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River Arts District

River Arts District Tours and Activities

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There was once a time, not too long ago, where the River Arts District was one of Asheville’s least desirable areas. Abandoned warehouses lined a riverfront that was frequently laden with trash, and the only sign of economic life was the train pulling into the station. Today, after a massive artistic and creative resurgence, new life has been breathed into the district on the banks of the French Broad River, and where empty warehouses and buildings once stood, there are now spectacular studios full of sculptors, glass blowers, woodworkers, and painters. When visiting Asheville’s River Arts District, peruse the 180 studios that line the narrow streets, or stop for a drink at the ferociously popular microbrewery, The Wedge. At the city’s best restaurant for barbecue—12 Bones—enjoy your meal by the banks of the river that flows through the center of town, and watch as tubers, kayakers, and paddleboards all navigate the gently flowing waters. You can stop by a local farmers’ market by day and enjoy live music by night, and the River Arts District is the funkiest district in the funkiest town in the South.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Asheville

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Asheville

Before 'farm to table' and 'buy local' were 21st century catchphrases, they were a way of life in Asheville. The best way to uncover the city's friendly, small-town vibe is to enjoy it with a person who calls it home. Seemingly everyone you will meet on your private tour will be an artist - that's because Asheville has a way of bringing out the inner-artist in everyone, including you. Whether you fancy trying glassblowing or prefer simply to get lost in the blue hues of mountain-scapes, you will leave the city more in touch with your artistic side than when you arrived. As you wander, enjoy the eclectic architecture which captures the nature of the city: a collective of people who fought to preserve history at every turn. Your tour finishes in the South Slope Brewing District, where you can enjoy a large, local beer and get tips for the best way to spend the rest of your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures


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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book River Arts District tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since River Arts District can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 River Arts District tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit River Arts District 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to River Arts District costs USD 155.00. Guided River Arts District tours start around USD 155.00 per person. See all 1 River Arts District tickets and tours on Viator.
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