Winston-Salem is filled with plenty of beautiful scenery and great people to enjoy it with. With the town being surrounded by the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, there are plenty of places to enjoy different activities. We promise that once you get out and do some of the things on our list, you’ll find out that there is more to do in Winston-Salem than stay at home and be bored. There are plenty of attractions for the typical college student, high schooler, adults, and the rest of the Salem community. Even if you’re in town for a visit, Salem is full of restaurants, concerts, and parks that will keep you having fun for the time being.

The following is the Deacon’s list of the best fun things to do in Salem, NC:

The Arts

Let’s ease into things and start off with the museums and arts in town. There are plenty of classy and creative exhibitions of historical and innovative artwork, as well as music throughout Winston-Salem. We just want you to get out and experience the culture that has been preserved throughout the years.

Visit the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Location: 251 Spruce St N, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $ (The events are sometimes free)

The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts has been hosting some great shows for the community for many years. It serves as a multi-purpose event center for signature occasions. It includes two beautiful art galleries and plenty of space for people to go out and have a good time in one of Salem’s best event centers.

Note: Please check their event calendar for more information.

Parks Series

Who doesn’t love free stuff, right? The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts provides its fellow community with free family events. They always put on a show that the Winston-Salem community is all about. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to share a great time with the community!

Visit the Hanesbrands Theater

Location: 209 Spruce St N, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $

This theater is located on the same street as the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. It is known to host culture-filled performances that will have you feeling great. The Hanesbrands Theater features some of the best lighting and seating you can find in North Carolina. It is too beautiful of a place to ignore when it is located in Salem’s downtown area.

Note: Check out the links provided for the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts for event information.

Visit the Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Location: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $$

The Salem Museums and Gardens is a great place to learn more about our great community and the history behind it. Some of us tend to forget that Salem has been around since 1766 and carries some of the richest histories in the U.S. It is a great place to take children to learn and get in touch with the town’s roots!

Parks & Recreation

Winston-Salem is perfectly located in an environment that calls out for fun outdoor activities. Whether you’re into the city lifestyle or love the woods, there is something out there for you. There are plenty of public parks, gardens, and trails that will turn you into a nature lover.

Visit the Historic Bethabara Park

Location: 2147 Bethabara Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Price: Free (Unless you want a tour)

Bethabara Park is a nice spot to enjoy some of the green Salem scenery. The park works towards sharing the history behind our town and culture. It is always reaching out to the community and hosting signature events that highlight some colonial traditions that have been preserved for our future generations to come.

Have Fun with the Triad ECO Adventures

Location: 176 Ywca Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Price: $$

Triad ECO Adventures make exploring Winston-Salem a whole lot more fun. You can tour the town on a Segway, paddleboard on any of the lakes near Salem, ride an e-bike, or ride the trolley. The great thing is how the Triad gets its customers involved with our town. It opens up a whole new perspective about our town and shows people how fun things can get here.

Enjoy Some Collegiate Competitions

Winston-Salem is home to some great athletes. Whenever our local colleges have a gameday, plenty of fans get together to support their favorite college teams. Some do it for the fun and others do it for the love of sports. Whatever the reason may be, the atmosphere always tends to get fired up and helps ignite the best college spirit. The fans are always great and keep the players motivated throughout every competition.

The following institutions have sports teams based in Winston-Salem:

Visit the North Kaleideum

Location: 400 W Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Price: $

The North Kaleideum serves as a great spot for parents and schools to take their children and learn a bit more about science in some exciting ways. It includes a state-of-the-art planetarium and more learning activities that are sure to motivate anybody to love science.

The Winston-Salem Nightlife

Don’t forget that we’re a college town! The nightlife around Winston-Salem has plenty of bars, live music, and other fun for the adults to enjoy. It serves as an escape for the student and professional work life. Your work week probably tired you out and you need something to relieve the stress. Take our word for it and enjoy the night scene in town.

West End Opera House

Location: 853 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Price: $$

This is a great spot to grab a beer and enjoy some live music from time to time. The West End Opera House hosts some hot events where you can hang out with your friends and enjoy the music, play some games, and grab a bite and a drink. Trust us, you’ll enjoy the food trucks!

Finnigan’s Wake

Location: 620 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $$

Finnigan’s is perfect for those looking for the bar scene. The bar is good at hosting some of the most exciting holiday events and some events for the community as well. The restaurant puts in the effort to give all of its customers the best experience in Winston-Salem.

Sixth & Vine

Location: 209 W 6th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $$

Are you looking to spice up your night with some great food, wine, and company? Sixth & Vine will turn you into a regular once you go in and enjoy the live events they provide for their customers. The food and drink make everything a whole lot better and sets the mood for a good date.

Second & Green Tavern

Location: 207 N Green St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Price: $$

Second & Green Tavern is another spot that can put on a good show. The tavern hosts some great outside music at the parking lot that you won’t want to miss. They also have some great special on their food and drinks! It is a great spot to hang out with your friends and enjoy a nice cold beer from the bar. Just make sure you get there early on an event day because parking is limited!


We hope you can now get out and experience Winston-Salem in a whole different way. There are plenty of adventures for you to go on to forget about your worries. You deserve to enjoy your days in Salem after working so hard. Just remember to share your experiences and your favorite fun thing to do in Salem if it wasn’t featured in our list!