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Top 5 Biltmore Family Activities for Summer 2019

Posted on 06/09/2019 by Amy Dangelico

Are you planning to bring the whole family to Biltmore this summer? Are you looking to select the perfect activities that everyone will love? Have no fear—here are our top picks for family fun, sure to please the entire clan!

Two young girls enjoy ice cream5. Ice Cream

Did you know that the vanilla ice cream served on the estate is based on a delicious original Biltmore Dairy recipe? Now at Biltmore Dairy Bar™ (formerly the Ice Cream Parlor) near Biltmore House and the Creamery in Antler Hill Village, you and the kiddos can enjoy the same rich flavor that was enjoyed by estate guests more than a century ago.

Kids enjoying hands-on crafts4. Barn Activities

The Barn at Antler Hill Village offers a variety of activities including turn-of-the-century games and hands-on crafts for the kids as well as fascinating live demonstrations by blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other craftspeople. Each Wednesday in July, hang out at the Barn into the evening and enjoy family-friendly movie nights.

Pisgah Playground3. Pisgah Playground

In addition to the slides, swings, and sandbox you’d expect to find in an outdoor play area, the new and improved Pisgah Playground offers a kid-friendly garden space, freestanding musical instruments, an imitation chicken coop, and more. Our playground is open from 9 a.m. until dark each day and is located between Antler Hill Barn and the Farmyard.

Family river rafting2. River Rafting

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your visit with a peaceful two-hour float. Sit back and relax as one of our knowledgeable guides paddles your raft down a gentle stretch of the French Broad River. For a more private self-guided experience, we also offer single and tandem kayaks. Availability is dependent upon river and weather conditions.

Replica of Biltmore House1. Biltmore Gardens Railway

One of the absolute must-see elements of the estate this summer is Biltmore Gardens Railway, featuring beautiful botanical model train displays in the Conservatory and Antler Hill Village. These displays include Biltmore areas structures as well as global landmarks—each handcrafted in meticulous detail from all-natural materials, largely gathered from the estate itself.

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