This section is your resource for attractions in our area, like museums, parks and historic homes. Attractions are listed alphabetically, so please just scroll down to find what interests you.
Airborne & Special Operations Museum
The Army's most modern and newest museum, the $22.5 million facility features film and video productions, interactive displays, rare artifacts and dramatic life-size exhibits about the history and adventures of airborne and special operations units. The museum is Open 10 am-5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and Noon-5 pm on Sunday. Closed Monday. Admission is Free. Donations are graciously accepted.
Phone: (910) 643-2778 • Website
Aloha Safari Zoo
300 animals of various species, most exotic, have found a sanctuary in an educational zoo that Lee Crutchfield, his family and a small team of dedicated individuals have labored to create. The zoo is over 60-acres and opened to the public in January 2010.
Open to the Public Saturday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Please call to verify hours as these are seasonal hours.
Admission is $8 per person, children 2 years old and under are Free.
Safari Ride is $3 per person, only on Saturday & Sunday.
Phone: (910) 770-7109 • Website
Bethesda Church & Cemetery
Circa-1790 church features Old Slave Gallery, exterior bullet holes from Civil War battle, and graves of area pioneer settlers. Listed in the National Register. Annual homecoming held last weekend in Sept. Guided tours for groups by appointment.
Phone: (910) 944-1319
Black Rock Winery
Our tasting room opened for business on 11-30-2012 and carries a selection of dry and semi sweet wines that are handcrafted. Our dry wines are produced from grapes from our vineyard in upper Moore County. We also carry wine accessories, and other items made in NC.
We are open Thurs-Sat 11 am to 6 pm and Sun 1-6 pm.
Phone: (910) 295-9511 • Website
Bryant House & McLendon Cabin
The Bryant House and McLendon Cabin are open June thru October from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., 2nd and 4th Sunday, and by appointment. For more information or to arrange a tour, please email the Moore County Historical Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (910) 692-2051.
Phone: (910) 692-2051 • Website
Cannon Park is a 17 acre facility with 4 restrooms, 2 baseball/softball fields, covered picnic shelter, walking trail, 2 small soccer fields, inline hockey rink, and home to Camelot Playground. The picnic shelter and ballfields may be reserved for a minimal fee.
Phone: (910) 295-2817 • Website
Carolina Horse Park
Carolina Horse Park, a permanent site for national and international equestrian competitions, with Steeplechase, Eventing, and Dressage is the only one of it's kind in North Carolina. It is located on what was 250 acres of beautiful farm land, approximately 12 miles south of Southern Pines, North Carolina. A Sandhills springtime tradition, the Stoneybrook Steeplechase is held each year on the first Saturday in April.
Phone: (910) 875-2074 • Fax: (910)875-4310 • Website
The Carthage Historical Museum provides a permanent home for artifacts covering 200 years of local history. There is a large military display and several exhibits reveal the town's past as the home of a renowned buggy factory, which the town commemorates each May with a popular family festival. The museum is open on Sundays, 2-5 p.m., or by appointment.
Phone: (910) 947-2291
Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area is proud to represent a world class golf resort destination. Located in Moore County, NC, the CVB provides visitors information on area attractions, accommodations, golf courses, restaurants and more.
The CVB office and Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located in the Chamber of Commerce building.
Phone: (800) 346-5362, • Fax: Fax: (910) 692-2493 • Website
Cypress Bend Vineyards
Come join us on the patio of our winery, unwind and take a stroll through the vines or sip a glass of wine while enjoying some tasty treats offered in our retail shop. We invite you to taste all of our wine selections. Cypress Bend's wide variety of wine includes a Chardonnay and a Syrah. The winery is open Monday - Friday, Noon - 6 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm and Sunday, Noon - 6 pm.
Phone: (910) 369-0411 • Website
The Fair Barn
The Fair Barn is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina. It was built in 1917 for use at the Sandhills Fair, one of the major country fairs in the Southeast from 1915 through 1925. The Fair Barn has been recently restored and is now a mulit-purpose community gathering place for exhibitions, receptions, private parties, auctions, educational clinics, business seminars, concerts, art and antique shows, and any other functions requiring a large, flexible space.
