Salisbury is the primary cultural center of Rowan County offering a thriving downtown district, historic sites and tours, a flourishing arts scene and pick your own farms. With its convenient location, off of I-85 between Charlotte and the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas, travel to Salisbury is a breeze. Bonus point: you can take the train. Amtrak travels to Salisbury and will drop you right in the heart of downtown. There’s an original experience waiting for you here.
The local things to do:
Downtown Salisbury: Explore the history, public art displays, one of a kind gift shops and boutiques, local cuisine and activities only found in Downtown Salisbury! The Salisbury Sculpture Show boasts more than 20 sculptures from artists from all over the Eastern United States. The sculptures are scattered throughout downtown, local college campuses and around Rowan County. Once you’ve chosen your favorite sculpture, explore the downtown streets and pop into unique shops, like Stitchin’ Post Gifts, Anna Craig Boutique, the Kitchen Store, the Salisbury Emporium, and so many more! If shopping isn’t your thing, refresh yourself in one of our downtown breweries – New Sarum or Railwalk Brewery & Eatery. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, experience downtown dining. Make a stop in Mambo Grill & Tapas for a Cuban flair, City Tavern for an all-American feel, Smoke Pit for downhome barbeque, or Shuckin’ Shack for some oysters. With so many downtown hot spots, it’ll be hard to choose, but rest assured you can’t go wrong in Downtown Salisbury.
History: Salisbury has been touched by some of the greatest names and events of American history. George Washington visited the town during his southern tour in 1791. Daniel Boone grew up exploring the country outside Salisbury before he blazed trails in the wilderness. Andrew Jackson studied law in Salisbury before being admitted to the North Carolina Bar. So how can you take it all in? Explore the town with the Salisbury Heritage Walking Tour or the African American Heritage Tour. If you’d rather explore on your own, be sure to make stops by the Crossroads: Past to Present Mural, the Dr. Josephus Hall House, the Utzman-Chambers House, the Historic National Cemetery and Confederate Prison and the Rowan Museum.
Art: Salisbury has a thriving arts scene, one that typically represents a much larger city. There are three award-winning theaters in the heart of downtown that capture the history and community of our city. Lee Street Theatre and Piedmont Players Theatre present performances throughout the year with adult and youth theater groups. Be sure to catch a show while you’re in town! Along with performing arts, we also have art galleries, like Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Railwalk Studios, Pottery 101, Old Sarum Gallery and more! Salisbury is also home to the art-entertainment experience, Grievous Gallery. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own art by channeling life’s frustrations and throwing bottles, dishes and glassware. There’s never a shortage of art to see or experience in Salisbury!
Fresh Produce: Rowan County is known for its agritourism, so don’t think we’d go without mentioning the farms located in Salisbury’s area of the county! Eagle’s Farm, Elium Berry Farm, Huffman’s Peaches & Produce, Pine Top Farm and Talia Farms can help you find the perfect seasonal produce to take home! If you want it all in one place, stop by the Salisbury Rowan County Farmers Market on Saturdays!
Parks: Don’t forget to get outside! Salisbury is full of parks and outdoor exploration. Dan Nicholas Park and Wildlife Adventures, Dunn’s Mountain Park, Eagle Point Nature Preserve, Ellis Park, and the list goes on! Plus, Salisbury will soon be home to another park: Bell Tower Green park in Downtown Salisbury.
The restaurants everyone is talking about:
There’s so many local hot spots it’s hard to narrow down our favorites!
Ivan’s Restaurant: If you’re looking for a fine dining location with tons of charm, try Ivan’s. They pride themselves on their steaks, ribs, seafood and chicken.
Hap’s: Hap’s hotdogs are known throughout the state, and we’re probably bias, but they’re pretty delicious! Stop in for lunch and grab a hotdog or cheeseburger, and don’t forget the Cheerwine slush!
Koco Java: You can’t seize the day without proper caffeination! Kock Java can get you in tip top shape and ready to take on whatever adventure you’re planning in Salisbury.
Abigail’s Bakery: Can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookies, cupcakes, macaroons, rice crispy treats and more!
The list truly goes on. Check out all of Salisbury’s restaurants, sweet spots and caffeination stations here.
Unique places to stay:
Across the Pond Bed & Breakfast: This charming bed and breakfast still has echoes from the last century, but with a fresh and contemporary feel.
44 Walk Up on Main: Enjoy this one bedroom, third story walk up that overlooks the Downtown Salisbury square! Take in the views of downtown in your very own 1,700 square foot lodging space.
Hotels: If you long for the familiarity of a hotel, Salisbury has those too! Find the list here.
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