The Prize: 2 adult day passes to the WNC Nature Center and $25 credit and a t-shirt from Grail Moviehouse
For our second day, we bring you our perfect itinerary in Asheville: Start the day at the WNC Nature Center (75 Gashes Creek Rd.), a zoological park dedicated to conservancy of local species, and follow it up with a movie at Grail Moviehouse (45 S French Broad Ave.), Asheville Grit's favorite independently-owned cinema. Or break it up into two days: Enjoy the Nature Center when the sun's out, and hit the Grail at nighttime or when the weather is keeping you indoors.
Open since 1973, the WNC Nature Center
is renowned for its work in environmental protection and education. A visit to the Nature Center is a step into an immersive world of area flora and fauna, including red and gray wolves, black bears, river otters, and a butterfly house. There are also hiking trails and interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages. The Nature Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except major holidays.
offers everything from blockbusters to independent films showing nowhere else in town. Located in the Hatch building on S French Broad, Grail is convenient AND has plenty of parking (the United Way lot across the street is free after 5 p.m. on weeknights and all weekend). Check out their fabulously funny Bad Movie Nite, two hours of hilarious previews, inside jokes, and really, really bad films edited to make them both shorter AND funnier. Grail serves up all of your favorite theater amenities, like popcorn and candy, plus offers a selection of local snacks, beer, and cider.
Total Estimated Value: $75
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