The Heart of North Carolina – Student Attractions

North Carolina is known for its absolutely astounding views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains, as well as its highly unique variation of attractions all throughout the state.

You probably know all about Charlotte, the state's largest city and home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Carolina Panthers, or even the Outer Banks barrier islands and all of their gorgeous vistas.

But how much do you know about the Heart of North Carolina, the central state area that holds more attractions and natural wonders than you could probably imagine? In this area, you can enjoy the world's largest natural habitat zoo, the pottery capital of the country, the birthplace of Duke University, and one of the most haunted attractions in the country!

Check out what all central North Carolina has to offer your group, then give us a call and let us set up your own adventure today!


Randleman North Carolina, formerly known as Dicks due to Dicks Grist Mill, then Union Factory, is well known for both its industrial past and for being the home of the King of NASCAR, Richard Petty. That being said, many of the attractions you will find here involve the Petty family's history and impact on racing. There are, of course, other things to do here, mostly involving the natural setting and outdoor recreation.

  • Victory Junction - Popular camp for chronically ill children, serving over 25,000 kids so far.
  • Richard Petty Museum - Check out Petty family memorabilia, history, trophies, and much more. The area includes the Petty Garage and Historic Toomes-Petty House.
  • Randleman Lake - Explore 100 miles of gorgeous lake shoreline and choose to boat, fish, sail, or just enjoy the views.
  • Randleman's Commerce Square Park - Popular park/gathering spot that includes a bandstand, farmers market, and art installments.


Asheboro is one of central North Carolina's most treasured destinations, named an All-American City by the National Civic League. Within this city, you can find so much to do with your group, from shopping and dining experiences to thrilling outside recreation. Here are the area's top attractions!

  • North Carolina Zoo - World's largest natural habitat zoo.
  • Historic Sunset Theatre - Regular concerts, plays, and shows.
  • Downtown Asheboro - Lined with quaint shops and unique eateries like Magnolia 23 (the best fried chicken) and Central Bakery (in business for 70 years).
  • American Classic Motorcycle Museum - Holds the largest private collection of Harley Davidsons in the United States.
  • Richland Creek Zipline and Canopy Tour - Thrilling outdoor experience holding 14 different zip line stations.
  • North Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame - Great display off military aviation artifacts and information.
  • Uwharrie National Forest - An absolutely gorgeous national forest great for hiking, picnicking, and camping.


Known as the 'Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States', Seagrove holds over 100 individual potters and business within its confines. This is a major destination for art and pottery lovers across the world. Not only that, but Seagrove also holds some of the most gorgeous farmlands in the area, great for sightseeing.

  • North Carolina Pottery -  The only statewide facility in the nation devoted solely to pottery, holding pottery, artifacts, and photographs.
    Thomas Pottery

    Thomas Pottery


Trinity North Carolina provides an interesting history as the birthplace of Duke University, as well as the home of Donna Hughes, famous bluegrass artist. Trinity is also less than six miles from the High Point Furniture Market, the largest furniture shopping district in the world.

  • Trinity Museum - The historic Dr. Thomas L. Winslow House built in 1855.
  • Linbrook Heritage Estate - Showcasing Linbrook Hall, one of the largest privately-owned homes in the southeastern US. Also home to the Historic Hoover House and the Neal Agricultural & Industrial Museum.


Archdale holds an excellent mix of attractions ranging from local historic classic sights to see to new award-winning thrills. Learn all about the town's Quaker origins, it's name actually coming from an old Quaker governor, then experience what USA Today has named one of the Top 10 Spookiest Haunted Attractions at Kersey Valley.

  • Bush Hill Heritage Festival - One of North Carolina’s premiere family-fun festivals featuring music, events, games, and crafts.
  • The Bush Hill Trading Post - A great place to shop for treasures or enjoy some ice cream and candies!
  • Kersey Valley Attractions - Zip lines, a high ropes course, Escape Room, cornfield maze, laser tag, an event barn, and the highly popular Halloween attraction Spooky Woods, voted #1 Scream Park in America by HauntWorld Magazine.
  • Creekside Park & Greenway - Tennis courts, baseball fields, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, and 3 miles of walking trails.