Family-Friendly Things to Do After Visiting the ASOM
Planning on visiting your Soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in the near future? Continue reading to learn some family-friendly places to visit while you’re in Fayetteville!
U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum
Come visit us at the the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM)!
The ASOM recounts the actions of heroic Airborne and Special Operations Soldiers from the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.
Walk through the streets of war-torn Normandy and see a glider delivering a jeep into battle, hear Soldiers exiting a helicopter in Vietnam, watch the rooftops as soldiers and an MH‐6 “Little Bird” rescue Kurt Muse in Panama, witness troops defending freedom in Iraq and fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan… All of this is put together with well-designed, interactive exhibits and memorabilia.
Additionally, we have a Museum Gift Shop where you can purchase gifts for friends and family members, or even for yourself!
For more information about visitation during the pandemic, click here.
While you’re in the downtown Fayetteville area, we recommend also checking out the following places!
Located just across the street from the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, Veterans Park is the first state park dedicated to military veterans – from all branches of the Armed Services.
Veterans Park pays homage to the veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties through many symbolic statues and architectural designs.
For more information, click here!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Explore 80 acres of greenery and beautiful flowers at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden! Located just two miles from downtown Fayetteville, it has a variety of curated gardens that are worthy of visiting throughout the year.
Additionally, the Garden always hosts many events and gatherings, so click here to plan your visit accordingly.
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Learn how troops moved through Fayetteville and Cumberland County from the Revolutionary War to the early 20th century at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum! Located in the beautifully restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot in downtown Fayetteville, the museum offers two floors of engaging, artifact-filled exhibits. Favorite spots in the museum include the steamboat interactive and the recreated Station Agent’s Office.
The Museum annex is conveniently located next door to the museum and continues Fayetteville’s story with additional displays. Vintage cars, a recreated 1920s gas station, and Fayetteville’s 1880s Silsby Steam Pump Engine are some of the things you can explore!
For more information, click here.
Cape Fear River Trail
Is your pet coming on your trip, or is your family into nature? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, we recommend checking out the Cape Fear River Trail! The trail is a 10-foot wide paved path for walkers, joggers and bicyclists. It winds for nearly 5.5 miles through a beautiful blend of trees, plants and wildlife with spectacular views of the river.
Fun fact, the trail is not a loop. It is 5.5 miles long, one-way, so we advise planning your walk so that you will have transportation waiting where you finish. Additionally, pets must be leashed. For more information about this trail, click here or watch the video below!