North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

A- Overview:
Fayetteville, North Carolina is an all-American city with a proud past and a promising future. There is much to commend Fayetteville as an attraction for tourists. Residents of the city consider it an ideal place in which to live, work and bring up a family. Fayetteville is known for its gracious hospitality and Southern charm.

Thousands of soldiers and airmen reside at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base in what is one of the world’s largest military complexes. From Pope Air Force Base, thousands of elite paratroopers deploy on missions to the world’s hot spots. Fayetteville’s colorful heritage includes historical leaders in the armed forces who excelled during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War the two world wars, and the war in Vietnam.

The Airborne and Special Operations Museum alone is one of the area’s premier attraction. This state-of-the-art educational facility houses exhibits and programs that speak to the honor, courage, duty, and heroic feats of this unique sector of the American armed forces from its inception in 1940 to present-day operations.

Although the military presence provides the bedrock for Fayetteville’s economy, many nationally and internationally known businesses originated in the region. Today the Fayetteville area provides the nation with one of the most diversified centers for manufacturing industries, which insures a solid economic base from which to recruit new industries and to plan comprehensive, long-term growth.

Telecommunications figure prominently in the industry mix and are attracted to Fayetteville because of the diverse labor force and the technological capability to handle the needs of any new business.

Families with children will find The Climbing Place an ideal location to work off some of that boundless energy. Conveniently located in the downtown area, the facility is professionally staffed and features every conceivable climbing surface and configuration. There are climbing roofs, corners, cracks, arches, slabs, aretes and lead routes. A great way to get in shape while having fun at the same time.

In the spring and summer, be sure to visit the Fayetteville Rose Garden. With over 40,000 roses in bloom from March until October, it’s a sight you won’t soon forget.

If you happen to be visiting in late October, there is Historic Hauntings, described as A Ghastly Ghost Tour. This annual special event features “ghostly” re-enactors and story tellers highlighting the history of Fayetteville and telling some of the spookier legends from Fayetteville’s history. Hayrides are available as well.

For hikers, the Cape Fear region offers some challenging little hills. However, not far to the west, an often-overlooked chain of ancient volcanoes provides the adventure of an Appalachian adventure close at hand. The Uwharrie Mountains rise to 1,000 feet over parts of Montgomery and Stanly counties, about 90 minutes from Fayetteville. Although they are not far from home, the mountains’ isolated vistas, cool breezes, and unusual volcanic rock give visitors the feeling of being a world away.

Fayetteville State University, part of the UNC system, is the state’s fastest growing, most rapidly advancing institution of higher education. The people of the region are committed to maintaining excellence in educational programs. In recent years the Fayetteville State University Bronco teams have brought home 17 championships in football, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, bowling, and softball.

Fayetteville offers a variety of cultural venues for all ages and interests. The climate is ideal, allowing for 6-8 months of water-sports activities. Whatever your interests, stop by and spend some time in Fayetteville and surrounding areas and see for yourself! Whenever you visit, whether for business or on vacation; whether military or civilian, this charming North Carolina city awaits you with a warm, welcoming smile.

B- City Information:
Population: 300,281 (includes Fort Bragg), 121,015 (without Fort Bragg)

Elevation: 240 Feet Above Sea Level

Land Area: 58.8 Square Miles

Location: Located on Interstate 95, this North Carolina city is just 66 miles south of Raleigh, 139 miles east of Charlotte and 121 miles Southeast of Winston Salem.

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (When it’s noon in Fayetteville, it’s 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles).

