Museum of North Carolina Minerals
Only nine minutes away from Spruce Pine, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals offers fun free activities for the whole family.
This museum highlights the history of mining in the area while also educating people about the mineral resources available in North Carolina. Their interactive exhibits allow your young ones (and you) to experience the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with the 3,000 year old mining tradition in this area.
Located at Milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Highway, the museum is usually open from late spring to late fall. This year, 2023, you can enjoy a visit starting April 28th with a closing date of October 29th. The hours are 10am-5pm daily, though closed for lunch from 1-2pm.
For more information, you can visit the NPS website page for the Museum of North Carolina Minerals.
Since the museum is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (another fun free thing to do!), make sure to grab some snacks and drinks at Uplifting Deals and enjoy a quick picnic at this fun stop.
For more fun adventures, check out these Free WNC Community Activities.
Photo by Vicki Dameron