We spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a quick trip, but a fun one for our family. The main highlight of our trip was to be the Biltmore Estate. I was a little nervous about taking our kids there (ages 5, 3, and 1) but it was actually much easier — and more family friendly than I could have imagined!
We specifically planned our visit for a Sunday because it did not require a timed visit. Getting anywhere on time with three little ones is intense, and I didn’t want to be tied down. Check the website for days that require a timed arrival, this varies by season.
In hindsight, I wish we would have allowed for two days on the Biltmore grounds. I didn’t do enough research to indicate this, but after the house tour (approx 2 hours) our kiddos were pretty tired and hungry. We headed over to the Antler Hill Village for a late lunch at Cedric’s Tavern and promised the kids they could play on the playground depending on their behavior. I think with a 2-day pass – signs on the property said this was $10 extra per adult- I would have done the same but come back a second day to explore the gardens and spend more time in the Village.
Small strollers and baby carriers are permitted in the Biltmore. We had Olen (3) in the umbrella stroller and C was in the baby carrier. There are stairs, but the staff is super accommodating. We used the elevator on the way up and carried the stroller down the stairs- O had escaped anyhow! The elevator is original to the home- so it’s also pretty exciting for the parents to see how it works!
There is an audio tour available using a headset. We didn’t get them because we figured it would be too hard to listen and deal with the kiddos. If we only had Jackson with us, we would have picked up the kids audio- I think that would have been helpful for him.
When the boys got a little anxious we played I-Spy with them! We may have annoyed some of the people around us, but it kept them occupied and made them notice certain things in the house.
I bought our tickets at AAA prior to departure. They saved us a few dollars off of the gate price, but more importantly you don’t have to stop at the gate, you just show your tickets and keep on rolling through! Call your local AAA before departing to make sure they have them in stock.
Last, as you’ll probably notice, you can’t take photos inside the house. (But you can take your camera along and take photos outside).
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