Home to the historic Pinehurst Resort, this village in Moore County has a population of around thirteen thousand people. A large portion of Pinehurst is a National Historic Landmark District, owing to its landscape design and the close relationship it shares with the history of golf in America.
Pinehurst has some interesting sights and activities for you to enjoy during your stay. There are also plenty of accommodation options such as Airbnb vacation rentals in Pinehurst to keep you comfortable during your stay. Aside from its golf courses, check out these things to do in Pinehurst, NC.
1. Prepare to be enchanted at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
Spread over 27 acres (11 hectares), Sandhills Horticultural Gardens features ten major gardens and beautiful natural areas, all of which are maintained by the horticultural students at the Sandhills Community College. Among these is a specialised conifer garden, the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden- a formal garden in the English style - and the Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden. Sandhills also houses sculptures from local artists and some beautifully maintained areas in which to sit and enjoy nature. Admission is free.
“We absolutely loved our visit to the gardens. The grounds were immaculate and we loved all the benches throughout to sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We can’t wait to visit again!” - Emily Mote on Facebook
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
Address: 555 Lindbergh Pl, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Contact Number: +1 910-692-6185
Hours Open : 7:00 am-9:00pm
Website: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
2. Spend a relaxing day at the Cannon Park/Camelot Playground
Cannon Park is a beautiful 15 acre (6 hectare) facility with a playground as well as two baseball/softball fields and a basketball court. Most of the playground lies beneath the shade of mature trees, so the equipment is not too hot during the warm summer months.
There are also covered picnic areas with barbecue facilities and bathrooms.
Cannon Park/ Camelot Playground
Address: 90 Woods Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
3. Head over to Rassie Wicker Park
With 3 miles (5 km) of paved walking and biking trails, the Rassie Wicker Park is a 103 acre (41 hectare) area with a splash pad, an outdoor in-line hockey rink, a playground, tennis courts and a soccer field. It is also home to a 33 acre (13 hectare) arboretum.
The Magnolia Lawn, Meadow Lawn and Pergola Garden may all be reserved for weddings, receptions, concerts and other events.
“Love walking in the woods and enjoying the fall leaves crackling under my feet. Peace and quiet time in Rassie Wicker Park. My son’s America Bulldog, Pete, really enjoys all the great smells to explore. Give it a try, walking on nature trails in the heavily wooded park is so relaxing. Great exercise on the hills, too.” - Mary Scoggin on Facebook
Rassie Wicker Park
Address: 10 Rassie Wicker Dr, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Hours Open: 10am-7pm
Contact Number : +1 910-295-2817
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4. Go fishing and boating at the Reservoir Park lake
Another beautiful attraction to enjoy is the Reservoir Park Lake, a 95 acre(38 hectare) lake which offers fishing and boating opportunities to the visitors. A gravel path under a canopy of pine, oak and hickory trees loops around the reservoir.
The park also houses two covered picnic shelters with grills and a number of picnic tables. There is a disc golf facility on-site as well. Additionally, the park makes for the perfect running spot with a flat trail and lots of shade. You can also spot turtles and local wildlife now and then.
Address: Southern Pines Reservoir Park Trail, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Hours Open : 6:30 am-9:00pm
Contact Number : +1 910-692-2463
5. Check out Tufts Archives
Located in the Given Memorial Library, Tufts Archives tells the rich history of the area through written text, photos and artefacts. The library also houses an eclectic display of golf and Pinehurst memorabilia. The docents are well-informed and friendly. It is especially worth a visit if you love golf and are interested in its history at Pinehurst and in America as well.
Address: 150 Cherokee Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Website: Tufts Archives
Contact Number : (910) 295-3642
6. Experience hospitality at its best at The Village Wine Shop
Featuring wines from around the world, The Village Wine Shop is home to the aptly named Cheers of Pinehurst bar. The atmosphere here is welcoming indeed, as the owner makes it her business to personally welcome everyone who walks in. Frequent wine tasting events are also held here.
Amazing wine selection, great company, and lovely decor. I really love this place. Gwen really makes the whole experience memorable. Thank you for a great day! - Amanda Renee on Facebook
The Village Wine Shop
Address: 80 Magnolia Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Contact Number : +1 910-295-5100
Website: The Village Wine Shop
7. Gorge yourself on some lip-smacking treats at the Culinary Tours of the Pines
Culinary tasting tours allow guests to sample some of the finest food available in Pinherhust, while learning about the history of the village. There are two tours- The Classic Pinehurst Tour (starting from $55 USD) is an afternoon tour on Tuesdays and Fridays that takes around two and a half hours) and The Sweet and Savory Brunch Tour (starting from $40 USD and running on Thursday mornings until noon).
Absolutely loved the brand new Sweet n Savoury Brunch Tour. Kathy is a highly informative guide, the rich history of Pinehurst is fascinating. Brunch was delicious, highly recommend!- Allison Dobbelaa on Facebook
Culinary Tours of the Pines
Website: Culinary Tours of the Pines
Choose the right tour for yourself, learn about them here : Tours Available
8. Go golfing!
When all is said and done, Pinehurst is widely known for its golf courses and the close relationship it shares with the sport. There are numerous golf courses around, making the village a mecca for golfers. From championship calibre courses to challenging inverted saucer greens, check out some of the best golfing in America at courses such as Mid Pines Golf Club, Pine Needles Golf Club and the Dormie Club, among others.
Pinehurst No 2, 4, 8
Address: Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Dr, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Mid Pines Golf Club
Address: 1010 Midland Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
Pine Needles Golf Club
Address: 1005 Midland Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387
Dormie Golf Club
Address: 6033 Beulah Hill Church Rd, West End, NC 27376
And that's not all!
Once you’re done exploring all this, head over to the historic Sunrise Theater, where you can catch an indie film while enjoying some wine or beer and popcorn.
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