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Family Field Trip- Asheville, NC: Biltmore Estate & Asheville Science Museum

Hey Wanderers!

Asheville, North Carolina is a very Family-Friendly place to visit!  If you are ever in the area, here are some great places to take the kids for some fun and educational experiences.

The Biltmore Estate

 

Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estate

Have you ever heard of the Biltmore Estate?  It’s just about the closest thing the South has to a palace and it’s BEAUTIFUL!  Built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt, Biltmore is a National Historical Landmark that brings tourists from all over the world to see the beautiful architecture and furnishings of the mansion.  Since my family and I love History, we decided to take the kids on a family field trip to see the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

*Wandering Mama Tip #1: Plan to go between the middle of November to the beginning of January if you would like to see it decorated for Christmas.  It is breathtaking and really gets you in the holiday spirit!*

   

  

My husband and I last visited Biltmore prior to our wedding.  We’ve always wanted to bring our kids and we finally had the chance last November.  They haven’t changed much in the house, but they have added hotels and the Antler Hill Farm area since the last time we were there.  As exciting and grand as the house is, I think the kiddos enjoyed Antler Hill even more!  They had old farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s, woodworking and blacksmithing demonstrations, and old-timey games, like hoop and stick, that children used to play back when the house was first built.  They also have a small petting zoo with care takers that’ll come out and give little talks about how the animals are taken care of and how they are useful to the Estate.  It was very hands-on and the kids loved every minute of it.

    

    

        

Let’s talk about the price.  I’m not going to lie.  It’s expensive.  If you and your family just drop in on any given day, you’d be looking at about $75 per adult.  They used to charge for kids, but as of today, their website says children ages 16 and under are free.  One way to save on this cost would be to book your tickets online at least 7 days prior to arriving.  You can save about $10!  Another way to save would be to watch for their Homeschool Days.  They are usually offered in September and priced around $25-$30.  You can find out more about this year’s (2018) Homeschool Day HERE or call 866-851-4661.  My husband and I took a different route to save money.  In November of the previous year, they offered their Annual Passes for $99 a person.  They are regularly $174!  With the purchase of an Annual Pass, we were able to take a trip there for our anniversary and then bring the kids back as many times as we wanted that year.  Totally worth the savings!

*Wandering Mama Tip #2:  Look for ways to save money by booking online a week ahead, go during Homeschool Days (September), or buy Annual Passes on sale (November).

 

The Asheville Science Museum

Next stop on our trip was to the newly opened Asheville Science Museum.  It was still in it’s “Soft Opening” phase when we visited.  I would love to take the kids back one day to experience even more of what they have to offer.

Photo courtesy of Asheville Museum of Science
Photo courtesy of Asheville Museum of Science
Photo courtesy of Asheville Museum of Science

    

The museum offered many different facets of Science exploration.  We dug for dinosaur bones, researched rocks and minerals, and played with STEM activities!  I LOVED how they had a scavenger hunt for the kids to find and fill in the blanks around the museum.  We also sat in a discussion about DNA by one of the professors on staff.  They had something for all ages.  My youngest had a blast climbing through the “Bird’s Nest” (jungle gym).

     

  

When we were planning this trip, I looked online for discounts for this museum.  I was able to find a coupon on Groupon for about $10 for all of us.  Their regular prices are Adults- $7, Children- $6, Military- $6, Seniors- $6, Students- $6.   2 & Under FREE.

We had such a great time and would be interested in going back to see how they’ve grown since our last visit.

*Wandering Mama Tip #3:  Search discount sites like Groupon or LivingSocial to find great deals on local attractions!

 

Have you been to Asheville, NC lately?  Have any new ideas of places to visit?  Leave them for me in the comments!

As always,

Happy Wandering!

Did you enjoy learning about this awesome educational trip we took?  Maybe you’d like to check out our Family Field Trip to the Caribbean.  See how your family could learn about the culture, government, and people of the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos!  Click HERE to learn more!

 

*I am not a paid advertiser or affiliate of anything written in my posts.  I truly just want to share my experiences in hopes it’ll help other homeschoolers/families make the most of their time together.  If you have any comments or questions, please post them below or email me at gini@wanderinghomeschoolers.com.  Thanks for visiting!

 

 

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