With a small-town feel, but close to all the big-city conveniences, Wake Forest is a popular and fast-growing suburb in the metro Raleigh area. It’s a town rich in history and culture, and there’s always something new to explore and learn.
Best Things to Do in Wake Forest, NC
1) Wake Forest Historical Museum
Focused on local history, the Wake Forest Historical Museum is housed in a 19th century mansion, and includes the preserved home of the town’s founder and beautifully-landscaped gardens. Visitors can learn about the founding of Wake Forest College and the town’s rich history through rare photos, exhibits, and artifacts.
2) Wake Forest Renaissance Center for the Arts
The Wake Forest Renaissance Center is a cultural arts and event venue that hosts a variety of exhibits, concerts, plays, recitals, and conferences. From renowned jazz singers and local artists to junior robotics camps and painting classes, the lineup is full, exciting, and ever expanding.
3) Friday Night on White
This free, outdoor music series is held every second Friday of the month from April through September in downtown Wake Forest. In addition to live music of multiple genres, there’s food and beer trucks and fun activities for everyone in the family at Friday Night on White.
4) Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Falls Lake is a serene, undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir where visitors can camp, swim, fish, boat, and paddleboard. A series of trails surrounding the lake offer great hiking and biking opportunities to take in the gorgeous North Carolina landscape.
5) Downtown Shopping
Also known as the Renaissance Area, downtown Wake Forest is quaint, walkable, and has a wide variety of specialty shops to explore. From home furnishings and collectibles at The Cotton Company, to locally produced art and jewelry (and a spot of tea!) at the Sugar Magnolia Cafe and Emporium, downtown is an ideal destination to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
6) E. Carroll Joyner Park
Spend a relaxing day at 117-acre Joyner Park touring restored buildings from the original working farm, walking or cycling the 3 miles of paved trails, strolling through formal gardens, fishing in the pond, or enjoying live, outdoor concerts and events. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this recently redeveloped green space.
7) White Street Brewing Company
North Carolina has become a destination for beer aficionados from around the world, and Wake Forest holds its own. White Street Brewing Company offers three collections of craft beer, all brewed onsite and ready to be sampled in their spacious taproom.
8) Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs
This 100-year-old family business has made just about every “best of Wake Forest” list, and locals and visitors alike can’t get enough. The iconic Shorty’s offers perfectly-grilled, traditional Jesse Jones Hot Dogs with fresh toppings, along with sandwiches, burgers, and a secret recipe homemade chili that goes great on everything.
9) Wake Forest Farmers Market
The 20-year-running Wake Forest Farmers Market sells fresh, locally grown and made food and products like vegetables, microgreens, meats, mushrooms, honey, cut flowers, plants, and more. It operates every Saturday in downtown Wake Forest from 8 a.m. to noon.
10) Heritage Golf Course
This classically-designed Heritage Golf Course offers natural elevations, creeks, and lakes and is challenging but fun for players of all ages and skill levels. There’s a clubhouse with a full-service bar and restaurant, along with a driving range and putting green to warm-up before tee time.
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