Picnic, Hike or Go Fishing at Scenic Lake Wilson
For a comfortable home base near Raleigh and just off I-95, book the conveniently located Country Inn & Suites, Wilson, NC. Experience some of North Carolina’s best things to do at beautiful Lake Wilson and the Wilson Botanical Gardens, just seven miles away. Families appreciate nearby attractions like the Imagination Station and County Line Raceway, and corporate travelers appreciate how convenient we are to Amtrak and local airports. If you have time, be sure to visit the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park to see the famous sculptor’s unique, wind-powered art.
- Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park (6.7 miles)
Look up in wonder at the vibrant, whimsical sculptures of Vollis Simpson. Grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the sense of community that these kinetic works of art bring to Wilson, NC.
Phone: +1 (252) 249-8440
- Imagination Station (6.8 miles)
Science and history collide at this hands-on museum, featuring exhibits like the Honey Bee Exhibit Hive and Science on a Sphere®.
Phone: +1 (252) 291-5113
- County Line Raceway (9.5 miles)
This clay track is a 3/8-mile oval that hosts six divisions of racing action. If you’re in town in the fall, attend the raceway’s signature fundraiser, “The Race for the Kids.”
Phone: +1 (252) 985-1949
Academics and Local Culture
- Barton College (6.1 miles)
Named a “Best Southeastern College” by the Princeton Review, this private liberal arts college enrolls more than 1,000 students.
Phone: +1 (800) 345-4973
- North Carolina Baseball Museum (6.3 miles)
Stroll through more than 3,300 square feet loaded with memorabilia from famous North Carolinian baseball players. Take the “walk of fame” to learn about Buck Leonard, Hoyt Wilheim and others.
Phone: +1 (252) 296-3048
- Wilson Botanical Gardens (7 miles)
Have a moment of Zen at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where visitors learn about native plants through an extensive tree collection, turf grass demonstration plots and perennial beds.
Phone: +1 (252) 237-0113
- Lake Wilson (7 miles)
Go boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking from sunrise to sundown at Lake Wilson—an excellent place to connect to the great outdoors with family.
Phone: +1 (252) 399-2261
- Buckhorn Lake (10.3 miles)
Go duck hunting, hiking, boating or fishing at this 2,300-acre reservoir. Equestrians also love Buckhorn Lake for the horseback riding trails that wind around the water’s edge.
Phone: +1 (252) 399-7530