Wake Forest, N.C.
Located just north of Raleigh, Wake Forest is a beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the historic downtown district, home to a charming community of art galleries, shops and restaurants, grab a bite at Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium for an authentic taste of N.C.-style Southern cooking or opt for a quick hot dog at Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs, a family-owned business since 1916.
If you’re in the shopping mood, stop in at The Cotton Company, where you can make your own gift basket filled with Tar Heel souvenirs. Dive further into Wake Forest’s rich history at the Wake Forest Historical Museum and the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which was once the Wake Forest College campus before the school moved to Winston-Salem in the 1950s. Stop at the Wake Forest Farmers Market to find local cheeses, fruits, soaps and other great gifts.
Sugar Magnolia is a cafe, tea house, restaurant and art emporium in historic Wake Forest. Experience great coffee, tea and food,... View More
Exhibits showcase early history of Wake Forest University including sports, medicine, law, women, literary and local history.... View More
White Street Brewing Co., located in historic downtown Wake Forest, handcrafts flavorful, small-batch ales and lagers which you... View More
One of the largest recreational facilities in the state, offering a wide variety of activities. Camping, hiking, fishing, boating... View More
For the sports enthusiast, The Factory offers ice rinks, a skate park, indoor soccer, an inflatable playground, miniature golf and go-carts. But the fun doesn’t stop there—kids will revel at the sight of an inflatable playground, the most popular spot at this Wake Forest park. Golfers can also enjoy Heritage Golf Club, which offers top-flight golf throughout the year. Cap the day off with a visit to White Street Brewing Company with a group of good friends.
Wake Forest is also a nature lover’s paradise, with Falls Lake State Recreation Area nearby, perfect for boating, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing or bird-watching. Catch a gorgeous sunset over the lake after a long weekend of fun in this quaint and charming town.
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Things to Do
Located just north of Raleigh, Wake Forest is a beautiful small town boasting history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the historic downtown district, home to a charming community of art galleries, shops and...
Things to Do
Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Raleigh, N.C., Wake Forest is a quaint, friendly town offering history, delicious food and drink, great local shops and nature. Check out our recommendations on...
Dining & Drinks
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