Family Fun

George Vanderbilt’s daughter Cornelia spent her childhood exploring and playing at Biltmore. More than a century later, Biltmore is still the perfect place to create lifelong family memories.

Summer Treasure Hunt
Download and print this PDF if you are visiting the estate between May 1 and September 30, 2014


Explore a Castle


Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was 100 years ago. It's truly an architectural and historical wonder. We have many ways you can immerse your family in this incredible place, and engage your kids in learning about this era in fun ways.

  • Take a Guided Specialty Tour
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at the Stable Café or a Light Bite (Kids menus available)
  • Ice Cream Parlor: Savor hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and drinks
  • Confectionary: Delight in sweet temptations such as chocolates and unique candies
  • Toymaker's: Shop for old-fashioned toys and games

Play, Eat, and Dance


Discover our village that connects the estate's present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, historical exhibits, and new ways to experience Biltmore's hospitality.

  • Pisgah Playground: Engage the imagination and encourage meaningful play with a ferry, climbing logs, a lookout with rock formations to climb, a water pump and sand area for younger children, and more
  • Dance in the grass to the Live Music
  • Jump for joy at the Grape Stomp for kids during Live after Five*
  • Cool off with delicious treats from our Creamery
  • Learn even more at our Biltmore Legacy exhibition
  • Stay a little longer and have dinner at the Bistro or Cedric's Tavern

*Grape Stomp currently available Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Be a Farmer for a Day


The Farm in Antler Hill Village has something for everyone. Whether you have a little one in tow or are just a kid at heart, this is must-see destination.

  • Pet and admire farmyard animals including chickens, goats, horses, sheep, and more
  • Explore and climb on antique tractors and wagons
  • Play with toys and games from the 1800s
  • Watch a video in the Barn about life on the estate
  • Participate in fun daily crafts like churning butter or making a basket
  • See fascinating demonstrations by our blacksmith, woodworker, beekeeper, and others!

Outdoor Fun


Play in one of America's largest backyards! Wee ones and bigger kids can burn off energy and soak up the sunshine with these great ideas.

  • Enjoy our Gardens and remember the best games aren't played on a screen
  • Get out in nature with family bike rentals
  • Relax in a Carriage ride and watch the world go by
  • Take an unforgettable guided Horseback trail ride through beautiful woodlands
  • See the grounds in a modern fun Segway tour
  • Watch the world sliding by on a River float trip
  • Get wet and fish with a 2 hour Kid's Fly Fishing lesson
  • Drive over the terrain in a fun Kid's Land Rover ride
  • Bring your own picnic and games to enjoy on the estate

Meet the Abernathys

For even more great ideas and family-friendly activities, watch this short video about the Abernathy family.  Follow them on their very first visit to the mountains and accompany them on their Biltmore adventure.

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