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Things to Do in Burlington
Company Shops Depot
The Depot, a souvenir of the railroad days, is located in the central business district and served as the arrival and departure point for those traveling by train. Built in the mid-1800’s, the Depot was the hub of activity during the heyday of rail travel. Moved from its original location adjacent to the railroad tracks to its present site in 1978, it now serves as a meeting place for community groups and a site for special events and outdoor concerts. A pictorial in the activity room contains portraits of notable residents and depicts significant events that occurred in 1893, the City’s date of incorporation, and each of the decades during its first century of existence. Painted by Rodney Moser, the murals were commissioned and presented in 1993.
Behind the depot, you can find the historic Norfolk and Western caboose. The caboose is open to the public on Saturdays, weather permitting, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (336) 222-5030.
Delight In A Wonderful Play At The Paramount Theatre
Opened in 1929 as the Grand Theatre, the Paramount has provided entertainment and culture opportunities for the people of Burlington for over 70 years. Following a renovation and restoration effort by the City of Burlington with contributions from the Alamance County Arts Council and corporate supporters, the Paramount reopened on February 18, 1998.
Since then, the theater has played host to hundreds of events, plays, musicals, concerts, and gospel performances, business and community meetings, travelogues, and classic movies.
Spacious yet intimate, the theater seats 398 patrons in close proximity to the stage. Musicians have praised the facility as acoustically warm, making for a truly enjoyable for the audience.
The Paramount box office is open weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and one hour prior to any ticketed event. Credit card reservations may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 336-222-TIXS.
Find Yourself In One Of Our Parks Enjoying A Musical Chairs Concert
Pack a picnic dinner and visit the Musical Chairs outdoor concert series. Concerts are held May through August. Call the City of Burlington for a schedule 336-513-5469.
Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Burlington
Alamance Walks will guide you on an historic walking tour of downtown. Download their brochure to learn more about Burlington's history.
Take a Historic Walking Tour
Check out this brochure and walk through Burlington's history on this walking tour.
Tour The Federal Building Downtown On Spring Street
Anchored at the southeast corner of Spring Street is the 1937 Federal Building. This building is a typical Depression-era government structure that reflects the limited negative impact of the Depression on Burlington, which was sustained by its thriving textile industry. Also, housed in the Federal Building are two beautiful paintings that belong to the federal government. To view these paintings call Gary Aherron to schedule and appointment at 336-436-6586.
Enjoy The Fireworks In City Park
Take a blanket or lawn chair and find a spot on the famous hill at City Park and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display beginning just after the sun goes down. Fireworks are displayed for Independence Day (July 3rd in the Park) and Halloween (Saturday before Halloween).
*Fireworks are subject to change according to weather.
Burlington City Park & Facilities
Park facilities include five athletic fields, an amusement area featuring an extensive playground and courtyard and the Historical Carousel, a walking track, twelve lighted tennis courts, a year-round aquatics facility, Thataways, a state-of-the-art youth center, three enclosed shelters with grills, two open air shelters with grills, picnic tables throughout the park, a peaceful stream which winds its way through the park, and a green way. For a list of parks and facilities visit recreation's page or call (336)222-5030.
Serve Up Some Tennis at the Tennis Center
The Burlington Tennis Center is a state of the art facility offering twelve courts for open and tournament play. It is located off of Overbrook Road next to the Aquatics Center in City Park. Lessons, youth programs, men and women's nights and much more are all features of this facility. The United States Tennis Association recognized the facility as one of the Outstanding Tennis Facilities located in the United States and is an official Tennis Welcome Center.
The center's 12 hard surface lighted courts are positioned in four groups of three courts for privacy when playing. A tennis pavilion with a pro shop is located on site offering balls, grips, and racket stringing.
For more information regarding Tennis Center programs or upcoming tournaments call (336) 229-3155.
Play a Round of Golf at Indian Valley Golf CourseNestled along the banks of the Haw River, Indian Valley Golf Course offers the avid golfer a fair test of their golf game. The 18-hole Ellis Maples par 70 course is owned and operated by the City of Burlington and is available for regular and tournament play. For tee times, call (336) 584-7871.
