Attractions in Winston Salem

Attractions in Winston Salem

Activities to delight every person and every whim await you in Winston-Salem, the City of Arts & Innovation. There are endless ways to enjoy the arts—performance and visual styles—and you can plan your visit to coincide with several fi lm, theater or wine festivals. You can step back in history, strolling historic towns, buildings and homes, then step into the modern, vibrant downtown shopping and dining areas.


The city has a deep, rich history in arts of all kinds, and that legacy is honored and celebrated across miles and across cultures. Visitors can experience arts and crafts of long tradition at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, which showcases books, music, home décor and museum exclusives. Enjoy current works at the Avenue of the Arts, with dozens of galleries and studios showing the savvy creations of local artists so acclaimed their works are exhibited in the White House Collection, the National Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum, and MOMA. Here along Avenue of the Arts you will also find the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, where you can see works of the hand by members of this guild of more than 350 craft artists and collectors who appreciate them.

The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA) makes grand use of this highly walkable city with evening gallery crawls, classes, and a variety of entertainment. Along the way are plenty of opportunities to sit and partake of coffee shops, trendy restaurants and wine bars.

Enjoy an active nightlife with live music, dining, and events in downtown Winston-Salem. Take the whole family to explore the wonders of science at SciWorks, named one of the top 25 science museums for children in America by Parents Magazine. Or check out Körner’s Folly, built in 1880 by artist/decorator/designer Jule Gilmer Korner, this unique mansion showcases the talent, ingenuity, and imagination of a true genius.

Experience the finest of contemporary art at Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), the best examples of work from American artists of major significance at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and happen upon any number of special exhibitions at those venues as well as The Milton Rhodes Arts Center, and more.

You can play a round at any of a dozen golf courses in the area, or catch a great game of baseball featuring the Chicago White Sox minor league team—the Winston Salem Dash—at the BB&T Ballpark.

Wine aficionados can enjoy tasting adventures just a short 30 minutes away, then return to downtown for nightlife, music, dancing, and mixing with locals and other visitors.

For family fun, check out The Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, and Körner’s Folly, named “The Strangest House in the World” because of its eclectic 22-room, three floor, seven level mix of beauties and oddities that adorn huge open rooms with soaring ceilings, cranny sized spaces, and plenty in between.

Following are the few attractions in the area:

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