Fayetteville observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
41.9
44.8
52.1
60.5
68.5
76.3
80.5
78.8
73.1
61.9
53.0
44.9

High temperature (°F)
52.3
56.2
64.3
73.3
80.3
87.0
90.4
88.4
83.2
73.9
64.9
55.6

Low temperature (°F)
31.5
33.3
40.0
47.6
56.8
65.6
70.7
69.2
62.9
49.7
41.0
34.2

Precipitation (in)
4.1
3.5
4.3
3.2
3.4
4.3
5.4
5.0
4.5
3.1
2.9
3.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
10
10
10
9
10
10
12
10
8
7
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
8.4
8.8
9.4
9.1
8.0
7.3
7.0
6.5
6.9
6.9
7.4
7.8

Morning humidity (%)
80
78
80
81
84
86
88
91
91
90
85
81

Afternoon humidity (%)
55
52
50
47
54
57
59
60
60
54
52
55

Sunshine (%)
53
57
61
65
61
62
61
59
59
61
58
54

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
10
8
8
7
7
10
13
11
10

Partly cloudy days
7
6
7
9
10
12
12
12
9
7
7
7

Cloudy days
15
14
14
11
13
11
12
11
11
11
11
14

Snowfall (in)
2.4
2.0
1.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.8

Local Seasons:

With a moderate climate year round in Fayetteville, it is no wonder there is so much to do, regardless of the season. This is a city where you can enjoy scenic beauty and a host of outdoor activities at any time of the year. If you love a cool, crisp day with a hint of snow in the air, January and February are your best bet. With temperatures averaging in the mid-40’s F both these months, it’s not too cold for that stroll through nature. Spring is beautiful in Fayetteville. Beginning in late March, you can watch Mother Nature come alive. Temperatures gradually rise throughout March, April and May. Summer can be hot and humid so be sure to bring along comfortable clothing. As in other parts of North Carolina, fall is known for colorful foliage and beauty in abundance. With temperatures similar to late spring and a myriad of events and festivals taking place, it’s a great time to experience the unique attributes of this truly wonderful city.

How to Get There:

By Air:

Fayetteville is served by the Fayette Regional Airport

The commuter affiliates of major airlines are the primary air carriers serving the region. Each has several flights daily, mainly to Atlanta and Charlotte.

400 Airport Road, Fayetteville NC 28306

910- 433-1160

Ground Transportation From Airport

Airport Taxi Service

910-481-0567

S & D Airport Express

910-424-7275 or 977-1370

Shuttlexpress

910-485-1200

By Car:

Fayetteville is easily accessible from the north or south via I-95 and from the east or west via I-40.

By Bus:

Greyhound Bus Lines

324 Person St. directly across from the Visitors Center 910-483-6107

More than thirty buses to all points stop in Fayetteville daily.

By Train:

Amtrak

472 Hay St.

800-872-7245

Four trains stop daily en-route between New York and Miami.

Getting Around Town:

Fast (Fayetteville Area System of Transit

Offers 12 routes within the urban area and Hope Mills

910-433-1747

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station

472 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1612

Open every other Saturday, call for schedule

Admission Charged

Built in 1911, the station is a rare example of Dutch Colonial architecture. The outside passenger and freight platform and shelter date to World War I. The depot currently serves as an Amtrak passenger station and houses the Atlantic Coast Line Depot Railroad Historical Center.

Beldon-Horne House

519 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-8133

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm.

Reconstructed after the Great Fire of 1831, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Cross Creek Cemetery

Cool Spring and Grove Streets

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1612

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Established in 1785, many of Fayetteville’s prominent early citizens are buried here. The oldest Confederate monument in N.C., crafted by noted Scottish stone mason George Lauder, honors the Confederate and Union soldiers buried near Cross Creek in unmarked graves.

Heritage Square

225 Dick St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-6009

Open by appointment. Free tours 1st Sun. each month 2-3:30pm.

Admission Charged

Owned and maintained by the Fayetteville Women’s Club, Heritage Square includes three historic structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Sandford House, built in 1800; the Oval Ballroom, a freestanding single room built in 1818; and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House, constructed in 1804.

Kyle House

234 Green St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-7405

Open by appointment.

Admission Charged

A victim of the great fire of 1831, this house was rebuilt in 1855 with walls 18-inches thick to provide insulation and fire-proofing. A fine example of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture.

