‘Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Mark your calendars for “Dollar Days.” Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.”

The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounted Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of naturalist programs later in the month.

“We’re more than excited to continue the longstanding tradition of Dollar Days in April,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Linville, N.C.-based nature park. “With all the outdoor fun, activities and programs Grandfather Mountain has to offer, the Dollar Days promotion offers a mile-high value.”

The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who works or lives in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate.

Students attending a local college or university are also eligible for the discount.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, visitors must present a valid driver’s license, college ID or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to demonstrate employment at a High Country business.

Grandfather Mountain’s extended spring hours started Saturday, March 24, meaning the park will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m., one hour before the park closes.

Animal Encounters

April is an ideal time to visit Grandfather Mountain, as the park’s flora and fauna become energized with the initial signs of warmer weather.

Starting April 14, the educational staff will begin animal encounters 11 times daily.

During these encounters, guests can talk with staff members about the habitat animals — bears, cougars, river otters, elk and bald eagles — and watch the animals receive an enrichment. Enrichments are special treats, new toys or unfamiliar scents that break up the animals’ routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated.

Visit www.grandfather.com/plan-your-visit/events/daily-events/, or check the sign at the habitat entrance to view daily enrichment times.

Dollar Days Begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

IMG_8345It is that time of year again, High Country Families! Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.”

The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of naturalist programs later in the month.

“We’re more than excited to continue the longstanding tradition of Dollar Days in April,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and travel attraction. “With all the outdoor fun, activities and programs Grandfather Mountain has to offer, the Dollar Days promotion practically stretches a dollar a mile high.”

The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who works or lives in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate.

Students attending a local college or university are also eligible for the discount.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, visitors must present a driver’s license, college ID or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to demonstrate employment at a High Country business.

Grandfather Mountain offers extended spring hours starting Saturday, March 25. The attraction will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m., one hour before the park closes.

Animal Encounters

April is an ideal time to visit Grandfather Mountain, as the park’s flora and fauna become energized with the initial signs of warmer weather.

Starting April 1, the educational staff will begin Habitat Animal Interpretive Talks, also known as animal encounters, nine times daily.

During these encounters, guests can talk with staff members about the habitat animals — bears, cougars, otters, deer and bald eagles — and watch the animals receive an enrichment. Enrichments, which include special treats, new toys or unfamiliar scents, break up the animals’ routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated.

Visit www.grandfather.com/plan-your-visit/events/daily-events/, or check the sign at the habitat entrance to view daily enrichment times.

December Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain

grandfather-mountain-snowmanYou have two more weeks to enjoy “Dollar Days” at Grandfather Mountain. Bundle up the family and enjoy Grandfather Mountain in the winter time.

Anyone who works or lives in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $3 per person during the month of December 2016 with proof of local employment or residency.

In lieu of cash, guests may each bring three cans of food per person for distribution to area food pantries.

Grandfather Mountain is open daily, weather permitting, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The park also closes early on Christmas Eve.

LOCATION: Grandfather Mountain
ADDRESS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646

Grandfather Mountain Announces Dollar Days for April 2016

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days 2016

Spring is right around the corner and that means it is time for Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain.

Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

Pack a picnic or order food from Mildred’s Grill and make precious family memories.

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days in December

While we are experiencing unseasonable temperatures in the High Country for December, you can enjoy Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain Bridge

Photo Credit: Grandfather.com

Anyone who works or lives in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $3 per person during the month of December 2015 with proof of local employment or residency.

In lieu of cash, you may each bring three cans of food per person for distribution to area food pantries.

Grandfather Mountain is open daily, weather permitting, except on Christmas Day. The park also closes early on Christmas Eve.

High Country Weekend Family Events April 10 – 12

It is going to be a beautiful Spring weekend. Definitely get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine with your family. Are you looking for unique and action family FUN? High Gravity Adventures is the place to be with their official Grand Opening. Check out lots more wonderful family events below including Tweetsie’s opening weekend! We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

High Gravity Adventures Opening

April 10:

1. Mystery Hill and Grandfather Mountain Dollar DaysClick here for complete information!

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Disney’s Cinderella and DreamWorks Home 3D

4. Tweetsie’s Opening Weekend – Tweetsie Railroad is set to pull into the station on Friday, April 10, 2015 for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

April 11:

1. Mystery Hill and Grandfather Mountain Dollar DaysClick here for complete information!

2. Tweetsie’s Opening Weekend – Tweetsie Railroad pulled into the station on Friday, April 10, 2015 for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. High Gravity Adventures Grand Opening – A new family fun adventure is now open in the High Country! The High Gravity Adventures is celebrating this Saturday, April 11th with an official Grand Opening event combining aerial adventure, food, music, giveaways, and more.

4. Playhouse Buildfest – FREE Admission! Pizza and snacks for sale! Presented by The Children’s Playhouse and the North Carolina Science Festival. Playhouse Buildfest will be held from 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 11th at Parkway School. There will be a special “soft open” from 9am to 10am for kids with special needs. This free celebration of problem solving and creativity will feature hands-on STEAM* activities for kids aged 2-12. *STEAM= science, technology, engineering, art, and math. There will be all ages activities as well as activities specifically designed for preschool grades K-3, and grades 4-6.

