Wilson offers such a wide array of choices, the biggest challenge for visitors, is deciding what to do first. Our vibrant community, with its award-winning revitalized downtown, offers you downtown alive concerts, festivals (Spring, The Theater of the American South), outdoor concerts, historic walking tours, porch tours and events for the whole family. Within the County of Wilson, there is fishing, hiking, boating, great golf, antiquing and historic sites. Buckhorn Lake covers 2183 acres of water and 1850 acres of land and is host to many triatholons and boat racing events.
"Small Town with a Big Heart for the Arts" in its many forms thrives in Wilson and is home of the internationally known folk artist Vollis Simpson and his elaborate "Whirligigs." The Wilson Whirligig Festival was selected as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Festival is held the first weekend in November downtown. Art Studios, Galleries and over 250 active artists, including potters, jewelry makers, and craftsmen are a large part of our community.
Wilson attracts leading manufacturers and the industrial base is made up of pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive and more. There are over 130 manufacturers in Wilson County. Wilson is known for its first class Soccer & Baseball facilities. The "J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex" having hosted the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship games, The annual Boys and Girls “The Brittany Soccer Showcase” and hosting the NC Little League Division 6 Baseball Tournament and NC Little League State Tournament. Wilson is home to Barton College, a fully accredited, four year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college. Wilson Community College provides a variety of educational programs, college transfer programs and has a new certified LEED Gold Green Building and is available for tours.
Wilson is known for its museums and attractions; the North Carolina Baseball Museum, Imagination Station Science Museum, NC Museum of the Coastal Plain and the Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum. Enjoy the Wilson Tobs Collegiate Team play at Historic Fleming Stadium. The Wilson Botanical Garden & Wilson Rose Garden are open sunrise to sunset daily. Wilson has 1500 hotel rooms. Southern hospitality and home town charm are a tradition here.
Contact the Wilson Visitors Center at www.wilson-nc.com for more information.
Source: Retrieved Oct. 18, 2011, text from "Wilson Visitors Guide" at http://www.wilson-nc.com/pdf/WilsonVisitorsGuide.pdf ; images from "Wilson Visitors Center" at http://www.wilson-nc.com/wcard.cfm .