Paint With an Otter
New in 2023! Create some lifetime memories by watching an otter create a painting for you to take home. Available Saturday and Sundays at 11:30 AM in April-October, your Paint With an Otter experience begins at the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. After paying at the gift shop, meet your guide nearby by the Mildred the Bear statue by 11:25 AM.
Take a short walk with the guide to a behind-the-scenes area where the otters live. After the guide introduces you to the otter, your group will select an assortment of paint colors. Then the guide sprays some of the non-toxic paint on the ground along with sheets of paper inside the animal holding area. Watch your otter walk and paint for a few minutes to create one-of-a-kind artworks. After the otter is finished painting, each participant selects the painting they like the best to take home.
Cost is $50 per person in addition to park admission, including children, ($42 for Bridge Club members). There is a minimum of two people and maximum of 4 people for this 30-minute intimate experience. As with our environmental wildlife habitats area, pets are not allowed. Due to the confined area, strollers are not allowed. Please wear shoes with good soles. Tours will be cancelled in the event of thunder or lightning.
Those with limited mobility should inquire about availability when booking the experience. A UTV is available to transport guests with mobility issues to the behind-the-scenes area, if lined up in advance, but climbing a set of stairs will still be required.
Photography is permitted on this tour except when the otter is in his/her holding area to do the painting. We ask that guests don’t share images from the behind-the-scenes area on social media.
Make reservations by emailing or calling the Grandfather Mountain Habitats Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-733-8715 in advance. Or stop by the Gift Shop in the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery during your visit for last minute availability.
Wanting to give the tour as a gift? Please call the Wilson Center Gift Shop at (828) 733-1059 to purchase over the phone. The gift recipient will be responsible for contacting our habitat staff and scheduling the tour. This is a group experience and must be purchased for 2-4 people.
Please note, a gift of a tour or experience does not include park admission. That would need to be purchased separately or covered by a Bridge Club membership.