Biltmore Estate with 17 yo autist

Napria

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Aug 13, 2003
We are going to see the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC over Thanksgiving break. I just read in my son's DK United States book that crowds are usually huge there. My son is 17 years old, but autistic and functions cognitively like an 8 year old.

Can anyone who's been there tell me how bad the holiday crowds are and what to expect? I also read they do not allow pictures to be taken inside. My son loves his iPod Touch and may try to take a picture. Having the iPod with him is a comfort, and more likely he'll be watching a video like Spongebob or Word Girl if the crowds are overwhelming. But I'm concerned about their sensitivity to people on the autistic spectrum. Especially since he's not a little boy.

Thanks in advance.
 

HopperFan

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Sep 6, 2003
Haven't been in years because of all the reports on the crowds up there. I found this site which seems very helpful - it does say Thanksgiving Day is not bad at all but Friday and Saturday are if that works into your schedule. It's beautiful at the holidays so it is the most crowded time of year.

http://www.romanticasheville.com/thanksgiving.htm
 

Napria

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Aug 13, 2003
Thanks HopperFan. That link was very useful. We're going to try to go on Thanksgiving day and get Annual Passes. With the discount, it's worth it!
 

HopperFan

"It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."
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Thanks HopperFan. That link was very useful. We're going to try to go on Thanksgiving day and get Annual Passes. With the discount, it's worth it!
Welcome, hope you have a wonderful trip!
 


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