Discover the best things to do in Wilson

From your comfortable room at the Country Inn & Suites, Wilson, NC, it’s easy to explore the great outdoors with a fishing trip to nearby Lake Wilson or a stroll through the Wilson Botanical Gardens and the Wilson Rose Garden. Looking for family-friendly things to do? Pencil in time to explore the interactive exhibits at the Imagination Station or fulfill your need for speed with a trip to County Line Raceway. History buffs young and old will also love learning about local heritage at the Freeman Round House or The Country Doctor Museum. If you’re visiting during November, be sure to check out the North Carolina Whirligig Festival, held just 15 minutes away in Historic Downtown Wilson.

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Imagination Station

6.05 mi / 9.74 km from the hotel
Science and history collide at this hands-on museum, which features exhibits like the honey bee Observation Hive and Science on a Sphere®.

Barton College

5.43 mi / 8.74 km from the hotel
Named a “Best Southeastern College” by the Princeton Review, this private liberal arts college enrolls more than 1,000 students. Explore the campus, tour the Barton Art Galleries, and cheer on the Bulldogs.

Buckhorn Lake

7.53 mi / 12.12 km from the hotel
Go duck hunting, hiking, boating, or fishing at this 2,300-acre reservoir. Equestrians also love Buckhorn Lake for the horseback riding trails that wind around the water’s edge.

County Line Raceway

7.46 mi / 12 km from the hotel
This clay track is a 3/8-mile oval that hosts six divisions of racing action. If you’re in town in the fall, attend the raceway’s signature fundraiser, “The Race for The Kids.”

Lake Wilson

5.22 mi / 8.4 km from the hotel
Enjoy boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking from sunrise to sundown at Lake Wilson—an excellent place to connect to the great outdoors with family.

North Carolina Baseball Museum

5.25 mi / 8.45 km from the hotel
Stroll through more than 3,300 square feet loaded with memorabilia from famous North Carolinian baseball players. Take the “walk of fame” to learn about influential players such as Buck Leonard, Hoyt Wilheim, and others.

The Country Doctor Museum

6.56 mi / 10.56 km from the hotel
Delve into the history of rural health care at this unique museum, which features more than 5,000 articles and documents memorializing rural physicians throughout the United States.

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum

5.95 mi / 9.58 km from the hotel
Look up in wonder at the vibrant, whimsical sculptures of Vollis Simpson. Grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the sense of community that these kinetic works of art bring to Wilson, NC.

Wilson Botanical Gardens

5.85 mi / 9.42 km from the hotel
Have a moment of zen at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where visitors learn about native plants through an extensive tree collection, turf grass demonstration plots, and perennial beds.

Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House

6.8 mi / 10.95 km from the hotel
Learn about African-American history and culture in Wilson County with a visit to this museum founded in 2001. If you’re visiting in summer, check the schedule for the annual concert series.