From model trains in a miniature landscape, to the thrill of a raptor encounter, to stars gracing the concert stage, Biltmore’s summer experiences hope to bring wonder and a touch of nostalgia to guests of all ages visiting North Carolina.
Biltmore Gardens Railway runs through September 29 with a model train exhibition in two estate locations: the historic Conservatory and Antler Hill Village. In the Conservatory, nearly 800 feet of track carries locomotives and railcars in multiple rooms at varied viewing levels. Adding to the charm, trains weave through exotic botanicals and miniature replicas of estate landmarks. In Antler Hill Village, a second railway display showcases the travels of Biltmore’s founder George Vanderbilt. Model trains travel on 250 feet of track, passing replicas of international landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and London’s Tower Bridge. Biltmore Gardens Railway is included with regular daytime admission to the estate.
Visitors can also discover the ancient art of falconry on the estate’s grounds, learning how to handle a trained hawk or falcon. Another new offering is the Outrider USA Adventure Tour that takes participants off-road through remote trails and roads of the estate on electric recumbent tricycles.
The 2019 Biltmore Summer Concert Series line-up is also on the agenda. Families can also enjoy live music daily in Antler Hill Village and visit friendly farm animals at the farmyard. Available June 1 through August 27, Summer on the Farm packages are on offer at The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. The package at each estate property includes bike rentals and a farm experience consisting of one of the following: hands-on crafts and demonstrations, a farmyard visit to gather eggs and wagon ride, or a Farm to Forest tour.