#36 of 86 Asheville Things To Do

Asheville’s Fun Depot

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Excitement abounds at the Asheville Fun Depot, which encourages kids — and kids at heart — to let loose with a variety of games and thrilling activities.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Whether your kids are running you ragged or you’re eager to recapture the carefree vibes of youth, you’ll find plenty to love about the appropriately named Asheville Fun Depot. Spanning over 65,000 square feet, this impressive entertainment center offers something for everyone. Activities range in scope from heart-racing to surprisingly relaxing. Favorites include go-karts, laser tag, arcade games, and more. While many of these pursuits appeal most to elementary school children and preteens, teens will also enjoy themselves — and special areas and activities are provided for toddlers and preschool-age children.

The versatility of this venue goes beyond different stages of childhood. While it is primarily designed to appeal to children and families, visitors of all ages enjoy hanging out there. Often, couples spend hours at the Asheville Fun Depot in hopes of capturing a youthful vibe during date night. Couples or groups of adult friends are most likely to appear after dark during the weekend. But while adults can find a good time at the Asheville Fun Depot, the venue retains a decidedly family-friendly atmosphere, in which parents can always take comfort in knowing that their kids will be both safe and entertained.

If, during your adventures at the Asheville Fun Depot, you work up an appetite, you’re welcome to order a burger or one of several other tasty options available at the attached restaurant known as Asheville Burger & Mug Shakes. Huge windows in the restaurant overlook the many activities at the Asheville Fun Depot, making it great as a brief resting place before returning to the excitement of the venue’s most popular attractions.

A few of our favorite activities and amenities include the following:

Anti-Gravity Ropes Course
Challenge yourself to reach new heights while exploring this remarkable ropes course. This adventure is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re feeling brave, you’ll emerge with the ultimate burst of adrenaline. You’ll also experience a huge surge of confidence when you complete the course.

Go-Karts
Hit the track in one of the Asheville Fun Depot’s many go-karts. Indoor and outdoor options are available, so you can enjoy the thrill of go-karts without worrying about the weather. Twists and turns abound on both courses but are especially exciting outside.

Mini Golf
Perhaps you desire a calmer, quieter experience. You’ll find it at the mini golf course, which brings a different vibe to the Asheville Fun Depot. This course is highly accessible to participants of all ages and skill levels. It’s also beautifully decorated. Set aside a little time to relax and take it all in.

Laser Tag
Indulge your competitive side in a thrilling game of laser tag. Asheville Fun Depot is home to a vast course, where you and your squad can let loose. Participants can duck behind walls as they perfect their shot. Form teams and get ready for a heart-racing and confidence-building adventure.

With so much to do and see, there is absolutely no excuse for boredom when you and your loved ones visit the Asheville Fun Depot. Set aside several hours to make the most of this entertainment center’s many offerings. You’ll emerge with smiles, photos, and cherished memories.

Insider Tips:
– Saturday morning or afternoon might seem like an ideal time to visit an entertainment center, but you’re better off stopping by during the week or in the evening when possible. Peak hours hit surprisingly early on Saturdays and Sundays, with several families scheduling birthday parties and other special events that draw large crowds.
– Parking can be an issue at times — especially during peak hours. Before you get frustrated, keep in mind that a lower lot is available with elevator access for added convenience. Parking spaces can also be found around the front and back of the building.