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Kick Back and Have A Little Fun

Baseball. Racecars. It's as American as apple pie. It's also only the beginning of what you can do for fun in Hickory. From golf to ice-skating to mining for gems, we give you every reason in the world to take time out for good, old-fashioned fun.



 

AMF Colonial Lanes

 

828-327-2695

1951 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory
Bowling, video arcade, food and fun. Sunday-Thursday, 9 AM-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 9 AM to 2 AM

 

BirdBrain Ostrich Ranch, Inc.

 

704-483-1620

See www.birdbrainranch.com
    

Catawba Science Center

828-322-8169

243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC.
The Catawba Science Center offers visitors of all ages hands-on fun as they learn about the natural and physical sciences through participatory exhibits. The Science Emporium gift shop offers a variety of unique science related items. Located in the Arts and Science Center of the Catawba Valley. Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays.
Admission is only $5 for adults

$3 for youth (3-18 yo.) and seniors (62 and over).
As always, the Center is free for members and for children under age 3.

See
www.catawbascience.org

 

Hickory Crawdads Baseball

 

 

800-488-DADS/828-322-3000

2500 Clement Blvd. NW, off Highway 321.
From I-40 take exit 123 North, Hickory. A "Class A" professional baseball team that plays in the historic South Atlantic League. An affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Crawdads have sent numerous players to the majors. From April to September of each year, see the Major League "Stars of Tomorrow" right here in Hickory.
See
www.hickorycrawdads.com
   

 

Hickory Dickory Dock

 

828-322-3625

825 Hwy. 70 SE, Hickory
Hickory’s only family entertainment center features 33,000 square feet of indoor activities for families, groups, and parties: bumper cars, mini-golf, soft modular play, two laser arenas, restaurant, birthday party rooms, covered picnic areas, over 100 arcade games and a redemption prize center. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m-11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m-8 p.m.
See
www.hickory-dickory-dock.com

 

Hickory Motor Speedway

 

828-464-3655

Hwy. 70 E, Newton
Hailed as the birthplace of NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Ned and Dale Jarrett and Harry Gant. Season runs March through October.
See
www.hickorymotorspeedway.com

 

Hiddenite Gems

 

828-632-3394

"The Emerald Hollow Mine," Hiddenite, NC. Enjoy digging and sluicing for beautiful stones in their natural state at the Gem Capital of the World. Find aquamarines, emeralds, smoky quartz, amethyst, sapphires and more.
  

Pin Station

828-466-2695

525 West A St., Newton
Forty-two lanes, game room, pool tables and snack bar. On Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m.-2 a.m., "Cosmic Bowl" features glow-in-the-dark pins and strobe lights. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

 

Rack n’ Roll Billiards & Amusements

 

828-464-POOL

(Downtown) 14 East 1st Street, Newton
Alcohol-free. Pool tables, video games and food. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

 

Skateland USA

 

828-322-8824

2820 Hwy. 70 SE, Newton
Roller skating, video games and parties. Open Monday-Saturday. Call for hours.

The Ivey Arboretum in Carolina Park

 

Located adjacent to downtown Hickory on NC 127 North.  Hickory is the home of the Ivey Arboretum, a collection of over 400 labeled species of native and rare trees and shrubs within a three-acre park. The Arboretum was founded by local industrialist and tree enthusiast George Ivey in 1936 in historic Carolina Park (1904). The Arboretum was recently restored with the replacement of many of the unusual plant specimens. Guided tours are available.

 

Waldensian Heritage Wines

 

828-879-3202

4940 Villar Lane NE, Valdese. Open for tours and tastings every Thursday through Sunday, the winery offers the same variety of wines made by original Waldensian winemakers.

 

There are an abundance of parks in the City of Hickory and beyond. Many have recreational outlets such as lighted basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, walking trails and swimming pools. Additionally, there are a number of fitness trails in the county as well as opportunities for fishing and hunting. The CVB can provide you with a full listing of the parks and other sporting or recreational facilities.

 

 

 

Area Activities for Children

 

AMF COLONIAL LANES BOWLING ALLEY

1951 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, North Carolina

828-327-2695

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12:00pm-12:00am

Wednesday 10:00am-1:00am; Friday 12:00pm-2:00am

Saturday 10:00am-2:00am; Sunday 10:00am-12:00am

 

 

CATAWBA SCIENCE CENTER

Exhibits on display and educational activities year round.

243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory, North Carolina

828-322-8169

Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm

 

 

CHUCK E CHEESE

Pizza, Games, and More

2032 SE Catawba Valley Blvd, Hickory, North Carolina

828-328-3694

Sunday-Thursday 9:00am-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday 9:00am-11:00pm

 

 

F3: FABULOUS FAMILY FUN CENTER

Arcade, Phaser Zone, Go Carts, Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, and Mini-Golf

1991 15th Avenue Place SE, Hickory, North Carolina

828-322-2025

Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm

 

 

HICKORY DICKORY DOCK

Arcade, Playground, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, and Mini-Golf

825 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, North Carolina

828-322-3625

Monday-Thursday 10:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm

 

 

PIN STATION

Smoke-free Bowling Alley, Mini-Golf, Arcade, and Pool Tables

525 West A Street, Newton, North Carolina

828-466-2695

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 8:00am-1:00am; Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm

 

 

VALLEY HILLS MALL

Indoor Playground---FREE

1960 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, North Carolina

828-328-2436

Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm