Don’t miss your chance to explore all that Alamance County has to offer! See below for your list of things to do!
Explore Alamance County
1. Alamance Country Club. The course has hosted a variety of collegiate, amateur and professional events since its opening in 1948. It’s an 18-hole course that also has a driving range and space to practice your chipping game. A nice place to relax and unwind by spending a day golfing with family members and friends.
2. Alamance County Civil War Trails. The trails program puts you in the perspective of Civil War soldiers as they crossed the trails in April 1865. This is a very educational and informative session for history buffs and students of all ages. The trails take about three hours to complete.
3. The Children’s Museum of Alamance County. The museum has a nice assortment of educational, hands-on activities for children. They can improve their imagination skills, continue to be creative and understand more about the world around them. Kids and their parents are actively encouraged to play and learn together while they’re there.
4. Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio. There are several classes available throughout the year for adults and children. The studio is Christ-focused and has offerings in different forms of dance, visual art and theater. You can learn from experienced professionals as you hone your skills and explore creative possibilities that you might not otherwise have imagined.
5. Braeburn Farms. Tender loving care is taken for every animal raised at their farm. They are scattered across more than 500 acres of woods, pastures, ponds and creeks. They also have an impressive garden consisting of many different local plants on site.
6. Buffaloe Lanes Mebane Family Bowling Center. The bowling center is a perfect place for those looking for a good rainy day activity. You can compete on any of their 18 lanes. They also have pool tables, a brick pizza oven and more than 5,000 square feet of arcade-style video games.
7. Have fun at Burlington City Park. A fully restored 1910 Dentzel Menagerie Carousel is the showcase feature of Burlington City Park. It’s one of only 14 such carousels still in existence in the entire world. After you’ve taken a ride or two on the carousel, you can also enjoy the splash park or rent a gazebo for private or family events.
8. Burlington Athletic Stadium. The ballpark is home to the Burlington Royals, a minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Different theme nights are held throughout the season. There are usually a few family-friendly activities that you can partake in there as well.
9. The Textile Heritage Museum. You can go back in time and admire the area’s local manufacturing history at the Textile History Museum in Burlington. The museum is in the former management offices and company store. There are products, military uniforms and other items from the mid-1800s through the 1960s are on display.
Alamance County Restaurants
1. Burlington Beer Works. The downtown co-op brewery and restaurant is a popular destination for both locals and travelers alike. The menu can often change with the seasons. All dishes are made from locally-sourced ingredients. You can also participate in a friendly game of trivia or watch a performance from area comedians while you’re there.
2. Mykonos Grill. A good place for authentic Greek cuisine in Alamance County. They also have pasta, burgers, sandwiches and other traditional offerings. It’s a popular restaurant for Burlington residents, so you may want to reserve a table ahead of time.
3. Suttons at the Wrike. If you’re looking for something different, you might want to give this restaurant in Graham a try. You can enjoy a freshly-made burger, sandwich, appetizer or hand-drafted root beer. They have a nice selection of sodas, home cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, unique candies and much more. All of their menu items are available for takeout or delivery.
4. Smithfield’s Chicken-n-Bar-B-Q. This Burlington establishment has some of the best fried chicken and eastern Carolina barbecue options around. Ordering is easy, their friendly wait staff greet you at the front door, and their prices are very affordable. It’s well worth the visit after a busy day shopping at the nearby Alamance Crossing Shopping Center or if you just want to relax and enjoy a good meal with family or friends.
Alamance County Shopping
1. Burlington Outlet Village. Formerly known as the Burlington Manufacturers Outlet Center, this outlet mall was North Carolina’s first factory outlet retail center. There’s a vast assortment of national, local and regional specialty shops to visit. They have something for almost every type of interest.
2. Alamance Crossing. You can shop at merchants that are spread out across more than 20 acres in this mall. There are 70 different stores to choose from. Just make sure that you arrive early, as parking can get rather congested during the busy afternoon and evening hours.
3. Holly Hill Mall & Business Center. This shopping center has been in existence for more than 50 years. The indoor mall has more than 50 different specialty retailers. They also have a nice indoor food court.
4. Tanger Outlets Mebane. You can peruse wares at assorted shops at this facility. Social distancing protocols have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and are being followed carefully. You can shop comfortably and find great bargains on many name-brand items here.
Alamance County Parks
1. Great Bend Park. This park in Glencoe was built around the historic Glencoe Mills,and has several nice picnic spots and places to fish. Portions of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Haw River Land and Paddle Trails are within the park’s boundaries. The park and its paddle accesses are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2. Cedarock Park is about six miles south of the North Carolina Highway 49 and I-85/40 interchange. The Cedarock Historic Farm is located in the park, along with a couple of disc golf courses and a mill dam. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3. Saxaphaw Island Park. Located in Graham, NC, the park has miles of spacious walking trails. There’s a children’s area, several picnic tables and plenty of places to fish. A good place for a family gathering, somewhere off the beaten path where you can enjoy the beauty of nature.
4. Shallow Ford Natural Area. This Burlington park offers three trails of varying difficulty. There are several walking trails and hiking areas as well. A very scenic area to spend the better part of a day in.
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