Phone: (910) 295-0166 • Website
Located at the intersection of Hwy 15-501 and Hwy 22 in Carthage, Hillcrest Park offers picnic facilities, a picnic shelter, playground area, 1.5 mile walking trail, sand volleyball courts and four baseball/softball/soccer fields.
Phone: (910) 947-2504
House in the Horseshoe
In the summer and spring, bright flowers surround this white plantation house whose name comes from its location on a horseshoe bend in the The Deep River. The house (ca. 1770) was first owned by Philip Alston, whose band of Whigs was attacked in 1781 by Tories led by David Fanning. Later, four-term North Carolina governor Benjamin Williams lived in the house, which today features fine antiques of the colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Site of a Revolutionary War Battle re-enactment every August. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.
Phone: (910) 947-2051 • Website
Malcolm Blue Farm
A trip to the Malcolm McMillan Blue farmstead is a trip back in time to the days the Sandhills area was known as “the Pine Barrens.” The 1825 farmhouse and museum which sits on 7.5 acres provides insight into the lives of early pioneers in the area. The house is filled with authentic furnishings of everyday life during the 1800s. Visitors get a first-hand feel for what life in the 1800s was about by touring the farmstead. The grounds are shaded with 100-year old Darlington oaks and are composed of a windmill, gristmill, water well and numerous barns. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call the Aberdeen Parks & Recreation Department at (910) 944-7275.
Phone: (910) 944-7275 • Website
Museum of NC Traditional Pottery
Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating a 200 year-old pottery tradition, staff at the museum strive to educate new generations about the history and beauty of the pottery made in and around Seagrove, North Carolina.
Phone: (336) 873-7887 • Website
National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, INC
Phone: (910) 582-3555
North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame
Established shrine of the most distinguished Tar Heel men and women of letter. Displays, photographs and lists of works for such notable writers as Thomas Wolfe, O. Henry (William S. Porter), Paul Green and James Boyd, whose former home now houses the Hall. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 am-2 pm. Admission Fee.
555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines, NC, 28387
North Carolina Pottery Center
Opened in 1998, the NC Pottery Center's permanent exhibits trace the history and development of NC pottery from the prehistoric Native Americans to the present. Changing exhibits throughout the year focus on various topics of both historic traditions and contemporary work by the state's potters. Open Tues.- Sat. 10 am-4 pm. Admission Fee.
Phone: (336) 873-8430 • Website
North Carolina Zoological Park
This 500-acre natural habitat zoo ranks among the top 5 in North America. Plant/animal exhibits feature North America (including polar bears, elk, Gila monsters, river otters and bobcats) and Africa (including African Plains and Pavilion). Open daily year-round, except Christmas Day. Hours: Mar.-Oct. 9 am-5 pm, Nov.-Mar. 9 am-4 pm. Admission Fee.
Phone: (800) 488-0444 • Website
Pinehurst Harness Track
The Pinehurst Harness Track is a 111-acre equestrian facility that has been a winter training center for standardbred horses since 1915. The grounds consist of three training tracks and several center aisle barns with approximately 300 stalls, as well as several paddocks. Champion trotters and pacers train on either the 1/2 mile sand/clay track, the 5/8 mile sand/jog track, or the 1 mile clay track, all of which serve as an ideal winter training facility. The tracks are also available for rent when training is not taking place. Typical events include horse shows, car shows, dog shows, and rugby matches.
Phone: (910) 295-4446 • Website
Raihouse Brewery was officially founded Dec 1, 2010, in the historic town of Aberdeen, North Carolina. Started by military veterans Brian Evitts (U.S. Navy), and Mike Ratkowski (U.S. Army), they both felt there was a lack of their style of beer – beer focused on the malted barley and not so focused on the hops. They have since won numerous awards for their Mastiff Oatmeal Stout.
Phone: (910) 783-5280 • Website
Rankin Museum of American Heritage
The Rankin Museum of American and Natural History is recognized for its diverse and unique collections. Our emphasis is on the history and cultures of Early American life; beginning with the Native American occupation and continuing to the present. Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 2-5pm.
