Boone and Blowing Rock, NC are great destinations for kids of all ages – from toddlers to teens (and for those entering their second childhood as well). Be sure to add these activities to your list.

Mystery Hill

From wide-eyed toddlers to hard-to-please teenagers, Mystery Hill has something for all ages. Toddlers love Bubblerama with its giant, life-size bubbles, the historic farmyard filled with chickens and bunnies, and many other fun attractions. Elementary-aged kids enjoy the hands-on science in the Hall of Mystery, the natural gravitational anomaly, Prospector Hill Gem Mining and so much more. Teenagers have a blast throwing axes, riding the bull, and checking out the Native American Artifacts Museum. Of course most kids, no matter what their age, absolutely love all of the attractions and especially agree that the Over the Top Mason Jar Milkshakes are a huge hit. Buy Tickets Now >>

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad is a wild west theme park located in Blowing Rock, just down the road from Mystery Hill. Featuring a historic steam locomotive, which winds through the mountains in a three-mile trip complete with a cowboy theatrical heist. Tweetsie also features a section of rides for smaller kids, more adventurous rides for teenagers, gem mining, chair lift, petting zoo, live shows, shops and restaurants. Definitely fun for all ages. For more information visit: tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad train on trestle located just down from Mystery Hill

Grandfather Mountain

While not technically in Boone or Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain is just up the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 30 minutes from Mystery Hill, and is a favorite of kids of all ages. Cross the mile-high swinging bridge, view black bears, cougars, otters and other indigenous animals in the animal habitat. Hike the trails and learn about the mountain in the museum. For more information, visit: grandfather.com.

Grandfather Mountain mile high swinging bridge, located 30 minutes from Mystery Hill

Horn in the West

“Horn in the West” is an outdoor drama in Boone, NC that brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the mountain settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the years before and during the War for Independence. The drama highlights those settlers who came to the region seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. Fun for kids of all ages. If the nighttime performance is too late, the Saturday 10:30 am performance is family friendly. Located about 10 minutes from Mystery Hill. For more information, visit: horninthewest.com/

Horn in the West outdoor drama in Boone, NC just ten minutes from Mystery Hill

High Gravity Adventures

Located just down Hwy 321 from Mystery Hill, High Gravity Adventures offers a zipline course (for those over 75lbs and over age 7) and an aerial adventure park that includes a foothills park for ages 4 and up. Plus, the Giant Swing for ages 7 and up. For more information, visit: highgravityadventures.com.

High Gravity Adventures just down the road from Mystery Hill