Attend A Burlington Royals Baseball Game
Burlington also hosts a Minor League Baseball team. The Burlington Royals play their home games at the Burlington Athletic Stadium (opened in 1960) located at Fairchild Park. The Burlington Royals are affiliated with Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. The "B-Royals" play in the Advanced Rookie-Level Appalachian League from mid-June through the end of August. The stadium is a charming old-time ballpark that was used as a filming location for the movie Bull Durham. The stadium was also home to the Cleveland Indians Appalachian League affiliate for 21 years beginning in 1986, and hosted Carolina League baseball during the 60's and 70's. Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, and Louis Tiant are just a few of the famous players who played minor league baseball here. For information on the Burlington Royals please call the stadium office at 336-222-0223 or check it out on the web at www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Ride The Carousel And Train At The City Park
The Burlington City Park Carousel is a three-row Dentzel Menagerie Carousel built around 1906-1910 at the Dentzel Carousel Company on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Carousel was purchased by the City of Burlington for $3,500.00 the summer of 1948 from Mr. Carl Utoff the owner of Forest Amusement Park in Genoa, Ohio. Mr. Utoff purchased the machine in or around 1924 from Locust Point Amusement Park in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
There are 46 hand-carved wooden animals including 26 horses, four ostriches, rabbits, and pigs; reindeer, giraffes, lions and tigers, and two chariots. These animals are hand-carved out of bass and poplar wood and are a hollow series of boxes and wood pieces glued together with hide glue into the basic shape, and then carved by hand. The Dentzel carvers were noted for their realism with the carving of the veins and muscles of the animals. The eyes are made of glass with true pupils, and the tails are real horse hair.
Every year on the third weekend in September, Burlington celebrates this historic treasure at the Carousel Festival. The festival includes a children's activity area, food, live entertainment and much more.
The existing train in Burlington City Park has been around since about 1978/1979. The first train, a G-16 was purchased by the Burlington Kiwanis Club in 1951. Each member of the club went to a local bank and signed a promissory note. The original train was installed and opened in 1951. Today’s train looks nothing like the original. Repairs for the first train became costly when the manufacturing company went out of business. Parts had to be custom made. City staff members began looking for a replacement, and in 1978/1979 a new train was purchased. When the current train was installed workers left the original rails when new ones were constructed. They are visible today. In 2013, the train, tracks and tunnel were refurbished. The new train reflects the original 1973 model.
Canoe or Kayak at Lake Mackintosh, Guildford-Mackintosh Marina or Lake Cammack
The Burlington Recreation & Parks Department operates four marinas on three lakes. The public may utilize the lakes through boating, sailing, skiing, fishing (from the bank and boats), picnicking sites, and walking, biking and jogging trails. Rent a boat, canoe, or kayak early in the morning as the sun rises and pass by the shorelines viewing birds of prey and animals of wonder. Learn more about Lake Mackintosh, Guilford-Mackintosh Marina and Lake Cammack. Call for details 336-222-5030.
Take a swim at the Aquatics Center
The Burlington Aquatics Center (BAC) is a state-of-the-art year round aquatics facility open to the public. With a zero entry to a diving well, a frog slide and lap lane, the BAC offers a wide array of activity for the entire family. The center is a 300,000 gallon pool with a bubble enclosure for year round use. Individuals seeking water therapy, exercise, or lessons will find the BAC the place for their needs. In addition, North Park pool features a full bathhouse, kiddie pool and two playground units.
Call 222-5143 for additional information.
Alamance County Public Libraries
The Alamance County Public Library System offers a plethora of great programs year round. Every summer, the library puts on the Summer Reading Program open to all who wish to participate. Readers can win prizes, attend free events and enjoy new and classic books, dvds and audio books. The Library also plans and implements Alamance Reads, sharing a single book title with the entire county and designing and performing programs that tie into this year’s book! Also be sure to keep an eye out for Libfest, our annual celebration of libraries! All our events are FREE and open to the public! For more information about our libraries and events check out our website: www.alamancelibraries.org !
Go for a ride at the BMX Track
Burlington BMX is a non-profit, volunteer run bicycle motocross track adjacent to the Burlington Royals ballpark. Open to riders of all ages, BMX events are sprint bicycle races held on off-road, single-lap racetracks. (Riders pedal through the course, there are no motors in BMX). This fast, action-packed sport is sanctioned under the American Bicycle Associate (ABA). The BMX season runs from February through early December, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.burlingtonbmx.com.
Interesting Places near Burlington
Although we are providing links for further information, the City of Burlington neither endorses nor accepts responsibility for the places or websites listed here.
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site
Alamance Battleground is the site of a pre-Revolutionary War battle between farmers and militia. It has a filmstrip / slide presentation, a small museum, and an example of an 18th Century Alamance area home. It is located on Highway 62, 6 miles south of Interstate 85/40, Exit 143.
Alamance Historical Museum
A small museum dedicated to the history of Alamance County. It is located on Highway 62, 5 miles south of Interstate 85/40, Exit 143.
Cedarock Park and Historical Farm
Cedarock Park and Historical Farm is a small historical farm and large, rural park. Complete with trails, a waterfall, a fishing lake, and 2 disc golf courses, it is located about 1/2 mile off of Highway 49, about 6 miles south of Interstate 85/40, Exit 145.
Children's Museum of Alamance County
Located in Graham, the Children's Museum of Alamance County encourages children to exercise their curiosity and imagination. Admission is $5.00. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Elon UniversityJust a short drive from Burlington, Elon University is home to more than 5,000 undergraduate students. The campus is known for its scenic grounds and was named the #1 Most Beautiful College Campus by Best Colleges in 2011. Visit Elon's website for more information and a schedule of cultural events.
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