Liberty Point

Bow and Person Streets

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1612

Call for additional information

Free to View

On this site on June 20, 1775, 55 patriots signed a petition declaring independence from Great Britain. The building at this site is the oldest known commercial structure in Fayetteville, constructed between 1791-1800.

Market House

Intersection of Hay, Gillespie, Person and Green Sts.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-2073

Call for additional information

Free to View

Fayetteville’s Market House was an early center of government and commerce. The upper level housed local government – the lower, stalls for meat and produce vendors. Built in 1832 on an earlier State House foundation, the Market House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a national landmark. Its unique architecture endures as a visible symbol of the city.

Arsenal Park

801 Arsenal Ave.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-1330

Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun. noon-5pm

Admission Charged

Poe House visit by guided tour (up to 20-min. wait if tour in progress).
In 1836, the federal government commissioned a U.S. Arsenal in Fayetteville. Taken over by the Confederacy when the Civil War broke out, this major munitions center made Fayetteville a prime target for General Sherman during his infamous march through the south. Sherman seized the city in March 1865 and ordered the Arsenal burned.

Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church

301 N. Cool Spring St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-2862

Open by appointment

Admission Free

Built in 1893, the Gothic-style structure reflects beautiful craftsmanship in the two-story gable front, corner towers and interior woodwork.

Orange Street School

600 Orange St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-7038

Open by appointment.

Admission Free

In 1915, the town appropriated funds for a two-story brick structure for African-American children. It is the oldest existing structure in the state associated with public schooling.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

536 N. Eastern Blvd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-0221

Hours: Open Mon-Sat from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon-5 pm. Closed Sunday mid. Dec. through mid-Feb.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden is situated on 85 acres of land overlooking Cross Creek and the Cape Fear River. The garden includes wild flowers, majestic oaks, nature trails and numerous species of native plants. The Botanical Garden also features an authentic 1800s Farmhouse and outbuildings that are surrounded by a Heritage Garden and homeowner demonstration garden. A favorite site for visitors is also a large gazebo which is set amidst flowering perennial display gardens.

Fayetteville Rose Garden

Hull Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-678-8228

Bloom time: Mar.-Oct.

Admission Free

This beautiful garden, located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College, features a wide variety of roses.

Rasland Herb Farm

NC 82

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-567-2705

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm.

Admission Free

This family-owned herb farm features greenhouses, display gardens and an herb shop.

Jambbas Ranch

Tabor Church Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-484-2798 or 910-484-4808

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm. – Oct.-Mar.; April – Sept. open ’til 6pm.

Admission Charged

See animals in a natural habitat including buffalo, llamas, deer, elk, Watusi cows, sheep, ducks and peacocks.

Arts Center

301 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-323-1776

Hours: Mon.-Thur. 8:30am-5:00pm, Fri. 9am-1pm, Sat. 10am-2pm.

Admission Free

Enjoy unique rotating exhibits in this heart-of-downtown building. Built in 1910 as a U.S. Post Office, it now houses the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and rotating art exhibits.

Cape Fear Studios

148-1 Maxwell St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-2986

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun.1-5pm.

Admission Free

Home to a collective group of local artists and crafters displaying and selling their works.

Gallery 208

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-485-5121

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Curated by the Fayetteville Museum of Art, Gallery 208 highlights the art of North Carolina artists with rotating exhibits year round. Outdoor sculpture also on exhibit.

Mallett Rogers House

5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-630-7004

Open by appointment

Admission Free

Built about 1830 and restored in 1986, it features exhibits, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works by Methodist College art faculty and students.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum

100 Bragg Boulevard (at intersection of Hay Street)

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-483-3003

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm; Closed Mondays; Open Federal Holiday Mondays

Admission Charged

One of the area’s premier attractions, this state-of-the-art educational facility houses exhibits and programs that highlight the honor, courage, duty, and heroic feats of this unique sector of our armed forces from its inception in 1940 to present-day operations. The facility is part of the Army museum system. Highlights include:

59,000 sq. ft. building with 23,000 sq. ft. main exhibit hall

240-seat large-screen theater featuring a specially-produced movie showing these forces in action

24-seat simulator that allows riders to “experience” a helicopter attack, parachute jump and off-road pursuit

Vivid life-size dioramas

Interactive displays

Rare artifacts

Memorial Garden, parade area and unit memorials on 6.5 acre site

Atlantic Coast Line Depot Railroad Historical Center

472 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-822-1950

Open 2nd & 4th Sat. each month, Noon-4pm, and by appointment.

