Things to Do

You can’t leave town before you stand beneath the whirligigs, meet a Tob, explore trails at Lake Wilson, or sample craft brews in historic downtown.

Uniquely Wilson

Uniquely Wilson

Movie theater. Formerly Carmike 10, located at 1501 Ward Boulevard, Wilson, NC 28793.

The Arts Council hosts a variety of exhibits and activities throughout the year. Exhibits are on display for an average of six weeks in the Annie Boykin Gallery.

The renovation of this 1919 vaudeville theater, now with plush seating for 650 people, provides the community with a breathtaking venue for the Boykin Center Series each year.

A large outdoor and indoor photography festival transforming Historic Downtown Wilson into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs spanning over six city blocks.

Free concert series at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including an array of food trucks, kids activities, dancing, and cold beverages.

Located in historic downtown Wilson, the museum has a mission to provide hands-on learning on a variety of science subjects. The museum features interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages.

This new state-of-the-art black box theatre is home for Theatre at Barton as well as serving as a regional host for professional theatre company Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, headquartered in Raleigh.

Ask generations of Wilsonians about the Miniature Train, and each person will describe a cherished memory with a wide smile on their face. It has been a Wilson staple for 60+ years.

Bobby Langston has been in the antiques business more than 50 years. He started his own business in 1977. The auction business soon followed and has proven to be quite successful.

Boone’s Antiques boasts more than four acres of inventory, most likely making Boone’s the largest treasure trove of antiques on the East Coast, if not the entire country.

Specializing in English and American antiques, decorative arts, and furniture for those with discriminating taste.

Specializing in antique and historical restorations and reproductions, wooden windows, doors, shutters, mantels, and molding.

Corbett’s serves local antiques dealers and decorators in the Wilson area and private customers from Chapel Hill to the coast.

Fulford’s has antiques, heart-pine hardwood floors, custom cabinets, leather books, architectural elements, and old bricks.

Wiggins’ work is considered heirloom furniture and will last for generations to come. His skills encompass many facets of period furniture construction techniques.

Wilson’s premier interior design, furniture, accessories, florals, draperies, and bedding firm. State-of-the-art sewing, quilting, and embroidery workroom.

Specializing in fine antiques, gifts, vintage furnishings and accessories, wines, and stationery.

James Grey & Co.

This mother-and-daughter team has gathered one of the largest selections of Federal, Empire, Victorian, and Turn-of-the-Century furniture in North Carolina.

Specializing in upholstering, custom building and clock repair, repairing and refinishing, and furniture.

Lovely Interiors sells high-end furniture, dinnerware, lamps, collectible figurines, and many other things one would find in an elegant home. Their selection consists of quality items at great prices.

High-quality antiques as well as high-end lighting, furniture, decorative accessories, and Carvers’ Guild mirrors.

Located in Wilson’s historic tobacco district. Offers fine lighting and great customer service. Wrought iron chandeliers and handcrafted copper lanterns, professional repair, and wiring available.

Newcomb Lighting & Repair

Nowell & Company is a 15,000-square-foot furniture and accessory showroom. They can execute any drapery treatment you can imagine.

Park Place is an upscale 6,000-square-foot consignment shop hidden inside an historic showcase home in the heart of downtown Wilson.

Specializing in antique furniture, antique reproductions, and custom lamp posts for more than 25 years. Located in Elm City, NC.

Wally’s Filling Station will take you back to good ol’ Mayberry days. They have a warehouse full of treasures. You will not be disappointed.

The Arts Center hosts a variety of exhibits and activities throughout the year. Exhibits are on display for an average of six weeks in the Annie Boykin Gallery.

ArtVentures is a gallery featuring local artists’ works including paintings, sculptures, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and more. Art instruction and gallery space are also available.

All exhibitions take place during the Barton College academic year and are open and free to the public.

Burk Uzzle’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums and the Library of Congress.

The renovation of this 1919 vaudeville theater, now with plush seating for 650 people, provides the community with a breathtaking venue for the Boykin Center Series each year.

