One of the great things about living in an active adult community is the low-maintenance lifestyle. With many home maintenance chores handled by the property managers leaves more free time for the residents to fill their time with activities they enjoy. An open schedule allows for exploring. This article lists a few places to start the adventures.

Wine Country

Throughout North Carolina wineries specialize in the local muscadine grapes which are unique to the southeast. Muscadine grapes usually produce a sweet dessert wine, but some of the wineries offer dryer versions. Further west in the state is the Yadkin Valley, a microclimate between the Yadkin River and the Blue Ridge Mountains which is ideal for growing more traditional grape varieties for wine. For a list of wineries in NC and the types of wine they produce, go to NCWine.org.

History

For the history lover, there are historic houses and battlefields all around the Raleigh area. To head back to pre-Revolutionary times, Historic Halifax is an excellent destination. A town founded in 1860, Halifax was a port city and county seat. In 1776, North Carolina’s Fourth Provincial Congress met here. After the Revolutionary War, the town prospered, and many merchants and planters built grand homes. The Halifax State Historic Site includes many restored and furnished buildings that are open to the public. Plan your trip to Halifax by going to visithalifax.com.

The Ocean

One beautiful thing about living in Garner is that it is easy to get to the beaches without having to live in a tourist community. If you love the sun and ocean, In less than two hours you can be in Wilmington which is near many famous beaches such as Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach State Park and Kure Beach. Besides the beaches, the Wilmington area offers other places of interest such as the North Carolina Aquarium, the battleship North Carolina and the Cape Fear Museum of History & Science. For more information on things to do in and around Wilmington go to wilmingtonandbeaches.com.

Mayberry

For those who remember and loved The Andy Griffith Show may want to take a trip to Mount Airy, NC. Mount Airy is the birthplace of the actor, Andy Griffith, and also the town on which the show’s town, Mayberry, was based. The town boasts the world’s most extensive collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Visit the Andy Griffith Museum, the Mayberry Jail and eat lunch at the Snappy Lunch (a restaurant mentioned in the show). For a bit of nostalgia, this is a delightful day trip. For information to plan your visit go to visitmayberry.com.

Wild Animals

For those who love to see and learn about animals, the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC is a beautiful destination. The philosophy of natural habitats is seen throughout this park. The grounds are covered in trees and plants, and you walk through pathways from exhibit to exhibit. There is a vast collection of animals from locations around the world including local displays of animals from North Carolina. For information on tickets and hours of operation go to nczoo.org.

Besides living in an active adult community, maintain an active lifestyle by getting out and exploring new and different places. This includes the places that are right in your area.  For more information on The Tapestry, an age-targeted community in Garner, NC, call 919-772-4663.