10 Things to Do in Burlington That You Shouldn't Miss

September 30, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Burlington is a city in Alamance and Guilford counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the principal city of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Alamance County, in which most of the city is located, and is a part of the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point CSA. The population was 50,042 at the 2010 census, which makes Burlington the 17th largest city in North Carolina. The Metropolitan Statistical Area population was over 150,000 in 2010.
Restaurants in Burlington

1. Conservators Center

676 E Hughes Mill Rd - BY RESERVATION ONLY, By Reservation Only, Burlington, NC 27217-9341 +1 888-650-1139
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5 based on 194 reviews

Conservators Center

Have you ever looked a tiger in the eye? Felt the whole-body impact of lions roaring? Watched wolves romp through the woods? These and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences are possible at the Conservators' Center, a wildlife conservancy for more than 80 animals. An "oofing" at the Conservators' Center is an experience you'll have to feel to believe. It's the earth-shaking sound our lion prides make when they roar to one another. Our guides call to them on every tour, and you may have the opportunity to hear them from as close as 5 feet away! You'll also get up close and personal with tigers, leopards, wolves, lemurs, binturongs, and other exotic species. Tours, adoptions, memberships, and other donations support our work, so every visit from you helps us help them. Tours are held every weekend as well as some holidays. We have private experiences and field trips during the week. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO GET A RESERVATION FOR YOUR TOUR!

Reviewed By Dee27215 - Burlington, North Carolina

Took my adult children and grandchildren (ages 9, 7, 6, 4) when they were visiting over the holidays. The Conservators Center was by far the highlight of everyone’s holiday visit to Burlington! I have returned with my husband since and plan to do so again and again! Where else can you meet amazing and beautiful animals up close and personal! From the moment we walked into the area and suddenly heard the Lions and tigers roaring and wolves howling, we felt like we had been transported to some distant place. The tour guides are wonderful! They are all volunteers who fell in love with the place and the stories of its residents and introduce you to them “up close and personal”. Very knowledgeable and interesting. Highly recommend this experience! We’re SO fortunate to have something like this right here in Burlington - get out there and see for yourself!

2. Children's Museum of Alamance County

217 S Main St, Graham, NC 27253-3301 +1 336-228-7997
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Children's Museum of Alamance County

Reviewed By Lisa J

Very enjoyable if you have kids 4th grade and below. Staff are wonderful! Lots of things to see and do and the little ones truly have fun while they are learning!

3. Elon University

100 Campus Dr, Elon, NC 27244-9423
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Elon University

Reviewed By Richard R - Charlotte, North Carolina

We were lucky enough to attend a function at Elon recently and were able to walk the grounds. The entire university is beautiful with manicured plantings everywhere. It was like stepping into a paradise off the beaten path. This truly is a wonderful college town. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and kind.

The food in the dining halls was excellent. Far above what I've had on other campuses. If you are ever a guest or can attend a function don't hesitate to try dining in one of the student halls if allowed. They have an international hall, one called Collonaides which had a delicious dinner, sandwiches and dessert bar, and they even have quick bite cafe stands around campus.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend to all the Elon staff and students!

4. Cedarock Park

4242 R Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington, NC 27215-8061 +1 336-229-2410
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Cedarock Park

Cedarock Park is a 500-acre nature park established in 1975. Cedarock Park is situated in the foothills of the Cane Mountain Range and features gently rolling terrain, an abundance of plant and wildlife species, and beautiful views of Rock Creek and its tributaries.

Reviewed By Rosalind P - Greensboro, North Carolina

We enjoyed several hours here - we walked the two main trails which are well-maintained and litter-free with clear trail markings. It is extremely dry in the Park and the creek was barely flowing. (There are a number of boardwalks and bridges which no doubt are most welcome in wetter conditions.)

We had taken a picnic lunch and enjoyed it sitting in a picnic pavilion overlooking a small pond after our hike.

We also spent time at the Historical Farm. The buildings are in excellent condition and the info boards are very interesting.

We were there on a weekday and the place was very quiet - we only passed one other couple on the trails. However, I should think this is a very popular place at the weekends.

