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Mystery Hill

129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-2792
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Fun time - good to try once!

My kids aren't very little anymore (12 and 16), and we did take them when they were younger, but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Clayton, North Carolina
Very interesting place

I've been here before and love it..very interesting place that still blows my mind..and can make... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Indian Trail, North Carolina
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Explore a real gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill! Amazing visitors since 1948 visitors receive a quick guided tour of the Mystery Platform where two guest stand on a perfectly level platform but appear to grow and shrink as they switch sides and the Mystery House where the laws of gravity appear to have been forgotten as things roll up hill and visitors experience a strange pull to the North. After the tour guest are invited to stay and experiment as long as they like before moving on to the Hall of Mystery with a series of Optical Illusions and Hands on activities including The Shadow Wall, the Spooky Spigot, The Flying Mirror, and everyone's favorite Bubblerama where you can actually stand inside a giant soap bubble. Visitors also get free admission to visit the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection of over 100,000 arrowheads they collected over their life time and to a walk thru the 1903 Dougherty House the home of the founders of Appalachian State University. Also while at Mystery Hill visitors can buy a bucket and try their hand at Gem Mining at the area's premier gem mine Doc's Rocks and the Appalachian Fossil Museum. Open 7 days a week year round, rain or shine. Mystery Hill is located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good29%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“vortex room” (47 reviews)
“bubble room” (28 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
129 Mystery Hill Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605-9549
+1 828-264-2792
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Reviewed yesterday

My kids aren't very little anymore (12 and 16), and we did take them when they were younger, but they wanted to go through again. I would compare this to a fun house with a tour guide. It's fun to try (get a coupon out...More

Thank melaniep1022016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here before and love it..very interesting place that still blows my mind..and can make you dizzy lol. Very friendly staff and helpful.

Thank chrisstirose0608
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place... perfect combo of roadside nostalgia with education. Yes it's kitschy and that's why it's wonderful.... Americana at its best. This is what mountain vacations with kids are all about. Make sure to see the gemstone mining place and Native America Indian arrowhead...More

Thank Brightorigin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you go in you pay for your admission and they give you a sticker(which you place on your shirt.) Then you wait in a room with other attendees for tour guide. He tells you about the origin of the establishment, he is very informative....More

Thank Ashley A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is an interesting place. It won't take long, but there is enough there to keep occupied for about an hour. It's a great place if you are looking for something to kill a little time or need to take a break. Like the other...More

Thank IslandSquirrel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family went to mystery hill today and I can't say much or it will ruin the surprise, but for the money about $8 for an adult it's a good fun couple hours spent with the family for one trip. It's kind of a been...More

Thank daniel h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect. A few things to note before you go. First, don't bother if you get vertigo. Wish I was warned of this upfront. The moment I stepped into the area that's 'different,' I immediately because nauseous. Second, don't pay full price....More

1  Thank C C
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This place is different. The only real attraction here is the vortex gravity room. Everything else is just tourist stop hokey-fluff. I'm trying to figure out the mystery hill. As an engineer, I feel that the place is nothing more than fancy carpentry work coupled...More

2  Thank Dave M
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Me and my family went up a couple weeks ago we had a blast.. the gentleman told us all about the history. And how they got started we had a very great time will be going back hope everyone can have this experience

Thank jimmybrew1
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Cool place. Vortex room is pretty freaky and makes you feel a bit off. Decently priced as you can leave and comeback for the entire day. Wife and kids loved it.

Thank Michael D
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Tammy P
5 August 2015|
Response from Matthew U | Property representative |
Adults are $9 each - Children 5-12 are $7 each - Children under 5 are always free