Promotes the history of N.C. railroads.

Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum

210 Burgess St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1612

Open by appointment.

Admission Free

The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company is the oldest southern militia unit in continuous existence in the U.S., serving N.C. since 1793. The museum houses two centuries of preserved documents, uniforms and artifacts.

Fayetteville Museum of Art

839 Stamper Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-485-5121

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.

Admission Free

The museum offers a variety of changing art exhibits, educational programs, concerts, workshops and a gift shop.

Fayetteville State University Planetarium

1200 Murchison Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-1650

Open by appointment

Admission Charged

General programs in space science and astronomy.

Mallett Rogers House

5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-630-7004

Open by appointment

Built about 1830 and restored in 1986, it features exhibits, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works by Methodist College art faculty and students.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

801 Arsenal Ave.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-1330

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm

Admission Free

Combining three resources in one setting, the complex features a modern museum building, the 1897 Poe House and the remains of the Fayetteville Arsenal. The museum and arsenal site are available for self-guided tours. Visitors receive guided tours of the 1897 Poe House upon arrival (up to 20- minute delay if tour is underway; last tour 4pm daily

Military Sites & Activities

Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base which comprise two of the world’s largest military installations. There is a wide selection of things to see and do on and around the bases. Some involve an additional cost,, and availability for some is limited due to scheduling.

Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-396-5401

Tour historical points on Fort Bragg. Packets for self-guided tours are available through the XVIII Airborne Corps GS

The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum

Ardennes and Gela Sts.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-432-3443

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am-4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am-4pm, federal holidays 10am-4:30pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Free

The museum houses over 3,000 artifacts from World War I through Operation Desert Storm. Weapons, helmets, uniforms, glider, photographs, aircraft, parachutes and other items are on display. Film shown each hour. Outdoor equipment displays.

The JFK Special Warfare Museum

Bldg. D-2502, Ardennes and Marion Sts.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-432-4272 or 910-432-1533

Hours: Tues.-Sun. 11:00am-4pm. Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and the 4th of July.

Admission Free

Providing a behind-the-scenes look at unconventional warfare, the museum houses weapons, military art and international cultural items. The emphasis is on Special Operations units from WWII to present day

The JFK Hall of Heroes

Ardennes St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm. Sign in at desk Sat.-Sun.

The JFK Hall of Heroes honors 19 Special Forces, three Rangers and 10 Indian Scout Medal of Honor recipients as well as three Australian Army Training Team (assigned to 5th SFGA in Vietnam) Victoria Cross recipients.

Iron Mike Statue

Randolph and Armistead Sts.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Admission Free

Monument dedicated to the Airborne Trooper known as Iron Mike.

Pope Air Force Base

Public Affairs Office

910-394-4183

Tour Pope Air Force Base Flight Line.

View Pope AFB Aircraft Static Displays & C-130 Simulator.

Visit 41st Airlift Squadron Life Support Demonstration.

Tour the Fire Station

Fishing

Fresh water fishing for large-mouth bass, crappie, blue gill and perch is popular throughout the area. Please call for information about fishing permits, boat motor restrictions and special regulations.

Cape Fear River

1122 Person St.

910-868-5003

Boats can access the Cape Fear River at the N.C. Wildlife Ramp, at the junction of US 301 & Old NC 87. 485-3161. Or utilize the ramp at Riverside Sports Center.

Fort Bragg

910-396-7506

Thirteen lakes are open to the public. Lakes over 20 acres include Big Muddy Lake (71 acres), Little Muddy Lake (25 acres), McArthur Lake (45 acres) and Mott Lake (96 acres).