Phone: (910) 652-6378 • Website
Rassie Wicker Park
Rassie Wicker Park, site of the Village Hall, Police Station and Fire Station, is being developed as a community park. Currently, park amenities include over 1.8 miles of walking/biking trails, and outdoor In-Line Hockey rink, playground, soccer field, paved trail, parking and a concession/restroom facility.
Phone: (910) 295-2817 • Website
2153 North US Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, 28379
Phone: (910) 582-3400 • Fax: (910) 582-8667 • Website
Sandhills Bowling Center
2239 N Pinehurst Street, Aberdeen, NC, 28315
Phone: (910) 295-9610
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
In 1978 the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens became a reality with the establishment of the Ebersole Holly Garden. Over the years, additional gardens have been implemented, including the Rose Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden, the Hillside Garden, the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, and the Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden. Today the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens cover twenty-seven acres. They are open to the public every day of the year from dawn to sunset and offer an educational adventure to anyone with an interest in plants, nature, and design composition.
Phone: (910) 695-3882 • Website
Shaw House Properties
A trio of historic museum houses depicting the daily life of early county settlers. The Shaw House (circa 1820's) was built by Charles C. Shaw and later owned by one of his twelve children, Charles Washington Shaw, who became the first mayor of Southern Pines in 1887. The house is typical of the antebellum homes which followed the cabins of the early Sandhills settlers. It is less elaborate than the seacoast plantations and has the charm of sturdy simplicity which was characteristic of the Scottish families who settled in this region. The Garner House and the Britt-Sanders Cabin (also known as the Loom House) were both built in the 1700's. Operated by the Moore County Historical Association, the Shaw House Properties are open Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or other times by special appointment.
Phone: (910) 692-2051 • Website
Southern Pines Brewing Company
Phone: (910) 365-9925 • Website
The Sunrise Theater has evolved into a thriving performing arts center offering the very best in independent films, community theater, dance and music. The theater strives to present entertainment for all ages and tastes, showcasing both local and national talent. Available for rent to individuals, groups, schools, etc. the theater has been used for fundraisers, benefits and even weddings!
Phone: (910) 692-3611 • Website
Taxidermy Hall of Fame of NC
Exhibits located in the Christian Book Store feature N.C. wildlife (200+ animals), including state/national taxidermy ribbon winners and oldest rock on earth. Open 9am-5pm Mon.-Sat. Free. Donations welcome.
Phone: (910) 692-3471
Town Creek Indian Mound
For more than a thousand years, Indians lived an agricultural life on the lands that became known as North Carolina. About the 11th century A.D., a new cultural tradition emerged in the Pee Dee River Valley. That new culture, called ‘’Pee Dee’’ by archaeologists, was part of a widespread tradition known as ‘’South Appalachian Mississippian.’’ Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and the southern North Carolina Piedmont, the new culture gave rise to complex societies. These inhabitants built earthen mounds for their spiritual and political leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craft specialists, and celebrated a new kind of religion. Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.
Phone: (910) 439-6802 • Website
The Tufts Archives preserves the unique history of Pinehurst, North Carolina from its founding in 1895 to the present. The archives, located in a wing of the Given Memorial Library on the Village Green in Pinehurst, was built in 1975. Its creation was spurred by Richard S. Tufts, grandson of the founder of the village. He created the Tufts Foundation, which provided the funding for the construction of the archives and provided an endowment for its continued operation. Tufts Archives is a private institution and open to scholars and the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM and from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM on Saturday.
Phone: (910) 295-3642 • Website
Phone: (910) 692-6261 • Website
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
An 900-acre nature preserve, Weymouth Woods is different from traditional parks. This limited-use area serves to preserve and portray the natural features unique to its region. The fox squirrel, the longleaf pine and the role of fire are just a few of the subjects nature teaches in this fascinating ecosystem. Weymouth Woods is a place where you can look at the longleaf pine forest and see how human actions have affected the environment, where you can learn about rare and endangered species—the red-cockaded woodpecker, the pine barrens tree frog and the bog spicebush. Pets must be leashed at all times while they are in the park.
Phone: (910) 692-2167 • Website