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27 Terrific Things to Do with Kids in Fayetteville and Cumberland County

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on February 25, 2024.

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After many trips to the Cumberland County area, we can attest to the fact that there are almost too many things to do with kids in Fayetteville and beyond.

And it’s not just for very young children, either, as many of these ‘kid’ activities in Fayetteville, NC, have just about every age group in mind.

Honestly, this lineup of fun is pretty unique, as you’ll be hard-pressed to find an area where you can zip over waterfalls, visit a brewery with a massive playground, and paint your own pottery.

If those three got you revved up, let’s take a look at them and the two dozen other fantastic ways for you and your kids to enjoy Fayetteville and its surroundings.

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Whether you’re a new resident, a frequent visitor, or a local, we’re leaving no detail behind. If you live in the Fayetteville area and are wondering, “What are the best things to do with kids near me?” we think this NC travel guide will help you out!

Things to Do with Kids in Fayetteville and Cumberland County

If you’re ready to do these fun kid-friendly activities NOW, our Eastern North Carolina Map will help you visually plan your day out!

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Bowling

Maybe there’s some childhood nostalgia coming out, but bowling was one of my favorite things to do as a kid! And in Fayetteville, the family-owned and operated Lafayette Bowling and B&B Bowling Lanes are a couple of places with plenty of pins waiting to be taken down.

Of course, there are more bowling lanes in Fayetteville, which you can learn more about here.

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden 

Address: 536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC

our daughter smelling the pink flowers by the street

We think the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is where you should start when getting your children out in nature! With 80 acres of blooming flowers and plants, our little one loves running around and exploring the paths here.

In addition to a children’s garden and nature backpacks to expand the experience, Cape Fear Botanical Garden hosts several family-friendly events throughout the year.

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Cape Fear River Trail

Address: Sherman Drive, Fayetteville, NC

a group of tall trees along Cape Fear river trail

Whether you’re looking to bike, walk, or even scoot, the Cape Fear River Trail is an excellent place for that. This trail is a 10-foot-wide paved path that extends for almost 5.3 miles.

Shrouded with trees, wildlife, and even a covered bridge, we think this will be one of your favorite things to do with kids in Fayetteville.

Pro-tip: Start at Clark Park (see below) and enjoy the Nature Center first!

Carter Blueberry Farm

Address: 4120 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville, NC

a close-up shot of small purple and green blueberries

Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Carter Blueberry Farm is a 6-acre oasis for blueberry picking in North Carolina! The 3500 blueberry plants at this farm are ripe for the picking, and the memories you make will last a lifetime.

Bring your own bucket and fill it up for only $1.79 per pound. Now, that’s a steal of a deal!

Carvers Creek State Park

Addresses:
Long Valley Farm Access: 995 McCloskey Rd, Fayetteville, NC
Sandhills Access: 2505 Long Valley Rd, Spring Lake, NC

our little girls walking along the sandy path at Carver's Creek State Park

It’s no surprise that we love spending time outdoors, and Fayetteville and Spring Lake sure do have a gem of a state park in Carvers Creek!

From the Long Valley Farm Access parking lot, you’ll walk straight ahead and see the former historic retreat of the Rockefeller family. Two hiking trails snake through the former roads of the farm and pass a 100-acre millpond.

These trails are very family-friendly as they are a mix of sand and gravel and do not change in elevation. We wouldn’t recommend a stroller, but a hiking carrier or walking for little legs would be perfect!

At the Sandhills Access, stroll along the Longleaf Pine Trail and stop at the pond about a mile from the parking lot.

Note: closed-toe shoes are recommended, and please do not veer off the trail.

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The Climbing Place

Address: 436 W Russell St, Fayetteville, NC

If your kids have you climbing the walls, how about letting them loose somewhere else? The Climbing Place is the place to let your climbing kids have fun in Fayetteville. With 20,000 square feet of climbing, there are plenty of rope and rock options for all skill levels.

The Climbing Place is also perfect for birthday parties or groups. Join them for Friday night Family nights for deals on gear rentals and free pizza!

