On a cold and blustery winter’s day, the best fun is often found inside.

Mystery Hill is the perfect indoor fun for the family when outside gets just a little too unbearable.

For more than 60 years, Mystery Hill has offered family fun at it’s location between Boone and Blowing Rock on U.S. 321. The attraction is centered on what owner and operator Wayne Underwood calls a “gravity vortex.”

The gravity vortex, located in the Mystery House, causes all sorts of gravitational anomalies. Your body will be forced into a 45 degree angle despite your best efforts at standing completely upright. Water will flow uphill and balls will roll that way too.

In addition to the gravity vortex, the attraction features the Hall of Mystery and the Mystery Platform. Both are cleverly designed optical illusions to engage and entertain visitors.

Mystery Hill is also home to two museums, the Native American Artifacts Museum and the Appalachian Heritage Museum.

The Native American Artifacts Museum features more than 50,000 artifacts on display. The artifacts were donated from the personal collection of R.E. “Moon” Mullins and his wife, Irene.

The Appalachian Heritage Museum came to Mystery Hill in 1989. Originally located on Appalachian State’s campus, the Dougherty House was one of the first buildings erected on the state university grounds in 1903.

The museum features artifacts that showcase life in the Appalachia region from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including antiques such as sewing machines and traditional clothing.

Underwood wants to expand the museum as he believes it plays an important part in the history of Boone and the university.

Mystery Hill is open every day of the year except Christmas. Hours of operation during the winter season are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.mysteryhill-nc.com.

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