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8 Things to Do in Fayetteville This Summer

I can’t believe it’s already summer. I usually have travel plans lined up for the whole season, but this year I intend to stick around the house a little more. So instead of running all over God’s acre, the plan is to explore Fayetteville.

I talk about my time in Canton and Wilmington a lot, but I’ve lived in Fayetteville on and off for twenty years now. And since we’ve bought our house, I’m finally taking the time to get to know the city.

Established in 1783 by merging two Scots immigrant settlements, Fayetteville is the sixth largest city in North Carolina and the county seat of Cumberland County. It’s home to Fort Bragg and is a three-time recipient of the All-America City Award.

In a city this big, it’s easy to find something to get into. Below is my list of 8 things to do in Fayetteville this summer. From the sports to shopping, the list includes a little bit of something for everyone.

8 Things to Do in Fayetteville

Root, Root, Root for the home team at Segra Stadium

About Bug & Belle

Fayetteville has a long-standing baseball tradition. Babe Ruth hit his first home run here back in 1914. That tradition is still alive today, and you can be a part of it at Segra Stadium.

Get in touch with nature on the hiking trails of Clark Park

Two girls standing in the covered bridge at Clark Park Nature Preserve

With nearly 4-miles of hiking trails through serene woodlands overflowing with wildlife, Clark Park is a dream come true for nature lovers.

Enjoy a cold brew & live music at Dirtbag Ales Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday from April through October, Dirtbag Ales Brewery hosts a farmers market featuring live music. Stop by, grab an ale, and browse products produced right here in Cumberland County.

Learn about local history at the Museum of the Cape Fear Complex

Fayetteville Arsenal Park

Experience 400 years of North Carolina history by visiting the Museum of the Cape Fear Complex. The site includes the Museum of the Cape Fear, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E. A. Poe House.

Take your fishing poles to Mazarick Park

Mazarick Park has a dock that sits right on Glenville Lake. It’s a great place to cast a line. If fishing isn’t your thing, the park also has a disc golf course, tennis courts, a baseball field, a playground, and nature trails.

Get an ice cream cone at Gillis Hill Farm

brown goat

Gillis Hill Farm is a Fayetteville gem. Family-owned and operated for 200 years, the farm is the perfect spot to hand-feed livestock and enjoy an ice cream cone.

Shop ’til you drop in the Cool Spring Downtown District

The Cool Spring Downtown District is a growing destination for arts and entertainment. It is home to over 100 businesses, restaurants, and museums. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it downtown.

Take a Stroll Through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden encompasses 80 acres between Cross Creek and the Cape Fear River. It features preserved natural areas, cultivated gardens, nature trails, a cypress pond, ravines, and seasonal events.

Are you a Fayetteville native? Have you ever visited before? What do you like to do in Fayetteville? Drop me a comment! I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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  1. Drop in at Winterbloom Tea – it is my go to when I am in Fayetteville

    Published 6.23.23
    • Cassie wrote:

      Definitely! I need to do a follow up post just for restaurants. There are so many awesome places to eat here! MiCasita, Chris’s, 316… I’m getting hungry just thinking abut it. lol

      Published 6.23.23