Exploring Downtown Hendersonville: A Family-Friendly Adventure

Exploring Downtown Hendersonville: A Family-Friendly Adventure

Have you been enthralled with the story of Charlotte the Sting Ray’s miraculous and mysterious pregnancy at North Carolina’s first Inland Aquarium, located right on Main Street? Are you looking for a fun-filled day in downtown Hendersonville that the whole family can enjoy? Look no further! From fascinating aquariums to sweet treats and retro gaming, there's something for everyone.

Team ECCO Shark Lab & Aquarium: Dive into the Ocean's Wonders

Our adventure begins at Team ECCO Shark Lab & Aquarium, where you can immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of marine life. From graceful sharks to colorful fish, this aquarium offers a unique opportunity to learn about the wonders of the ocean. With interactive exhibits and educational programs, Team ECCO is sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

scuba diver in tank

Pisgah Forest Gem Mine: Unearth Hidden Treasures

After exploring the depths of the ocean, stop next door to discover treasures of a different kind at Pisgah Forest Gem Mine. Grab a bucket and sift through the dirt in search of gemstones and minerals. It's a hands-on experience that promises excitement and the chance to take home a piece of Hendersonville's natural beauty.

tray of gem mines

Mikes on Main: A Classic Diner and Soda Fountain

As lunchtime approaches, walk down to Mikes on Main for a classic lunch with an atmosphere sure to bring joy! From mouthwatering burgers to fresh salads, Mikes on Main offers something for every palate.

Appalachian Pinball Museum: Step Back in Time

Enjoy some retro gaming fun as you step into a world filled with vintage pinball machines and arcade games from decades past. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or new to pinball, the museum offers a nostalgic experience that's sure to delight visitors of all ages.

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Hands On! Children's Museum: Play, Learn, and Explore

Kids can unleash their imagination and curiosity at Hands On! Childrens Museum. With interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, the museum provides a stimulating environment for learning and exploration. From building blocks to science experiments, there's endless fun to be had at this educational destination.

Hands on Childrens Museum

Browse and bring home some TOYS from OP Taylor's Toy Store!

You can't make a trip to Main Street with the family without a little bit of retail therapy! Stop by the 'Coolest Toy Store on the Planet' with their iconic Toy Soldiers welcoming you to this downtown destination for everything from Lego to Squishmallows and more!

OP Taylor

Don’t forget dessert! Kilwin's, sweetFrog and McFarlan's among many dessert options downtown!

No family adventure is complete without a sweet treat, and Hendersonville offers the perfect destination for indulgence. Kilwin’s offers classic hand scooped ice cream, fudge and more delectable delights, and sweetFrog offers a customized frozen yogurt and soft serve delight. The beloved McFarlan’s Bakery has every sweet treat you could desire, from donuts to eclairs!

Kingmakers Draft: Family-Friendly Fun After Hours

As the day draws to a close, we wrap up our adventure at Kingmakers Draft, where families can enjoy quality time together over board games and craft beers for the adults. With a wide selection of games and a welcoming atmosphere, Kingmakers is the perfect place to unwind and create lasting memories with loved ones.

 Kingmakers Draft

About Downtown Hendersonville

Downtown Hendersonville is a picturesque destination nestled in the mountains of North Carolina and a delightful stop on the North Carolina Main to Main trail. With its iconic, winding Main Street street, classic small-town businesses, and stunning mountain backdrop, Downtown Hendersonville invites travelers to experience the essence of small town charm. Plan your visit today and discover the magic of Hendersonville.

Getting around: Hendersonville is conveniently located off Interstate 26, 30 minutes south of Asheville. The Hendersonville Parking Garage located at 5th Avenue and Church Street is  less than one block away from the Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark lab.