Saturday, June 26, 2010

City Park - Burlington

A post from Sarah C. today about a great place in Burlington. I know it sounds far, but Mapquest says only 39 minutes from Chapel Hill to Burlington. Seems worth it for this place!

Looking for a getaway that’s a short drive and lots of fun? Head to Burlington and explore City Park. City Park features a lot of the classic park amenities (athletic fields, tennis courts, greenway, playground, etc) as well as an amusement area and year round indoor swimming facility.

DH suggested we visit after a conversation he and I had about Pullen Park in Raleigh. I had thought it would be fun to take D to ride the train and carousel, but with that park currently closed for renovations, we would have to wait until next year. That’s when DH remembered a similar park in Burlington that he enjoyed as a child. I confess, I questioned if it even still existed. It had been awhile since childhood, afterall!

So one weekend we were in Burlington visiting family and decided to stop by City Park to explore. What a fabulous idea it was! Not only does the park still feature the train and carousel my DH remembers (yes, the exact ones!), but now has a nice play structure and other rides – boats, planes/helicopters, and vehicles. The vehicles ride includes a John Deere tractor which I know one of D’s buddies would love. You will need to purchase a ticket to ride. Tickets are 75 cents each (except on Thursdays when they are 50 cents) or $6.00 for 10. Leftover tickets can be used on future visits so we chose the latter option and have stashed our extra tickets in the car for our next trip.

Tip before you go – the amusement area is located near the intersection of South Church and South Main streets. Just west of the YMCA of Alamance County. Take exit 143 from I-40/85 and head north on Hwy 62 (Alamance Rd). Follow Hwy 62 as it turns right and merges with Hwy 70 (S Church Street). Continue a few blocks to S Main Street. The park is on your right.

City Park
1333 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 222-5030



At September 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This park is great! We went on Labor Day and our son enjoyed it so much, he keeps asking to go back to the park with the tractors and fire truck. It's perfect for a 2 1/2 year old and I think kids would enjoy until they are around 4 or 5. I like the fact that it's small (not too overwhelming for a toddler) and inexpensive.

At September 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Sarah C. said...

Wonderful! I am so glad your family enjoyed the recommendation. We greatly appreciate the feedback! :)

At September 11, 2010 at 3:39 PM , Blogger chapelhillmom said...

What a great Labor Day idea! Thanks for sharing your positive experience with us.


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