[y] Fayetteville Visitors Guide
Like several other cities in the U.S., Fayetteville was named after Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de La Fayette. However, unlike other cities bearing Fayette’s name, this city can boast that they are the only ones that he actually visited in his lifetime. Today, Fayetteville is best known as the location of the Army base, Fort Bragg. Because of its proximity to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville is one of the most diverse cities in the nation due to the transient nature of the military families that move in and out of the area.
The census of 2000 indicated there were 121,015 people residing in the city. As of 2006, the city had a population of over 174,000 and ranks as the sixth-largest municipality in North Carolina. The racial makeup of the city was 48.76% White, 42.42% African American, 1.10% Native American, 2.19% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 2.53% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. 5.67% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,287, and the median income for a family was $41,210. The per capita income for the city was $19,141.
Originally built in 1910 as a U.S. Post Office, the current Art Center offers patrons the opportunity to view unique rotating exhibits in the heart of downtown. The Fayetteville Museum of Art offers a variety of world-class art exhibits, educational programs, concerts, workshops, and special events. The Mallett Rogers House features exhibits, paintings, sculptures and mixed-media work by Methodist College art faculty and students.
The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is situated on 85 acres of land overlooking Cross Creek and the Cape Fear River. The garden includes wildflowers, majestic oaks, nature trails and numerous species of native plants.
The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is the only museum dedicated to all Army airborne and special operations units. The museum has on display hundreds of rare and significant artifacts related to this special-ops unit and its history.
The Fascinate-U Children’s Museum is a place where children can explore their world the way they learn best-through creative role-playing, manipulation, and interaction with each other and the objects around them.
Jambbas Ranch is a private zoological park and natural habitat that offers tours of its extensive grounds. The ranch is home to numerous buffalos, llamas, deer, elk, cows, sheep, ducks, swans, and peacocks.
Fayetteville NC Recreation
Fishing for large-mouth bass, crappie, bluegill and perch and hunting are popular traditions throughout the area. Fort Bragg features thirteen lakes that are open to the public while Lakeview Park Fishing Pier and Campground allow fishing from its 500-ft. fishing pier. Nestled on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Clark Park is a natural woodland area with hiking trails, a campground and a Nature Center featuring seasonal displays and exhibits of North Carolina wildlife, plants, geology and more.
From ice hockey and basketball to indoor football and baseball, Fayetteville’s got it. The Fayetteville FireAntz have just come off an amazing season and are hoping to capitalize on the momentum of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup championship this fall. The Fayetteville Patriots participate in the NBA Development League, which trains players for the National Basketball Association. The Fayetteville SwampDogs, one of 15 college teams in the Coastal Plain League, has games in town from late May to early August. The Fayetteville Guard recently completed its second season in town playing in the National Indoor Football League.
With over 400 restaurants offering every type of cuisine imaginable, the only difficult aspect of dining out in Fayetteville is deciding where to eat. Enjoy down-home, country-style cooking at the Blazin’ Bar-B-Que restaurant that specializes in pork ribs, beef ribs, chicken, fish, and chopped pork barbecue with both Texas-style barbecue sauce and Carolina barbecue sauce available. Max & Moritz German Restaurant and Bakery is an artisan European bakery and German restaurant that offers delicious, authentic German dishes such as bratwurst, chicken cordon bleu, and schnitzel plus specializes in delicious German tortes and bread made fresh daily. The Barn of Fayetteville specializes in traditional and unique Italian dishes and offers a full menu of veal and pasta dishes, steaks, chicken, and fresh seafood. El Cazador Mexican Restaurant features Mexican specialties such as Biria, fajitas, chimichangas, huevos con chorizo, quesadillas, mojarra frita, and vegetarian dishes.
Fayetteville NC Communities
Neighborhoods in Fayetteville include Arden Forest, Arlington Plantation, Arran Lakes West, Ascot, Ashton Forest, Bayfield, Baytree, Baywood, Beaver Creak, Beaver Run, Belmont, Birch Creek, Black’s Bridge, Bordeaux, Borden Heights, Braxton Hills, Brettonwood Hills, Briarwood Hills, Bridlewood, Brightmoor, Buckhead, Cambridge, Clifton Forge, College Downs, Cottonade, Country Club Hills, Cypress Lakes, Devonwood, Edenroc, Elk Run, Ellerslie, Englewood, Englewood Forest, Eutaw, Evergreen Estates, Foxfire, Furlong, Gallup Acres, Gates Four, Gilcrest Sands, Glenbrook, Greenwood Homes, Heritage Heights, Hillendale, Hillendale West, Holly Springs, Hollywood, Hollywood Heights, Jack’s Ford, Kensington Village, King’s Grant, Kingsford, Kinwood, Lagrange, Loch Lomond, Locks Creek, Mallard Creek, Manchester Forest, Middle Creek, Middleton Plantation, Montclair, Montibello, Murray Fork, Myrtle Hill, North Hills, Oakdale, Pebble Creek, Pinewood Lakes, Ponderosa, Porter Place, Qualridge, Raintree, Rayconda, Remington, River Field, Robinwood Estates, Sandy Pines, Scotsdale, Shenandoah, Southgate, Summer Hill, Tallywood, The Cove, The Lakes, Three Lakes, Tiffany Pines, Timberlake, Tranquil Acres, Vanstory Hills, Waters Edge, Wells Place, Welmar, Wendemere, Wheatland, and Windy Pines