By Guest Blogger Nancy Bowman from the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau
Looking for a fun, easy day trip this spring? You don’t have to look any further than nearby High Point. It’s only a short drive from Winston-Salem or Greensboro, and there is plenty in terms of activities, food and fun for the whole family to enjoy.
New to High Point is the downtown stadium called BB&T Point, and opening day for the new High Point Rockers baseball team is rapidly approaching. The first pitch will be on May 2 at 7 p.m. against defending Atlantic League Champion the Skeeters from Sugar Land, Texas.
Friday, May 3 will mark the first of many theme nights with “80s Night.” Like totally. The weekend continues in a galaxy far, far away with “Star Wars Night” on Saturday, May 4. It’s yet another chance for fans to dress up as their favorite characters, and maybe even meet some as well! The Rockers will wear custom jerseys depicting heroes Luke Skywalker and Master Yoda. Closing out the weekend is the first “Family Funday” of the season on Sunday, May 5 with pre-game autographs from the Rockers. After the May 5 game, all kids 13 and under can run the bases at BB&T Point! Find out more at highpointrockers.com.
There’s more than baseball in downtown High Point. No visit would be complete without every family’s favorite food: hot dogs. And there’s no place better than The Dog House located at 668 North Main Street. It’s an old-school lunch counter restaurant featuring hot dogs, burgers and bologna sandwiches. Be sure to take cash for this nostalgic—and delicious—High Point treat. Check it out on Facebook at facebook.com/thedoghousehp.
Another fun foodie stop is Kepley’s Barbecue. You know you’ve arrived in barbecue Heaven when you see the corrugated metal building located at 1304 North Main Street. Kepley’s has all the Southern favorites: chopped barbecue, homemade hush puppies, slaw, and the special vinegar-and-red-pepper sauce that made it a High Point landmark. Even Martha Stewart regularly has barbecue shipped to her from Kepley’s! Visit kepleysbarbecue.com
Just off Main Street is the High Point Museum, located at 1859 East Lexington Avenue. The High Point Museum does a great job of sharing the history of the city, dating from the history of earliest local residents, the Saura and Keyauwee tribes, through an 19th and 20th Century exhibit devoted to the city’s furniture heritage. Start planning your visit at highpointnc.gov/694/Museum.
Do your children want dream bedrooms? High Point is the place to make dreams come true. With more than 50 local retail furniture stores, the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau has a special program called Design Access that matches visitors with designers for shopping tours and access to trade secrets. For more information, go to highpoint.org/furnish-your-world.
Don’t forget to take a furniture shopping selfie while in High Point: Standing 38 feet tall, the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers at 508 North Hamilton Street makes for a fun photo op.
After a little furniture shopping, reward the kids with a visit to Kersey Valley Attractions, which offers a zipline tour and year-round high ropes course. Other great family attractions in High Point include All-A-Flutter Farms, a working butterfly farm, and the Piedmont Environmental Center. As you can see, there’s something to suit the taste of every family member while in High Point.
Taste, you say? Complete your day in High Point with a stop at the award-winning Brown Truck Brewery. It’s casual and family friendly, including a patio with couches and cornhole for kids of all ages. Cheers!
Insider’s tip: the best place to find out more and plan your day trip is to go to the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at highpoint.org or stop by the Regional Visitors Center, located at 1634 North Main Street, Suite 102.
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