If you’re planning a visit to Wilson County, NC, chances are that you’re heading for Wilson. That’s the main city in the area and that’s where most of the fun activities for families will happen.
In today’s article, I will guide you through the top things to do in Wilson, NC – things that kids will definitely enjoy. But as adults, we love them too – even though some of them are becoming the norm for somebody living here.
But without further ado, let’s check out the best of the best our county has to offer in terms of activities with kids in Wilson, North Carolina!
1. Whirligig Park
Although not complete yet, it’s still worth a visit! And even in its current state, it can provide entertainments for little and older ones. Right now, you can check out some of the items which have been restored, but also visit the warehouse where the restoration magic is happening and experience it first hand. Really fun to watch!
Narrowing the line between art and science (and I would add entertainment), this is a must visit if you’re spending some time in Wilson with your family. Learn more about the park on its official page here. You can visit Whirligig Park Mon-Fri between 9AM – 8PM (no admission charge), although for the art outside, you can just pop up anytime you feel like seeing something cool!
2. Wilson Botanical Gardens
Open each day since sunrise to sunset, this beautiful botanical garden in Wilson delights visitors with a tree collection, different turf grass species, display gardens as well as bird and butterfly gardens.
This is a great place to go out for a picnic with the family and enjoy the 200+ species of plants the Wilson Botanical Gardens are home for. Admission is free and you can find out more details on the official website of the gardens (here).
3. Model Trains
You don’t have to be a model train fanatic to enjoy the beauty of this place. The piece de resistance is definitely the showroom where you can view an operating model train featuring more than 2,000 train cars and enough track to maneuver 60 locomotive engines. The Antique Barn and Hobby Shop is the place where you can check out these model trains, in a place that’s operating since 1965.
Visit the official page for details on how to get there and in order to find out more about this attraction.
4. Imagination Station
If you want to bring a bit of science to the schedule, the Imagination Station is a must see attraction in Wilson! Located in Historic Downtown Wilson, it is the home of more than 200 displays with tons of activities and fun things to do for the entire family.
Some of my favorites are the Honey Bee Observation Hive and the animal collection, while the little ones will definitely love the curiosity corner as well. For adults, but maybe also for kids grown in the Facebook era, the impressive collection of antique photos could be a great attraction as well. It really manages to get you in the thinking mood regarding the way people used to live in the past.
There are all sorts of events taking place there regularly, so you should keep an eye on their website for the latest news and events.
The Imagination Station in Wilson operates Tuesday-Saturday from 9 to 5, and on Sundays from 1PM to 4 PM. Children under 3 must not pay an entrance fee, but for everybody else, the ticket costs $5.
5. NC Baseball Museum
If your kids enjoy baseball, a visit to the Baseball Museum might be worth it. The museum is open Thursday to Saturday between 10 AM – 4 PM and Sundays between 1 PM – 5 PM. But it’s best to go there on game day and enjoy a baseball game at Fleming Stadium, the home of Wilson Tobacconists (and the place where the museum operates).
If you’re lucky, you can even meet some Wilson’s Hall of Fame players who will be more than happy to sign an autograph for you. Find out more on the museum’s official page here.
6. Wilson Rose Garden
Now this one is obviously an attraction that you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Wilson when the roses are in bloom… but not insanely entertaining otherwise. But you’re really up for a treat if you visit at the right time: there are over 1,000 rose plants there, all looking amazing. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise, since some of the varieties there are American Rose Selections award winners.
There’s also a picnic area for the family and unforgettable memories can be made there. So put this on your “to see” list on 1800 Herring Avenue.
These are the top things to see and do with your family when in Wilson, NC. The list is not as impressive as lists from larger cities are, but I guarantee that you’ll get a really unique feeling from most of these places.
Are other hidden gems in Wilson that should make our list? Let us all know by sharing your comments below!