Here are our Top 5 Biltmore family activities for summer that are sure to please the entire clan, from grandparents to grandchildren!
5. Ice Cream for Everyone
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™ near Biltmore House and the Creamery in Antler Hill Village, you and your family can enjoy the same rich flavor enjoy by estate guests more than a century ago.
Tip: Get sandwiches and ice cream to go from The Creamery and have a picnic on the nearby Village Green. Celebrate summer with Biltmore wine for the grownups and Biltmore sparkling grape juice for the younger set.
4. Biking for All Ages
Ready to explore our wide-open spaces? Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center or Bike Barn in Antler Hill Village and rent mountain bikes for rugged trails or comfort cruisers for paved paths. Tandem rentals also available so the younger members of the family can join the fun.
Tip: You can bike all the way from Antler Hill Village to the Lagoon and back on a level, paved trail.
3. Explore Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Now through September 7, 2020, the whole family can enjoy Downton Abbey: The Exhibition hosted in two locations on the grounds of the estate. This interactive exhibition connects you with the characters, fashions, and historic events depicted in the global hit television show and new feature film.
Tip: Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see Downton Abbey: The Exhibition at Biltmore!
2. Play in Our 8,000-Acre Backyard
With 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain backyard, you’ll never run out of places to explore at Biltmore! Enjoy more than 20 miles of hiking trails along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or in the open meadows of the estate.
Tip: Visit the Bike Barn or Outdoor Adventure Center for a detailed trail map and orientation to the trails.
1. 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 Antler Hill Village. New for 2020, this charming outdoor exhibition features iconic American train stations—each handcrafted in meticulous detail from all-natural materials.
Tip: Experience Biltmore Gardens Railway July 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021.