“To awaken in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” So says explorer, Freya Stark who was likely referring to destinations like Morrisville, North Carolina. Strangely enough, this lovely town has plenty of things to see, do, and enjoy. For travellers who can’t find it on the map, Morrisville, NC, as it’s affectionately known, is located in Wake County, midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. Travel time from Durham to Morrisville by car is roughly 18 minutes via the NC 147 S route. In fact, this route is among the fastest way to get to Morrisville from Durham. From beautiful parks to outback farms, and shopping villages to recreation centres, scroll down to find out more about things to do in Morrisville, North Carolina.
1. Spend a day amid nature at Lake Crabtree County Park
Wondrous describes Lake Crabtree County Park, one of the many parks located within Morrisville NC. After all, the park is located on 215 acres of lush greens, adjacent to the peaceful waters of a 520-acre (1,285 hectares) lake. Definitely a must-visit for those who yearn to reconnect with nature, this park is among the most visited for outdoor fun and recreation. In fact, the locals often frequent the park to explore more than 16 miles (26 kilometres) of trails all around the park and enjoy the great outdoors. Popular things to do at Lake Crabtree County Park include picnicking, jogging, nature trekking, and critter exploring. For budding fishermen, visitors have been spotted doing catch-and-release fishing by the lake. So, get ready for a splashing good time by the lake.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Address: 1400 Aviation Pkwy, 27560 Morrisville, North Carolina
Website: Lake Crabtree County Park
Opening hours: 8am - 8:30pm (daily)
2. Discover fun farm adventures with your family at Phillips Farms
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Here’s where the cows go moo and horses neigh, while little chicks cluck. Get ready for a clucking good time at Phillips Farms. Touted to be a working farm where families can enjoy wholesome fun, this farm is a great way for your little brood to learn about a farm. Serving the central North Carolina for over 100 years, Phillips Farms offers awesome attractions aplenty. From Corn Maze to Christmas Trees, Strawberry Picking to rides on a cow train, visitors will be amazed by the friendly service. Kids learn about farming hay, straw, corn, and strawberry crops at various seasons in the year. In addition, they get to pick out their own Christmas trees every December.
Address: 6701 Good Hope Church Rd, 27519 Cary, North Carolina
Website: Phillips Farms
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8pm; Sat: 8am - 9pm; Sun: 9.30am - 8pm
Price: 12 USD (aged 2 & above), 10 USD (seniors aged 60+)
3. Enjoy great shopping, dining, and entertainment at Park West Village
The place to be for shopaholics and foodies is Park West Village, Morrisville’s premier lifestyle centre. Better yet, this shopping haven features award-winning stores and restaurants. So, visitors are guaranteed a good time shopping in a spacious 100-acre (40.4 hectares) development. Shoppers can explore the town centre district, community centre, and several much sought-after retail anchors. There are upscale casual restaurants and even a movie theatre to catch all the latest blockbusters. Visitors usually rave about the good value-for-money shopping at stores like Target and shopping promotions at specialty stores. Best of all, there are lots of parking spaces for all-day parking.
Park West Village
Address: 3113 Market Center Dr., 27560 Morrisville, North Carolina
Website: Park West Village
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm
4. Let the kids go wild with play at Morrisville Community Park
The perfect place for high-energy kids to spend the day is at the Morrisville Community Park. The well-maintained park has a playground, paved jogging path, picnic shelter, softball, and baseball fields. There is abundant greenery, plenty of open spaces to relax and adequate amenities such as restrooms as well as free parking. Not to be missed are the outdoor recreation festivals packed with games and family activities held at the park from time to time. It’s little wonder that this community park is a popular place for locals and tourists alike.
Morrisville Community Park
Address: 1520 Morrisville Pkwy, 27560 Morrisville, North Carolina
Website: Morrisville Community Park
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 8am - 7pm; Mon: 8am - 8:30pm
5. Test your climbing skills at Triangle Rock Club
Aim high and head for Triangle Rock Club, the premier indoor climbing and fitness centre in Morrisville, NC. What’s spectacular is their 55-feet (16.7 metres) high climbing wall that dares climbers to reach their highest potential. Nor for the faint-hearted, Triangle Rock Club also has rope climbing and adaptive climbing courses with instructors for an adventure-fuelled experience. For visitors who fear heights, there are plenty of other fitness activities available to pump up your adrenaline. Yogis looking for a good stretch workout can enroll in their weekly yoga and pilates classes. There is a wide variety of youth camps, school holiday camps, and teen climb nights for youngsters bursting with energy. Here, they can learn the basics of climbing, conquer fears, and build their confidence.
Triangle Rock Club
Address: 102 Pheasant Wood Ct, 27560 Morrisville, North Carolina
Website: Triangle Rock Club
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 5:30am - 11pm; Wed: 5:30am - 6pm; Fri: 5:30am - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 6pm (closed on Thu)
Price: 15 USD for day pass for first-time visitors (aged 12 & above), 10 USD for visitors (aged 11 & under)
6. Explore a variety of beautiful orchids at Orchid Trail Greenhouses
From colourful Cattleyas to delightful Dendrobiums, discover them all at the Orchid Trail Greenhouses, the orchid nursery and garden centre in Morrisville. It is the perfect place to explore a wide variety of orchid species and fascinating hybrids. Should you fall in love with one of the many blooms on display, simply pick it up and bring them home for a reasonable price. Noted to be one of the best growers for everything botanic, Orchid Trail Greenhouses has orchid varieties that you would not find in a flower shop or online store. For kids who have never seen a greenhouse, this is the ideal place to learn how a greenhouse works to grow healthy plants and flowers. In fact, the florals make excellent holiday gifts, too.
Orchid Trail Greenhouses
Address: 402 Church St., 27560 Morrisville, North Carolina
Website: Orchid Trail Greenhouses
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 5pm; Sat: 9.30am - 4pm; Sat: 1pm - 3pm
7. Discover the town's history at Morrisville History Centre
Knowing the history of Morrisville, NC will lead you to a greater appreciation of this historic town. The Morrisville History Centre was installed as part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War. Located at the lobby of the Morrisville Town Hall, visitors can now enjoy history retold in comfortable settings. At the centre, the story of the Morrisville and Civil War skirmish in 1865 is featured together with exhibits, touch screen videos, and video screenings for guests. Better than reading a history textbook, the friendly staff at the centre will gladly answer any questions related to the history and present developments in Morrisville.
Morrisville History Centre
Address: 100 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville, NC 27560
Website: Morrisville History Centre
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
8. Scan the skies for air planes at RDU Observation Deck
Thrilled by the sights and sounds of airplanes landing and taking off into the skies? Then, head over to RDU Observation Deck and enjoy the amazing sights of planes flying through the clouds. Better yet, bring the kids and watch them get all excited about planes at the Observation Deck overlooking the 10,000-foot (3,048 metres) runway. Little aspiring pilots can live out their dreams as they spend the day watching planes and listening to pilot-tower communications from the Air Traffic Control Tower. The RDU Observation Deck has audio speakers on the elevated observation platform for visitors to listen in. Ready facilities such as picnic area, play area, and educational placards for kids ensure that families enjoy their flights of fancy. Parking is also free.
RDU Observation Deck
Address: W International Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560
Website: RDU Observation Deck
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily)
Make your adventures worthwhile at Morrisville
With age come wisdom. With travel comes understanding. Let your travels to Morrisville bring your greater understanding of the culture and charms of their town and community. Happy travels.
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