Category: Attractions

Family Fun for Free (or almost free)

Looking for ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer without busting your bank account? Check out my feature for WNC Parent: “Asheville’s free family summer fun.”

Kids 16 and under admitted FREE at Biltmore

All summer long — bring the kids to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and they’ll get in FREE with your paid admission. Plus, save $15 off your ticket in June when you buy advance tickets online at least seven days prior to your visit.

Estate Admission includes:

• Self-guided visit of Biltmore House

• Access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village where the winery entrance is located.

• Access to our new Legacy exhibition, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

• Free wine tasting and guided tour at the Winery

• Free parking

FREE Admission at the Cradle of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry, located in Pisgah National Forest on Highway 276 near Brevard, N.C., offers FREE admission for EVERYONE on TUESDAYS!  It’s also FREE for EVERYONE on National Get Outdoors Day and National Public Lands Day.  KIDS ages 15 and younger are FREE EVERYDAY, except during special events (kids $3.00 / adults $6.00). Check the website for their calendar of events.

Regular admission rates for visitors 16 and older are $5.00 per person (adults $6.00 for special events). It’s a great place to explore!

Asheville Tourists Make Fun AFFORDABLE!

New policy at Asheville Tourists games in 2011. Kids five and under are now admitted FREE of charge. The previous policy was to allow free entrance to kids two and under.

ALSO: The Tourists will continue to offer its Family Four Packs once again in which purchasers receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi products and two popcorns to Sunday through Wednesday games, with the exception of July 4 and 5, for only $29. The lone requirement is buyers must purchase their tickets 24 hours in advance of the game.

Some other tickets are going DOWN IN PRICE!

Both the Bojangles Dugout Suite and the Clubhouse Suite have been restructured, resulting in lower ticket prices. The Bojangles Dugout Suite tickets will be $30 per seat instead of the previous $45. The $30 ticket includes first-row, on-field seating, a meal from Bojangles Chicken & Biscuits, and unlimited ballpark snacks and Pepsi products with seat service. The Clubhouse Suite tickets also will be $30, down from $40, and include a full meal from an Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) member, hot dogs, snacks and Pepsi products.

Otherwise, the Tourists’ ticket prices for box seats and general admission will remain the same as last year. Advance ticket prices will be $10 for box seats and $7 for general admission-a price that has remained the same since 2007-while game day prices will be one dollar more, respectively. Prices for senior citizens, military personnel and children age 6-12 are $8 for advance box seats and $6 for advance general admission, with day of game prices one dollar more.

Single-game tickets go on sale at the McCormick Field ticket office on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. Every contest for the Tourists’ 2011 home season will be available, with the exception of the Fireworks Extravaganzas, slated for Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 5. Those tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 23, starting at 10 a.m.

In addition to the Fireworks Extravaganzas, there are three other big firework shows, on June 3, July 22 and August 5, and those tickets will be available on March 19.

The Tourists will also offer food nights, two-for-one ticket nights thanks to Kraft Singles, kids run the bases and 11 giveaway dates.

The Tourists open their home schedule on Friday, April 15th against the Lexington Legends. Season ticket packages are still available at the McCormick Field box office. For more information, contact the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

AAA Discounts at Area Attractions

For some reason, I always forget the AAA card in my wallet unless I’m having car trouble. But no longer. It’s a valuable tool in getting some great discounts.

Explore Asheville lists the following offers:

Asheville’s Fun Depot – $5 off 2-hour time package

Asheville Historic Trolley Tours – $1 off regular priced ticket

Chimney Rock Park – $2 off adult ticket and $1 off child ticket (6 ticket max)

Ghost Town in the Sky – $3 off daily admission

Grandfather Mountain – $2 off adult admission and $1 off child admission

Gray Line Trolley Tours – $2 off regular priced ticket

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – 10% off upgrades (some restrictions apply)

Museum of the Cherokee Indian – 10% off admission

Tweetsie Railroad – $3 off general admission

Wildwater Rafting – 10% off rafting and in-store merchandise

Winter Value Tickets at Biltmore Estate

Now through March 31, visitors to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate can save big on tickets when they buy online at least seven days prior to their visit.

Online tickets are just $29 — That’s a 50% savings off the regular season price of $59, which begins in April, 2011.

Free Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain

Sledding conditions are great at Beech Mountain (elevation 5,506 feet) in the N.C. High Country. The best news: Kids 12  and under can sled FREE daily at the Beech sledding hill, located next to the Chamber of Commerce. Parents may ride with smaller children.

Plastic sleds are required. Folks are encouraged to bring their own sleds, or they may be purchased at stores on the mountain.

The sledding hill is operated by the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety
personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions.

Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at:

Biltmore Estate Discounts

Big savings are available to those visiting Biltmore Estate from January 4 to March 18, 2010. Adult admission is only $35 IF you purchase the tickets online. But the savings don’t stop there. Kids ages 16 and younger are admitted FREE with a paying adult!

Buy online tickets HERE

60th Anniversary Party at Asheville Art Museum

On Sunday, July 12, 2009, celebrate the Asheville Art Museum’s 60th Anniversary!  Admission is FREE the the museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The offerings include a variety of hands-on activities for all ages led by artists. Refreshments and supplies provided.

Kids Get in FREE at Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Fair

This is a personal favorite – the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Fair. The 62nd season of this bi-annual fair takes place at the Asheville Civic Center on  July 16 – 19 and October 15 – 18.

I promise you will NOT be disappointed as you wind your way among a myriad of booths offering quality hand crafted goods. It’s also a great way to see some of the artisans doing demos and to actually talk with them about their craft. Here’s a list of July exhibitors.

Price of admission is $7, and it’s FREE for kids under the age of 12!

Also, to keep up with fair information follow @folkartcenter on Twitter!

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