Are you thinking of taking the family on vacation to Asheville, North Carolina? If so, you will be pleasantly s Are you thinking of taking the family on vacation to Asheville, North Carolina? If so, you will be pleasantly surprised by all of the activities for children.   Asheville is an outdoor town, with  plenty of things for children to do that will keep them interested.  Spend time with the children outdoors. Spark their interest in learning about the Western North Carolina Mountains by taking them to the Nature Center or Health Adventure. Or spend the day at Lake Julian Park or Climbax.   [caption id="attachment_360" align="alignleft" width="248" caption="The WNC Nature Center is a great place to learn about the wildlife and habitat of this region."][/caption] Western North Carolina Nature Center Children and adults can learn about native wildlife and habitats at the Nature Center. The City of Asheville operates the Nature Center, which houses over a hundred species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, found in the Southern Appalachians. The Nature Center is well-known for its educational programs: Wolf Howl, the NC Elk Program and the preservation and breeding of Red Wolves, an endangered species.  Families can tour the Nature Center and see black bears, mountain lions and other species of wildlife common to this region.   Health Adventure [caption id="attachment_361" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Health Adventure makes exercise and healthy eating fun for kids."][/caption] Now located in the Biltmore Square Mall, The Health Adventure is outfitted to provide some of the best hands on learning about health, science and technology for children.   Kids can learn about gravity, centrifugal force and the way our body interacts with these forces.  Play on a variety of exhibits such as spin and raceway, as well as Construction Junction and Dizzy Tunnel. Learn by doing. Take part in other fun interactive ways to use the body.  Use the exhibits in the Health Adventure and attend special events with museum admission.  Science Wow, Tech on Tuesdays and Super Science Saturday are events that are easy to attend with some planning. If your family goes to either of these programs plan to stay for two hours.  Traveling exhibits also get children involved in healthy eating and exercises in playful, themed environments.   Lake Julian Park [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Visit Lake Julian Park and spend the day outdoors with your family."][/caption] For families visiting the Asheville area, Lake Julian is a great way to immerse everyone in outdoor fun.  Lake Julian is conveniently located in South Asheville, and is operated by the Buncombe County Parks and Programming Division. It is open for family fun everyday, year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Start with a picnic near the parking area. Then, explore the 300-acre lake in a paddleboat or canoe. There is excellent fishing in Lake Julian. People catch:  bass, catfish, brim, crapple and tilapia.  If you do take your family fishing, make sure that everyone has a North Carolina Fishing License.  There is also a horseshoe pit and sand volleyball, as well as a playground at Lake Julian Park.  This is a great place for families to spend the day.   [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Learn how to climb and repel safely, in an indoor environment at ClimbMax."][/caption]   Climbmax Climbing Repelling and rock climbing are popular sports in the Western North Carolina area.  The Climbmax Climbing center is a favorite stop for families looking for exercise, challenge, and thrills. Climbmax is right in the heart of Downtown Asheville, on Wall Street. Beginners can learn how to climb in a safe environment. After some practice, some may even want to schedule a trip out to climb rock faces in a wilderness area near Asheville. Indoor climbing and instruction are offered to beginners and advanced climbers by a trained staff that closely supervises activities.   It is obvious that Asheville is a kid friendly town.  During all seasons, there’s plenty for families to do together. Some may event want to explore the outdoors with a hike and a dip in a swimming hole, or take a bike ride or kayak the French Broad River. Whatever your choice for family activities in Asheville, you and your loved ones will have fun.