The reasons for enjoying Frans van Baars’ artwork are as many and varied as the shades of colors he uses so brilliantly. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Gordon has worked in clay for over 40 years, beginning as a potter, wheel throwing, and then expanding into modular assembled clay sculptures and mixed-media site-specific installations.

Located in Historic Downtown Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum features 31 whirligigs.

Unique handmade jewelry, pottery, and local artwork.

Six divisions of racing action. The marquee event is “The Race For The Kids” benefiting Victory Junction Gang Camp and is held annually in November.

Wilson is home to Lake Wilson Disc Golf Course, Toisnot Park Disc Golf Course, and Williams Day Camp Disc Golf Course.

Disc Golf Courses

Historic Fleming Stadium: Wilson Tobs Coastal Plains League Baseball, Legion baseball, baseball museum, playground (no shelter).

The complex has four youth baseball fields; two all-dirt infields, and two grass infields. The feature field is the Southern Bank Stadium. The soccer complex features eight regulation-size soccer fields.

Conveniently situated on the border of Wilson and Elm City, the clubhouse is nestled among rolling lawns and offers year-round tennis facilities and a full-service pro shop with racquet stringing.

Enjoy Putt-Putt, the classic game of skill for all ages, 18 holes of stiff competition or just plain fun. Just make sure that you keep score!

Located just outside of Kenly, NC, Southern National Motorsports Park is Greenville's and Raleigh's action attraction for racing excitement.

Extreme Speed R/C Racing every Saturday and Sunday!

The course has an 18-hole layout with two putting greens, two driving ranges, a pro shop with concessions, and a picnic area with playground apparatus. Club fitting is available.

A 24-lane bowling center that also features a grill and pro shop. Westview Lanes hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and corporate events.

Enjoy a variety of amenities, including a pro shop, snack bar, swimming pool, ballroom and dining room, ladies and men’s locker rooms, driving range, outdoor patios, and practice putting and chipping areas.

Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, restaurant, swimming pool, driving range, putting green, private lessons. This is a private club with some outside play permitted. Call for availability and rates.

June through Mid-August. General Admission and Box Seating are available. Children under five get in free. Monday–Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 6:05 p.m.

Historical site featuring the governor’s mid-nineteenth century farmstead, including a smokehouse, pantry, kitchen, corn barn, outhouse, schoolhouse, and stables.

The Confederacy organized its Medical Department late in 1861, and by April 1862, the North Carolina General Military Hospital No. 2 was established in what was once the Wilson Female Seminary.

Confederate Military Hospital No. 2

Wilson Visitors Center is the starting point for the Historic Walking Tour downtown, featuring over 20 historical sites. Contact us to set up a tour.

Historic Walking Tour

Visit the restored P.L. Woodard House, circa 1873, in nearby Black Creek, located downtown on Center Street.

Expect to find ornate brackets; turned, chamfered, fluted, and tapered columns; large wraparound Victorian porches; and bungalow homes.

Porch Tours

Located in Historic Downtown Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum features 31 whirligigs.

This large play area is handicap accessible, providing the opportunity for positive interaction between all children! Located at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.

Bathrooms, grills, playground, shelter. 2504 Airport Boulevard NW, Wilson, NC 27896.

Belle Meade Park & Shelter

Bird trails are located at Buckhorn Lake and the Wilson Botanical Gardens. Find mockingbirds, brown thrashers, and red-tailed hawks, among others.

Amenities include 2,100 acres of water and land; boating, personal watercraft, boat permits; water skiing; fishing; duck hunting; picnicking; restrooms; shelter, horse trail; and piers.

Basketball courts, playgrounds. 911 Carolina Street East, Wilson, NC 27893.

Carolina Street Park

Shelter, picnic tables, playground, horseshoes. 1506 Sauls Street SW, Wilson, NC 27893.

Five Points Park

Historic Fleming Stadium: Wilson Tobs Coastal Plains League Baseball, Legion baseball, baseball museum, playground (no shelter).

