If the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you’re tired of wearing your back-of-the-closet sweaters, it could only mean one thing – it’s time for a Spring vacation. In Nash County, pair your sunshine with the sight of exotic birds. Enjoy those blooming flowers from the comfort of a kayak. This list of things to do is for whether you’re bringing along Rocky, the family golden retriever, or Rachel, your golden bestie from college. Don’t worry about the details, we have you covered.
Happy. Tired. Kids. That’s the dream for any parent. Well, that dream is alive and well at Game Day Adventure and Arcade at the Rocky Mount Event Center. Race up one of the indoor climbing walls and leave your fear of heights grounded. Tell those butterflies in your belly what for as you dig deep, jump and grab a punching bag suspended two stories in the air. The entire family is, of course, wrapped, harnessed, and tethered together for safety. But, for those feeling competitive and a little more in love with gravity, we suggest aiming for the high score at the arcade located on the ground level.
Prepare to be a perch for a parakeet at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. This 18-acre park gives visitors an unforgettable up-close experience with over 2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos, and other exotic birds from around the world. Stroll through spacious, walk-through aviaries and gawk at the iridescent colors and songs of birds from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The aviaries are surrounded by tranquil gardens and lush natural areas, which enhance the beauty of the birds on exhibit and immerse visitors in native North Carolina wildlife habitat.
Granola guys and gals, we promise you’ve never explored something like this before. The Tar River Trail is part of an outdoor system trail that covers over 300 acres and offers over seven miles of walking trails and an extensive paddling trail. It runs, in part, next to the Tar River and links five different city parks – that means you can hike and check out everything the parks have to offer. If you’re looking to walk, bike, hike, paddle or Segway, this trail is easy to navigate and offers sites, scenery and the experience of nature right next to craft beer, eateries and attractions.
Battle Park is many things; it’s part a 7.1 mile trail system connecting all the large parks, comprising nearly 300 acres of parkland. It’s located along the Falls of the beautiful Tar River. It is also located next to Rocky Mount Mills, where there is an abundance of trails, scenic areas to explore, and craft beer to drink. It’s also home to one of Nash County’s most notable landmarks, one of the largest wooden suspension bridges in the entire United States. If you’re a lover of selfies and sights, this bridge is a wonderful vantage point to take in the scenery of Battle Park and the Tar River.
Do you love the outdoors, but you just wish you could get to your destination without having to walk? Well, today we trade in your hiking shoes for a Segway. If you can lean forward, you can ride these motorized miracles. This three-hour tour ventures around many parts of the Tar River Trail including Battle Park. At 57 Acres, it’s Rocky Mount’s largest Park and centered on the Falls of the Tar River. Take in the scenery. Enjoy the sounds of the rushing water. Feel the ground underneath your…wheels and be thankful you don’t have to walk back to your car.
Nash County is home to 8-disc golf courses, meaning you have all the options whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Sunset Park’s 18-hole course winds through the woods and around the park. You’ll find long straightaways, doglegs, and one heavily obstructed hole, but most of what you will find is a day of great fun for all ages. Glover Park’s is a nine-hole track with short holes requiring every shot type and might cause some big numbers on the scorecard with some very tight out of bounds all around the course. If you’re a pro looking for a course that will make you feel like a beginner again, Farmington Park’s course is the best fit for you. This course holds the title to some of the hardest shots in the area. Battle Park’s eighteen-hole course is the area’s newest and has holes that range from two hundred twenty feet all the way to nine hundred feet. If you are an advanced to pro player, be prepared to throw technical shots at every angle. If you’re a beginner, going to this course be prepared for a long day of disc golf.