Hendersonville NC and Flat Rock are filled with interesting things to see, places to visit and plenty of arts and entertainment. You will never run out of fun things to do.
The Flat Rock Playhouse
The Flat Rock Playhouse is located in one of the earliest settlements in the state. In fact, the entire community of Flat Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and perhaps the most well known attraction in the town is the Flat Rock Playhouse. After beginning in 1952, the Flat Rock Playhouse gained notoriety and was popular with locals and tourists alike. Bringing Broadway musicals, laugh-out-loud comedies, and classical dramas to the stage, the Flat Rock Playhouse has an eight month long performance schedule and has been counted among the 10 Best Regional Theatres in the entire country! Located at 2661 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock. For tickets and upcoming show schedules call 828.693.0731.
How many small towns can you name that have their very own distinguished symphony orchestra? Hendersonville NC is a special place, an idyllic, historic town filled with numerous wonderful things including its very own Hendersonville Symphony. The orchestra not only educates and sponsors musical and scholarship programs for the young, but they also play a six concert season; each symphony season bringing scores of beautiful music with each show. Call 828.697.5884 for more information.
The Heritage Museum of Henderson County
The Henderson County Heritage Museum brings history alive with its exhibits on the early inhabitants and settlers to Hendersonville NC. Here you can learn more about the Cherokee Indians that once hunted and camped on the lands, and see what life was really like for those early pioneers who settled in what was largely a vast wilderness. Housed inside the recently restored Historic Henderson County Courthouse, the museum is filled with an extensive collection of early artifacts. This is a great place to learn more about the region and celebrate its unique culture. The Heritage Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Please call 828.694.1619 for more information.
Western North Carolina Air Museum
The Western North Carolina Air Museum was the first air museum in the "First in Flight" state and features replicas of antique and vintage airplanes. The museum is open and free to the public, so bring the whole family, and be sure not to forget your camera; you will want to snap a picture next to some of these unique "birds". Located at the Hendersonville Airport, the museum only operates weather permitting with a varied seasonal schedule, so please call 828.698.2482 for opening and closing times.
Hands On! Children’s Gallery
Hands On! is an imaginative wonderland filled with fun, safe children's exhibits that make education and learning exciting for everyone. Bring your kids to this downtown Hendersonville children's museum and enjoy learning together in this stimulating and unique environment. Admission is only $4 for everyone; the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Call 828.697.8333 for more details or just stop by at 318 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville NC.
The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
This gallery is located inside the UNCA Kellogg Center in Hendersonville and showcases ongoing exhibitions from regional professional artists. As an endeavor of the University of North Carolina. It is a great place to see a variety of different kinds of art. Located at 1181 Broyles Road in Hendersonville NC, visitors can call 828.890.2050 for more information.
The Mineral and Lapidary Museum
The Henderson County Mineral and Lapidary Museum houses natural artifacts including the Hendersonville meteorite which is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, beautiful geodes, the minerals of North Carolina including neat fluorescent varieties, diamond replicas, fossils including an amazing dinosaur egg nest of 6 eggs unearthed in China, and petrified wood. Located just off Main Street in downtown Hendersonville North Carolina in the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building, this mineral museum is a great place for rock hounds and other fossil enthusiasts to visit. Feel free to call 828.698.1977 for more information. The museum is open Monday through Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free.