Rowan County: One of the Best Family Vacation Destinations
Families love Rowan County because it provides an opportunity to experience authentic attractions while creating lasting memories as a family. The area is home to Dan Nicholas Park, Eagle’s Nest Nature Preserve, the Lazy 5 Ranch and Patterson Farm, and the North Carolina Transportation Museum to name a few. Experience a true North Carolina family vacation including miniature golf, paddle boats, an exotic animal safari, gem mining, lake fishing, carousel and train rides, and pick-your-own-farms. Come and stay at one of the great family friendly hotels or campgrounds and let the attractions in Rowan County keep the family fun going for days.
Bicycling Rowan County
204 E. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: This 226-mile system links cities, towns, points of interest and recreational areas via the more lightly traveled roads favored by local bicyclists. This is a great way to exercise while exploring Rowan County! Pick up a copy of the Bicycling Rowan County brochure from the Rowan County Visitors Center.
120 N. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: Bring your kids, 13 years old and younger, to the inflatable play center where they can safely bounce, jump, slide, dance, ride, and have fun. The play area includes wall-to-wall inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and Giddy-Up rides. Complete with a dance floor, Bounce City is guaranteed to keep your kids active, happy, and healthy.
China Grove Roller Mill
308 N. Main St., China Grove, NC 28023
Description: For over one hundred years, the China Grove Roller Mill was in continuous operation and was a meeting place for the agricultural community surrounding the town of China Grove. Farmers came to sell their grain for flour and corn meal production, to purchase farm necessities, and to socialize. When visitors enter the roller mill, they are transported to an earlier time.
Dan Nicholas Park & Campground
6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
Description: This 425-acre park, located eight miles southeast of Salisbury, offers a ten-acre lake for paddle boating and fishing, the Rowan Wildlife Adventures, tennis courts, picnic shelters, the Hurley Family Water Plaza, playgrounds, volleyball, horseshoes, ball fields, miniature golf, carousel, gem mining, a fresh water aquarium, and miniature train ride for children. The 70 site family campground is open all year round and includes an outdoor theater!
Dunn's Mountain Park
1740 Dunns Mountain Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
Description: Those who are looking for a great view, nice bird watching, and a short hike may find Dunn's Mountain Park in Salisbury, North Carolina to be a fun day trip with the family. This park covers more than 80 acres, while offering a peaceful place to enjoy a picnic and meet some nice folks!
Eagle Point Nature Preserve
665 Black Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
Description: A 200-acre natural area on a remote part of High Rock Lake gives visitors the opportunity to hike three miles of trails to vistas of the lake and wildlife observation points. Self-introspective nature trails, old home sites, seasonal canoe access, and fishing from the shore are also available.
2924 Old Mocksville Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144
Description: Go pick some of your favorite fruits and veggies at Eagle's Produce Farm. Open mid April through mid October, check out their website for specifications on seasonal products.
Elium Berry Farm
2085 Lake Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
Description: Blueberries begin ripening in early July and peak at the end of the month! Don't miss out on delicious, fresh blueberries!
Frank. T. Tadlock South Rowan Regional Library
920 Kimball Road, China Grove, NC 28023
Description: The Frank. T. Tadlock South Rowan Regional Library is located in China Grove, NC, close to the China Grove Roller Mill. Any reader will find a book to enjoy from the library's collection.
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park
770 St Stephen's Church Rd., Gold Hill, NC 28071
Description: This 70-acre historic theme park is the site of Barnhardt and Randolph Gold Mines, reportedly, the richest mining properties East of the Mississippi. Gold Hill is home of the first gold rush. The park facilities are available for private, formal/informal, banquets, corporate events, educational events, weddings, and more.