Hendersonville has long had a reputation as a retirement town, but that reputation is slowly being dismantled. Every year, there seems to be more and more young families moving to the area, and why wouldn’t they? Hendersonville has many of the same draws as Asheville, but it is able to maintain its small town charm. So, if you and your family are looking for some activities to partake in, you don’t have to look outside of Hendersonville to find them. Check out our top five list of family-friendly places in Hendersonville.
The Carl Sandburg Home
Poet, writer, and activist Carl Sandburg called Flat Rock home from 1945-1967, and his home is now a part of the National Parks Service. At the home, visitors will find well-maintained walking trails, and a wonderfully preserved piece of history. The home is lovingly restored and maintained as if frozen in time in the 1960s. Young children love to visit the goat barn and spend time learning about goats from the dedicated Parks Service volunteers. If visitors wish to challenge themselves, they can hike all the way up to Big Glassy and take in a fantastic view, one that Carl Sandburg himself gazed upon many of times.
The Main Street of Hendersoville is often lauded for its charm, and there is good reason. Lined with a variety of shops, Main Street offers something to everyone. Children will love visiting Dancing Bear toy store and the barrels of old-fashioned candy at Mast General store. If families want to stop for a special treat, there is no bakery finer than McFarland’s. In addition to all that, Main Street also boasts the children’s museum, Hands On and the ECCO Aquarium.
Hooker Falls is a favorite hike no matter the season, but it’s especially fun in the summer. This is a relatively short hike, which makes it easy to accomplish with children in tow, but what’s fun about it is getting to play in the water. This is a popular swimming destination because the pool below the fall is part of a larger lake, and there is not a strong current. However, swimmers should still use precaution and never try to climb or jump from the fall.
Southern Appalachian Brewery
Going to breweries are a family affair around here. Most breweries in the area cater to families and offer play spaces to kids. Southern Appalachian has a great space for kids to run around and play while mom and dad enjoy a well-deserved brew. On most evenings, Southern Appalachian has a food truck on premises, but patrons are also allowed to bring in their own food making this a great place for both grownups and kids alike.
The Oklawaha Greenway Trail
The Oklawaha Greenway Trail connects Berkley Mills Park, Patton Park, and Jackson Park. This trail is fully paved and mostly flat with a few exceptions. This trail is great for family bike rides because of the playgrounds at Patton and Jackson Park, and because of the trail’s proximity to restaurants and breweries in the Seventh Avenue District.
Details of the 2020 Bearfootin’ Art Walk & Auction Announced
Bearfootin’ Art Walk
Courthouse Square & Main Street
May 9 is the Bear Reveal!
Historic Downtown Hendersonville presents the 18th annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk & Auction. Bears will be created in a whimsical artistic fashion and will decorate the downtown area. The bears provide an interesting addition to the Main Street and can be viewed while visiting the many the merchants and eateries of downtown. The bears’ line watch from corners, under trees, and in front of stores as you walk. Hopefully, you will catch a glimpse of the perfect bear you would like to take home. The bears will be auctioned on October 19th at 5:00 pm. Live music will get those in attendance livened up starting at 3:00 pm.
The Historic Downtown Hendersonville organization began the project as a way to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of downtown Hendersonville and to help a variety of charitable organizations. Each year sponsors decorate bears in interesting colors and designs for display for auction. The funds raised from the auction are divided between the Historic Downtown Hendersonville and the charitable organization of the sponsor’s choice. The auction raised $57,400 in 2019.
For information of the Bearfootin’ Art Walk and Auction please contact:
Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race Set for May 3
The Gnarliest Adventure Race
300 W Ton A Wandah Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
A Hendersonville favorite! The 8th annual Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race lets kids the thrill of adventure racing through Camp Ton-A-Wandah. Working in teams of two, the kids, ages 5 through 14, work together to navigate through a variety of challenges. The challenges may include mountain biking, running, a low ropes course (always a favorite), problem-solving, a climbing wall (another favorite), and a secret final obstacle.
The course and day will leave your kids with an adventure they will talk about for years. Parents can take part in the fun also; you have to be paired with another adult and don’t be surprised if your kids beat you.
To register: https://gnar.racesonline.com/register
Snow Tubing at Black Bear is a Hendersonville Must
Black Bear Snow Tubing
373 Kerr Road
One of Hendersonville’s favorite winter activities, snow tubing! Slide down a 500-foot slope on tubes is a fun way to spend the afternoon and evening with the family. The slopes have a tube-tugging system that allows you to ride your tube back to the top of the slope. There is snowmaking equipment on the slopes to create real snow. There are heated lodges for those non-tubing family members and a place for the tubers to warm up. Hot drinks, a must, and other concessions are available. This is a family-friendly environment and an event the entire family and visitors to Hendersonville will enjoy.
We are located just outside of Hendersonville in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. That’s about 12 miles from exit 49A on I-26, please see the directions page for more detailed directions.
Please check the website calendar for dates and times.
Plans Scheduled for Annual Garden Jubilee Festival in May
The Garden Jubilee Festival
Hendersonville, NC 28739
May 23 – 24 (Memorial Day Weekend)
With spring and early summer comes gardening in Hendersonville. The Annual Garden Jubilee Festival is one of the largest and premier garden shows in Western North Carolina. The festival is held over the two-day Memorial Day weekend along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. The streets will be in full bloom with flowers and shrubbery.
Over 260 vendors will bring Main Street to life with thousands of plants, annuals and perennials, herbs, food and drink, and much more. Crafters will be on hand with their custom piece for the yard and garden. You are encouraged to bring a wagon for your purchases.
There will be educational seminars on the care of gardens, the right plants for those troubled areas of the yard, and how to plan a garden, all from knowledgeable gardeners and experts. As more kids are enjoying the outdoors and gardening, a hands-on children’s clinic will be available to spur their interests.
Please leave your pets comfortably at home. Hendersonville allows event organizers the option to exclude animals from the event space for the health, safety, and welfare of the community, dogs, patrons, and vendors and their products.
For more information as it becomes available, visit the Hendersonville Events page at: https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/
Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘Once Upon A Time’
Once Upon A Time
Presented by the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra
Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall
49 East Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra presents the classic tale of good vs. evil. Tchaikovsky’s Lilac Fairy and Calaboose, Menken’s Belle, Gaston, Lumiere, and the Beast, and Berlioz’s journey through infatuation and despair with actress Smithson. The evening will be filled with unforgettable melodies, scary moments, and love stories with mostly happy endings. Adding to the evening, the 2020 Young Artist Completion Winner will perform a concerto with the symphony.
The evening’s musical fare includes the Sleeping Beauty Suite by Tchaikovsky, selections from Beauty and the Beast by Menden, and March to the Scaffold & Witches Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.
The evening will be a night of enjoyable classical music for the family.
For additional information and tickets: https://www.hendersonvillesymphony.org/concerts/once-upon-a-time
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