Father's Day Play Date in Asheville
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June’s arrival means summer is finally within sight. It is also the month for Father’s Day, and with it, the yearly search to find a present for the man who has everything. This year give dad something better than ties and pajama pants; give him an experience.
Asheville is chock-full of fun and memorable experience-based activities that any dad would be happy to share with his kids of all ages. Sure, the city is surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains and all of the outdoor activities that beckon from them, but it also has some great places to play inside. Take a look at some of our favorites.
The Track at Asheville
If Dad has always wanted to race in the Indy 500 but never had time to train, a day at The Track at Asheville may be the next best thing. The immersive driving experience offers 12 simulators with different tracks and cars that make you feel like you’re racing in a real Grand Prix. There are leagues and championships for competitive types, and General Sessions for individuals. Check out the website for detailed information, such as the daily or weekly schedules.
Axeville Throwing Club
Nothing says “fun” like hurtling an ax at a stationary target. Blow off some steam and do your best lumberjack impression while throwing down some adult beverages at Axeville. The throwing club is available for individuals, teams, or groups. Admission is charged by the hour, and it is recommended that you schedule your time in advance.
Asheville Pinball Museum
The advent of video game arcades and home consoles may have led to a reduction in pinball game popularity, but the game of silver balls and fast flippers has made a comeback at the Asheville Pinball Museum. Although it’s considered a museum because of the ages of some of the machines on the floor, there are 50 machines available to play for a one-time admission fee that is good all day.
Don’t be fooled by the exterior of this arcade - inside is filled to the brim with the sights and sounds of 80’s nostalgia. Take a trip back to the time before PS5 and play more than 5,000 video games, as well as pinball, billiards, foosball, and more at the Retrocade. Play as much as you want for one price all day, and enjoy craft beer, wine, or soda at the bar or outdoor patio.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing
Enjoy a house-made pizza, some freshly brewed craft beer, and a popular movie at Asheville Pizza and Brewing’s North Asheville location. You can also skip the movie and play video games while watching cartoons on the big screen in the arcade, dine on one of the outside patio tables, or relax in a booth next to the crew of the Millennium Falcon in the main dining room.
There is still plenty of time to catch an Asheville Tourists game at McCormick Field. The Tourists is our minor league Advanced-A affiliate team of the Houston Astros. A game at the field offers all the fun, food, and homeruns that a major league game does, as well as a chance to see rising stars before they hit the big leagues.
Western North Carolina Air Museum
Take your aviation buffs to the Air Museum in Hendersonville for a tour of the hangar. There you’ll find a unique collection of airplanes celebrating the “Golden Age” of Aviation. On display include planes that go back to 1915, as well as some from before WWII, and into the present day. You may also catch some restorations as they happen.
June is a busy month for Western North Carolina, with no shortage of festivals and events. Check out the websites for The Tryon International Equestrian Center for the Block House Races steeplechase on June 5; the Spring Asheville Art in the Park or National Get Outdoors Day at Chimney Rock State Park on June 12; Southern Atlantic Hemp and Arts Expo June 25-27; and AsheJam, featuring 3 days of live music with the likes of The Babys, Poco, and Pure Prairie League, among other classic artists.