Dirtbag Ales

Address: 5435 Corporation Dr, Hope Mills, NC

Yep, that’s right. We’re listing a Fayetteville brewery as a kid-friendly thing to do! Why? Because Dirtbag Ales is more than just a hoppy good time. And it’s not just their on-site restaurant, Napkins, with easy choices for families that put this place on our list.

For us, it’s Dirtbag’s wide-open space and, wait for it….. PLAYGROUND. Yes, that’s right. One of the best playgrounds in Fayetteville NC. It’s a total game-changer for parents who have always said it would be nice to have a cold beer while watching their kids play.

Of course, we also come for their Cold Brew Mocha Porter, one of our absolute favorite North Carolina beers. But the overall vibe keeps us returning to Dirtbag every chance we get!

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Defy Fayetteville 

Address: 361 Westwood Shopping Center, Fayetteville, NC

At Defy, you can go bold and be fearless! This extreme air sports park is perfect if you are looking for indoor things to do with kids in Fayetteville.

Try your aerial skills out on the silks, jump until you’re exhausted, or take your chance at the ninja obstacle course. And the foam pit is great for younger kids, too!

Fascinate-U

Address: 116 Green St, Fayetteville, NC

a small child pushing her child-shopping cart through the store

With hands-on activities and fun, life-like experiences, Fascinate-U is like a mini Fayetteville, providing education and exploration for all ages. At this awesome children’s museum, you and your little one can shop for groceries and slide down the fire pole–okay, maybe just the kiddo can do the latter.

Either way, don’t forget to join Fascinate-U for one of their special events!

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Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum

Address: 325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville, NC

the exterior of the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum

The Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum downtown is also the site of the weekly farmers market. However, you’ll want to step inside this building, as there’s plenty of history to learn, all the way from pre-history to the early 20th century.

The museum sits inside the restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot, with two floors of exhibits.

Tip: Ask about their Downtown Walking Tour!

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Fayetteville Rose Garden 

Address: 2201 Hull St, Fayetteville, NC

a close shot of a pink rose at the Fayetteville Rose Garden

While maybe not your typical idea of how to burn some energy, the Fayetteville Rose Garden is actually a wonderful quick stop for you and your kids. On the Fayetteville Technical Community College campus, more than 1,000 rose bushes blooming from April until the first frost.

One fun thing to do here involves a magnifying glass and a pad of paper. You can sketch some of these lovely beauties with those tools for a wonderful, family-friendly memory.

Fun Fun Fun

Address: 4670 Cumberland Rd, Fayetteville, NC

Over one hundred games, including laser tag, miniature golf, and batting cages, await at Fun Fun Fun! Just make sure you grab an all-access pass for an affordable afternoon of games, laughs, and some friendly competition!

Gallberry Farm (September to November)

Address: 5991 Braxton Rd, Hope Mills, NC

If you’re looking for the perfect place to pick pumpkins and enjoy fall in Fayetteville, then Gallberry Corn Maze is exactly what you’re looking for! Open mid-September through early November and has a massive six acres of corn mazes, hayrides, tube slides, and even pig racing!

Note: Tickets and concessions are cash only.

Gillis Hill Farm

Address: 2701 Gillis Hill Rd, Fayetteville, NC

our daughter looking at a group of chickens in the coop

We already love real working farms, but you say there’s ice cream, too? That’s what you get at Gillis Hill Farm, a family operation since the 1700s.

The kind folks running this place welcome you to explore their land! With farm animals, a beautiful pond and gist mill, and sweet treats, it’s always a fun time for the kids!

Gillis Hill Road Produce

Address: 2899 Gillis Hill Road, Fayetteville, NC

Not to be confused with the above, Gillis Hill Road Produce is a nearby spot that’s perfect for strawberry picking, pumpkins, and local produce. Stock up on fresh herbs and plants while teaching your kids the importance of supporting local farms.

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center 

Address: 631 Sherman Dr, Fayetteville, NC

Clark Park Nature Center is the most educational of our things to do with kids in Fayetteville.

We mentioned the Cape Fear River Trail earlier but thought you should know more about J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville’s second-largest park. Complete with a waterfall, unpaved trails for exploring, and a nature center with live animals, Clark Park is a terrific place for a picnic and some outdoor time!

