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Kids will love the Antler Hill Village, which has a greenway along the French Broad River, a playground, and farm with ducks, chickens, goats, pigs, horses, and other animals.
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The Last Castle is a great book to read during your Western North Carolina visit, and details the history of the Vanderbilt and Cecil families.
The Biltmore Estate is one of Western North Carolina’s biggest tourist draws, and belongs on anyone’s bucket list. Harking back to the Gilded Age, the structure and grounds are steeped in American and world history, and to this day remain the largest home in the United States. The home was envisioned and brought to fruition by George Vanderbilt, with the help of the best architects, construction minds, and artisans of his time. George was grandson of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, who created the vast majority of the railroads in the United States, and was one of several titans of industry who invented the hostile takeover that eventually resulted in modern anti-trust legislation. The home is a captivating experience for the entire family, and the Vanderbilt heirs, the Cecils, are philanthropic and engaged members of the Asheville community.
Admission starts at $66 per adult. Prices vary by date and season. Youth ages 10-16 receive discounted admission. Kids 9 and under are free. An in-depth audio guide and guided behind-the-scenes tours are available at an additional cost.
The Biltmore Estate is 250 rooms, and is America’s largest home. It includes 8,000 acres of grounds, including forested trails, gardens, and the nation’s most visited winery.
There are countless things to do at the Biltmore. Be sure to plan a full day to experience everything there is to do. To summarize, you can tour the gardens, explore the bass pond, visit the winery, experience the Antler Hill Village and Farm, take a guided outdoor tour (Fly fishing, river rafting, biking, segway, land rover, and falconry), enjoy dining and shopping, and much more!