Had a party at RedPoint and the staff was amazing. The price was affordable and the staff were amazing. Even when my niece got nervous on her first trip up the wall the staff kept her calm and the smile on her face when she reached the top was one of my favorite pictures of the day. Thanks again for an awesome event!!!
The Cape Fear River Trail is a paved greenway trail running along the Cape Fear River from Clark Park at the south end to Jordan Soccer Complex at the north end. The trail is part of the East Coast Greenway that will eventually stretch from Florida to Maine, but for now, it's just four miles in Fayetteville. Along the way, the trail passes through marshy areas and mixed hardwood/pine forests and supports a large diversity of plant and wildlife for an urban trail. There are also several bridges, including a covered bridge that passes under a railroad trestle.
Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is a private garden founded by gardening enthusiasts in the Fayetteville area. If you like plants, flowers, and gardens, this is a great place to visit. There is an $8 admission fee, however. The gardens are separated into two parts - cultivated and not. The cultivated section has several different gardens, such as the Shade Garden, featuring shade-friendly plants such as hostas, and the Butterfly stroll, featuring plants that attract butterflies. The non-cultivated section has a few trails leading through a flood plain forest along the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum brings alive the heroic exploits of these soldiers. An exclusive motion stimulator demonstrate modern Airborne Troops in action. An educational and moving experience for visitors of all ages and interests.
The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial was established in 1945 by Maj. General James M. Gavin while the Division was serving in Berlin. The museum tells the history of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1917 to present. The museum maintains an aircraft park covering several areas.
Fayetteville After Five, the free concert series that had been a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Museum of Art, will resume this summer as a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
The concert series kicks off May 19 with free shows every third Thursday from May through September. The gates to Festival Park open at 5 p.m. and the entertainment begins around 7 p.m. http://www.the910411.com/?p=2333
Honestly, I don't think I was allowed to go to the drop zone, but I had an escort. It was an amazing experience, and if you have the opportunity, I recommend it. I was never on a military base before, and the whole place was such an experience. You know how in everyday life, you'll see "No Trespassing" signs? And if you do trespass, chances are nothing's going to happen, right? It was a little sobering to see signs there that informed you that beyond the fence you will be shot on sight. Sheesh.
This museum has been renovated and expanded since I visited. It is bigger and better than when I was there. When I was there, I was very impressed, and spent several hours looking at the displays. I would love to go again.
Just a hour away from Fayetteville, is the Bentonville Battlefield and Harper House. You could also drive over to the town of Smithfield and walk the downtown area and go to the Ava Gardner Museum. (of course there are tons of outlets and shopping in Smithfield). If you like antiques, you could drive a few miles further from Smithfield and go to Selma for antique shopping.
Also, in the summer you could drive south to Lumberton and see the Lumbee outdoor drama.
A couple of hours away, you could be in White Lake and Moore's Creek National Battleground Park (Revolutionary War).
Fayetteville is filled with many beautiful old homes and churches. Take a walk through the downtown area -- there are old buildings and stained glass in the churches. A must see is the old Market House - yes slaves were sold there - but that is history. There are beautiful old homes in Haymount.
If you're in the mood to go riding, this is the only place I know of around here. Civilians are $12. You have to call ahead to schedule a time for the 45 minute guided ride. I think they're given every hour. You have to arrive 20 minutes before the tour. They also offer open riding and hay rides.
Looking for something other than strip clubs or restaurants? Try the Fayetteville Museum of Art. Admission is free but donations are accepted. They also have a nice pond where you can feed the ducks and a short walking path.
The Special Operations/Airborne Museum downtown is worth getting off of I-95 even if you didn't plan on stopping in Fayetteville. It's a very new museum with excellent displays.
Old soldiers will remember what used to be on that site: The Cellar, an old nightspot that many paratroopers have visited! Huske Hardware Brewery is a block away, across the tracks!
Ya gotta see downtown Fayetteville, the old Market Square. I don't care what anyone says, it's still something to really check out with the clock up on the top like a steeple. Go to the local malls and pubs and check them out too.
The architecture of the Market Square building is what I like. I also like the pubs on Bragg Blvd. They have a lot of live entertainment including lots of concerts, not only at the pubs but at the Cumberland County Auditorium.
Favorite thing to do in Fayetteville: climbing at RedPoint Indoor Climbing. best atmosphere, best staff, best routes, best indoor gym in north carolina.