Playground, basketball courts. 308 Freeman Street SE, Wilson, NC 27893.

Freeman Park

Greater Wilson Rotary Park is nestled among large shade trees with plenty of grassy areas for playing and pickleball courts. Play equipment includes a tot lot, a play structure, and swings. The pavilion features restrooms, picnic tables, and walking trails.

The complex has four youth baseball fields; two all-dirt infields, and two grass infields. The feature field is the Southern Bank Stadium. The soccer complex features eight regulation-size soccer fields.

Ninety acres of water and 37.1 acres of land, fishing, boating, walking trail, picnicking, disc golf. 4621 Lake Wilson Road N, Elm City, NC 27822.

Basketball courts, bathrooms, playground, shelter, walking trail. 1802 Lane Street SE, Wilson, NC 27893.

Lane Street Park & Shelter

Founded in 1987, the Library Rose Garden features 24 varieties of Hybrid Tea Roses. Eight beds contain over 120 plants, providing a continuous blooming season from mid-April until November. 249 West Nash Street Wilson, NC 27893.

Library Rose Garden

Playgrounds, tennis courts, and walking trails. 1015 Forest Hills Road NW, Wilson, NC 27896.

Matthis Park

Shelter (seats 60) with power outlets, lights, and fans. Playground. 2516 Buckingham Road NW, Wilson, NC 27896.

Merrimont Park & Shelter

The Educational Forest of the City of Wilson offers hiking trails, birding, and wetlands. It is located at 515 Dendrology Drive and has two self-guided nature trails to explore.

Twenty acres of water and 64.2 acres of land, playground, bank and footbridge fishing, horseshoes, restrooms, grills, picnicking, three nature trails, 1.2-mile fitness trail, three shelters, softball fields.

Playground at 1008 Railroad Street S, Wilson, NC 27893.

Vera Pope Park

Located in Historic Downtown Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum features 31 whirligigs.

Basketball courts, playground, walking trail. 501 Bruton Street W, Wilson, NC 27893.

Playground at 1510 Fikewood Street E, Wilson, NC 27893.

Washington-Carver Heights Park

The course has an 18-hole layout with two putting greens, two driving ranges, a pro shop with concessions, and a picnic area with playground apparatus. Club fitting is available.

Shelter with fans, power outlets, and lights (seats 60), playground, and restrooms, 2216 Woodcroft Drive W, Wilson, NC 27893.

Park amenities: 285 acres of water and 130 acres of land; shelter seats 60 (no power outlets, lights, fans); bank and boat fishing; bait shop; boating, boat rentals, boat permits; duck hunting; restrooms. Access is available from sunrise to sunset.

Fun, short nine-hole disc golf course with whites and blues.

Explore the native and heritage plants, hosta, day lilies, ornamental grasses, culinary and medicinal herbs, trees, turf grass, water features, and garden art.

One of the most beautiful and relaxing attractions in Eastern North Carolina. An accredited All-America Rose Selections, Inc., Public Garden. The rose garden is usually in full bloom May 1 through October 30.

Located in historic downtown Wilson, the museum has a mission to provide hands-on learning on a variety of science subjects. The museum features interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages.

Located at Fleming Stadium, the museum has more than 3,328 square feet and showcases baseball memorabilia from North Carolinian ballplayers. Open year-round.

Dedicated to interpreting the ecology, pre-history, history, and culture of 14 counties in the middle Coastal Plain through exhibits, collections of artifacts, and programming for people of all ages.

A museum featuring artifacts that depict the culture and contributions of African Americans to the history and development of Wilson. The house was built in 1946.

Explore the exhibits and artifacts in the museum’s three buildings. Open to the public Tuesday–Saturday. Guided tours are available every hour on the hour. Group tours can be arranged at any time.

Visit a turn-of-the-century homestead, including an authentic restored house and detached kitchen, smokehouse, log tobacco barn, and even an outhouse.

Located in Historic Downtown Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum features 31 whirligigs.