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8 Things To Do in Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Fayetteville is a beautiful hill city located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Being the 6th largest county of North Carolina, this city has a lot to offer to its visitors. Surrounded by seven beautiful hills, this picturesque city has the features of both the city and the country. With lush green trees and beautiful beaches, Fayetteville provides a serene and tranquil environment to its visitors.

There are many things to do when you visit Fayetteville, NC..but here are some of our top picks!

Best for Families: Zipquest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure

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Ideal for families, Zipquest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure offer zipline adventures, night quests, and more. There’s a reason it’s a family-favorite experience! And for nature lovers, the lush green trees, waterfall, and hills make this serene park a visual treat for visitors.

Zipquest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure Park is the premier zipline adventure facility in North Carolina, and one of the best zip-line parks in America according to USA Today. On our property is a massive waterfall that allows incredible views from our zip-lines and treetop adventure park. We also have great facilities and play areas, and our facilities are perfect for large groups like church outings and corporate events. Whether you are planning a 150 person corporate retreat or are looking for something fun to do around Fayetteville, NC with your family Zipquest has something for all ages.

Zipquest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure

Best Place to Unwind: Cape Fear River Trail

Photo Credit: Fayetteville Fire Department

Want to take a peaceful walk with your family, friends, or dogs? The Cape Fear River Trail is the place for you. But aside from the lush trees and easy walkway, you can also find adventurous activities to do here, like kayaking. 

FUN FACT: The trail got its name from a popular Hollywood movie Cape Fear (1962) that was shot in this river and its region.

Best for the History Junkie: Airborne & Special Operation Museum

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The Airborne & Special Operation Museum is a Fayetteville must-visit for people interested in military history.

For over twenty years, the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum has told the stories of those who have fought valiantly to protect the liberty we hold most dear. The Museum has preserved and honored the legendary feats of our Airborne and Special Operations Soldiers.

Serving as an adjunct to the local academic and cultural community, the Museum provides military history training and instruction to Soldiers and veterans, their families, and to the public at large. 

Best Place to Reflect: Veterans Park

Photo Credit: Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Located in historic downtown Fayetteville, Veterans Park is dedicated to our military veterans. It’s the perfect place to stop by after your museum visit and is open from 8 am to dusk.

The North Carolina Veterans Park (NCVP) follows two themes: The first is a “Veteran’s Journey: life before, during, and after service.” The second is rebirth and healing. NCVP was designed for reflection and celebration with bold, unique, and captivating exhibits. This 21st century park is a place where veterans can gather…, and where every visitor can share the moving tribute of a grateful state, honoring those to whom our nation owes its freedom.

NCVP is complete with a Visitors Center, which includes a Service Ribbon Wall made of fused glass, representing every service medal awarded since the Civil War, as well as a unique chandelier made from 33,500 “dog tags” (service member identification tags). There also is an interactive globe that allows you to pinpoint a location and learn about the heroic events that happened there.

Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best for Hanging Out: Downtown Fayetteville

Photo Credit: Visit Downtown Fayetteville

One of my favorite things to do in Fayetteville is no other than strolling through the downtown area. Whether that means watching a movie at Cameo Art House, chowing down on authentic Turkish food at Agora Meditteranean Restaurant, or grabbing a cup of coffee at Rude Awakening Coffee House, Downtown Fayetteville has something for everyone.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out their events calendar to catch a festival and other special events taking place!

Best Place to Try Something New: The Climbing Place

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Tired of the same old, same old? Try climbing at The Climbing Place!

Currently, they have 20,000 square feet of climbing space, including “top rope, bouldering, top out, ledge, traverse, Ninja Warrior, obstacles, slacklines, military ropes, campus boards, and even a cargo net.”

While The Climbing Place is designed for beginners too, they offer over 50 top ropes and lead climbing for advanced climbers. 

Fun Fact: their indoor climbing gym hosts many technique classes over the season and hosts outdoor trips too!

Best Place in Fayetteville to Enjoy Theatre: Sweet Tea Shakespeare

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Are you a theatre fan? Sweet Tea Shakespeare offers classic Shakespeare shows at only $20-$25 per ticket! In the summers, Sweet Tea Shakespeare takes place outdoors, but indoors any other time of the year. There are many classic Shakespeare plays performed each week – and did we mention they also sell season tickets?

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Started As A Dream. A dream to bring the plays of Shakespeare alive for new audiences. To show those audiences that words penned 400 years ago are still relevant. A dream for characters to come alive and connect with audiences. The dream started small and has grown to serve thousands of theatre goers every year.

Shakespeare came from humble beginnings. The son of a glove-maker, he charted his own course by becoming a playwright (can you imagine that dinner conversation?). Shakespeare’s band of merry men was no larger than our own group of beloved actors. 12-15 passionate storytellers transforming the complex issues of their time and making them available for everyone.

We like small. We’re good at small. We’re good at stringing small things together and making the end product bigger than the sum of its parts. We put our shows up every night from the ground up – lights, music, sets, all of it. It looks daunting, but almost by magic, it happens.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Click here to see what plays are on at Sweet Tea Shakespeare.

Best Fayetteville Icon: 1897 Poe House

Photo Credit: Museum of the Cape Fear

Can you guess the significance of Fayetteville’s 1897 Poe House?

Referring to the name, you may have guessed that this house was built in 1897 and belonged to the Poe family! That’s right, as in the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe!

Here, you can learn about life in the first decades of the twentieth century and what this era was characterized by. You’ll also learn about what women’s and children’s roles were during this era, as well as the technological and economic changes in Southern North Carolina at this time.

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