High Point is the Furniture Capital of America, but you may not want to spend all your time shopping with Carole. Even the most intense shopaholics need a little downtime. When you’re going furniture shopping in High Point, add a few days onto your trip so you can experience some of the great activities in the Triad, NC region!
Take advantage of the gorgeous North Carolina weather by spending some time outdoors at Cedarock Park, a 45-minute drive from High Point. There are two disc golf courses, six miles of hiking trails, six miles of equestrian trails, fishing holes, volleyball and basketball courts, and a playground for the kids! Young ones will also enjoy checking out the Cedarock Historical Farm, which is restored to show what farm life was like in North Carolina in the 1800s (there are farm animals, too!). The intrepid traveler can even pitch a tent and spend the night.
North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro is only a half hour drive from High Point, and this up-and-coming town is filled with fabulous new restaurants, scenic mountain hikes, and (a personal favorite) the North Carolina Zoo! You’ll see thousands of animals, ranging from elephants and ostriches to the goofy residents of ‘Lemur Island.’ Do some birdwatching at the Aviary, home to more than 3,000 vibrant tropical plants and dozens of exotic birds. When you need a break, rest your feet by taking in a movie at the 4D theater!
Theatre Art Galleries
TAG is always changing its featured exhibitions, but they all have one thing in common: breathtaking, absorbing artwork that will ignite conversation among those who attend the exhibits. Currently featuring contemporary folk art by American artists who haven’t undergone any formal training, the art museum often focuses on art with a local flavor. It’s a great place to take in some interesting artwork you won’t encounter anywhere else.
Airbound Trampoline Park
The young (and young at heart) will be relieved to take some time off from shopping to get some energy out at this trampoline park. Put a little bounce into your step by trying a new sport, like trampoline dodgeball, trampoline basketball, or even ‘airobics’ classes. Leap into the foam pit, execute the perfect somersault, or just watch your kids tire themselves out at this crazy and unique facility.
Greensboro Cultural Center
The Greensboro Cultural Center is 20 minutes away from High Point, at 200 N. Davie Street. It’s host to “four levels of galleries, studios, classrooms, and rehearsal halls to stimulate the mind and excite the senses.” Visit several art galleries, including the African American Atelier Gallery, the Center for Visual Artists, and Greenhill. The building is located in LeBauer Park, the heart of downtown Greensboro and home to outdoor festivals, performances, and concerts all year long.
No visit to North Carolina is complete without trying some signature barbecue. This state is known for our delicious pork shoulders, slow-roasted over wood coals for hours and then smothered in a rich vinegar-based barbecue sauce. Don’t be fooled by its appearance - Lexington Barbecue is one of the best places to get barbecue. USA Today names it one of the 10 best southern barbecue spots!
High Point Museum
This isn’t your average tiny town museum. The High Point Museum and Historical Park has exhibits that will interest anyone. There’s a working blacksmith shop from 1841, where you can watch a master blacksmith at work. Explore the historically authentic herb garden, and learn about how pioneers to this area used plants to treat illnesses, dye their clothes, and even repel bugs and mosquitoes. Of course, the Furniture Heritage Exhibit is a must-see (at least in my mind!); it showcases the historical art and science of furniture manufacturing in High Point – with interactive elements!
Greensboro is a short half-hour drive away, and it offers plenty of activities. The Greensboro Arboretum is a particular favorite. It’s open all year from sunrise to sunset, and admission is free. Explore 17 acres of lush greenery, sparkling fountains, gazebos, and trails. Keep an eye (or an ear!) out for the Dr. Lawrence & Alma Louise Hart Chimes – at 23 feet tall, these wind chimes are hard to miss!
Asheville Brewery Tours
Asheville is home to a ton of local craft breweries, and if you’re looking to kick back, relax, and even learn a little something about the industry, there’s no better town to do it in. Go for a guided Brews Cruise to get the inside scoop on the local favorites, or download the Asheville Ale Trail map so you can plan your own stops. Whether you want to know more about what it takes to start a brewery or are just interested in tasting some of the looking vintages, Asheville is the place to be!
There you have it – nine awesome activities to enjoy, all within an hour’s drive of High Point. Just don’t forget to fit in some furniture shopping amidst all the trampoline jumping, barbecue dinners, and gallery tours!