Glenville Lake in Mazarick Park

1368 Belvedere Ave.

910-433-1575

Daily 7am-dusk.

Hope Mills Lake

Main St., Hope Mills

910-424-4500

An 88-acre lake

Lake Rim

Old Raeford Rd.

910-868-5003

Features two public fishing piers and boat ramp.

Hiking

Clark Park Nature Center

631 Sherman Dr.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1579

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8am-4:30pm, Sun. 1-4:30pm.

Admission Free

Nestled on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Clark Park is a natural woodland area with hiking trails, a campground and a Nature Center featuring seasonal displays and exhibits of North Carolina wildlife, plants, geology and more.

Pauline Longest Nature Trails

5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-630-7163

Call for additional information

Admission Free

The trails are located at Methodist College and offer views of the Cape Fear River, a waterfall, plants and wild flowers unique to the Cape Fear region.

Horseback Riding

Fort Bragg Riding Stables

Reilly Rd. and Butner Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-396-4510

Hours: Thur.-Mon. (summer 9am-5pm, winter 9am-4pm).

Open to the public, offering open riding, pony rides, riding lessons, trail rides and hay rides.

Parks

Arnette Park

2165 Wilmington Hwy.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-485-3161

Hours: 9am-9pm (daylight saving time); Mon.-Sun. 9am-5pm (standard time).

Admission Charged

Features an 18-hole Frisbee golf course; picnic areas; nature trails; football, soccer, and softball fields; tennis courts; children’s play areas; horseshoe pits; and a sand-volleyball court.

Cross Creek Park

Green St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1547

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Features a magnificent central fountain, flower garden and statue of the Marquis de Lafayette.

Honeycutt Park

Fort Bragg Rd. at 352 Devers St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1568

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Includes a quarter-mile walking trail, children’s play area, picnic area, three baseball fields and a recreation center.

Mazarick Park

1368 Belvedere Ave.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1547

Call for additional information

Some fees apply

Offers picnic areas, fishing in Glenville Lake, rowboat rentals, fitness trails, tennis courts, a baseball field and children’s play areas.

Rowan Park

W. Rowan St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1547

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Features picnic areas, playground and tennis courts, as well as a bandshell which hosts many community events and entertainment during the year.

Skating

Cleland Multipurpose Sports Complex

Reilly Rd.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-396-5127

Hours: Mon., Wed.& Fri. – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; Tues. – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Fri. – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Sat. – 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Sun. – 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm;
Admission Charged

Open for public ice skating

D- Family Fun Attractions:
The Climbing Place

436 W. Russell Street

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-9638

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 12:30pm-8:30pm.

Admission Charged

Climb roofs, corners, cracks, arches, slab, aretes and lead routes with a professionally-trained staff at this indoor climbing center and retail store.

Line Drive Batting Cages

Omni Plaza, 3701 Sycamore Dairy Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-487-1477

Hours: Sun.-Fri. 11am-10pm, Sat. 11am-11pm. Closed Christmas Day and Easter.

Admission Charged

Featuring softball, baseball and fast-pitch softball cages.

Mindboggle

Cross Creek Mall

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-867-8075

Hours: Mon.-Thur. 10am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-midnight, Sun. noon-8pm.

Arcade featuring more than 40 video games.

Mountasia Golf & Games

Omni Plaza, 3701 Sycamore Dairy Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-487-6000

Open 7 days a week; hours vary by season.

Admission Charged

Featuring 36 holes of miniature golf and a small game room.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

116 Green St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1573 or 910-829-9171

Hours: Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9am-5pm, Wed. 9am-7pm (Free 1-7pm), Sat. 10am-5pm., Sun. 12pm-5pm.

Admission Charged

Hands-on exhibits where children can explore their world through creative role-playing and interaction. Exhibits include City Bank, Gro-Right Grocery, Fayetteville News and many more!

