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Six Ways to Plan for Family-Friendly Fun in Daniel Boone Park

By Michelle Ligon (Special to The Mountain Times)

Article Published: Jun. 5 | Modified: Jun. 5
Six Ways to Plan for Family-Friendly Fun in Daniel Boone Park

The ‘Horn in the West’ outdoor drama is one of many offerings at Daniel Boone Park in Boone.

Photo by Wendy Fletcher

Summer vacation time is here!

That means new opportunities to make family memories in the cool, Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.

After day visits to Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad and other attractions, spend your evenings in Boone with a visit to three venues at Daniel Boone Park: “Horn in the West,” Hickory Ridge Living History Museum and Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Start planning now with these six ways for having a fun summer evening in “the Heart of the High Country.”

• Have an itinerary, but be flexible. Plan ahead, so your group doesn’t miss the schedule of guided tours 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.

• Hike, stroll, romp and learn. Take a late afternoon stroll through each section of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

• Map out your own adventures. The “Horn in the West” Souvenir Program is more than a playbill, with stories of historical events, coupons and suggested itineraries for the Boone area.

• Get up close and personal. Outdoor drama is a uniquely open-air theater phenomenon. Front-row-section, gold-level seating gives you the very closest view, where you can more keenly sense the hope, the romance, the bravery and the battles.

• Find Value In Packaging (VIP). Get the complete experience through the VIP Ticket Package. Make reservations as a VIP at “Horn in the West” and enjoy a 30-percent savings on premium seating.

• Give new meaning to “eating out.” Ol’ Dan’l Boone would be the first to recommend “taking supper” out in the open air. Enjoy the on-site buffet catered by Dan’l Boone Inn each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (advance reservations required).

Plan your itinerary now. The “Horn in the West” season runs June 27 to Aug. 16. For online ticket purchases and more information, visit, or call (828) 264-2120.

Daniel Boone Park is located at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone.

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