5. Alamance Arts

213 S Main St, Graham, NC 27253-3301 +1 336-226-4495
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Alamance Arts

The artistic hub of Alamance County, is housed in the historic Captain James and Emma Holt White House, a historic landmark. Inside you'll find galleries with exhibits by local, regional and international artists. Picasso's Gift Shop, is also located here, with artistic gifts, ceramics, jewelry,glass work, garden art, and many more shopping delights you won't find elsewhere, unique and reasonably priced. Next to the Captain White House is the Graham Art Park with inspiring public art that also leads to the Children's Museum next door. At Christmas time, the whole house is a holiday extravaganza of decorations and gifts you won't want to miss - with an ice skating rink in the front yard! Check out our website for free music concerts, exhibits, and cultural events for Alamance County.

Reviewed By Michael D - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

My spouse is a big fan of Dale Chihuly and his amazing glass art. The Alamance Arts Council managed to snag the Stroemple Collection of Venetian. The pieces are magnificent and the small, intimate space just made the pieces pop and allowed us to get closer than we ever had before to Chihuly's work. If you're a fan don't miss this exhibit which closes October 15th.

6. Fat Frogg Bar and Grill

2009 Timberline Station Rd, Elon, NC 27244-9664 +1 336-584-5546
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4 based on 29 reviews

Fat Frogg Bar and Grill

Reviewed By 1GiantsMS - Redwood City, California

Went in for lunch and got wonderful service from Ashley. The french fries and fried pickle chips were very good. Lots of seating available ( even with several large groups). The margarita was good and there was a large selection of other drinks available. Parking could be a little difficult. Lots of different school items on display.

7. Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

5803 N.c. 62 S, Burlington, NC 27215 +1 336-227-4785
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

Reviewed By katsusanna - Raleigh, North Carolina

Alamance Battleground is a fascinating site, providing visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the most important events leading up to the Revolutionary War. One of my ancestors was a Regulator, so visiting the site of the Regulators' rebellion held special meaning for me.
Like all state historic sites, there is no charge to visit Alamance Battleground, but donations are much appreciated, and we are always happy to contribute to the upkeep and development of integral historic sites.
We began our visit in the small but very worthwhile Visitor's Center, where a dedicated and knowledgeable docent greeted us and provided us with an overview of the site, as well as a suggested touring plan. We then proceeded in to the theatre to watch the interesting and educational film, which provides the history and context of the historic Regulator Rebellion. I highly recommend watching the film before heading out to the battleground, so that you will understand and appreciate what you are about to see.
After the film, the docent led us outside and pointed out where the various events of the battle occurred. She then took us out to the colonial farmhouse and gave us a tour of the house and grounds. That was very interesting. The house is basically just one room downstairs and one room upstairs, but it is more spacious and comfortably furnished than one might imagine.
After leaving the farmhouse, we headed out to the battleground, starting with the woods and then proceeding to the other side of the road. On the other side of the road is a map outlining the various points where the events of the battle took place. There is some Civil War history here, too. We walked about and looked at the monuments on the field before heading back to the Visitor's Center to make some purchases in the gift shop.
This is a fascinating site, and the importance of the Regulator Movement in American history cannot be emphasized enough. This event impacted not just the colony of North Carolina, but all 13 colonies . . . and it paved the way for the Revolutionary War, which would ultimately lead to American independence.

8. Graham Cinema

119 N Main St, Graham, NC 27253-2848 +1 336-229-4990
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Graham Cinema

Home of Tim Bob's famous joke line. We're a family-owned theater that provides an affordable option for your movie-going experiences.

Reviewed By Larry F - Elizabeth City, North Carolina

I brought a 6-person family- 3 adults, 2 teenagers and a child- to this theater for a Sunday matinee showing with very little planning. What a jewel of a theater! It immediately brought back memories of theaters I attended 40 years ago. The movies are second-runs, but the prices are astounding and can not be beat. I will definitely look to see what's playing here the next time I am in town.

9. Rhodes Stadium

543 N Williamson Ave, Elon, NC 27244-9158
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Rhodes Stadium

Reviewed By Docky B - Raleigh, North Carolina

I have been attending Elon football games for several years now. I usually see one or two games a year. The stadium is very nice. It has bleacher seating with a lot of leg room. The tickets are reasonably priced. Rhodes stadium has a good family atmosphere. You can buy tickets online at the Elon University website.

10. Granddaddy's Antique Mall

2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC 27215-7114 +1 336-570-1997
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Granddaddy's Antique Mall

Reviewed By Ginny B - Gibsonville, North Carolina

A wide variety of things from furniture to jewelry, some old, some not. Booths are run by individual vendors so prices are as varied as the goods. Takes a long time just to walk through and see everything. Some booths are displayed nicely and easy to see items, some not. Located in a shopping center with a Food Lion on one end.

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