Things To Do In Monroe

Up to 46% Off a Farm Tour and Picnic

Happy Hills Alpaca Farm


$25 $15

Two-hour tour includes fleece-spinning demonstration, alpaca watching and feeding, and picnic snacks

Up to 61% Off Tour Package at Treehouse Vineyards

Treehouse Vineyards


$41 $18


Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with wine bottles made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

Up to 74% Off Paintball Packages

Paintball Kingdom


$71.24 $22

Referees watch over a sprawling 15-acre facility separated into five autonomous theaters of battle for thrilling and colorful combat

Up to 36% Off Co-Ed Soccer Skills Camp

Wingate International Soccer Academy

Wingate University

$85 $55

Boys and girls learn competitive soccer skills such as passing, dribbling, shooting, heading, and defensive moves

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Xtreme Xperience

Carolina Motorsports Park

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

50% Off a Football Clinic with Autograph Football

Sports International Football Camps

Wingate University

$199.97 $99

Kids receive intensive position-specific training at football specialty clinic run by hand selected coaches

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Cheese Plate

Hilton Vineyard


$32 $15

Guests can choose 8 wines to sample from a selection of 24 wines

Up to 49% Off at Southern Medley Wine Cellar

Southern Medley Wine Cellar

Uptown Wadesboro

$27.50 $14

Choose from seven wines produced and bottled onsite; packages include tastings, bottle of wine, and appetizers or desserts

Up to 52% Off Guitar Lessons

Main Street Music


$160 $79

Musicians teach aspiring artists how to position their fingers on the guitars and play different chords

Up to 46% Off Golf Camps at Better Golf Academy

Better Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

$75 $45

Camps cover golf topics related to the full swing, short game, etiquette, and safety

Select Local Merchants

For three generations—and more than 70 years—the Nicholsons have harvested crops that complement both family farms and family tables, a tradition that Jack and Ryan Nicholson continue today. Fresh from their forest, the Nicholson Farms crew delivers and spreads pine straw of myriad varieties. Potting soil, mulch, and other landscaping materials keep outdoor areas healthy, and wood playground cushioning protects kids from the hard surfaces of playgrounds and the even harder realities of tax law. In the garden, a bountiful vineyard and orchard yields homegrown fruits and vegetables ranging from blackberries, blueberries, and watermelons to squash and peppers.

733 Jh Burch Rd

The sound of feet slapping on the padded ground and little voices twisted by constant motion fill Xtreme Play. Jeff and Julie Austin, owners of the play center, have five children, so they are familiar with the busy chorus. The duo and its staff are also well prepared to keep an eye on youngsters as they bounce from inflatable obstacles or squeal down slides. At a miniature arcade, small hands grab Wii and PlayStation controllers, simulating adventures through castles and the civil-service tests to become a castle inspector. The babble of special events drifts from private party rooms, where pizzas fuel fetes.

2115 West Roosevelt Boulevard

Elizabeth Schafer and winemaker Jeffery Oliver, owners of Southern Medley Wine Cellar in Uptown Wadesboro, bring their respective talents together to create a tasting room that is at once vintage and modern. The lounge and wine-making facility's decor and menu are inspired by the couple's historic 1837 house. Each of the seven wines, which the couple make on-site in small batches, are named for aspects of the home and its original owners, Joseph and Elizabeth Medley. The Cellar provides regular tastings to help guests explore each wine, and the brick-face building with black awning makes this business easy to locate.

118 N Rutherford St

5321 W Highway 74

Cold Blooded Encounters fills guests' days with a variety of science-related exhibits, interactive presentations, and games. The newly-opened Science Center schools visitors on topics from fossils and gemstones to fun kitchen chemistry and turtle races. At the Reptile Zoo meanwhile, an affable red-footed tortoise named Confucius and a gentle black rat snake named Oreo greet visitors. Secluded and multispecies habitats house more than 150 species of amphibians, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates, including fire salamanders, jewel cichlids, Kenyan sand boas, and whip scorpions.

Annual memberships grant gift-shop discounts, guest passes, and a family photo posed with an animal. Cold Blooded Encounters also reaches out to school groups from preschools to colleges with effusive educational programs and sends ambassadors to birthday parties, where children can help feed turtles or pose for photos with 8-foot snakes.

3513 W Highway 74

Situated on a former World War II training base, Carolina Motorsports Park continues its locale’s history of tutelage with an array of racing lessons and events. The park’s 2.3-mile road-course track gives stock cars, Formula One cars, motorcycles, and street-legal vehicles an outlet to wrap tires around 14 turns and launch speedometer needles into passengers' laps. Rentable Birel N35 Rock go-karts rev their 9-horsepower Honda engines around the 0.7-mile kart track and a 0.21-mile tri-oval track for guests 12 and older. The facility, which hosts regular racing events, also boasts 24 open-air day garages and a 200-foot skidpad where drivers hone their handling and cars practice their moonwalk.

3662 Kershaw Hwy