We are here to help you create your own experience in Asheville’s top locations and explore favorable activities when planning your itinerary. If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, Loyal Lifts offers custom transportation for senior citizens and mobility disabled clients. Here are our top seven fun activities for seniors to do in Asheville.
7 Fun Activities for Seniors in Asheville
1. The North Carolina Arboretum
Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of the city of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum has acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region. The 434-acre campus in Pisgah National Forest is the ideal place for a stroll or hike while admiring and learning about North Carolina’s nature. The Arboretum offers a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages that include educational programs, tours, events, and garden demonstrations.
2. Basilica of Saint Lawrence
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is one of the most distinctive landmarks located in downtown Asheville. The Spanish Renaissance style church was designed and built-in 1905 by Spanish architects Rafael Guastavino and Richard Sharpe Smith; it became the city’s architectural treasures. Take a self-guided tour or schedule a complimentary guided tour to witness the beauty of the leather and stained glass and the wonder of the dome.
3. Lexington Glassworks
Founded in the heart of downtown Asheville, Lexington Glassworks creates innovative hand-blown glass in a marker studio. Each piece is skillfully crafted using century-old techniques and locally sourced material to produce high-quality work. Visitors can view the gallery in custom lighting and handmade galls. This is truly an Asheville experience and a unique opportunity to enjoy the city’s culture.
4. The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild)
The Fold Art Center is located directly on the Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway and is one of Asheville’s most popular attractions for both tourists and locals. A variety of craftspeople from the Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains of nine southern states are represented through exhibitions, special events, and daily craft demonstrations. The century-old Allanstand Craft Shop showcases both traditional and contemporary work by over 350 craftspeople. With free admission and open daily year-round, this spot is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying the south’s crafting culture.
5. Western North Carolina Nature Center
Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center that is home to over 60 species of animals, including river otters, black bears, red wolves, and cougars. The Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by appreciating, understanding, and advancing conservation of the regions’ rich biodiversity. Whenever you visit, you are supporting an institution that is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
6. Grovewood Village
One of Asheville’s hidden gems, Grovewood Village is rich with art and history. Located adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an American craft and textiles that were operated by Edith Vanderbilt. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 11-acre property features Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, and the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum.
7. Biltmore Village
Spend the afternoon in the historic Biltmore Village that features a quaint collection of shops, lodging, and dining. It includes many hidden side streets with amazing finds such as the London District Studios and Bon Vivant vintage and artisan market. There are plenty of village shops, galleries, artworks, clothing, home accessories, custom-designed jewelry, and more.
Loyal Lifts is dedicated to helping you get around Asheville in comfort and safety. If you have a special event or want to explore the beauty of Asheville, contact us to schedule your wheelchair-accessible shuttle service. We would love to help you get to and from your next adventure.