with beautiful scenic flowers and plants. a great getaway from the busy city life of Asheville, but still very close to the city. Take in views of the mountains and explore the different sections of these amazing gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I are Master Gardeners and members of the American Horticulture Society. Hence we stop at every garden where ever it is. The North Carolina Arboretum is really a great place. WE are from Florida so plants and how they are grown are different here and other places out of our Zone. The Arboretum is no different, plants... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I came to see the Winter Lights display on a Saturday night. We decided to let someone else do the driving and parking, so we purchased tickets from the Trolley Company and got picked up at the Visitors Center in Hendersonville. We were surprised that there were only 7 of us for the ride, but it worked... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The NC Arboretum is a wonderful place any season! The Quilt Garden is a jewel of flowers representing NC's heritage. The bonsai garden is one of the best I've seen and is beautifully situated in a zen garden. There is also a train exhibit and special exhibits, a cafe and gift shop, and multiple trails. The Winter Lights displays thousands... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is great for walking and viewing their rotating exhibits. They also have adult ed classes.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting the NC Arboretum for their Winter Lights evenings is a good winter outing for adults and children. The light displays are lovely, and the short walking distances to see them (between the two main buildings), makes the stroll preferable to the drive through light displays (at other venues), as long as the weather is compatible! There are interactive shows... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited during the day to take our dog for a walk and just to get outside. We also purchased tickets for the Winter Lights and came back that evening. Well worth the trip. Just make sure you purchase tickets in advance for Winter Lights. Fun family event.

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