Monday, November 1, 2021

Gift the Experiences of the Heart of NC!

 Give the Gift of Experiences to Make Memories in the Heart of NC

Purchasing gifts for loved ones can often be a challenge. Consider giving the gift of experiences this upcoming season. We have compiled a perfect list of all ages of experiences that are unique to our area. When you think of a gift you may think about why you’d give someone a gift, it may be to show appreciation for their friendship, it could be an item they need, or it could be an activity that makes them happy. Make memories and by trying something new with your loved ones in the Heart of NC from this list of family-friendly adventures.

Family-Fun for all at North Carolina Zoo

More than 1,800 animals call the North Carolina Zoo home. These wild animals represent two continents, African and North America. The Sonora Desert and the tropical, free-flight Aviary invite you to warm up in their indoor habitats during chilly winter months in North Carolina.  At the world's largest natural habitat zoo, the animals have acres of room to roam, and so do you! With 5-miles of walking trails inside the park, nature play areas for children, a zoo animal-themed carousel, and an expansive collection of art exhibits located throughout the Zoo – make sure you lace up your walking shoes for this adventure. The North Carolina Zoo is open daily, excluding Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Start new traditions or continue old ones with your loved ones this winter season at the North Carolina Zoo. 

Purchase Ticket or Annual Memberships Here 

Thrill-seeking Fun at Kersey Valley Attractions

Kersey Valley Attractions will satisfy any adrenaline seeker on your gift list this season. Choose one or more experiences found on this 83-acre farm to check out your bucket list. Zipline along the tree lines on the aviation-themed flight path, take a shot at the state-of-the-art laser tag outdoor course, or go high in the sky on the three levels of high ropes challenges. If you want to stay at ground level, Bomb Bowling or Axe Throwing may pique your interest. The Piedmont Triad’s best real-world adventure game rooms offer family-friendly, creepy, and scary Escape Rooms. Seasonally experience award-winning Kersey Valley Spookywoods, an immersive haunted house attraction along with Sunflower Extravaganza, one of the largest display of sunflowers in the country. NEW in 2021, a Christmas experience like no other – Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action!  

Purchase Tickets to Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action!  Here 
Learn more about Kersey Valley 

Take a Scenic Drive and Explore the Pottery Highway 

Oftentimes the best memories can be made on a winding country road. One of our most beautiful back roads in Randolph County takes visitors to Seagrove, NC, nestled in the southern part of the Heart of NC. The true experience of the Seagrove Pottery community is meeting the makers of this craft, some that are 8th generational potters. Driving down NC Hwy 705, Pottery Highway, you will encounter historic areas of North Carolina which have been making and selling hand-thrown and hand-built pottery since the eighteenth century. Make sure to plan to explore the charming dining and unique shops throughout the Downtown Seagrove area as well to support these small businesses. 

Learn More about the Pottery Highway Here 
Shop Seagrove Pottery Here 

Off-Broadway Entertainment Comes to the Heart of NC

RhinoLeap Productions is a professional theater production company based out of Randolph County since 2015. The production season is filled with comedy, drama, tragedy, documentaries, podcasts, and seasonal entertainment. November kicks off with An Iliad being performed at Four Saints Brewing Company – the only brewery in Randolph County. Off-Broadway entertainment continues to at 1926 restored Historic Sunset Theatre with productions of Driving Miss Daisy and Unnecessary Farce. Production subscriptions include a ticket to each RhinoLeap performance for 2021 – 2022. 

Learn more and purchase ticket here 

Legendary Entertainment at the Liberty Showcase Theater

Live music and world-class entertainers perform in an intimate vintage movie theater in the downtown area of Liberty. Established in 1949 as The Curtis Movie Theater, this historic venue now hosts legendary artists from the music industry across several genres including bluegrass, country, and gospel. Theater owners, Dewey, and Leslie Brown are also known to entertain their guests with original music written and performed by the couple. Consider the gift of music for your loved one to make memories and check off bucket list items by visiting Liberty Show Theater.  

Learn More and Purchase Tickets Here 

Don’t Forget to Eat
Some of the fondest memories are made around the dining table. Delicious food has a way of bonding people together. Additional highlights of the entertainment and adventures mentioned above include having a meal, or two, among our extensive list of local award-winning dining establishments. From farm-to-table and tastes of comfort to pizzas made in a wood-fired oven or delicious burritos from an authentic taco stand; some of our dining options have been in business for over 75 years. Grab a drink at our brewery, wineries, and tasting room to sample beers and wines made right here in Randolph County.  

                                          Learn More about dining in Randolph County here 


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