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High Country Kid Friendly Summer Things to Do

High Country Kid Friendly Summer Things to Do

There are plenty of Family and Kid Friendly activities in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Wilkesboro and West Jefferson Area (known at the High Country)!  Here are our favorites:

**BONUS: Rainy Day Friendly activities are in blue


  • Take a farm tour at Apple Hill FarmMeet and learn about the alpaca, donkeys and other animals on the farm. *Tot tours available M,W,S am.
  • Have a picnic, play in the water and walk the trails at Tate Evans Park.
  • Visit the beach at Wildcat Lake. Go for a swim, fish or play on the playground.
  • Schedule a time to visit Grandfather Mountain.  See the animals, walk over the mile-high swinging bridge and have a picnic.


  • Rent a free canoe, kayak, boat (even a fishing pole!) at Buckeye Lake, through the Buckeye Recreation Center. For reservations, click HERE
  • Take a family friendly hike or mountain biking ride in the Emerald Outback 
  • Take a scenic chair lift ride or go mountain biking at Beech Mountain Resort
  • Grab a pizza from Brick Oven Pizzeria and enjoy a picnic in the kite field behind the pizzeria.  Be sure to visit the new playground next door!


  • Visit the gravitation anomaly and the kid-friendly science exhibits, try Axe Throwing or archery at the outdoor Tomahawk Hill, get an old-timey photo and more located at Mystery Hill.
  • Go ziplining with a scheduled trip just for your family at High Gravity Adventures or Sky Valley Zip Tours.
  • Take a canoe, kayak, boat or paddleboard ride at Price Lake Boat Rentals.
  • Find gems at Docs Rocks and visit the Fossil Museum next door.
  • Explore the mountains with a family hike on the Moses Cone Carriage Trails
  • Take a picnic to the Price Park Picnic Area and let the smaller kids play in the water.
  • Attend a kids art class at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
  • Visit the Downtown Memorial Park playground and grab an ice cream from Kilwins.






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