5. Make a Lady Bug Clay Pot at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

lady bug clay pot

 

6. Lowe’s Build & Grow (10:00am) – Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great kit! Bring your child to Lowe’s (Boone, West Jefferson, and Banner Elk)

7. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone CinemaNow showing: Disney’s Cinderella and DreamWorks Home 3D

8. Family Fun Day at Appalachian Mountain Brewery (4:00pm – 8:00pm) – Activities include LIVE MUSIC! Children activities include: Art activities, games, corn hole, face painting, free popcorn, giant bubbles and more! A bluegrass style band will play from 5:00 or 5:30 until about 7:00. The food truck will be available to purchase dinner/snacks. Beer and soft drinks are available for purchase. AMB is graciously donating a portion of their proceeds to the Children’s Council. Please come out and support The Children’s Council and to have some fun!

9. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. every Saturday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

April 12:

1. Mystery Hill and Grandfather Mountain Dollar DaysClick here for complete information!

2. Tweetsie’s Opening Weekend – Tweetsie Railroad pulled into the station on Friday, April 10, 2015 for another exciting season filled with Wild West adventure for the whole family.

3. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema – Now showing: Disney’s Cinderella and DreamWorks Home 3D

4. “Trail Track Hike at Elk Knob State Park – The weather is finally warming up so let’s get outside and explore as plants spring to life after a long winter. We will use the Track Trail brochures and do some hands-on activities and exploration. Please dress appropriately for the weather and note that it may be several degrees cooler at Elk Knob than in surrounding areas.

Starts at: 2 pm Meet at: Beech Tree Trailhead

 

 

April Brings Dollar Days to the High Country

We all love a good deal. April usually tends to bring warmer temperatures to the High Country, but also we get an extra bonus. Dollar Days is back!

Mystery Hill Dollar Days

Beginning April 1st, all residents of North Carolina along with families and guests are invited to visit Mystery Hill for only $2 each!

Mystery Hill is located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321. The attraction has been entertaining visitors to the North Carolina High Country since 1948. Visitors will receive a guided tour of the Mystery Platform. After the tour, guests are invited to stay and experiment as long as they like before moving on to the Hall of Mystery with a series of Optical Illusions and Hands on activities including:

The Shadow Wall
The Spooky Spigot
The Flying Mirror
Bubblerama (where you can actually stand inside a giant soap bubble)

We are so excited to extend our annual dollar days tradition beyond our High Country residents out to all North Carolina residents this year as we celebrate 67 years of entertaining our visitors” said Wayne Underwood, owner and proprietor of Mystery Hill.

The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who works or lives in North Carolina — along with their guests— to visit at the discounted rate. Students attending a North Carolina college or university also are eligible for the discount. To take advantage of the reduced rate, visitors must present a driver’s license, college ID or local utility bill as proof of North Carolina residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to demonstrate employment at a North Carolina business. Mystery Hill will be open 7 days a week from 9-5 the entire month of April.

Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.”

Grandfather Mountain

The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of Naturalist Programs later in the month.

We’re happy to continue the longstanding Dollar Days tradition again this April,” said Harris Prevost, vice president of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Our guests will be especially excited to meet our new river otters, Oscar and Nova, and enjoy the spring weather at an unbeatable price.

The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who works or lives in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate. Students attending a local college or university also are eligible for the discount.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, visitors must present a driver’s license, college ID or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to demonstrate employment at a High Country business.

Grandfather Mountain offers extended spring hours starting March 28. The attraction will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m., one hour before the park closes.

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – April 2013

grandfather mountainSpring has definitely arrived here in the High Country. Families are eager to get outdoors and enjoy nature’s beauty and the warm sunshine. Pack and picnic and head to Grandfather Mountain. It is that time of year for dollar days.

All those that work and reside in the six High Country counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for $2 a person during the month of April with proof of local employment or residency.

The special April Dollar Days $2 admission is offered to residents and those working in the six counties represented by the NC High Country Host regional travel promotion organization: Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties. The discount is also extended to students attending colleges and universities in the High Country and to guests traveling in the same vehicle with those eligible for the April discount. Please present a driver’s license, college ID, or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to show employment at a High Country business.

“We are happy to be able to offer this special discount admission to residents of the High Country Host Counties again this year,” said Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation President Penn Dameron.  “This is our way of thanking local residents for the support they give us.”

April is a perfect time to visit with your family. The weather is getting warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Take your time while you are on the mountain and enjoy a nice family picnic.

The animals in the Grandfather Mountain Animal habitats, including cougars, river otters and white-tailed deer, can be photographed from close range in their natural surroundings.  Each of these North Carolina indigenous species are more active as the temperatures slowly rise in the month of April.  Guest this year will also be lucky enough to welcome two new additions to the Animal habitats: two bald eagles.  The new residents will be featured in the newly renovated, fully enclosed eagle habitat.

One good way to get some fresh air during a visit to Grandfather is to walk on the Black Rock Nature Trail that runs out a mile and back through northern hardwood and spruce forests.  This trail is marked with interpretive signs that give hikers interesting facts about the nature around them.

The Mountain is open every day in April, weather permitting. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with admission sales ending at 4 p.m.  For current conditions, phone the Grandfather Mountain entrance gate at 828-733-4337 or plan your trip at www.grandfather.com.