|Wilsonians understand there is more to life than work. Here is a short
list of possibilities to feed your need for arts, sports, humanities and
plain old fun:
• Attend a play or live presentation at the 650-seat Edna Boykin
Cultural Center that is a loving restoration of a 1919 Vaudeville
•Try the hand-on exhibits at Imagination Station, a science museum
primarily for children, but also allows adults to have fun.
• Shop at antique stores that attract buyers from throughout the world.
• Visit the outdoor Whirligig gallery of Vollis Simpson, nationally
known folk artist whose work graces some of the largest art
collections in the country. We guarantee you have never seen
anything like it.
• Visit the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Conservatory Headquarters
on the corner of Barnes and Douglas and see the restoration process.
• Join 20,000 people at the annual Whirligig Festival, which has
featured such artists as Doc Watson, and crafts, art and music from
all along the East Coast.
• Learn about African-American history in the Round House Museum,
a unique stone house built by craftsman Oliver Nestus Freeman.
•Attend the annual Theater of the American South Festival in the
• Savor nationally loved pork barbecue and Brunswick stew, fresh
shrimp from the coast, or gourmet cuisine at Wilson’s eclectic mix
•Take the kids to swim practice at the city’s Olympic sized pool, which
is covered in the winter for year-round swimming.
• Ride the miniature train at Recreation Park Community Center.
• Attend a Barton College Wilson Symphony concert or a production
at Lauren Kennedy and Allan Campbell Theater on the Barton
• Pick out a unique gift at one of the area’s specialty shops.
•Root for the home team Wilson Tobs at Fleming Stadium. While there,
visit the North Carolina Baseball Museum featuring memorabilia of
such North Carolina greats as Catfi sh Hunter, Enos Slaughter and
•Pack a bag for a day trip or a long weekend at North Carolina’s
beautiful beaches, less than two hours away.
•Take to the great outdoors for hiking, fi shing, hunting, golfi ng,
boating, sailing, nature trail walking, cycling, disc golfi ng or tennis.
•Tour beautiful spring gardens featuring azaleas, dogwoods and tulips.
Tour Wilson Rose Garden or Wilson Botanical Garden.
•Avoid the highway traffi c; take the train to downtown Washington,
|•Take a class at Barton College or Wilson Community College.
• Listen to the inspiring performance of the Wilson Chorale.
•Watch an outdoor movie at the Hickory Grove Paul V. Berry Park.
•Take a Historic Walking Tour.
• Enjoy First Fridays each month from June through September on
the lawn at Wilson County Library or listen to your favorite band at
Downtown Alive concerts May through July.
• Coach some of the 1,400 youngsters in the city’s soccer program
at the Gillette Athletic Complex, or enjoy a day of Little League
baseball at the new Heritage Bank baseball stadium located in the
Enjoy a day at the BB&T Noah’s Arc Playground at the Gillette
Athletic Soccer and Baseball Complex for children of all abilities.
This is the largest certifi ed boundless playground in the state of
•Visit the Arts Council of Wilson’s current exhibits.
• No matter your interests, you’re bound to fi nd an outlet for them
in Wilson. City life with country charm and values – life the way it’s
supposed to be.