Have you ever wanted a mini family trip without a plane ride? Consider taking a weekend trip to Asheboro! Depending on your location in the Piedmont Triad, this trip would be less than an hour away. This blog includes lodging, places to eat, and family-friendly activities. 

The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau hosted and paid for this trip. Everything they planned was perfect for my family of four, which included two toddlers. 

Lodging for a Trip to Asheboro

Asheboro provides a lot of places to stay but it is time to try something different than a hotel. My family stayed in a beautiful cabin at Yogi’s Bear Jellystone Park Camp-Restort. The cabin had a loft with two twin mattresses and one room with a queen-sized bed. If you have a larger family, this cabin can accommodate six with the sleeper couch in the living room. There was a kitchen, a full-size bathroom, and a screen-in porch. 

Yogi’s Bear Jellystone Park was filled with nogastla. There are fun activities so you can meet Yogi and his friends. There are also trails, laser tag, a swimming pool, and a playground. Did I mention Yogi’s house!? There is so much to do at Jellystone. The best part of Jellystone is its location. You have a lot of fun family activities nearby. 

Family fun activities

Holly Ridge Golf Links Trip to Asheboro

The tour started by visiting Holly Ridge Golf Links. There is a huge golf course for the golf lovers. However, this place offers more than golfing. Head into the building and enjoy some family fun with their stimulators. The sports stimulators offer multiple sports options like soccer, golf, football, and more. Any age can join in on the fun. They have a party planner ready to help you set up your next work or party event. 

Next, we visited Kersey Valley which is famous for its haunted houses. I loved meeting the owner Tony. He was so kind and you can tell he loves what he does. Kersey Valley exists because he was determined to keep the acres his father bought. Kersey Valley has axe throwing, ziplining, a corn maze, and more! We had fun playing laser tag. My kids, 5 & 3, were too little to play but they were able to watch. I let my husband have a turn playing while I took the kids to the playground nearby. Laser tag tip: wear running shoes and workout attire, this is a workout! 

Millstone Creek Orchards Strawberry donuts

We also got a chance to visit Milestone Creek Orchard. I must to say the owners, Bev and Nick Mooney, were the sweetest couple you could meet. They make you feel like you’re a part of the family. There is so much to do here. Pick-your-own, deserts, homeschool lessons, and more. We got to try a few of their goodies including their donuts. The donut flavors change depending on what is in season. You know spring is the season for strawberries so we got to try their strawberry donuts made of fresh ingredients. I am still dreaming of those donuts. Check out their website for the other seasonal flavors.


The weekend trip to Asheboro is not complete without a visit to the North Carolina Zoo! The zoo was celebrating 50 years during our visit. What an amazing accomplishment to celebrate. Did you know that the zoo is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world? This means they make sure every animal lives in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. I love that the zoo offers quiet days. These days are perfect for children who might get overwhelmed by large crowds. The zoo makes sure not to book large parties that day and tries to limit the construction noise. The construction might be going on for a while since they are planning the grand opening of Asia in 2026. I appreciate how they prioritize their client’s sensory needs. 


If you know me you know I love food! We got to try various restaurants but here are my top three. Magnolia 23 is a small southern restaurant in downtown Asheboro. It is a family-owned business. The owner makes sure to visit your table to make you feel welcome. The wait line was a good indicator of how good the food was. Hearing people say “aww” as a waitress wiped off something from the chalkboard menu made me even more excited to try the food. And I must say down to the lemonade the food did not disappoint! This is a must-try when visiting Asheboro. 

Next in the top three is The Table! I love breakfast food and this spot hit the spot! The Table is also located in downtown Asheboro. They provide breakfast and lunch. Oh, how I loved meeting the owner Dustie. She has such a sweet soul who puts a lot of thought into presentation, ingredients, and service. The breakfast here was so good! My husband and I are already planning our next visit. Make sure you purchase a box of their homemade gram crackers. Supposedly made for kids but we adults were big kids that day. 

Last on the top three is Positano. This restaurant was not included in the tour. During our free time, I ordered food to go. I love Italian food so I couldn’t resist finding a spot. The food was great but what stood out was their bread! I also appreciated the portion of food served because it could feed you for lunch the next day. Positano is also located in downtown 

A weekend trip to Asheboro was a much-needed trip for my family. Being a stay-at-home mom while my husband works, means my children see more of me than him. Because every place we visited was family-friendly, this allowed quality family time. 

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