Fayetteville Attractions

When visiting Fayetteville, NC, there are plenty of things to see and do. The nearby university and military facilities create a unique atmosphere, with numerous cultural and recreational activities being found throughout the city.

The Market House was originally constructed in the 1800s and served as a combination of both a town hall and a town marketplace. This unique building style is rare, and the top floor now hosts a museum explaining the importance of the building in the early days of North Carolina’s history, as well as rotating exhibits. Cape Fear Botanical Garden is made up of 80 acres of specialty gardens and plants, conveniently located just two miles away from the city’s downtown. This sprawling park has 25 different exhibits to walk through. Museum of the Cape Fear is a two story museum that features rotating exhibits, as well as historical exhibits of the local area’s history and the state’s history.

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Market House

The Market House is among the oldest buildings in Fayetteville and served its purpose as being both the town’s hall and a market. Today, the upstairs level hosts the Market House’s museum, which offers a fascinating look into our city’s past. The museum has a rotating selection of exhibits, as well as permanent installations. The Market House is popular both for its unique choice in architecture, as well as being a true historical landmark of the area. The Market House connects to several main roads at Green, Person, Gillespie, and Hay Street.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Cape Fear Botanical Garden offers a unique park experience that is opened to the public. Since 1989, this large 80 acre nature park is home to 25 different exhibits. In addition to the eclectic mix of flowers, plants, vegetation, and other offerings, visitors will see streams, lakes, wildlife, workshops, and much more. Popular exhibits include the Butterfly Stroll, Children’s Garden, Camellia Gardens, Heritage Garden, and many other natural exhibits. Rental facilities are available on request and are popular choices for weddings and group events.

Museum of the Cape Fear

The Museum of the Cape Fear is part of the state’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and is a great historical stop along your trip’s itinerary. In addition to the main museum building, visitors can also find the restored 1897 Poe House, another local area attraction. Exhibits educate visitors about the history of the state and region, including the Native American tribes, early settlers, and multiple wars throughout the years. Tours are offered daily at different times, and some exhibits rotate out.

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  • Ruby Tuesday 0.1 mi
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 0.2 mi
  • Waffle House 0.5 mi
  • New China Garden 2.5 mi
  • Kinlaw's Welcome Grill 2.8 mi
  • Pierros 4.9 mi
  • Latitude 35 Bar & Grill 6.5 mi
  • Hilltop House 6.6 mi
  • Fox's Pizza Den 7.7 mi
  • Marita's Schlemmerstube 9.4 mi


  • Eastside Shopping Center 3.2 mi
  • Bordeaux Center Inc. 9.3 mi
  • Cross Creek Mall 10.6 mi
  • Marketfair Mall 11.7 mi
  • Millstone Shopping Center 11.9 mi