We Asked, You Answered: Fort Bragg Activities
Last week on Instagram I launched our first ever military town polling (took me long enough, right?)! I polled the audience over a period of four days to get a general sense of how you like(d) Fort Bragg as a duty station, where you chose to live, where you like to eat, and what you do in your free time in the area. There was SO much participation that I couldn’t possibly fit it into one post, so I’m breaking it down by poll topic.
I rolled up your responses to all of my questions concerning things to do near Fort Bragg and compiled them here in this nifty blog post for you to reference whenever you fancy…cuz that’s just what friends do.
Is there enough to do near Fort Bragg?
I asked you guys if you felt there was enough to do near Fort Bragg, in general. 78% of you said YES and 22% said NO. Of those who said NO, only 1 provided a reason, which was simply “Mountains.” I admittedly don’t know if you meant that there were too many mountains, not enough mountains nearby, that mountains were the only options for activities, or…? C’mon man! Don’t leave me hanging like this!
No, wait! Let’s rewind. My first question was “Which term describes you more: HOMEBODY or EXPLORER. I asked this question to gauge the answers to the follow up question about whether or not there was enough to do in the area.
70% said EXPLORER
30% said HOMEBODY
Of those who identified as a HOMEBODY, only 14% felt there was NOT enough to do near Fort Bragg. This was a telling statistic to me. The vast majority of those who identify as a HOMEBODY actually felt that there was enough to do in the local area. I took this to speak volumes about the Fort Bragg area as a whole, and I hope you do too.
Ok, now we can move on. My next question was posed to the 78% of you who said there was enough to do near Fort Bragg. I asked you to tell me your favorite thing to do in the area. Many had the same answers so I’ve consolidated them here:
Visiting Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte
Going to the beach (it’s so close!)
Fighting “Legs” (best response of the week. A “leg” is someone who isn’t Airborne qualified)
Zip line in Downtown Fayetteville
Hanging out in Southern Pines
Dewitt’s Sporting Clays - Ellerbe
Checking out the breweries in Fuquay Varina
Checking out the breweries, music scene and general Downtown area (Lake Gaston Brewery was a popular response)
Going to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville
I asked my friend Jenny with Go Fayetteville! what kinds of activities and new opportunities she’s excited about specifically for Fayetteville, and she had this to say:
Take a little trip…Take a little trip…
I asked you guys about the best day trips and weekend getaways near Fort Bragg and here are your responses listed in order of popularity (# of votes):
Uwharrie National Forest
Wilmington or Tobacco District in Durham
Broadfoot Bandy House - for a Staycation
Gillis Farm - Fayetteville
But what about the kids?!
You kindly shared your knowledge on your favorite activities for the kiddos in the Fort Bragg area:
Marbles Kids Museum - Raleigh
Aloha Safari Zoo - Cameron
Tregembo Animal Park - Wilmington
Carolina Hurricanes (“Canes”) Hockey game - Raleigh
Durham Bulls Baseball game - Durham
North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro
Hiking at Raven Rock - Lillington
Taking them to the Drop Zone to watch the paratroopers jump
Defy Air Sports - Fayetteville
Clark Park - Fayetteville
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum - Fayetteville
N. Regional Library - Fayetteville
Bravery Kids Gym - Fayetteville
Your favorite parades and annual events…
A lot of you had similar responses to this question, which I’ve put in order by popularity (# of votes):
Dogwood Festival - Fayetteville (by far the most voted event)
Blues & Brews Festival - Durham
Veterans Day Parade - Southern Pines
Blue N Brews - Fayetteville
All American Marathon in March
All American Week in May
Duskin and Stephens Beef and Beer Memorial Event - Pinehurst
Top 5 Bucket List Activities while stationed at Fort Bragg
Here they are! In no particular order…
What are your thoughts on the best activities near Fort Bragg? Tell us in the comments and tag your pictures with #rightandup so we can repost!
about the author
Riley is an active duty US Army Captain and the Founder of Right and Up. She’s currently stationed in Washington, DC, with previous assignments at Fort Huachuca, Fort Bliss, Fort Riley and Fort Benning. You can typically find her eating embarrassingly large amounts of food in local restaurants, or exploring her military town with her husband, Sean and her dog, Gus. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!