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Discover 10 Day-Trips in Davie County

A Local’s Guide to Davie County Day-Trips

Choosing to stay a little closer to home this summer? Day-cations can be a fun way to save money (and time) while creating memorable experiences for our families. In fact, many parents are discovering that day-trips may be the antidote to that most dreaded of summer vacation phrases, “Mom, I’m bored!”

A junket to our locale this summer promises a taste of history and adventure, flavorful foods, and iconic small-town experiences you will never forget. 

a boy and a girl fish from an inflatable boat on the Yadkin River at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls a perfect place for a day trip in davie county, north carolina.

What to Do With Those 10 Glorious Weeks of Summer!

Maybe you never thought about it, but there are really only around 10 “official” weeks in the summer. The season -from the summer solstice to our Labor Day celebrations- may be short, but with a little planning, these balmy days can be packed with quality recreation time!

A family plays on a sandy beach in the summer, similar to the one at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls in Davie County, North Carolina.

Ten Day-Trips in Davie County 

A butterfly lands on a large sunflower at the Fields at Sunflower Trail's sunflower maze a great day-trip location in Davie County, North Carolina.

Sunflower Maze

A gorgeous field of sunflowers blooms here from about June 17 – July 3. Explore the Sunflower Maze seven days per week. Cut your own sunflowers (or other wildflowers) and take photos. Free parking, pet-friendly, plus kids 5 and under are FREE! Visit the The Fields at Sunflower Trail website for all the details.

a children listens to her grandfather's heart on a day-trip to COGNITION the hands-on children's museum located in Davie County North Carolina

COGNITION

COGNITION is an interactive space that inspires children to create and learn through adventurous play and investigative learning. Exhibits and activities have a S.T.E.A.M. focus and learners of all ages are invited to engage! Visit our attractions page for more information.

families play in the water at the Davie County Spashpad.

Splashpad

Keep your cool at our Vortex Splashpad which is the largest in North Carolina and includes LED lights for nighttime play. There are three different areas designated for multiple age groups. Beat the heat with shaded picnic areas and lounge chairs. Aquatic wheelchairs are available. You can register and pay online. Visit the website for more information.

Two girls wading in the yadkin river inlet at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls in the old swimming hole in Davie County North Carolina.

RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls

Summer is all about getting outdoors while staying cool. Wade into fun when you visit the “Bullhole” at Cooleemee Falls. RiverPark features an impressive stone dam, a sandy beach, and good fishing. Swim and “ride” the little rapids, or put in the canoe or kayak. Picnic tables and benches are scattered along beautiful, wooded trails on the banks of the Yadkin. Go to the Cooleemee website for more details.

An image of cotton and a hand mill from the Textile Heritage Center and Mill House Museum in Cooleemee, North Carolina located in Davie County.

Textile Heritage Center & Mill House Museum

The Cooleemee Historic District includes the Textile Heritage Center in the historic Zachary Holt House, the former mill manager’s home. Exhibits allow visitors to explore just what a cotton mill town was like in its prime. At the Mill House Museum you will discover what life was like in a typical home in this bygone era. 

An image of a red vintage car in front of an antique style mural in downtown Mocksville North Carolina in Davie County for the monthly cruise-in event.

Mocksville’s Cruise-In

The DC Cruisers “Cruise-In” happens from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month from April to October in Historic Downtown Mocksville. It’s a time of nostalgia and fun- with music and a variety of food. Drinks and snacks are always available at Scoops Ice Cream Shop, The Station General Store and Taproom, and at a variety of eateries on Main Street.

a boy stands on Farmington's Disco Golf course with a pathway and green grass behind him and the disc golf game.

Davie Disc Golf

Farmington’s Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole course which is part of the 60-acre Nature Park and it’s FREE to play. Grab your gear and head out to enjoy a game and view the local wildlife. Save time for a quick hike along the trails where you will spot a huge variety of native plants and animals including colorful birds and busy beavers on the banks of Cedar Creek.

kids in field playing airsoft for a fun day-trip in Davie County North Carolina

Cedar Creek Airsoft Field

Cedar Creek Airsoft is open every weekend. Bring your own gear or rent theirs for a full day of epic battles and summer fun. This is a field designed specifically for airsoft so it’s safer than playing in a neighborhood or park, where someone could mistake a replica gun for the real thing. Safety precautions and equipment are required and are listed on their website. Experienced referees monitor the game-play. Register and pay online.

An image of a car racing the Farmington North Carolina Dragway in Davie County NC.

Farmington Dragway

Motorsports fans will love a visit to the Farmington Dragway for some on-track action. Hot rods and dragsters compete on this 1/8 mile track all year long with speed and precision. Check out the huge variety of race events and the schedule at their website.

The historic downtown buildings of Mocksville, in Davie County North Carolina on Main Street with an American Flag waving in the foreground.

Mocksville Walking Tour

Head downtown at any given time during the week or on a weekend and there is sure to be something going on: Instagram-worthy murals, live music, great food, movies in the park, and concerts on the square are only the tip of the iceberg. It’s a small town with big fun. Learn some Davie County history and view the beautiful architecture of local homes when you take a walking tour. Visit our attractions page to learn more.

Add Us to Your Bucket List

Davie County offers many fun activities for families. Whether you enjoy spending time outdoors at our parks, playing at COGNITION, or relaxing at RiverPark’s sandy beach, there is something for everyone. We hope you will add a couple of our favorite day-trips to your family’s summer bucket list. Before you know it summer will be over, but we hope a short visit to beautiful Davie County will help make it the best summer ever!

A golden sunrise over a field of yellow sunflowers.

Quick Tips

  • Many of our local activities and businesses are pet-friendly, just check their websites to see if your four-legged friends can tag along.
  • Extend your day-trip to a longer visit! Look below for places to stay or camp.
  • Check out our listings for all the amazing restaurant options in Davie County.
  • Look in the menu above for information about our walking trails, disc golf and more recreation ideas.
  • Visit local vineyards and wineries for the perfect grown-up souvenir.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest on local festivals, concerts, the Main Street 5K, Tour of Farmington bike races, and holiday and winter events like the annual bed race.
  • Learn about unique agritourism activities and other unique day-trips that are among the best in North Carolina!

Camping ↗

Camp in Davie and bask in the natural beauty we are known for. Visit the link above to learn more about camping in Davie County.

Shopping ↗

Browse stores that showcase local artisans. Window shop for home goods or fashion and then stop by the local taproom or Scoops Ice Cream Shop.

Lodging ↗

Have a blast sliding in the pool at the Hampton Inn, stay on a farm or at a Victorian B&B – check out all the interesting places to stay in Davie County.