8 Best Things To Do In Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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The town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina is approximately one hour outside of Raleigh and is an excellent location if you are looking for some relaxation and beautiful views filled with the comfort and sophistication of southern charm in the United States. From enjoying all the outdoor activities the town has to offer, to tasting local brews and enjoying the vibrant arts culture, here are 8 of the best things to do while in Rocky Mountain.

1. Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science Center

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If you have children that are joining you on your trip to Rocky Mount, an excellent place to visit is the Children’s Museum and Science Center. Filled with exhibits about the history of North Carolina and the science behind the great state’s vast amount of nature, such as the “Secret of Bees” and “Native Knowledge: Shared Science”, the center is perfect to bring your children to so they can learn new and exciting topics while on vacation. They even have an astronomy center where you can gaze up at the stars! This museum is a must-see if you have children while on your trip.

Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science Center

Address: 270 Gay St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Website: Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center

2. Koi Pond Brewing Company

Black Sheep Brewery Tour
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On the other hand, if you don’t have children with you, an excellent stop while in Rocky Mount is at the Koi Pond Brewing Company. They are just about to open “The Pond,” their taproom room where you can taste the local beer, but if you go before the taproom is up and running, no worries! They still have a lovely area for their tasting right at the brewery itself. You must be 21 and please drink responsibly!

Koi Pond Brewing Company

Address: 1107 Falls Rd, Rocky Mount, NC

Website: Koi Pond Brewing Company

3. Rocky Mount City Lake and Park

Another great way to spend your time in Rocky Mount is to take a stroll and relax at the City Lake and Park. Why not have a picnic by the lake and enjoy some beautiful weather outdoors? You can even feed the birds in the lake, or grab a ball and play some soccer or football. Whatever you choose to do at Rocky Mount City Lake and Park, it will surely be a day to remember long after your trip has ended.

Rocky Mount City Lake and Park

Address: Sunset Ave. at Business 64, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Website: Rocky Mount City Lake and Park

4. Bel Air Artisan Center

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If you are interested in art, a perfect place to go is the Bel Air Artisan Center. They have facilities for artists to work as well as an in-house gallery to purchase local artist’s work. From paintings to sculptures to jewelry, this is an excellent spot to explore your love of art.

Bel Air Artisans Center

Address: 115 Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Website: Bel Air Artisans Center

5. Deb's Funnel Cakes

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Have a sweet tooth? Deb is known for her funnel cakes at Deb’s Funnel Cakes right in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Have all the funnel cake you may want, or try their ice cream and smoothies as well! A perfect stop to relax and eat great food with your loved ones while on vacation. Deb’s is a classic small town, big heart stop with excellent food for all the family to have a sweet treat during your trip to Rocky Mount.

Deb's Funnel Cakes

Address: 300 Sedgefield Dr, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Website: Deb’s Funnel Cakes

6. Battle Park

Head to Battle Park to have a lovely stroll filled with history! The original location of Rocky Mount, this park has lovely walking paths and tables for picnics and beautiful views of Tar River. It is also a sight of a cemetery dating back to the Civil War where you can learn more about the conflict between the Confederates and Unionists. An excellent place to spend the afternoon!

Battle Park

Website: Battle Park

7. Stonewall Manor

In The Meadow We Can Build a Snowman
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Another great place to visit when in Rocky Mount if you are a history buff is the Stonewall Manor. The Stonewall Manor is a perfect example of Antebellum life on a farm in the south. Close to Tar River and celebrated for its beautiful architecture and scenery, this site is an excellent place to explore if you want to learn more about the history of the south in the United States.

Stonewall Manor

Address: 1331 Stonewall Lane, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Website: Stonewall Manor

8. Tar River Flea Market

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If you are looking to do some shopping while in Rocky Mount, stop by the Tar River Flea Market. This flea market is NOT your average flea market! The indoor and outdoor shopping area has over 200 vendors with all types of things to purchase, sell or trade. A great spot to stop and get lost through tons of vendor spaces while in this unique spot in North Carolina.

Tar River Flee Market

Address: 1820 S. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27803

Website: Tar River Flee Market

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Rocky Mount in North Carolina in the US is an excellent destination choice if you are traveling through the south. With the town being only an hour outside of Raleigh, this is a wonderful place to relax and explore. From walking through beautiful parks, drinking local brews, and learning about the history of the US, Rocky Mount is an excellent choice! Start packing now!

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Clare Fitzgerald is a recent graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and an honors Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She continues to pursue...Read more

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