Top 15 Day Trips from Wake Forest, NC

tryonpalaceThe dog days of summer are among us;  while many families said goodbye to “summer break” this week, many Wake Forest families are still enjoying the days of sweet summer time.  For those of you that are looking for something to do, check out our list of popular day trips!  Have you been to some of them?  Let’s hear your advice & best tips to make it a great experience.  This list was compiled thanks to the great folks over at Carolina Parent.

All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm

http://www.all-a-flutter.com

High Point, NC

A working butterfly farm.  Learn about the life-cycle of a Monarch butterfly, see eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and adult Monarchs in the flight house.  All visitors can hand feed the butterflies for an up close look.

Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts

http://bellamymansion.org

Wilmington, NC

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture.  The mansion was built for physician and planter John D. Bellamy, his wife, Eliza M. Harriss and their nine children on the eve of the Civil War.  The mansion now serves as a museum of history and design arts.  Through the daily tours, you can hear the stories of the Bellamy family, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house.  Touted as one of the best preserved urban slave quarters in the country, you can tour the 10,000 square foot home, visit the meticulously-recreated gardens and walk through the recently restored Slave Quarters.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

http://www.sitinmovement.org

Greensboro, NC

An archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights.  The museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.  Features educational exhibits, a gallery, auditorium and archival center.

Kersey Valley Zip Line Tour

http://www.kerseyvalleyzipline.com

Archdale, NC

One of the largest aerial tours in the country.  Soar through tree tops and over 10 acres of Maize Adventure’s cornfield.

Korner’s Folly

http://www.kornersfolly.org

Kernersville, NC

Known as “The Strangest House in the World,” this historic home built in 1880 will amaze and entertain.  Features 22 rooms, seven levels, 15 fireplaces, staircases and passageways, art and a theater.

Mount Airy “Mayberry” North Carolina

http://www.visitmayberry.com

Mount Airy, NC

Step back to a simpler time when you visit Mount Airy, the home to the actor Andy Griffith.  Visit several Mount Airy attractions such as Squad Car Tours, the Andy Griffith Museum, Opie’s Candy Store and Helping Hands Kid section at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History in historic downtown.

Museum of Life and Science

http://ncmls.org

Durham, NC

84 acre science park that includes a science center, butterfly conservatory & tons of outdoor exhibits.  The Dinosaur Trail features life-size animatronic dinosaurs and a fossil dig site. Don’t miss Hideaway Woods, a 2 acre forested learning environment.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

http://www.nascarhall.com

Charlotte, NC

Interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR.  High-tech venue designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans, includes artifacts, interactive exhibits and a 278-person state of the art theater.

North Carolina Transportation Museum
http://www.nctrans.org

Spencer, NC

Explore exhibits of antique locomotives, rail cars, automobiles and more.  Take a train ride around the N.C. Transportation Museum’s historic 57 acre site, and learn about how transportation progress helped build North Carolina.

Oconaluftee Indian Village

http://www.highpointnc.gov/pr/oak_hollow_festival_park.cfm

High Point

Pleasure boating, fishing, skiing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking.  Bank fishing available in the Marina.

Raven Rock State Park

http://www.ncparks.gov/visit/parks/raro/main.php

Lillington, NC

About an hour’s drive, adventure awaits at Raven Rock State Park.  The park features camping, paddling, fishing, picnicking, trails and more.  High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land.  As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature’s elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument.

Reed Gold Mine

http://www.nchistoricsites.org/reed

Midland, NC

The site of the first documented gold find in the United States.  Portions of the underground tunnels have been restored for guided tours.  A visitor center contains exhibits of gold and historical mining equipment.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

http://gardens.duke.edu

Durham, NC

Consists of approximately 55 acres of landscaped and wooded areas at Duke University.  There are five miles of walking and pathways throughout the gardens.

Shallowford Popcorn Farms

http://www.shallowfordfarms.freeservers.com

Yadkinville, NC

Learn about the growing, harvesting and popping of popcorn at Shallowford Farms.  Tours of the plant available by reservation.

Tryon Palace

http://www.tryonpalace.org

New Bern, NC

Take part in a living history experience that blends technology with the events, stories and people of centuries past. Enjoy guided tours, trade demonstrations, costumed interpreters, interactive games and more.  The museum features the Governor’s Palace, the N.C. History Center, several historic homes and gardens.

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Things to do in Wake Forest, Wake County

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