We’ve done it! We have collectively crossed that imaginary line that drops us all into the summer vacation season. 

A lot of families (and individuals, for that matter) won’t be able to truly vacation this summer, but that’s not a problem if you live in the Fayetteville area. There’s still plenty to see and do within a few minutes’ drive!

Surely you’ve had some thoughts about what summer 2017 should hold for you by now. If not, or if you want to add a thing or two, consider making the leap beyond dreaming and into doing. Here are some fun things to do that may lead you into something new and exciting:

Sing in Public. You do it all the time in the shower. Your neighbor told me. Make your way to one of many open mic nights in Fayetteville. Bring a guitar or friend with a flute or something. It’ll be a blast!

Dive into Local History. Fayetteville has far more to offer than some will ever realize. Visit the Transportation Museum or The Museum of the Cape Fear.

Discover Alternative Entertainment. The Gilbert Theater is a unique experience you’ll want to share with a friend. And be sure to check out one of the movies or music events at the Cameo Art House in downtown Fayetteville.

Get Creative. There are several area locations that offer one-night excursions into painting, pottery and other creative arts. Walk in with a friend, and walk away with a piece of art and a sense of accomplishment. Many allow you to bring your picnic with you!

Smell the Roses. Fayetteville Technical Community College has a beautiful rose garden. Take a camera and a friend!

Get Fit and Have Fun. Just minutes from where you’re sitting, you could be hiking, jogging, walking, or cycling in premier spots like Raven Rock Park, Cape Fear River Trail or Linear Park. Look ‘em up! You can thank me later.

Fayetteville is a fantastic place to call home, and if you take the time to uncover its secrets this summer, it can become a place you learn to love — for the first time, or all over again.

Have a great summer!

Photo caption: Take a stroll on the Cape Fear River Trail this summer.

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