Clark Park also holds some pretty fantastic family-friendly events. Everyone can enjoy nature storytime, some fort-building with water fights, youth archery, and even an owl hike with a marshmallow roast!

JP’s Jump Masters 

Address: 7005 Nexus Ct, Fayetteville, NC

10,000 square feet of jumping fun! JP’s Jump Masters is a military- and family-run facility with trampolines, foam pits, and a gourmet coffee shop. And if you need to take a break from the hopping, they also have an arcade to battle it out and help you catch your breath!

Just Claying Around

Address: 201 S McPherson Church Rd, NC

Are you looking for some creative things to do in Fayetteville for kids? Just Claying Around is the perfect rainy day or indoor activity for families.

This paint-your-own-pottery studio allows children and adults to flex and create something unique and special to them. All you have to do is pick out the pottery you want to make, paint it, and watch it come to life!

Omni Family Amusement 

Address: 3719 Sycamore Dairy Rd, Fayetteville, NC

More than 125 games and rides for a day of family fun are waiting at Omni Family Amusement Center! Complete with a movie theatre, mini-golf, and plenty of fun prizes, this is an awesome family-friendly activity in Fayetteville.

Honestly, there’s nothing better than a day of fun and games for a weekend well spent!

Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving 

Address: 190 Paraclete Dr, Raeford, NC

Do you want to experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane? While Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving is technically in Raeford, this is the perfect place near Fayetteville to serve that adrenaline rush.

There are no planes or parachutes, and it’s even appropriate for children as young as three. Get your suit on, hop in the vertical chamber, and lean into the rushing wind!

Parks, Splash Pads, and Pools

And we couldn’t discuss fun things to do with kids without mentioning Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation. They manage 10 splash pads, 46 parks, and four pools, offering endless family-friendly fun and free activities for kids in Fayetteville.

Putt Putt Fun Center 

Address: 3311 Footbridge Lane, Hope Mills, NC

At Putt-Putt Fun Center, you can play mini golf, but there are many more options available, including laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, and even a water adventure section!

This awesome park in Hope Mills is a great way to spend a day of fun with the family. And if all that wasn’t enough, you can also take a swing in their batting cages!

Surge Trampoline Park

Address: 3333 N Main St, Hope Mills, NC

Surge Trampoline Park in Hope Mills is perfect for children of all ages, a place where the bouncing fun happens! You can also have your moment in the spotlight on the American Ninja Warrior course, duck from flying dodgeballs, or jump it out on the trampolines.

Oh, and there is even a toddler-friendly area for little bouncers!

US Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Address: 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC

Iron Mike statue stands tall outside the airborne and special operations museum.

Dedicated to the history of airborne and special operations from the 1940s to the current day, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is a fantastic, family-friendly activity in Fayetteville.

Interactive exhibits and memorabilia at this free museum make a great connection between us and our military. While the museum is free and self-guided, many children enjoy riding the Motion Simulator Experience (purchased ticket required).

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Yakalacky Outfitters 

Kayaking on Lake Rim is one of the most fun things to do with kids in Fayetteville.

With Yackalacky Outfitters, you can paddleboard, canoe, or kayak your way through Cumberland County! This company shuttles its boats all around Fayetteville, making perfect family-friendly days out on the water for the masses.

They’re locally run and operated, and you can expect world-class, friendly service from Lake Rim Park to Hope Mills Lake!

ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure

Address: 533 Carvers Falls Road, Fayetteville, NC

Zipquest is a zipline that passes over a waterfall, which is reason alone to try! You’ll speed through the trees on one of their two expeditions and see Cumberland County in a whole new way.

Their highly trained and qualified staff will make sure you are safe and enjoy an incredible time. Children as young as eight years old can tackle the ziplines with an accompanying adult. So get out there and swing and zip like monkeys for a memorable experience!

Ready for these Fun Things to Do with Kids in Fayetteville?

Hopefully, you’ve found at least one fun thing to do with your kids the next time you are out in Fayetteville or elsewhere in Cumberland County. What’s the first activity we shared that you’d like to do with your kids?

For those who know about these awesome places to go, we’re excited to hear about your favorites. And if you’ve done something that we didn’t mention and had a blast, we’d love to know more about it.

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