Day Trips

Want to get away for the day? 

Another wonderful thing about living in Moore County is that there are so many fantastic

destinations to go to within a short drive!  Here's a list of some places to check off your list:

Each image below links to a website.

100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301; 910-643-2778

This museum is a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests.  From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers. 

159 Mini Lane, Cameron, NC 28326; 919-770-7109

The Aloha Safari Rescue Zoo is home to over 400 rescued animals. They take in animals that were previously injured, abandoned, abused, neglected, or were unable to be cared for by their previous owners and give them a forever home. Open to the Public EVERY Saturday & Sunday from 10-5. NO Reservation Needed.  School field trips and private parties are also available.  Reservations required for field trips. 

CAPE FEAR BOTANICAL GARDEN

536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Founded in 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a natural beauty situated on an impressive 80 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. The Garden offers engaging cultural events to inspire and excite, educational activities to energize, and peaceful spots to refresh. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

CAPE FEAR RIVER ADVENTURES

100 South Main Street, Lillington, NC 27546

Cape Fear River Adventures offers river tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle board rentals and whitewater kayaking* (*whitewater kayaking only at higher river levels), plus SUP yoga, sunset paddles, and a fantastic time for all!

Park Address: 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273 Address for GPS users: 300 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill, SC 29708

There’s so much to do and explore in this 398-acre amusement park including amazing Roller Coasters, thrill rides, the Camp Snoopy kids area, Dinosaurs Alive and seasonal events and entertainment!  Admission to their awesome water park, Carolina Harbor, is included with admission.

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312; (919) 542-4684

Carolina Tiger Rescue provides lifelong sanctuary to more than 50 wildcats and offers educational tours and field trips to thousands of visitors each year at their 55 acre facility.  They are home to ten species of animals, including tigers, lions, cougars, and kinkajous. Many of their animals have been rescued from dire situations where they were kept as pets, props in roadside zoos, or as residents of failing sanctuaries. 

233 E Washington St, Rockingham, NC 28379; 910-997-5266

Discovery Place Kids provides extraordinary opportunities for kids to build a lifelong love of learning through rich play experiences that allow them to be creative and explore their world. See their website for information on their Charlotte and Huntersville locations as well. 

5869 Permastone Lake Road Hope Mills NC 28348; 910-424-9999

Fantasy Lake Water Park is fun for the entire family! Families love this 6-acre man-made lake with a clean white sand bottom surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. Enjoy dozens of activities in and out of the water including water slides, rope swings, paddle boards, corn hole and much more!

288 Alston House Rd, Sanford, NC 27330; 910-947-205

Visit this historic home in a horseshoe bend of the Deep River in northern Moore County. Built around 1772 by Phillip Alston and sometimes known as the Alston House, its walls bear numerous scars and bullet holes sustained during a Revolutionary War skirmish.

1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale, NC 27263; 336-431-1700

Numerous attractions make up Kersey Valley and they offer something for everyone!  The zip line is aviation-themed and one of the largest closed-course zip lines in the country.  Try your skills at outdoor laser tag, the high ropes course, the room escape game, and so much more!

201 East Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919-834-4040

Marbles Kids Museum sparks imagination, discovery, and learning through play. Exhibits include Stepnotes - a staircase transformed into a playful piano, Splash - where children discover the power and fun of water with hands-on experiments, and much more!

250 E. Franklin. St., UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514; 919-843-7997

Morehead's programs include classes for adults and children, special courses for teachers, summer camps for children, after-school programs, memberships, public viewings of astronomical events and public lectures.

433 W. Murray Avenue Durham, NC 27704; 919-220-5429

The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations.  With a two-story interactive science center, one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, over 60 species of live animals, and more, every visit is a new adventure.

411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC 28159; 704-636-2889

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company's largest steam locomotive repair facility.  The museum features an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37-bay Roundhouse that includes 25 locomotives, dozens of rail cars and other exhibit areas.

4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205; 336-879-7000

Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest "natural habitat" zoo in the United States. You won't find cages made of steel and concrete here. Their animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt. 

3311 Footbridge Ln, Fayetteville, NC 28306; 910-424-7888

For the ultimate family fun in Fayetteville, Putt-Putt Fun Center invites all people to enjoy everything the Fun Center has to offer.  Activities include putt-putt golf, Lazer Zone laser tag, Race Zone go-karts, Spin Zone bumper cars and Wet Zone bumper boats.

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546; 910-893-4888

The Cape Fear River is the frequent hiking destination for visitors entering Raven Rock State Park.  Whether it’s Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids or the massive Raven Rock, Raven Rock State Park is an ageless landmark for river travelers.

436 W. Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301; 910-486-9638

The Climbing Place has approx. 18,000 square feet of climbing surface and stores over 40,000 climbing holds so there is never a shortage.  They have 60 top rope stations, a massive overhand and a huge bouldering area.

Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.  The people who lived at the Town Creek site during its heyday have been referred to as the "Pee Dee Indians" and their distinctive lifestyle, the "Pee Dee Culture."  ; 910-439-6802

Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.  The people who lived at the Town Creek site during its heyday have been referred to as the "Pee Dee Indians" and their distinctive lifestyle, the "Pee Dee Culture."  

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214; 704-391-3900

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle.  Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events.

3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27406; 336-852-9721

Wet 'n Wild is the largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun.  With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone… from mild to wild… from tots to seniors.

