10 Best Things To Do In Southern Pines, North Carolina

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The peaceful community of Southern Pines is tucked amongst the famous pines prominent to the area and is a charming place to visit for your vacation, or even for a couple of days away. If golfing is your thing, you won’t be disappointed, as it’s also well known for some of America’s top golf courses. If you’re not a fan of golf, there are plenty of cultural attractions to visit, as well. Take a look at our list of some of the best things to do in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

1. Sunrise Theater

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If you’re visiting Southern Pines, be sure to check the events at the Sunrise Theater, whilst here. Situated amidst the magnolias and longleaf pines on Broad Street, the theater itself is a historic building, which dates back to 1898! Having gone through numerous changes, it is now reopened and functioning as a performing arts center, showing independent films and all kinds of concerts.

Sunrise Theater

Address: 250 NW Broad Street Southern Pines NC 28387

Website: Sunrise Theater

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2. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

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In 1941, the author James Boyd bought and named this estate Weymouth and offered it to the public as a natural park for all to enjoy. Fast forward to the present day and now, this cultural center is dedicated to preserving the 26-acre (10.5-hectare) estate, which includes the gardens and a longleaf pine forest. Open every day, it also serves as a writer’s residency and performs concerts and recitals.

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

Address: 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Website: Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities

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3. Pine Needles Golf Club

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High ranking in the golf world, Pine Needles is a fantastic course to test golfers of all abilities. It has five featured holes and wide fairways, in great surroundings. Golfers have enjoyed this course for nearly a century but if golf isn’t your thing, you can also check out their spa facilities, or enjoy a super dinner at their restaurant.

Pine Needles Golf Club

Address: 1005 Midland Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387-3121

Website: Pine Needles Golf Club

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4. Reservoir Park

If you’re looking for a place to chill out and enjoy nature’s sounds and sights then make time to visit Reservoir Park, in Southern Pines. There are stunning views of the reservoir from well-marked walking trails and there are also opportunities for fishing and boating. When you want a break, take a picnic with you and sit under the longleaf and loblolly pine trees and enjoy splendid views, all around you.

Reservoir Park

Address: 300 Reservoir Park Road, Southern Pines, NC 2838

Website: Reservoir Park

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5. Creation Museum

Entrance to the Creation Museum
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For a museum with a bit of a difference, visit the Creation Museum in Southern Pines and wander around the plethora of carpentry tools, stuffed animals and history of the area. It is the owner’s private collection and it also has a Christian bookstore, a Taxidermy Hall of Fame and an Antique Tool Museum. Although it might not be to everyone’s tastes, the fudge and gift shop upstairs will be a real treat for both young and older visitors.

The Creation Museum

Address: 156 NW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387-4801

Website: The Creation Museum

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6. Southern Pines Brewing Company

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If you’re a lover of beer, you’ll love to soak up the atmosphere and drink a few great beers at the Southern Pines Brewing Company. The bar is a great place to hang out with the friendly staff for drinks during happy hour or after dinner. The quality of beers made and sold here are highly recommended and they even offer visits to their tap room, if you’re interested in more than just drinking beer!

Southern Pines Brewing Company

Address: 565 Air Tool Dr, Southern Pines, NC 28387-3468

Website: Southern Pines Brewing Company

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7. The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room

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What better way to relax of an evening than with a quality wine, purchased locally from people who are professional in the knowledge and dedication to serving the best wines in the area. The Wine Cellar has been the leading wine shop in the area for more than 20 years and offers wine tasting, every day. It also has a large selection of craft beers and ciders, and if you visit on a Saturday evening, you’ll get to hear live music with your drinks.

The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room

Address: 241 NE Broad St Ste A Southern Pines, NC 28387

Website: The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room

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8. Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

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It's National Gardening Day! Gardening is a great therapeutic exercise. It is also a great way to get the whole family involved!

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Whatever time of the year you visit, there’ll always be something in bloom at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Spread over 32 acres (12.9 hectares) of neatly designed gardens and sculptures, it makes for a great day out to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take a walk from here to Reservoir Park, or alternatively, simply relax and take in the peaceful surroundings.

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Address: Pinehurst, NC

Website: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

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9. Southern Pines Growler Company

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If you’re on another quest for beer, visit the Southern Pines Growler Company for a great choice of craft beers to drink in their great outdoor area. With up to 30 craft beers on tap and 100 in bottles, you really will be spoilt for choice! For those who are truly dedicated, you can pick up all your home brewing ingredients and equipment here, to try making beer yourself. And, if you want to take your dog, they’re welcomed by the friendly staff, too.

Southern Pines Growler Company

Address: 205 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Website: Southern Pines Growler Company

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10. Weymouth Woods

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You won’t be disappointed with a visit to Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, with its vast amount of longleaf pines, some of which are more than 100 years old. The natural habitat is home to the red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens tree frog, bog spicebush, fox squirrel and myriad wildflowers. There are many different trails to take, where you’ll pass through wetlands, over wooden bridges and alongside flora and fauna.

Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve

Address: 205 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Website: Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve

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Take time out at Southern Pines

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Whether you’re looking for a round of golf or to get a round of drinks in, Southern Pines has all your leisurely desires covered. Walking on a golf course or walking through the amazing natural beauty, the day can still end up with a cold beer or tasty wine. And, you’ll have plenty of time in between, to explore a bit of culture.

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