A Complete Guide to Asheville With Kids

Welcome to our guide to experiencing Asheville with kids. Adventure awaits!

Whether you have a toddler on your hip or a group of teenagers to impress, Asheville is the perfect destination for your family. And you can trust us– with two kids of our own, pretty much everything we do in Asheville is kid-friendly.

We love sharing our experience with family-friendly restaurants and breweries, hikes even the smallest can conquer and attractions fit for the wildest around.

Whether it’s the perfect restaurant for kids or a family-fun hike, we hope this page inspires your next Asheville adventure with kids!

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Things to do with kids in Asheville, NC

Visiting Asheville with kids?

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of over 30 awesome ideas for fun family activities in Asheville that your family will love.

From hikes with waterfalls, museums that welcome curious explorers and even kid-friendly day trip ideas, this list covers it all!

Dining with kids in Asheville, NC

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

We have rounded up all of our favorite places to dine with our kids in Asheville for you! We hope this list of kid-friendly restaurants is useful whether you are visiting Asheville with kids for the weekend or are a local looking for new restaurants to bring the family.

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When In Beer City…

Kid-Friendly Breweries

A list of the breweries in Asheville where we love to take our kids. You’ll find everything from outdoor play spaces, a train-themed brewery, a movie theater brewpub and more!

The kid-friendly side of the Biltmore

Visiting the Biltmore With Kids

Yes, the Biltmore is kid-friendly and a favorite of our kids. Check out our guide to the estate where we include details on the perfect restaurants on the estate for kids, fun kid-centric things to do and tips on strollers.

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Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Asheville

There are several great hikes near Asheville that are perfect for kids. We love taking our two kids on new outdoor adventures (and revisiting some favorites!)

Check out some of guides to our favorite hikes near the area!

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Food Guides You May Be Interested In

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The best playgrounds in Asheville

Asheville has several playgrounds that your kids will love– ours certainly do! You can typically find us at least once a week at a playground somewhere nearby. They are the perfect destination for our kids because there are activities for all ages.

We compiled a list for you of all of our favorite playgrounds in Asheville. You’ll find details about playground equipment, parking and even which kid-friendly restaurants are close by!

Breakfast plates with text "Our favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Asheville"

A list of our restaurants in Asheville to dine with our kids. We love all of the eateries mentioned in this guide and fully recommend them! Most are counter-service because… kids!

Kid-friendly restaurants >>

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The Asheville Trolley is such a great way to explore the area when visiting Asheville with kids. It’s one of our four year old’s favorite things to do in Asheville.

Trolley details >>

Sycamore Flats is one of our favorite picnic areas in Pisgah National Forest. It’s about 45 minutes from downtown Asheville and has river access and tons of picnic tables.

About Sycamore Flats >>

Disclaimer: Hours, pricing, menus, etc. may have changed since we last updated this post, so make sure to confirm all of this directly prior to visiting any business or attraction listed on our site.

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