Since 2005, the award-winning Cypress Bend Vineyards has harnessed the rich flavors and antioxidants found in the muscadine grape. The wonder fruit has resulted in the creation of 11 table wines and one after-dinner varietal. Cypress Bend's winemaker leads tours through the vineyards to detail each step of this process, from grape plucking and fermentation to monitoring each grape's 401K as it ages. The flourishing soil also plays home to live events throughout the year, such as Friday-night jazz or beach music concerts.
Since 1965, Rockingham Speedway has roused motorsports fans with supersonic races around a one-mile stretch of track. This year, Frank Kimmel Street Stock’s annual Polar Bear 150 features up to 99 drivers vying to unseat Chuck Barnes, whose crafty maneuvers and ability to distract opponents by cooling freshly baked pies on his hood have earned him the title as the race's two-time defending champion. Race attendees can arrive early to watch a one-hour practice at 9 a.m., which is followed by a qualifying round at 11 a.m. Additionally, Rockingham Speedway's website equips visitors with valuable tips for a fully energized experience, including a variety of restaurants and hotels where guests can bribe the front-desk clerk in hopes of getting a room with a racecar bed.
Fascinate-U Children's Museum touts pint-sized, play-based educational programs and exhibits that encourage imagination and hands-on learning for children of all ages. Kids can touch and explore the engaging exhibits and partake in imaginative scenarios, all within the museums' miniaturized town setting. Oversee children role-playing real-life situations, such as working at the local fire station, playing the lead role in a tiny version of Titus Andronicus at the theater, or selecting nutritious foodstuffs at the kid-size town grocer. Birthday parties allow unlimited access to the museum floor for up to 20 kids, allowing them to get something other than a cake stomachache out of a party ($70 for members). Peruse the gift shop to continue the cranium cultivating at home, and enjoy a members-only 10% discount.