533 Carvers Falls Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311; 910-488-8787

Named one of USA Today's 10 Great Ziplines, ZipQuest is a world-class zipline tour and nature adventure in Fayetteville, North Carolina! Zippers will experience the exhilaration of flying through the treetops of the most pristine forest in our area and viewing beautiful Carver’s Falls from many awe inspiring perspectives.

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​This museum is a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests.  

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Airborne & Special Operations Museum

100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301

​The Aloha Safari Rescue Zoo is home to over 400 rescued animals. They take in animals that were previously injured, abandoned, abused, neglected, or were unable to be cared for by their previous owners and give them a forever home. 

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Aloha Safari Zoo

159 Mini Lane, Cameron, NC 28326

Founded in 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a natural beauty situated on an impressive 80 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. The Garden offers engaging cultural events to inspire and excite, educational activities to energize, and peaceful spots to refresh. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Cape Fear River Adventures offers river tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle board rentals and whitewater kayaking* (*whitewater kayaking only at higher river levels), plus SUP yoga, sunset paddles, and a fantastic time for all!

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Cape Fear River Adventures

100 South Main Street, Lillington, NC 27546

There’s so much to do and explore in this 398-acre amusement park including amazing Roller Coasters, thrill rides, the Camp Snoopy kids area, Dinosaurs Alive and seasonal events and entertainment!  Admission to their awesome water park, Carolina Harbor, is included with admission.

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Carowinds

Park Address: 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273 Address for GPS users: 300 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill, SC 29708

Carolina Tiger Rescue provides lifelong sanctuary to more than 50 wildcats and offers educational tours and field trips to thousands of visitors each year at their 55 acre facility.  They are home to ten species of animals, including tigers, lions, cougars, and kinkajous. Many of their animals have been rescued from dire situations.

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Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Discovery Place Kids provides extraordinary opportunities for kids to build a lifelong love of learning through rich play experiences that allow them to be creative and explore their world. See their website for information on their Charlotte and Huntersville locations as well. 

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Discovery Place Kids Rockingham

233 E Washington St, Rockingham, NC 28379

Fantasy Lake Water Park is fun for the entire family! Families love this 6-acre man-made lake with a clean white sand bottom surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. Enjoy dozens of activities in and out of the water including water slides, rope swings, paddle boards, corn hole and much more!

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Fantasy Lake Water Park

5869 Permastone Lake Road  Hope Mills NC 28348

Visit this historic home in a horseshoe bend of the Deep River in northern Moore County. Built around 1772 by Phillip Alston and sometimes known as the Alston House, its walls bear numerous scars and bullet holes sustained during a Revolutionary War skirmish.

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House in the Horseshoe

288 Alston House Rd, Sanford, NC 27330

Numerous attractions make up Kersey Valley and they offer something for everyone!  The zip line is aviation-themed and one of the largest closed-course zip lines in the country.  Try your skills at outdoor laser tag, the high ropes course, the room escape game, and so much more!

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Kersey Valley

1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale, NC 27263

Marbles Kids Museum sparks imagination, discovery, and learning through play. Exhibits include Stepnotes - a staircase transformed into a playful piano, Splash - where children discover the power and fun of water with hands-on experiments, and much more!

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Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Morehead's programs include classes for adults and children, special courses for teachers, summer camps for children, after-school programs, memberships, public viewings of astronomical events and public lectures.

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Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

250 E. Franklin. Street, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514

The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations.  With a two-story interactive science center, one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, over 60 species of live animals, and more, every visit is a new adventure.

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Museum of Life and Science

433 W. Murray Avenue Durham, NC 27704

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company's largest steam locomotive repair facility.  The museum features an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37-bay Roundhouse that includes 25 locomotives, dozens of rail cars and other exhibit areas.

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NC Transportation Museum

411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC 28159

Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest "natural habitat" zoo in the United States. The animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt. 

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North Carolina Zoo

4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205

For the ultimate family fun in Fayetteville, Putt-Putt Fun Center invites all people to enjoy everything the Fun Center has to offer.  Activities include putt-putt golf, Lazer Zone laser tag, Race Zone go-karts, Spin Zone bumper cars and Wet Zone bumper boats.

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Putt-Putt Fun Center

3311 Footbridge Ln, Fayetteville, NC 2830

The Cape Fear River is a frequent hiking destination for visitors entering Raven Rock State Park.  Whether it’s Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids or the massive Raven Rock, Raven Rock State Park is an ageless landmark for river travelers.  There are also many trails that visitors can travel by foot, bike or horse.

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Raven Rock State Park

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546

The Climbing Place has approx. 18,000 square feet of climbing surface and stores over 40,000 climbing holds so there is never a shortage.  They have 60 top rope stations, a massive overhand and a huge bouldering area.

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The Climbing Place Fayetteville

436 W. Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.  The people who lived at the Town Creek site during its heyday have been referred to as the "Pee Dee Indians" and their distinctive lifestyle, the "Pee Dee Culture."  

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Town Creek Indian Mound

509 Town Creek Mound Rd, Mt Gilead, NC 27306

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) has it all!  Activities include whitewater rafting, ziplines, climbing walls, ropes courses, kayaking, mountain biking and much more.

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U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

Wet 'n Wild is the largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun.  With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone… from mild to wild… from tots to seniors.

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Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point

3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27406

Named one of USA Today's 10 Great Ziplines, ZipQuest is a world-class zipline tour and nature adventure in Fayetteville, North Carolina! Zippers will experience the exhilaration of flying through the treetops of the most pristine forest in our area and viewing beautiful Carver’s Falls from many awe inspiring perspectives.

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Zipquest

533 Carvers Falls Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311

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