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Jun 7 2018

Wilson, North Carolina Tourism – About Wilson

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About Wilson

Wilson offers such a wide array of choices and the biggest challenge for visitors is deciding what to do first. Our vibrant community, with its award-winning revitalized downtown, offers festivals, 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, 1850 acres of land and is host to many triatholons and boat racing events.

“Southern culture with a focus on the arts” in its many forms thrives in Wilson, the 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 downtown the first weekend in November. 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 its 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 “]. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex” has hosted the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship games, The annual Boys and Girls “The Brittany Soccer Showcase” and also 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, 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 and History 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 daily sunrise to sunset. Wilson has 1500 hotel rooms. Southern hospitality and home town charm are a tradition here.

Excitement and discovery awaits both children and adults at the Imagination Station Science Museum where guests can race a cheetah, play a harp with invisible strings, or get eye-to-eye with a boa constrictor! Visit folk artist Vollis Simpson’s “Whirligigs” metal and whimsical structures with a breathtaking view of the countryside. Taste the best Barbecue on the East Coast. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating, fishing, beautiful golf facilities or see a race at Southern National Speedway. Discover history and see Baseball memorabilia at the North Carolina Baseball Museum. Experience the beauty of over 165 varieties of All American Roses at the Wilson Rose Garden and see one of the Largest Railroad Modelers Train located in The Antique Barn.

For more information contact the Wilson Visitors Center at 800-497-7398. Located at 209 Broad Street, Wilson, North Carolina. Directions to Wilson: Take Exits 107-121 off 1-95.

A mild climate is a favorable factor in the life of Wilson. The annual average temperature is 60.8 degrees. There is little or no snowfall in winter and summer nights are usually pleasant. Rainfall averages about four inches per month throughout the year. Wilson’s elevation is 147 feet.

Named for Col. Louis D. Wilson, a prominent 19th Century eastern North Carolina legislator, the City of Wilson has a population of approximately 42,000. It is the county seat of Wilson County, whose total population is approximately 72,000 and whose total area covers some 373 square miles. New subdivisions in the Wilson suburbs are constantly being developed, therefore population in these areas is growing more rapidly than that in the inner city.


Wilson is conveniently located half-way between New York and Florida on I-95. Just 45 miles east of Raleigh, the state capital, and 100 miles from the coast. Wilson is located 30 miles north of I40 and is intersected by US 301, US 264, and US I795. From I-95, take exits 107-121.

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