7 Great Things to do in Asheville on a Rainy Day

Written by Pete Anderson, Broker | REALTOR

There are endless outdoor recreation opportunities in Asheville. Unfortunately, being that we live in a temperate rainforest, rain can also feel endless at times, too. While us outdoorsy folk don’t mind a little rain, sometimes we don’t feel like braving the inclement weather to enjoy our great city. For those times, I compiled a list of fun indoor activities. Check them out below:

Asheville Art Museum front. Photo courtesy of Romantic Asheville.

1. Visit the Asheville Art Museum.

2019 saw the completion of a magnificent renovation turning the museum into a focal point of Pack Square and downtown. A large portion of the museum currently features artists from the Appalachia region. For fans of the Lost Generation, there’s a Zelda Fitzgerald painting (Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald spent a lot of time in Asheville and, sadly, Zelda died in a fire at Highland Hospital in 1948.) Before you leave, head to the fourth floor cafe and deck for great south westerly views.

Catawba Brewing Co. in South Slope. Photo courtesy of Romantic Asheville.

2. Duck into a brewery.

Surprised a brewery made an Asheville to-do list? Didn’t think so. Head to the South Slope for the highest concentration of breweries.

3. Enjoy a meal at a great restaurant.

Order several courses and maybe the rain will have let up by the time you’re done. Tapas, anyone? Call me for recommendations.

View of Asheville from Town Mountain Road. Photo by Pete Anderson.

4. Take a drive.

Gain some elevation and perspective by taking a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway or Town Mountain Road. Sometimes weather can make for awfully cool views of town. Check out the National Park Service’s website to check for Parkway closures in the winter, though!

5. Put your real estate hat on and tour open houses around town.

For a neighborhood that suits your style, talk to an agent who knows (Hi, my name is Pete). Or if you want to go big, check out the biggest house of them all, The Biltmore.

6. Got kids? You get your own list below:

For a laid back time with young kids, head to the downtown Asheville library for Storytime. The staff does a good job in facilitating a fun and entertaining event. Check days and times before you go. Want to keep the educational train rolling? Check out AMOS – Asheville Museum of Science. From dinosaur skeletons to building blocks and water play, AMOS is a pretty neat place for kids. If your kid/s have serious energy to burn, go to the Mountain Play Lodge and let them climb, slide, and explore. And if that’s not enough head to Sky Zone Trampoline Park to really let loose. More of a board game family? Check out Asheville Retrocade in West Asheville or Well Played Board Game Cafe if you’re downtown.

7. Get your umbrella or raincoat and go do what you would have done anyway, you might just have fun!


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