Family Attractions

Entertainment and Amusements for Everyone

North Carolina High Country Family Attractions

The Historic Orchard at Altapass  
A hundred year old historic apple orchard directly on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 328.3 near Spruce Pine, about 45 minutes from Beech Mountain. A preservation project, it specializes in family entertainment and activities, featuring a variety of mountain apples, storytelling, hayrides, free local live music, and demonstrations by local artists. Open late May-October, 7 days a week. 
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Tweetsie Railroad
Wild West theme park featuring a 3-mile train ride on an authentic steam engine, known as Tweetsie! Enjoy live entertainment throughout the park, crafts, rides, a Deer Park, panning for gold, & shopping! Open mid-April to early November. (828) 264-9061
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Mystery Hill
A fascinating exploration of science, optical illusions, and natural phenomena-open daily, 9am-5pm (longer hours during summer months). Adjoins the Appalachian Heritage & Native American Artifacts Museum, where more than 50,000 authentic artifacts are displayed. Located between Boone & Blowing Rock on Hwy321. (828) 263-0507
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Fun N’ Wheels
Go-kart race track, small arcade, small Ferris wheel for children, & bumper cars. Located in Boone on Hwy105. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:30am-10:30pm. (828) 262-3780

Magic Mountain Mini Golf & Gem Mine
18-hole mini golf course, video arcade, gem mining. Located in Boone on Hwy105. Open mid-April through October, 9am-midnight. (828) 265-4653

Beech Mountain Mini Golf
18-hole course at the Brick Oven Pizzeria. (828) 387-4209

Children’s Playhouse
A number of play areas including an arts & crafts studio, music & drama corner, construction zone, train climber with slide, train table, loft play space, sand & water play, romp & stomp, grocery store & kitchen, puppet theater, doll house neighborhood, science experiments, developmental toys for babies, & special activities for 5-8 year olds. In downtown Boone, open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm, & Saturdays during May, June, July, & August. (828) 263-0011
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Regal Cinemas
Downtown Boone. (828) 262-3330
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Boone Bowling Center
16 lanes, bumper bowling available for children, cosmic bowling. (828) 264-3166
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Wahoo’s – Whitewater action for the entire family suitable for children 3 years old and up and has been recognized as outfitter of the year two times! Some of their popular tours include: Rafting with Small Children, High Adventure Rafting, Extreme Rafting and Cave Exploration. They also offer rentals of canoes, tubes, kayaks and bikes. Located in Boone. (828) 262-5774
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Foggy Mountain Gem Mine
The finest in colored gems from around the world, museum quality mineral specimens and unique gifts. GIA Certified Graduate Gemologist on staff, appraisal, service available. View stones being cut and enjoy indoor winter gem mining. Located on Hwy.105 in Boone. (828) 963-4367
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Greater Foscoe Mining Company
Become a prospector for a day while mining your own gemstones. Located 25 minutes from Beech, on Hwy105 towards Boone. Find emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst, garnet, topaz & more. Discover that old-timey feeling of surprise as you find beautiful gems and minerals. Full-service jewelry store for gemstone faceting and unique 14kt gold settings. Open daily, 10am-4pm, except during winter months. (828) 963-5928
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Emerald Village
Gemstone mining, underground mine tours, mining museum. Located in the Little Switzerland area, about 45 minutes from Beech Mountain. Open April 1-Oct.31 (828) 765-6463
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Gem Mountain
Featured on The Travel Channel & The Learning Channel. Gemstone mining, general store, and custom jewelry design. Located in Spruce Pine, about 45 minutes from Beech Mountain. Open March 1-Dec.31, closed Sundays (888) 817-5829
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