Our 8,000-acre backyard provides natural habitat for a variety of beautiful creatures, both wild and domestic. Meet them, explore their habits, and learn about their environments with engaging, informative activities that invite you to expand your Biltmore knowledge in a new way.

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Nature Glimmer Hunt

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives? —E.M. Forster

Explore the life-affirming world of “nature glimmers” with an exclusive experience led by Biltmore’s Outdoor Programs Manager, Heather Brannan. Designed to inspire participants to see, savor, and appreciate the simple joys that surround us when immersed in nature, this enlightening journey begins with a discussion about what constitutes a “nature glimmer” that also reveals different types and specific examples. Armed with newfound knowledge and awareness, participants will then embark upon a guided “glimmer hunt” to find and share their own “glimmers” amid the natural beauty of Biltmore’s great outdoors.  

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Paying parent or guardian must accompany participants 17 years and under. Activity takes place rain or shine and in cold temperatures. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for the weather.

Cost

$30 (Ages 13 & Up)

Hours

10:30 a.m. Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Mindfulness Walk

Biltmore’s woodland trails and fields are the perfect place to sharpen focus, bring clarity to your thoughts, and set intentions for the future. This gentle, one-mile morning walk experience invites you to slow down, connect with nature, and live fully in the present moment. During your guided walk, you’ll receive simple reflection prompts that encourage the full engagement of your senses as you move mindfully within the natural beauty of Biltmore’s great outdoors.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$20 (Ages 13 & Up)

Hours

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Waterfowl & Winter Birds

Part of George Vanderbilt’s vision for Biltmore was that its land would serve as a protected habitat for waterfowl and game birds. This exclusive bird-watching tour offers you a unique opportunity to learn about the winter birds and waterfowl that call Biltmore home, as well as those that migrate through our area. You’ll enjoy a van ride to some of Biltmore’s most iconic bodies of water—the Bass Pond, the Lagoon, or Long Valley Lake—where you’ll observe these intriguing creatures within their natural habitats.

Tours led by professional guides from Asheville’s Ventures Birding and with support from Biltmore’s Outdoor Adventure Center guides.

Maximum of 8 participants. Tour stop locations vary and are subject to change. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$85 (Ages 12 & Up)

Hours

9 a.m. Friday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Project FeederWatch

Learn about the birds that call Biltmore home for the winter while helping to identify and count birds to support the international Project FeederWatch program! Led by one of our Outdoor Adventure Center guides, this engaging activity not only introduces you to the birds of Biltmore, it also offers a relaxing opportunity to enjoy the estate’s natural splendor. Upon receiving a checklist of common local birds and identification guides to consult during the experience, you will walk to the feeding station and settle in for a 20-minute counting and information session (seating will be available).

Maximum of 6 participants. Advance reservations required. Participants are encouraged to bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

Included with admission

Hours

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Monday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Naturalist Talks

Join our knowledgeable Outdoor Adventure Center Guides for engaging and informative talks about some of the wildlife that call our 8,000-acre estate home!

Hosted in Antler Hill Village’s historic Horse Barn, these brief presentations introduce you to different wild Biltmore inhabitants each month:

  • February – Groundhogs
  • March – Salamanders
  • April – Rabbits
  • May – Skunks
  • June – Bears
  • July – Turtles
  • August – Foxes
  • September – Snakes
  • October – Spiders
  • November – Turkeys
  • December – Deer

Find out where they live, what they eat, and what (if anything!) eats them. You’ll also learn about their life cycles and behaviors, including how they interact (or not!) with humans. Full of fascinating facts about each creature profiled, these talks inspire a deeper connection to the natural world around us.

No reservation required. No minimum age required; parent or guardian must accompany guests under age 18. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

Included with admission

Hours

1:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Falconry

Discover the ancient art of falconry on Biltmore’s historic grounds. Learn how to handle a trained hawk or falcon, then experience the inimitable thrill of a raptor flying to and landing upon your gloved hand. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with one of these majestic birds of prey.

Maximum of 6 participants, 6 observers.

To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Guests under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Guests encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Cost

$125 per participant
$75 per observer; observer ticket sold only in conjunction with participant ticket

Hours

9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village, Estate Grounds

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Intro to Nature Journaling

Join generations of everyday travelers (and literary giants!) who have described the resplendent natural beauty of George Vanderbilt’s magnificent estate for more than a century. Taking place at one of Biltmore’s many scenic locations, this class explores the process and power of creative self-expression.

Nature journal included.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Participants are encouraged to bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Cost

$30 (Ages 12 & Up)

Hours

9 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Flower Petal Art

Experience the beauty of flowers and the power of creative expression with this engaging activity that invites you to enjoy nature’s colorful blooms in any season! Participants will craft their very own framed take-home floral masterpieces as they learn about flowers and leaves from one of our knowledgeable Outdoor Adventure Center guides.

All art materials provided.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$45 (Ages 12 & Up)

Hours

11:00 a.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Guided Bird Walks

Explore the fields, open woodlands, and Farmyard area below Antler Hill Village on an engaging, educational adventure led by a professional Ventures Birding tour guide.

Once fitted with your choice of binoculars, you’ll embark upon a relaxing stroll along dirt roads and paths while watching for the different bird species and other wildlife that frequent this “open country.” Learn about these fascinating creatures, as well as the importance of the estate’s grounds as a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife during a truly delightful experience.

Maximum of 12 participants. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$45 Adult/Youth (Ages 8 & Up)

Hours

9 a.m. Tuesday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Estate Grounds

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