The new school year is right around the corner, and summer break is sadly coming to an end. It’s time to plan those last few summer adventures and enjoy the remaining time with your kids before school begins. To make your planning easier, we put together a list of a few notable kid-friendly activities located right near Linville Land Harbor.
At Tweetsie Railroad, families can participate in a variety of fun activities including live entertainment, park rides, feeding Tweetsie animals, riding on one of the trains, and much more throughout the park. Tickets are sold for $45 per adult and $30 per child from the ages of 3-12. However, if you arrive at the park after 3:00 pm, you can return the next day and use your tickets from the previous day for free!
Grandfather Mountain remains an iconic High Country destination for both visitors and locals. With the best (and highest) view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mile High Swinging Bridge, in-park nature and backcountry trails, and wildlife habitats, visiting Grandfather Mountain is a full-day adventure – but it doesn’t stop there. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 2 pm, meet the animals that call Grandfather their home during a behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll get to see where the otters sleep at night, observe a training session, and more. For prices and more information, visit grandfathermountain.com.
For a unique day of fun, check out Gem Mountain in Spruce Pine, NC. From mine tours to flume mining, you will learn a lot about gemstones and the history of mining. Not only will your family have a great time, but the kids may leave with a great souvenir as well. If you find a gemstone you really like, you have the option to get it cut and customized into a beautiful piece of jewelry to treasure for a lifetime.
These trails are designed to incorporate fun and learning through exciting self-guided brochure tours. With many activities to partake in, you and your children can track your adventures and receive awesome prizes. In addition to winning cool items to take on future hikes, your child will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors and enjoy nature through a unique learning experience. Nearby TRACK trails include Price Memorial Park, Avery County’s Green Valley Park, and Orchard at Altapass. For a full list of adventures in North Carolina, save this map.
If you’re a local, you may already be familiar with Mystery Hill and its gravitational anomaly. Whether you are familiar or not with the attraction, you should experience the unexplained, odd gravity effect. Not only will your kids be in awe, but you will too as it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As a bonus, the ticket prices are very low. Seniors are required to pay only $8, adults are charged $9, tickets for kids from the ages 5-12 are priced at $7, and children younger than 5 years old are free!
Look out for part two of our favorite kid-friendly activities in The High Country and continue exploring the North Carolina mountains.