Midsummer 2023 Destinations

Get ready for a whirlwind of excitement across North Carolina's most captivating midsummer 2023 destinations! Uncover the small-town allure of Thomasville and mind-bending illusions of Mystery Hill, where reality bends and surprises await at every corner. Pump up the adrenaline at Hickory's thrilling pump track, where speed and jumps create an exhilarating rush. Alamance County beckons with its outdoor concerts, festivals, and serene trails — you'll want to pack your lawn chairs and coolers for that! Finally, get ready to conquer the untamed Green River with epic adventures that will push your limits. Prepare for unforgettable experiences and endless fun in these vibrant North Carolina locations!

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Hickory NC pump track is one of the best midsummer 2023 destinations in North Carolina

Unleash your speed demon when you take on the rollers, berms, and banked turns at Mountain Creek Park Pump Track.

Quench your thirst for adrenaline 

In the vibrant midsummer, Hickory, NC is your destination for excitement and adventure. Start the day by kayaking along the stunning Lake Hickory. For bona fide thrill-seekers, a visit to the pump track at Mountain Creek Park offers heart-pounding bike rides and adrenaline-fueled jumps. Those in search of higher elevation can test their mettle at Treetop Adventures, featuring enough zip lines, obstacle courses, and canopy diversions to occupy an entire day of fun for all ages!

Two kids paddle a kayak on a Green River Adventures tour.

The Lower Green River kayak adventure is ideal for kids, new kayakers, and adventurers who want to dial down the adrenaline level.

Green River Adventures 

Who was it that said, “Don't go chasing waterfalls”? We're advising just the opposite for a splash of relief from the Carolina midsummer 2023 heat! Whether you're interested in trying guided or self-guided whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, or stand-up paddleboarding, the knowledgeable outfitters at Green River Adventures will get you “hooked up” — literally! If your crew is more mellow than motley, the Classic Swimming Hole Hike may be the perfect experience for your group (ages 5+). After hiking 1.5 through historic gamelands, you'll reach a stunning hidden cove flanked by veiled waterfalls, smooth natural rock slides, and precipices aching to be jumped off of!

Live music and dancing in Alamance Co., NC.

Enjoy live music in intimate venues in Alamance County, NC.

Venture off the beaten path and take in the sounds of midsummer 2023

As the sun graces Alamance County with its midsummer warmth, the soul-stirring melodies begin to fill the air, cultivating in the small-town charm familiar to so many native Carolina travelers. Delight in the enchanting outdoor concerts and festivals that draw crowds of all ages. From renowned North Carolina bluegrass harmonies to spirited tunes of Celtic, Americana, and Latin rhythms, the musical tapestry caters to every individual's taste. Grab a lawn chair and take part in cherished traditions like Saturdays in Saxapahaw, the Kinfolk Concert Series, and countywide Musical Chairs Series. Here, even the smallest moments can become treasured memories.

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Children experience the gravitational anomaly at Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock, NC

Mystery Hill will have you defying gravity!

Discover the weird, whimsical, and weaponry at Mystery Hill

Where else can you experience the phenomenon of gravitational anomaly, conquer a bucking mechanical bull, sharpen your ax-wielding prowess, and go gem-mining in the same vicinity?! Absolutely no where else other than Mystery Hill, one of North Carolina's most unique attractions! But wait…that's not all! History buffs will feel another kind of gravitational pull toward the Dougherty House, Historic Farmyard, and Native American Artifacts Museum. There's an outrageous, ostentatious mason jar milkshake with your name on it at Front Porch Eats. Additionally, fulfill your lifelong dream of enclosing your loved ones in an enormous bubble at Bubblerama. Check their website for early bird deals and super summer savings at this fun park for all ages featured on PBS!


Mother and baby rhinoceros at Asheboro Zoo

Adventure awaits at the NC Zoo in Asheboro.

A wild adventure awaits at North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro!

Welcome, intrepid Carolina travelers, to the magnificent North Carolina Zoo, a haven where nature and wildlife reign supreme! Traverse the sprawling grounds along shaded walking trails that stretch for five miles, where one-of-a-kind animals await you at every corner. Alongside remarkable wildlife encounters, the Kidzone play area offers a space for your young ones to unleash their boundless energy. Delightful seasonal attractions such as the Carousel, Butterfly Garden, and Giraffe Deck ignite the wonder of visitors of all ages. To make sure you're full equipped for a fun-packed journey, visit the www.nczoo.org website for the most up-to-date information.

inside an antique store in Thomasville, NC

Historic treasures you can take home! Get your antique-picking fix in Thomasville, NC.

Browse rows of antiques galore at the Thomasville Antique Emporium

How to spend a perfect day in Thomasville, NC? Start with a sashay through the 11-Acre Flea Market, an international outdoor bazaar representing artisanal gifts and accessories and the freshest produce and beverages representative of South American, Mexican, and East Asian cuisine. To escape the heat, lose yourself in the aisles of eclectic antiques at classic institutions like the Thomasville Antique Emporium, featuring nifty knick-knacks from over 50 local vendors. Instagram looking a little drab? Fill it up with color as you snap selfies with families and friends along the Thomasville Mural Walk.

