1. Rent a Bellyak. Do It
Kayaking? Been there, done that. Paddleboarding? Been there, fell off. If you’re looking for a new adventure, try bellyaching. This fun activity was actually pioneered in our fair city, and we love it. You belly up to the board and paddle with webbed gloves through some stunning scenery while staying cool on the water. Perfect.
2. Forage. And Then Go To One Of Our Amazing Restaurants
There’s no taste like home. Really. That’s a thing. Asheville’s No Taste Like Home offers foraging tours led by expert guides who will help you find wild treats in the forest. After your excursion, you can cook up your finds - or head to one of Asheville’s many terrific restaurants for locally sourced dishes.
3. Yoga-Hike the Beautiful Blue Ridge
You like yoga, you like hiking. Now you don’t have to choose between these healthy activities. Join the folks at Asheville Wellness Tours or Namaste in Nature for a beautiful, peaceful, and restorative journey in the incomparable Blue Ridge Mountains.
4. Go Big or Go Home: The Women’s Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip
One of Asheville’s most popular summer events, this is a chance to push yourself harder and connect with a dynamic, supportive group of women. You’ll do 20 miles of backpacking over 3 days - and have a lifetime of memories. Starts July 19, so get your tickets now.
5. Ohhh and Ahh Over Asheville’s Waterfalls
You want waterfalls? We got waterfalls. Asheville enjoys an embarrassment of riches when it comes to natural beauty, and our waterfalls are sights to behold. Whether you want to hike in or drive up, there is a waterfall for you. Find one that meets your needs, take pictures, and then put the camera away and just enjoy.
6. Visit a Trampoline Park
If you want quads that will hurt for three days and children who will sleep for 14 hours straight, go to Sky Zone. From Toddler Time and the Foam Zone to the Ninja Warrior Course and SkyJoust, there is something for all ages. Bounce, baby.
7. Get Your Art On
Asheville offers an abundance of opportunities to explore your creative side. You can work with sterling silver to make stacking rings, create an acrylic pour painting masterpiece, attend an alcohol inks or pottery throwing lesson, and so much more. Check out Explore Asheville’s Event Calendar for more artsy-craftsy ideas.
8. You’ll Need to Go to Shindig On the Green
Shindig on the Green is free, it’s fun, it’s music, it’s dancing, it’s summer. This recurring event features outdoor mountain bluegrass music, so feel free to toe-tap and get down. You can even bring your own instrument and join in informal jam sessions around Pack Square Park. Official performances being at about 7:00 pm and run until about 10:00 pm. Bring along a blanket, a picnic, and fun people, and you’re guaranteed to have the best time.
9. Do Not Miss the Drum Circle
Pritchard Park. Friday. Starting at 5:00 - 6:00pm. Be there. You’ll be awestruck by the thundering beauty of drums and powerful rhythms. Drum, dance, or just sit back in the circle and be thoroughly captivated as hundreds of people come together to create harmony. You’ll also enjoy everything from belly dancers and hula hoopers to cowbells (the only cure for a fever…) and triangles. Great for any age.
10. Go to Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar, Of Course!
Tired after all this Asheville excitement? Catch your second wind at Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar. Sip a cold cocktail while you listen to the hottest songs of summer (and whatever else our crazy talented musicians decide to play). You’ll encounter all sorts of revelry and perhaps a bit of tomfoolery if you’re lucky. All in all, a great way to cap off a summer day.
What are your plans this summer? Let us know! And we’ll see you at Off the Wagon.