The City of Asheboro
Sarah Winkelmann from WGHP Fox 8 highlights area attractions in Asheboro in this segment of Destination Vacation, June 6, 2023.
The City of Asheboro, named an All-America City by the National Civic League, is conveniently located in the Heart of North Carolina approximately 70 miles from the capital Raleigh, and Charlotte. It is easy to see why Asheboro has become a great destination in recent years because there are so many activities and entertainment for all ages, from seeing one of the largest private collections of Harley Davidson© motorcycles in the country at American Classic Motorcycle Museum to concerts, plays, and shows at the Historic Sunset Theatre.
Foodies of all sorts will enjoy many of the locally owned downtown restaurants, from delicious Southern food, including one of America’s top-rated fried chicken restaurants, Magnolia 23; to European-style café, The Table Farmhouse Bakery, where you can sit outside on a sunny day under an umbrella enjoying delicious, farm-to-table food. Big and small kids alike will enjoy Asheboro Popcorn Co. and Central Bakery, a local institution for more than 70 years, catering to those with a sweet tooth. Other popular places include Hamilton's Steakhouse, The Taco Loco, Positano Italian Restaurant, The Flying Pig Food & Spirits, Times Square Pizzeria, and Hop's Barbecue, serving locals for more than 60 years.
For craft beer lovers, Four Saints Brewing Company has great, locally brewed beer, or you can gather with your friends at Lumina Wine & Beer.
Unique shops on downtown’s quaint Sunset Avenue include Randolph Arts Guild Gift Shop, Brightside Gallery, and an entire row of thrift and antique shops like Collector’s Antique Mall, featuring more than 30,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles.
Bicentennial Park is a beautiful green space park situated in the center of downtown that showcases a variety of concerns and special events…all located along Sunset Avenue, recognized as a “Great Main Street," by the Great Places in North Carolina. And that’s just in downtown!
One of the largest attractions in the state is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo! The North Carolina Zoo delivers fun with family and friends, face-to-face animal encounters, enchanting outdoor art, glorious gardens, and is considered an international leader in wildlife conservation. You’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mousaba and his six-member troop; welcome polar bear, Payton, as he joins Anana in polar plunges at the Rocky Coast; or join in the fun at the Mud Café in KidZone. ZooFari offers guest up-close views of the 38-acre Watani Grasslands and the animals who reside there; and AirHike, a 23-obstacle ropes course, offers visitors a birds-eye view of the Zoo from the trees.
Just minutes from the zoo, guests soar through the scenic foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains at Richland Creek ZipLine & Canopy Tour, a 14-station zip line with creek views that has over a mile-and-a-half of cable, and three sky bridges.
The Uwharrie National Forest is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. The Historic Pisgah Covered Bridge, located in the Uwharries, is one of only two remaining covered bridges in North Carolina and is a great spot for photography, picnics, and short nature walks. The nearby North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame is a fantastic place for military aviation history buffs.
Baseball enthusiasts can enjoy summertime baseball with the Asheboro ZooKeepers at tradition-rich McCrary Park featuring the Coastal Plain League’s rising stars. Tot Hill Farm Golf Club, just off Hwy 49 near the aviation museum, is the only 4.5-star rated course in the Piedmont Triad and has been ranked the 7th Hardest Course in America by Golf Digest. Asheboro Country Club, located in the Caraway Mountains area west of Asheboro, is an 18-hole championship course that cuts through tall oaks and towering pines and features a spring-fed lake. Designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935, Asheboro Municipal Golf Course is a popular public nine-hole course on 56 acres of property that features beautiful tree-lined greenways.
It's impossible to experience all that Asheboro has to offer in just one visit, and that’s why people are returning year after year, and season after season.
Asheboro is served by three major airports, each within an hour’s drive - the closest of which is Piedmont Triad International in Greensboro; and six area hotels including Choice, IHG, Marriott, and Hilton rewards properties.
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Pictured: Downtown Asheboro Shopping, The Table Farmhouse Bakery, North Carolina Zoo, Pisgah Covered Bridge, Downtown Asheboro streetscape