With the kids going on winter break and family visiting from out of town, planning daytime adventures around the area should be on your to-do list. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) offers help with that in the form of the Passport—a free pocket guide that highlights 12 attractions in Cumberland County. Children enjoy playing the “tourist” and having their book stamped at each site. Pick up a Passport at any participating attraction and start your adventure with these three, kid-friendly destinations.
J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
Explore Fayetteville’s second largest regional park, a nature oasis amid the city. The many recreational opportunities here include the 5-mile Cape Fear River Trail and the 3-mile Cape Fear Mountain Bike Trail. Park rangers offer frequent educational programs, such as “Growing Up Wild” and “Nature Story Time,” to help instill a love of nature in their young visitors. Do not overlook the Nature Center, where kids delight in the live animals and wildlife displays.
Averasboro Battlefield and Museum
Take a short trip to this Civil War site to teach the kids about the critical role Cumberland County played in the Confederacy’s fight against General Sherman’s advances. Three plantation houses are living reminders of the 8,000-acre plantation where the Battle of Averasboro was fought in 1865. The museum houses hundreds of fascinating artifacts recovered from the battlefield. Give the kids a little souvenir money for shopping in the charming gift shop.
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum
Surprise the kids with a visit to this beloved museum in downtown Fayetteville. Children delight in exploring the miniature “city” with interactive exhibits and role-playing—all geared towards learning through play. Almost every Saturday, the museum has scheduled free events. Visit a massive model train exhibit at “Come See the Trains,” create a craft at “Make It, Take It,” or participate in a hands-on science project at “Super Science Saturday.”
Nine other attractions are listed in the Passport and offer folks several more potential adventures. Stop by one of the FACVB’s three Visitor Information Centers, pick up a Passport and discover many other things to do with kids and visitors in the greater Fayetteville area. Also, be sure to bookmark the FACVB’s online Calendar of Events for year-round happenings.