Fun Fun Fun

Omni Plaza, 3729 Sycamore Dairy Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-864-1307

Hours: 10am-10pm, 365 days per year

One of the largest family amusement centers in N.C. featuring more than 125 games and rides. Six lighted, hard courts

Water Parks

Fantasy Lake

5869 Permastone Lake Rd.,

Hope Mills, North Carolina

910-424-9999

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

Admission Charged

A complete water park featuring water slides, paddle boats, trapeze swings, picnic areas with grills, video arcade and sandy beaches.

Lake Pines

1129 Lake Pines Dr. off Murchison Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, 10am-7pm daily.

Admission Charged

This two-acre spring-fed lake features a sandy beach, picnic area, two volleyball courts, tennis court, two horseshoe courts, diving boards and slides.

Smith Lake Recreation Area

Smith Lake Rd.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-396-5979

Open May-Oct. 9am-7pm. Bike trails, camping and paintball open all year.

Admission Charged

Enjoy swimming, cable water-skiing, sandy beaches, paintball games, mountain bike trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, paddleboats and a water ski pro shop.

Sports Center

5951 Cliffdale Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-864-3303

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Indoor swimming pool open to the public

Waldo’s Beach

Waldo’s Beach Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-423-8701

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. 10am-7pm.

Admission Charged

Enjoy beaches, picnic areas, paddleboat and canoe rentals, fishing, swimming pools and more.

Historic Sites

oric Places.

The Climbing Place

436 W. Russell St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-9638.

Admission Charged

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 12:30pm-8:30pm.

Climb roofs, corners, cracks, arches, slab, aretes and lead routes with a professionally-trained staff at this indoor climbing center and retail store.

Fun Fun Fun

Omni Plaza, 3729 Sycamore Dairy Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-864-1307

Hours: 10am-10pm, 365 days per year

One of the largest family amusement centers in N.C. featuring more than 125 games and rides.

Jambbas Ranch

Tabor Church Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-484-2798 or 910-484-4808

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm. – Oct.-Mar.; April – Sept. open ’til 6pm.

Admission Charged

See animals in a natural habitat including buffalo, llamas, deer, elk, Watusi cows, sheep, ducks and peacocks.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre

1209 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-323-4233

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

For over 40 years, this award-winning theater has been delighting audiences with elaborate musicals, comedies and classic dramas, off-Broadway productions and children’s favorites — often featuring well-known stars of stage and screen.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum

100 Bragg Boulevard (at intersection of Hay Street)

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-483-3003

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm; Closed Mondays; Open Federal Holiday Mondays.

Admission Charged

One of the area’s premier attractions, this state-of-the-art educational facility houses exhibits and programs that highlight the honor, courage, duty, and heroic feats of this unique sector of our armed forces from its inception in 1940 to present-day operations. The facility is part of the Army museum system. Highlights include:

59,000 sq. ft. building with 23,000 sq. ft. main exhibit hall

240-seat large-screen theater featuring a specially-produced movie showing these forces in action

24-seat simulator that allows riders to “experience” a helicopter attack, parachute jump and off-road pursuit

Vivid life-size dioramas

Interactive displays

Rare artifacts

Memorial Garden, parade area and unit memorials on 6.5 acre site

Gift shop

The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum

Ardennes and Gela Streets

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-432-3443

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am-4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am-4pm, federal holidays 10am-4:30pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Free

The museum houses over 3,000 artifacts from World War I through Operation Desert Storm. Weapons, helmets, uniforms, glider, photographs, aircraft, parachutes and other items are on display. Film shown each hour. Outdoor equipment displays.

The JFK Hall of Heroes

Ardennes St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

The JFK Hall of Heroes honors 19 Special Forces, three Rangers and 10 Indian Scout Medal of Honor recipients as well as three Australian Army Training Team (assigned to 5th SFGA in Vietnam) Victoria Cross recipients.

Lakeview Park Fishing Pier

3775 Waldo’s Beach Road

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-424-4814

Admission Charged

Call for days and hours of operation

Features 500-ft. fishing pier.

