Pursue Adventure

June 16, 2016

Historic downtown Fayetteville’s ongoing revitalization has brought shopping, entertainment and the North Carolina Veterans Park. Built with materials and landscaping from all 100 North Carolina counties, it salutes military members past and present. Start at the Visitors Center, where you’ll find a chandelier made of 33,500 military ID tags – better known as dog tags. Then walk among the outdoor art installations, including cast hands, open and affixed at shoulder height, that represent the oath each soldier takes to defend the country.

Follow the walkway across Walter Street to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, where Iron Mike, a 16-foot statue from Fort Bragg, welcomes you. Take a couple hours for a self-guided tour of exhibits detailing tactics and tools used by these elite soldiers. Save time for the Pritzker Simulator, where your seat pitches and yaws in step with films, mimicking the sensation of helicopter rides and parachute jumps.

Explore craft beers at Huske Hardware House Restaurant and Brewery. Try a flight, which includes samples of five year-round beers and a seasonal brew, such as Pumpkin Pie Porter. Step out on the patio and enjoy a meal, from salads to steaks. It’s best known for English gastropub specialties such as fish and chips.

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