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The Best Things to do in Wilson NC this weekend!

Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, Wilson is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Bursting with vibrant energy, rich history, and a plethora of activities, it's the perfect destination for travel enthusiasts, local tourists, and adventure seekers alike. Fun things to see and do at every turn. Whether you're an art aficionado, a nature lover, or a culinary connoisseur, Wilson has something special for you, a nice size city with a small town feel. Join us on a whimsical tour through the best things to do in Wilson, NC, and get ready to add this enchanting city to your travel bucket list!


Wilson, in eastern North Carolina, is the perfect location in NC for locals or travelers alike. With easy access to the State Capital city Raleigh to the West, Goldsboro to the south, Rocky Mount to the North and Greenville to the east. Also, Wilson is just 2.5 hours away from Cape Hatteras, and about the same amount of time to southern beaches in NC. If you look at a map you can tell that Pamlico Sound is all that is between you and the beach, so you will have to go northeast or southeast to get around Pamlico Sound to get to the beach.


For those of you who are road trippers like me, and just like to explore. Wilson is a great place to spend some time. Wilson's rich history is etched into every corner of its historic downtown and the local history museum. These treasures offer a glimpse into the past, showcasing the city's evolution and the resilient spirit of its people. It's a captivating journey that connects you to the heartbeat of Wilson. Below is a list of attractions and restaurants to visit while in the area.



Things to do in Wilson NC:

Whirligig Park
Whirligig Park
  • Imagination Station Science and History Museum: Step into a world where science and fun collide spectacularly at the Imagination Station. Perfect for curious minds of all ages, this interactive science center sparks creativity and ignites the joy of discovery. From awe-inspiring exhibits to hands-on experiments, it's a place where you can spend hours learning and laughing without even realizing it. They even have a honey bee observation center. This fascinating activity offers an up-close look at the intricate world of honeybees, highlighting their importance to our ecosystem. It's not just educational; it's a chance to see nature's hardworking pollinators in action. Imagination Station science museum is a great activity for the whole family.


  • Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is the best place to visit for those artsy outdoor enthusiasts. Looking at the art sculptures that move in the wind. Located in historic downtown Wilson, and a community park where the art was made with recycled materials. This is a must see place in Wilson. If interested check out the annual whirligig festival, fun and food trucks with whirligig’s, who could ask for more. Located right beside the Whirligig Park is Iconostar Art, an art gallery another must see if you are an art fan.

Rose Bush at the Wilson Rose Garden
Rose bush at the Wilson rose Garden
  • The Wilson Rose Garden is a blooming wonderland that promises enchantment at every turn. Stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens adorned with roses of every hue and variety. More than 1200 rose bushes to be exact. It's a serene retreat that invites you to slow down and savor the simple joys of life.


  • Wilson Botanical Gardens located in Wilson, North Carolina, the Wilson Botanical Gardens offer a delightful escape into nature's beauty. Open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk, this serene oasis beckons visitors to explore and unwind amidst lush greenery and vibrant blooms. The Children's Garden is a special place where young minds can discover the wonders of nature. From STEM activities to fun-filled garden adventures, it's a space designed to spark curiosity and creativity in children of all ages.


Lake Wilson
Lake Wilson
  • Wilson's outdoor parks, playgrounds and a picnic area, are nothing short of a green paradise. Each park offers a unique blend of leisure and adventure, making it easy to find your perfect spot under the sun (or shade!). Immerse yourself in nature's bounty on scenic trails that wind through lush landscapes, inviting you to disconnect and breathe in the tranquility. Did you know there are 40 parks in the Wilson area, some of which I mentioned earlier but I have to now include Lake Wilson, and Wiggins Mill which is perfect for Kayaking or fishing in a beautiful place. Be sure to bring your own Kayak, as the City of Wilson does not have any kayak rental companies. These 2 lakes are a great experience within the city limits.


  • Adventure seekers looking to add a dash of excitement to their Wilson exploration should not miss out on kayaking or canoeing down the Tar River. It's an exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty of the area, with opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy moments of peaceful solitude. The Tar River and Tar River Reservoir offers great fishing in the Rocky Mount area, a short drive away from Wilson NC.


  • Buckhorn Reservoir is located 20 minutes away but still in Wilson County and offers more water activities if you are wanting to use larger boats or water tubing activities. They also have bicycle trails and horse trails, plus so much more. Picnic tables and shelters and even grills that can be used.


  • The Wilson Arts Center is a vibrant hub for creativity, offering exhibitions, workshops, and performances. It's the best place, where the arts come alive, touching hearts and stirring souls. Whether you're an aspiring artist or an enthusiastic admirer, the center offers a window into the thriving local art scene.


Fleming Stadium
Fleming Stadium
  • Fleming Stadium, home to the Wilson Tobs baseball team, has been around since the 1950’s. Located nearby is also the North Carolina Baseball Museum. There are many community events held here, including a BBQ festival. Everybody knows that NC BBQ is one of the best in the United States (following SC in my opinion. lol)


  • There are a couple waterparks located within an easy driving distance. Lions Water Adventure or West Water Park in Kinston NC about 40 minutes away from Wilson. For those who find their bliss by the water, these water parks are your go-to destinations. The waterparks promise splashes of fun for the whole family, with thrilling slides and refreshing pools.


  • Freeman Round House is an African American History Museum dedicated to local art and history of the area, trying to preserve the cultures of the area. This is an excellent place for learning about the recent history of Wilson.


  • Located in Bailey NC, a short drive away from Wilson is a cute little museum unlike anything you have seen before. The Country Doctor museum. Learn about old timey doctor's treatments and surgeries. Plus, there is an herb garden on premises.


  • Barton College, The Kennedy Theatre located at the college is a great spot to see performance arts and sometimes they are free. Check out their website to learn more upcoming performances.


A Culinary Journey Through Wilson

No adventure is complete without indulging in local flavors, and Wilson's culinary scene is a delight. With a wide array of restaurants serving everything from gourmet dishes to comfort food classics, you're sure to find your new favorite spot.

Parkers BBQ food truck
Parkers BBQ food truck
  • Parker’s BBQ- Best BBQ in the area plus the sides are amazing. Their food truck for catering is in the picture.

  • Best in Burgers- Opened in 1955 and has the best burgers in the area.

  • Beefmaster Inn- Best place for steaks but also good food, and southern favorites.

  • Flo’s Kitchen- Best breakfast in the area, but that's all because of the biscuits. It was so delicious.

  • Daniel’s Casual Fine Dining-Great high-end classics, but I love oysters the most.

  • Brewmasters Pub- Great craft beers and good food. Try the Chickocado Club, my favorite.

  • Dick’s Hot Dog Stand- A favorite in the area and been around since 1921. Best hot dogs in the state actually.

  • Bill’s Grill- One of the best places for live music in Wilson NC is here. Bill’s Grill offers 3 locations nearby too.


Embark on Your Wilson Adventure

Wilson, NC, this amazing place, is a city where every street, every corner, and every face tells a story. It's a place where adventures abound, waiting for you to discover them. Whether you're exploring its artistic soul, marveling at natural wonders, or savoring delicious bites, Wilson invites you to experience the joy of discovery.

Ready to plan your visit? Wilson is calling—answer the call and forge unforgettable memories in this charming North Carolina city. Adventure awaits!





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