Fayetteville Rose Garden

Hull Road

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-678-8228

Bloom time: Mar.-Oct.

Admission Free

This beautiful garden, located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College, features a wide variety of roses.

Arnette Park

2165 Wilmington Hwy.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-485-3161

Hours: -9pm (daylight saving time); Mon.-Sun. 9am-5pm (standard time).

Admission Charged

Features an 18-hole Frisbee golf course; picnic areas; nature trails; football, soccer, and softball fields; tennis courts; children’s play areas; horseshoe pits; and a sand-volleyball court.

Cleland Multipurpose Sports Complex

Reilly Rd.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-396-5127

Hours: Mon., Wed.& Fri. – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; Tues. – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Fri. – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Sat. – 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Sun. – 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm;
Admission Charged

Smith Lake Recreation Area

Smith Lake Rd.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-396-5979

Open May-Oct. 9am-7pm. Bike trails, camping and paintball open all year.

Admission Charged

Enjoy swimming, cable water-skiing, sandy beaches, paintball games, mountain bike trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, paddleboats and a water ski pro shop.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Annual Events

April

USA Climbing

The Climbing Place

910-486-9638

Local competition leading up to the National Climbing competition. All ages: indoor rock climbing.

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival

In and around downtown Fayetteville

910-323-1934.

This annual festival includes approximately 30 events that take place downtown and around town. The street fair includes arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and live entertainment on several stages as well as a Midway and a festival especially for for children, which is known as KidStuff. Opening with a beach music concert, the event cherished as “Fayetteville’s Favorite Festival” begins on the 4th Friday of each April.

Black River Festival

Rhodes Pond (Highway 301 North)

910-980-5593

Rural Arts & Bluegrass Festival located beside Rhodes Pond and Black River. Fishing events will also be held.

September

Remax Intl World Long Drive Competition Final

Carver’s Falls Golf Range & Pro Shop

910-488-4481

The Remax World Long Drive Championship is the premier grass-roots golf event in the world and the local competition gives an opportunity to all ages to become the next world champion. Don’t miss you chance!

Sandhills Sankota Festival

Mendoza Park in Spring Lake

910-497-7657

The festival celebrate rural African American heritage and features the Miss Sankofa Queen pageant, gospel, Blues & Jazz Musicians, Arts & Crafts, food & Clothing Vendors, educational exhibits, and a the best variety entertainment in the Sandhills.

Greek Festival

St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

910-484-2010

This festival is usually held in September.

International Folk Festival

Hay Street, Downtown Fayetteville

910-323-1776

Over 30 nations will celebrate the diversity of the region with food, costumes and the parade of nations

Fayetteville After Five

Fayetteville Museum of Art

910-485-5121

Bring the entire family to Fayetteville Museum of Art for music, food & Fun.

October

Free Day at the Garden

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

910-486-0221

Come stroll through 85 acres over looking Cross Creek and the Cape Fear River.

Haunted Hayride

Arnette Park

910-321-6506

Join us for a scenic hayride through Arnette Park and a brief stop at our “haunted house” The Marlowe Mansion.

Historic Hauntings: A Ghastly Ghost Tour

Downtown Fayetteville

910-486-0739

This annual special event features “ghostly” re-enactors and story tellers highlighting the history of Fayetteville and telling some of the spookier legends from Fayetteville’s history. The special hayrides depart every half-hour starting at 6pm.

Annual Pet Walk & Howl-O-Ween Festival

Mazarick Park

910-988-0990

There will be a Pet Walk, obedience competitions, Frisbee contest, a photo contest (so cats and other non canines are not left out!) and a pet and human costume contest. Also, the annual Friends for Life Tunnel Race will be held and there will be a “No-Fleas” Market for new and used pet items.

December

The Singing Christmas Tree

Snyder Memorial Baptist Church

910-484-3191

A Fayetteville tradition for 25 years, this production features 200 singers, 2 hand bell choirs and a 40 piece orchestra.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Various Homes

910-483-6009

Tour five lovely homes decorated festively for the Christmas season.