Two women tubing at the Madison River Park in Madison, NC

Splish-splash: Get in on the summer fun at the Madison River Park!

Rockingham County: where magic always finds its way

Well, folks, let us tell you about good ol' Rockingham County, NC. In midsummer 2023, you've gotta catch a Reidsville Luckies baseball game, where the crack of the bat and the cheer of the crowd make you feel right at home. And if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned movie fun, head on over to the Eden Drive-In for a double-feature under the starry skies. It's a slice of nostalgia that'll take you back in time. Now, if you're one for adventure, lace up them hiking boots and explore the RoCo Blueway nature trail. The serene beauty of the great outdoors will surely soothe your soul. So come on down to Rockingham County, where the past meets the present and the fun never ends!

Exotic cats at the Animal Park at Conservators Center in Burlington, NC

Experience wildlife at the Animal Park at Conservators Center in Burlington, NC.

Here, kitty, kitty…relish up-close encounters with rare animal species

Get ready for a roaring summer adventure at the Animal Park at the Conservators Center! Your heart will feel like it's beating out of your chest as you witness the power and grace of lions, tigers, and wolves. Explore the vast grounds, where every corner holds a surprise encounter with rare and endangered species. Join the captivating guided tours led by knowledgeable experts who will share fascinating insights into the animal kingdom. You can even experience the adrenaline rush as you feed the animals, their eager eyes locked onto you! July 29, 2023 is International Tiger Day, where visitors can hang with the resident tigers during a self-guided safari. T-shirt tie-dying, games, and tiger-themed arts and crafts run from 10 AM to 2 PM and you can purchase tickets in advance online.

Collage of attractions in Duplin County, NC

Enjoy everything Duplin County has to offer.

Savor the Flavor: Explore the hidden culinary treasures of Duplin County

Welcome to the vibrant summertime wonders of Duplin County, where soldiers' stories, succulent sips, and stimulating switchbacks await you! Immerse yourself in the proud history of this region at the Duplin County Veterans Museum, honoring the brave men and women who have served their country. Indulge in the flavors of the land at one of the local wineries, where you can sip on exquisite wines amidst breathtaking vineyard vistas. But that's not all! Be sure to mark your calendars for the Duplin Agribusiness Fair on September 14-16, where joy and laughter fill the air, along with rides, live entertainment, and mouthwatering fair food.

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Woman paddles an orange kayak

Stop into Cook's before getting out there.

Gear up for victory at Cook's Sporting Goods!

Welcome to Cook's Sporting Goods in North Wilkesboro, NC, your ultimate destination for all things hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure! Step into a haven of rugged excitement, where Cook's vast selection of gear fuels your passion for the great outdoors. Set your sights on success with our top-of-the-line hunting equipment, including precision rifles, high-performance bows, and essential accessories that enhance your accuracy and stealth. Cast your line with confidence, armed with Cook's comprehensive selection of fishing gear that ranges from sturdy rods and reels to an extensive array of baits and lures.

Prepare for your next outdoor expedition with our durable camping gear, reliable hiking equipment, and protective apparel designed to tackle any terrain and weather conditions. At Cook's Sporting Goods, the staff are dedicated to arming you with the finest gear that meets the demands of your adventurous spirit. Experience the thrill of the hunt, the joy of the catch, and the beauty of the outdoors with us by your side!

Triad Gellyball in Randolph County

Meet your new favorite summer pasttime…Gellyball!

Venture into the heart of North Carolina — none other than Randolph County

Get ready for a summer filled with non-stop excitement in Randolph County, NC! Start your engines by experiencing the thrill of speed at the renowned Caraway Speedway, where roaring races will keep you on the edge of your seat. Immerse yourself in the creative wonders of the pottery capital of the U.S., where you can witness skilled artisans shaping clay into exquisite masterpieces. For a unique and action-packed experience, gather your friends and head to Triad GellyBall, where you can engage in thrilling and safe gel ball battles! GellyBall Blasters shoot a soft gel ball from easy-to-use Blasters which hold 750 shots without reloading and kids as young as five years old can take part in the fun!

A woman feeds a tiger at Tiger World

Channel your inner zookeeper and try feeding a tiger at Tiger World!

It's a Tiger World, and we're just living in it…

Prepare yourself for an adrenaline-fueled adventure like no other at Tiger World in Rockwell, NC! Brace yourself as you step into a realm where the world's most awe-inspiring big cats reign supreme. With over 60 majestic animals, including powerful tigers, regal lions, and elusive leopards, Tiger World offers an up-close and personal encounter that will leave you breathless. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, go beyond the ordinary and book a mind-blowing behind-the-scenes experience, where you can feed and interact with these awe-inspiring cats. A visit to Tiger World is an absolute must, an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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