Additional Activities In And Around Asheville


Biltmore Outdoor Activities

Carriage Ride

Daily. Reserve at 800-411-3812.

Travel through the estate for 45 minutes on a twelve-passenger wagonette and enjoy exclusive views.
Cost: $35.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Two-Hour Intro to Fly-Fishing

Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Learn the essentials of casting. Taught by world-class Biltmore instructors. All Orvis equipment provided. Minimum age is 7 years.
Cost: $125.00 for one person per instructor. Fees are in addition to estate admission. NC fishing license not required.

Guided Horseback Riding

Reservations suggested. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Enjoy a western-style, one-hour guided ride on beautiful trails through the woodlands and meadows of the estate. Suitable for beginner to intermediate-level riders.
Cost: $70.00 per adult, in addition to estate admission.

Land Rover Ride-Along Expedition

Daily based on availability. Book day of visit.

Let our expert driver take you over broken bridges, climb large boulders and rocks, and go on a sideways adventure tackling hills at new angles.
Cost: $25.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Guided Raft Trip on the French Broad River

Daily, April – October, depending on weather and river conditions.

Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Float the scenic French Broad River in a raft guided by our experts.
Cost: $35.00 per adult in addition to estate admission.

Self-Guided Kayak Trip on the French Broad River

Daily, April – October, depending on weather and river conditions.

Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Cost: $25.00 per person in addition to estate admission.

Basic Segway Tours

Daily. April to December, dependant on weather and availability.

Call 800-411-3812 to reserve. Advanced reservations recommended.

This guided tour begins with a thorough training conducted by our expert guides. Once all riders are comfortable with their Segways, the tour will begin down a paved path to the Lagoon. This tour covers 3.5 miles on a paved trail and will take approximately 1.5 hours.
Cost: $45.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Off-Road Segway Tours

Daily. April to December, dependant on weather and availability. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve. Advanced reservations recommended.

This guided tour consists of paved and off-road surfaces. After a very thorough instruction and off-road training exercises, your expert guide will lead the way down a paved path to the Lagoon. From the Lagoon, the tour continues on hard-packed dirt and gravel surfaces. Before making your way back, you will take a break and enjoy a wonderful view of Biltmore House. This tour covers 5.5 miles on paved and off-road trails and will take approximately 2.5 hours.
Cost: $75.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tours in Biltmore House

Biltmore House Architect’s Tour

Daily. Advanced reservation required. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

On this guided 60-minute tour, get a closer look at the design and construction of Biltmore House by going into areas not on the regular house visit; plus enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities from the rooftop and balconies.
Cost: $17.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Biltmore House Butler’s Tour

Daily. Advanced reservation required. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

See how Biltmore House functioned, past and present, and learn about the work of the domestic servants during this 60-minute guided tour, which takes you into unrestored rooms and mechanical areas not open to the public on the regular house visit.
Cost: $17.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Vanderbilt Family & Friends Tour

Daily. Advanced reservation required. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

This new guided tour spurs your imagination about staying at Biltmore with the Vanderbilts as your hosts. Tour bedrooms not on the regular house visit outfitted with clothing and accessories from the 1900s as you hear stories from your host about customs of the time and the fascinating people who visited Biltmore.
Cost: $17.00 per person, in addition to estate admission.

Premium Biltmore House Tour

Daily. Two-day advanced reservation required. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Tour the house for two hours with a guide assigned to you exclusively. Includes areas seen in the Butlers Tour, Architects Tour, and House Tours.
Cost: $150.00 per adult in addition to estate admission, $75.00 per youth and child in addition to estate admission.

Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tours on the Estate Grounds

Legacy of the Land Tour

Daily. Reservations suggested. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve.

Take a motorcoach tour of the estate and learn about the history of the land, structures, and former residents. Visit areas not usually open to guests.
Cost: $19.00 per guest, in addition to estate admission.

Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tours at Antler Hill Village & Winery

Winery Production Tour

Daily: 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Guests are guided on a walking tour of the Winery production areas. See and learn the difference between making red wine and white wine, as well as the bottling process. The tour ends in the Champagne finishing room where guests learn how true French style sparkling wines are made. 45 minute program. Please arrive at the Winery Portal in Antler Hill Village 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled program time. Tickets must be purchased prior to event.
Cost: $8.00 per person

Specialty Biltmore Wine Experience

Red Wine & Chocolate Seminar at the Winery

Daily: 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Discover why chocolate and red wine is a match made in heaven. Please register at the Winery Portal area in Antler Hill Village.
Cost: $15.00 per person. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend.

Biltmore Bubbles Tour at the Winery

Daily: 5:45 p.m.

Biltmore Bubbles is a 45 minute program that will allow Estate guests to experience the process by which our sparkling wines are made. Guests will tour the champagne bottling room, learn how sparkling wines are made and taste all six of Biltmore’s sparkling wines.
Cost: $18.00 per person. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend.

Touring Asheville On Your Own

Asheville Trolley Tours

The Gray Line Trolley Tour includes all major points of interest including:

  • The diverse Montford Historic District
  • The stately Grove Park Historic District
  • The legendary Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
  • Award winning Grovewood Gallery, a work of art in itself
  • Art Deco-rich Downtown, its history sculpturally interpreted along the Urban Trail
  • The ever artsy and edgy River Arts District
  • The quaint and historic Biltmore Village

Enjoy touring at your own pace. Remain onboard the trolley for a comprehensive 1.5 to 1.75 hour tour, or hop-off at any of Gray Line’s 9 trolley stops to shop, dine and explore, then re-board the next trolley to continue your tour.

