Fayetteville Sights and Landmarks Guide, North Carolina
Fayetteville has something for all ranging from simple picnics in one of its many parks to more vigorous adventure sports. Alternatively you can take in a leisurely round of golf or a technical hike or opt to entertain your children in a special children’s museum. The many attractions of Fayetteville include:
Beginning with the many parks of Fayetteville, the “Cape Fear Botanical Garden” is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. This charming garden overlooks the famous river called “Cape Fear” River and the “Cross Creek”, and has bounty of nature trails and a huge variety of wildflowers and plants to keep the nature-lover happy. The garden boasts of several specialty gardens like the Camellia and Daylily. It also has an amphitheatre, a charming gazebo and a forest.
The Fayetteville Rose Garden is housed on the premises of The Fayetteville Technical Community College and has a vast collection of assorted roses. The peak bloom time is between March-October and visitors can schedule their visits accordingly.
The J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center encloses a splendid woodlands area which has a campground and hiking trails. Visitors can also indulge in canoeing, biking, jogging or just picnicking in this park.
The first choice definitely has to be the huge Airborne & Special Operations Museum. It traces the history of a significant military division and visitors can see the various artifacts, weapons, uniforms and interactive displays. A flight simulator allows for a virtual parachute jump and helicopter attack and this is something which the children might love.
Founded in 1971, the Fayetteville Museum of Art holds impressive short-term exhibits and is also host to many seminars, musical and education related programs.
Housing items from the American Indians, European settlement, African American slavery, the Civil war and more, the Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex is a must for history buffs.
The little ones need not feel left out. The Fascinate-U Children’s Museum is devoted to interactive exhibits and innovative role-playing which is highly entertaining for the children. Adult supervision is necessary for small kids.
Heritage Sites: Foremost among them is the Heritage Square which has on its site, the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House(1804), the Sandford House(1800), and the Oval ballroom(1818) and visitors can take conducted tours by prior appointment.
The Market House dates back to 1832 and is a landmark in the city’s architectural sites. It once served as the slave market and was the centre of commerce during the initial years of Fayetteville.
Jambbas ranch is a working ranch raising animals like bison, deer, elk etc. It’s nice to stroll through the grounds feeding the smaller animals and perhaps trying your hand at gold panning!
For horse-lovers there is the Smith Lake Riding Stables which offers guided rides across various trails and also include hay rides and pony rides for the younger guests.
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