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Written by Lana Law

Small enough to make sightseeing easy but dynamic enough to offer a long list of things to do, Hendersonville makes you want to linger. Wander through the eclectic mix of shops in the historic downtown or enjoy a leisurely lunch on a sunny patio, and you'll know why this mountain town has become such a popular destination.

Many of the attractions focus on the area's mining roots, fruit growing, and beautiful natural areas. In summer, head outdoors to paddle or tube down a river, stop by u-pick apple orchards to enjoy some fun on the farm, or head to DuPont State Forest for some hiking. Other year-round activities include panning for gems; watching a play; or visiting the local museums, historic sites, and aquarium, many of which can be found on Main Street in downtown.

If you're looking for a romantic weekend escape, a family getaway, or a place to relax, Hendersonville makes a perfect destination. For more ideas on how to spend your time here, see our list of the top things to do in Hendersonville.

1. Stroll through Historic Downtown Hendersonville
If you have time for only one stop in Hendersonville, head to the historic downtown, where interesting shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries line the sidewalks of Main Street. Many of these are housed in lovely old restored buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In summer, this area comes to life, and diners can enjoy a selection of restaurants offering outdoor seating.

Several of Hendersonville's best attractions are within easy walking distance of each other along Main Street, including the Appalachian Pin Ball Museum, the Mineral and Lapidary Museum, the Hands On! Museum, the Team Ecco Aquarium & Shark Lab, and the Pisgah Forest Gem Mine. You can find a full day of things to do right here on Main Street.
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