Establisted in 1789, Statesville, NC, with its Historic Downtown, is a bustling small town, and is home to many sites, attractions, and amenities. Downtown Statesvilles street's are lined with eateries, breweries, shops, and parks. Located off of both I-77 and I-40, Statesville is close to serveral State and National Parks along with other exciting attractions in the surrounding area. Check out some of the reccomended sites and attractions on ths page to see what our Nation's "First in Flight" as to offer!
Civic Center Events
The Civic Center, located in the heart of Downtown Statesville, is a wealth of information and resources for locals and tourists alike! Check out their calendar of events to plan your next trip to this charming American town.
Carolina Balloon Festival
Statesville, NC is home to the annual Carolina Balloon Festival. This visual spectacle of mass ascensions and glowing balloons is hosted by National Balloon Rally Charities . For over four decades this non-profit organization has showcased Iredell County's rich aviation history, and has given back to the local community, with proceeds from the event going to other non-profit charities and organizations in the mid-state area. The Carolina Balloon Festival is a one of a kind, fun-packed event complete with music, food, and flight!
Educational / Historic Sites
Iredell Museums Network
Downtown Statesville is proud to host several sites, exhibits, and collections for Iredell Museums Network. Check out their many locations and exciting events by visiting their website!
Fort Dobbs Historic Site
During colonial America, the area now known as North Carolina, was home to only one permanent frontier fort, Historic Fort Dobbs. Along with trails and parks, this site houses an exact replica of the original fort that was errected in response to the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763). A 19th century log cabin serves as the Visitor Center, offering shops, educational resources, and serveral historic artifacts on display.
Gregory Creek Homestead
The Gregory Creek Homestead gives visitors a glimpse of life in pre-industrial America. Owned by the Iredell Museums Network, the homestead houses cabins and outbuildings dated back to eighteenth century, where visitors will be immersed in colonial living through interactive history demonstrations.
Zootastic Park and Zoo
Zootastic is a privately owned zoo located just outside of Statesville, in Troutman, NC. With options to drive or walk throug the park, everyone can enjoy the exciting animal sightings and encounters this zoo has to offer. Zootastic also features a petting zoo and personal animal encounters from 15 minutes to a full hour!
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Greenways
Statesville is home to over 20 parks and greenways. With playgrounds, walking and exersice trails, covered picnic areas, and historic sites, there are plenty of reasons to take a break and get out and enjoy nature. Visit the statesvillenc website for a full listing of playgrounds, greenwaysand trails, and ball parks.
The Statesvile Fitness and Activity Center and the Ralph L. Bentley Community Center offer families loads of fun at a low cost. Their ammenities includes, a swimming pool and water park, indoor gymnasiums, activity and craft rooms, outdoor basketball courts, a game room, and a climbing wall! Check out the statesvillenc website for locations and more details.
Daveste Vineyards is settled on 52 acres in scenic Troutman, NC. This lovely vinyard offers visitors guided tours, winemaker workshops, live music, local vendors, and wine tastings. Visit their website to view their full calendar of events to plan your next trip.
Raylen Vineyards is a beautiful vineyard with 100 lush acres nestled in the foothills of Yadkin Valley. Located near Winston Salem, NC (45 minutes east of Statesville), Raylen Vineyards offers visitors guided tours, wine tastings, live music, food trucks, vendors, and a premium wine club that ships to most of the continental US! Visit their website for more information.
Food and Spirits
Downtown Statesville is home to over 50 restaurants, bakeries, and breweries! Most are family friendly and all offer delicious food and drinks. Statesville is known for its local music talent, so you are sure to find fun entertainment at almost every downtown establishment. Choose from the list of local favorites below to learn more about their menus, events, and locations.
Lake Mountain Coffee The Bristol Cafe
Broad Street Burger Grouchos Deli
Twisted Oak Bar and Grill Sweet Thing Bakery
Daylight Donuts Wine Maestro
Fourth Creek Brewing