Cost: Adults $20; Children (5-11 years) $10; children under the age of 5 are carried free.

For one low price you can take full advantage of our hop-on hop-off feature by using the
RED trolley to tour the city for two consecutive days. The pass is non-transferable.

AAA members Show Your Card and Save 10% per adult fare. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Family Special – (2 Adults + 2 Children) $45 total.

Trolley Tour Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions

Trolley Tour Map


Find out why Asheville has been voted “Beer City USA” for three years running! One of Asheville’s most popular tours and absolutely the most fun, the Asheville Brews Cruise is the most unique way to savor the city’s fabulous brewing scene. Climb aboard our comfortable transport and begin a journey to visit a variety of the city’s nine breweries. Along the way, the city’s leading brewers explain how Asheville became such a lively brewing city. At the first stop, your brewer provides a detailed tour, while you enjoy generous rounds of samples. Then, it’s on to the next brewery for an overview of their beer menu and brewing styles, while you continue to sample this brewery’s products. The final stop includes more beer samples and the opportunity to dine at one of Asheville’s leading brewpubs. The cost of the tour includes a highly experienced guide, all transportation, beer samples and souvenir glass. Whether you’re a home brewer or a pure novice, you are sure to learn and have fun!

Cost: $45 per person

Numerous Locations

Check Website Below for Tour Description and Departure Times
Asheville, NC 28801




Offering deli, restaurant and garden center. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cheese, bakery items, honey, homemade fudge, handmade crafts, flowers and plants

Cost: Free

570 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806




Step back in time to explore the history of Asheville through its fascinating stories and architecture. Comprehensive and entertaining, this walking tour captures the past of the “Paris of the South”. Come along on a walking tour of the Montford Historic District, Asheville’s first historic district, or learn about the diverse architecture and shopkeepers who were the foundation of downtown Asheville’s development. Both tours will take you inside key sites. You can also stroll or drive the winding paths of a Victorian rural garden cemetery on a visit to Riverside Cemetery. Within rests the famous and the infamous, including Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. A self guided tour of Riverside Cemetery is also available at the Asheville Visitors Center on CD. Also, a MP3 file is downloadable from, or as an iphone application. All guided tours are by appointment to allow the greatest flexibility in scheduling. Group rates are available.

Cost: $20 Adults, $12 Students (7-15) Advance reservations are required

Various locations in and around Asheville
Asheville, NC 28801




Step into the world of the unknown with the Ghost & Haunt Tour of Asheville. The original ghost tour in Asheville and the largest ghost tour company in the world, for a hair-raising 90-minute tour into the spirit realm of this mountain town. Join them for a leisurely stroll and search along the shadowy streets. Be sure to bring your digital camera, as they guarantee you will get paranormal pictures. They do not do costumes or use gimmicks that do not work out on the street. They not only take you to documented haunted locations and tell you the legends but also give you the history of the area. This tour covers less than a mile. Come and enjoy the best ghost tour, with the most experienced guides in town, you will ever go on with the company that has over 18 years of experience doing tours around the country and works heavily with the Travel Channel on their haunted programs. This will be a highlight of your trip!

Cost: ADULTS $18, CHILDREN $10 (8 – 14 years old), Free (7 and under) Advance reservations are required.

Departs from the Four Points by Sheraton
22 Woodfin St
Asheville, NC 28801




Exhibiting over 60 species of animals native to Southern Appalachia. Exhibits include: Appalachian Station – which highlights the diversity of the Smoky Mountains; Appalachian Predators ñ Life on the Edge which features red and gray wolves, bobcats, cougars and coyotes; The North Carolina Farm – featuring domestic animals commonly found on Appalachian Farms; and the popular Life Underground exhibit. The Center welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually. The Center is one of only three zoos in North Carolina to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Cost: Adults $8, Seniors (65 & over) – $7, Youth (3-15) – $4, 2 and younger free
(No individual under 16 years of age is allowed on the grounds without an accompanying adult)

75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805




(Approximately 10 miles from Asheville)

The oldest and largest hot air balloon company in Western North Carolina flies in Candler and Asheville across the Hominy Valley amidst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Cold Mountain, Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Mitchell loom in the background. It will astound you! They have six FAA licensed commercial pilots.

Cost: A shared flight is $235 per person and a private flight is $600 per couple and includes complimentary Chateau Biltmore champagne. The entire process will take 2 1/2 hours.

Discounts: 6 people 10% off, 10 people 15% off

Minimum age is 18. Advance reservations are required. Reservations can be made via their website. All passengers must sign a boarding pass waiver.

901 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715-2319




Enjoy the glide of Asheville’s only guided downtown Segway Tour. Starting at the Asheville Visitor Center, you will receive training followed by a 2 to 2.5 hour tour of downtown including the Grove Arcade, the Asheville Urban Trail and parts of the Montford Historic District.

Cost: $55 Weekdays, $65 Weekends

Tour Times are 10 am & 1 pm everyday. Advance reservations are required.

Asheville Visitor Center
36 Montford Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801



The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of the Southern Appalachians. Garden-themed gift shop.

The Days in the Gardens Plant Sale is usually held the first weekend in May.

Cost: Donations accepted.

151 W. T. Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, NC 28804



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