Arts and Entertainment

The Crown Center

1960 Coliseum Dr.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-323-5088

Call for additional information

Concerts, sporting events, family shows and theater productions are offered year-round. It includes a 13,500-seat Crown Coliseum, 60,000 sq. ft. Expo Center, 11,200 sq. ft. Pre-function Area and Ballroom, 5,300-seat Arena and a 2,430-seat Auditorium.

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-4690

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

The local symphony performs several concerts a year. Reeves Auditorium, Methodist College.

North Carolina Symphony

Reeves Auditorium, Methodist College. 5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-868-3213

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Based in Raleigh, the North Carolina Symphony performs several concerts in Fayetteville each year featuring guest artists.

Theatre

Cameo Theatre

225 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-6633

Open 7 nights a week, call for schedule

Admission Charged

Restored to 1920’s splendor, this intimate downtown theater shows classic, independent and foreign films. Open for just two and one half years, the CAMEO Art House Theatre was recognized nationally in the official program book of the Sundance Film Festival. In an article titled “Beyond the Maddening Multiplex”, Fayetteville’s CAMEO was pictured along with just four other theatres from around the country. The CAMEO was selected for its commitment and quality.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre

1209 Hay St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-323-4233

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

For over 40 years, this award-winning theater has been delighting audiences with elaborate musicals, comedies and classic dramas, off-Broadway productions and children’s favorites — often featuring well-known stars of stage and screen.

Fayetteville State University Theatre Program

1200 Murchison Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-486-1006 or 910-486-1571

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

The theater produces three plays a year featuring the works of African-American and other playwrights.

Gilbert Theater

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-678-7186

Call for Schedule

Admission Charged

A non-profit theater with a volunteer staff dedicated to providing contemporary, socially relevant, and entertaining theater as well as the classics, and original works by local playwrights.

Methodist College Monarch Theatre

5400 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-630-7000

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

The theater presents a variety of productions year-round.

Stage Door Theatre

934 Cambridge St.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-322-2873

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Features improvisational comedy

Every Friday and Saturday night.

Several scripted performances are produced each year.

Sports

Baseball

J.P. Riddle Stadium. 2823 Legion Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-426-5900

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Fayetteville Swamp Dogs season runs from early June through the middle of August

Basketball

The Fayetteville Patriots

At the Crown Coliseum

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-213-1000

The season runs from November through March. Tickets

Admission Charged

A member of the National Basketball Development league, Come and watch the future of the NBA.

Arena Football

The Cape Fear Wildcats

At the Crown Coliseum

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-222-WILD

The season runs from March through August

Admission Charged

Don’t miss one minute of the action when they play. It’s a 50-yard indoor war!

Hockey

The Cape Fear FireAntz

At the Crown Coliseum

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-321-0123

The season runs from October through March.

Admission Charged

It’s action on ice as the skate.

Auto Racing

Fayetteville Motor Sports Park

Doc Bennett Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-484-3677

Open: Mar-Oct, Sunday 10 am, sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association. April -Sept., Sat. nights, 7 pm. Streetcar Madness, Fri. nights 5-10 pm.

The drag strip features Professional E.T. and Street E.T. drag racing on a 1/4 mile track with a 200-foot concrete starting line. The speedway features stock car dirt-track racing on an oval .4-mile clay track

Golf

ReMax World Long Drive Championship

910-488-4481

Call for exact date and time

Each year Carvers Falls Golf Range & Pro Shop hosts state qualifying rounds for the Championship.

Tennis

Arnette Park

2721 Wilmington Hwy.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-485-3161

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Eight hard courts (four lighted)

Fort Bragg Tennis Club

Normandy Dr., Bldg. #1-5426,

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

910-436-1171

Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

Six lighted, hard courts. Open to civilians.

Massey Hill Park

1612 Camden Rd.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1547

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Two lighted, hard courts

Mazarick Park Tennis Center

1612 Belvedere Ave.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

910-433-1576

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Eight lighted, hard courts