8 Ways to Share a Family-Friendly April and Easter in Asheville
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Can you smell that? It's the sweet smell of flowers opening up and buds popping on trees throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina. It's finally warm enough to venture outside and enjoy the blooms, birdsongs, and fresh air of spring in Asheville.
Celebrate Easter hunting eggs with the kids, catch the opening of minor league baseball season, or take a relaxing or vigorous hike in our many forests and parks. Whatever you choose to do, April is a fantastic time to visit.
Best of all, the whole family can stay at The Residences at Biltmore, with 2- and 3-bedroom suites with room for as many as 6 to sleep comfortably. Keep reading for our ideas for family fun in April.
Biltmore offers much for the family to do at any time of year, and April is no exception. Every year, horticulturists and flower lovers descend upon the estate’s gardens for Biltmore Blooms, the annual explosion of colorful flora throughout the property and in the Walled Garden. Thousands of tulips, flowering cherry and magnolia trees, and many more blossoms create a kaleidoscope of sights and smells.
Learn what is currently in bloom by visiting the online Bloom Report before you go.
Easter Scavenger Hunt
To celebrate Easter, the price of admission includes a scavenger hunt throughout the Estate to find 25 giant decorated eggs on April 16 and 17. Parents are invited to take pictures with each egg as they are found, and after hunting, the whole family can venture to Antler Hill Village to collect treat bags for the kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information and tickets can be found on the Biltmore website.
Monet & Friends – Life, Light & Color
The French Impressionist painter and his fellow artists of the time provide the backdrop for the immersive exhibit that pulls you into the paintings. You’ll be surrounded by the works of Monet and his fellow Impressionists such as Cezanne and Renoir as they come to life in a rich display of light, color, and sound. You might learn a few things about the artistic movement and its history, too. The exhibit is in Amherst at Deerpark®, and is included with the price of admission.
Asheville has plenty to do off the grounds of the estate, too. For a unique spring celebration, head to one of the small towns on the outskirts of Asheville, or take in a parade, or run a 5K.
Root for the Home Team
The Asheville Tourists’ Minor League baseball team will host their first home game of the season on April 12 against the Greenville (SC) Drive. The team plays at McCormick Field in Downtown Asheville, and general admission tickets are between $9-$11.
Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade
Each year, residents of the quirky town don their best hats and parade up and down the streets, starting from Town Hall. Hats will be judged in various categories - nearly 250 people participated last year - and will include adults, kids, and even dogs. It all starts at 2 p.m. on April 16, led by vintage cars, and featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Greening up the Mountains
The town of Sylva celebrates spring's arrival with the Greening Up the Mountains annual Downtown festival. Scheduled for April 23, the festival features vendors, local artists, craft displays, musicians, youth talent contests, food, drinks, and more. It starts at 10 a.m., and it’s best to arrive early - in the past, as many as 12,000 attendees joined in on the festivities.
Run with the Goats
Join the Friends of the WNC Nature Center for the 2nd annual Running of the Goats 5k and Nature Walk on April 24 to support the animals who live there. Your race entry fee is your ticket to free admission to the WNC Nature Center on race day, and friends and family can cheer you on with the Nature Center's goats during and after the event when they purchase tickets before 10 a.m. The after-race festivities will include snacks, music, a costume contest, and of course, prizes.
Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend
Hendersonville, Asheville's cousin to the south, will showcase its wineries and cideries April 22-24. The events on tap include tours, tastings, wine releases, food trucks, music, and plenty more activities over the three days. Find more information, including specific times, participating businesses, and locations on the website. In all, about 11 wineries and cideries are participating, and most have activities to keep the kids busy.