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Free in Cumberland County

Explore the history of the US Army airborne and special operations troops at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, the only US Army museum not located on a military base.

Make etchings of the graves of Fayetteville's first settlers at Cross Creek Cemetery.

Take one of 18 Themed Driving Trails or customize your tour using CustomizeIT.

Get competitive with a round of frisbee golf at Arnette Park.

Discover the history of southeastern NC from Native American times to present day at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. The complex includes museum galleries, Arsenal Park (which houses the remains of the Fayetteville Arsenal, which General Sherman burned during the Civil War) and the 1897 Poe House, a restored 1897 late-Victorian residence.

Immerse yourself in the cultures present in greater Fayetteville at  The Arts Council's International Folk Festival.  Hundreds of events are held each year, and the majority are free.

Walk the Cape Fear River Trail . Wonder at 700 species of plants and 150 species of birds along the trail. The 3.7 mile trail is designated as part of the East Coast Greenway, a series of urban trails and greenways that will eventually connect Maine to Key West, Florida.

Catch massive catfish along the Cape Fear River or at  one of the lakes on Fort Bragg.

Be blown away by the sight of paratroopers billowing through the sky at Sicily Drop Zone.

Catch free concerts by major recording acts (and much more during the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.

Walk along Cool Spring Street. See the oldest house in the city - Cool Spring Tavern, built in 1789 to house the NC Delegates that ratified the U.S. Constitution. Tour Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church; walk on the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry parade grounds, where this historic militia has mustered its troops since 1793.

Stick your feet in the fountain at the Fayetteville Rose Garden.

Learn why transportation history and local history are integrally linked at the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum.

Honor the contributions of North Carolina Veterans from all branches of service at North Carolina Veterans Park.

Jump in the drivers seat, head to Fort Bragg and follow their self-guided tour of the post.

Visit Clark Park Nature Center to learn about wildlife in the region.





Also at Clark Park is one of the trails from the Kids in Parks TRACK Trail Program which provides a network of kid-friendly trails. The trail is called the J. Bayard Clark Park TRACK Trail and children can earn free prizes by going on the trails and tracking them on the website.


Cool off at Christina Smith Splash Pad.  Perfect for the under-10 set!

Spread out a blanket and enjoy a concert at Festival Park during Fayetteville After 5. Held the third Friday of every month throughout the summer months.

Pick up fresh veggies at one of two Farmers Markets. Fayetteville Farmers Market is open each Wednesday and Saturday outside the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum from April through October. Sandhills Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9- 1 June through October.

Learn about the Confederate  Army's final delaying action at Averasboro Battlefield, just north of Fayetteville.  

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