The mountains of North Carolina are a great spot for a family vacation.  Several small towns are located within a short drive from each other: Boone, Linville, Blowing Rock, Valle Cruis and each town has unique attractions prefect for family entertainment. Below is our list of the top spots in Linville, North Carolina for kids.

All activites listed below are currently operating but have policies in place for COVID including but not limited to mask mandates and advanced ticket purchases.  Please check their current operating model listed on their website before visiting.


Plan on spending an entire day at Grandfather Mountain as there is so much to do!  Walk across the mile high swing bridge, hike one of the many trails, explore the animals in their habitats, have a picnic at one of the scenic overlooks or stroll through the nature exhibits.  Grandfather Mountain is the perfect spot in the Linville area for kids!

Adult tickets are $22 and children age 4-12 are $9.


Like stepping back in time, Mast General Store is reminiscent of times past and a unique stop when visiting the mountains of NC.  Shop the store for a souvenir t-shirt or our go to, a Christmas ornament.  The kids will love the candy section of the store as pictured below.  Rows and rows of candy barrels line the store with every type of sweet imaginable.  There are multiple Mast General Store locations but the original store is located in Valle Cruis with an annex building next door.


Another great spot in Linville for kids is Linville Caverns.  Open to the public since 1937, Linville Caverns gives visitors the unique experience of seeing inside a mountain.  Paved pathways wind their way through the underground caverns with stalactites dangling overhead.  Each guided tour is expected to take around 45 minutes.  Adult tickets are $10, children are $8 and those under 5 are free.


Complete with it’s own steam engine train, Tweetsie Railroad nails the old western theme throughout the amusement park.  Spend the day enjoying the many rides, petting zoo, face painting, gem mining and live entertainment.  You can even take a ride on the historic locomotive which circles the property.  (Be warned, there is a live show along the ride which includes a fake bank robbery and gun shoot out which out toddler found to be scary.)


There are severl spots in the area where you can test your luck at gem mining: Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine, Foggy Mountain Gem Mine and Foscoe Mining Company.  Personlly love the back drop of Foscoe Mining Company.  The location looks like you are in an old western town panning for gold.

Stones range from quartz to amethyst to sapphires and rubies.  Drop your pan in the water and see what lucky stone you pull out!


Downtown Blowing Rock has something for everyone in the family!  Main street is lined with boutique shops and restaurants.  There is a large playground at the center of downtown for the kids and a local brewery a block away for the parents!  Make sure to stop at Kilwins during your visit to taste their homemade fudge or enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream.


If you are looking for a thrill, check out ziplining with Sky Valley Zip Tours.  The park has zip line course, an atv tour, cliff jumping and swing bridge.  There is even a kid friendly portion with a 20 foot slide and separate zip line course just for the little ones.


During the winter months, there is skiing offered at both Beech and Sugar Mountains.  Snow tubing is offered at Hawksnest Snow Tubing.


Let’s not forget the simple things when visiting the mountains like casting your first fishing line.  Local guides and companies offer fly fishing tours and lessons.  Take an afternoon to drop a line and relax in Linville with your kids.

Enjoy the fresh air and mountain views!

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Hi, we’re Amanda & Kai!

An every day couple trying to see the world and cross off our ever expanding bucket list.