Top Ten Things to do in Rocky Mount This Summer

"Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August." 
—Jenny Han, author

things to do in rocky mountWe tend to agree with Ms. Han, especially after looking at some of the awesome activities available in Rocky Mount.

If you’re bored this summer, well, it’s your own fault. If you’re looking for something to do, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a useful list of top ten things to do this summer in Rocky Mount.  

1. Check out the city’s Downtown Live! music event.

This rockin’ concert series continues into September. There’s a great lineup with something for everyone. You can view the schedule at the Imperial Centre website.

2. Summer Night Lights

Hurry – this wonderful family friendly event ends on August 18. Summer Night Lights is a free, block party style program featuring a DJ, face painting, sports, inflatables and more. 

3. The Tar River Paddle Trail

Enjoy the scenery along the historic Tar River. You can launch your canoe or kayak at the Lamon’s Ferry area and float downstream to a takeout point at Sunset Park. Be sure to wear a life jacket and use this handy trail map

If water’s not your thing, there are plenty of walking trails as well. 


4. Cool off at Spray Park.

We love Rocky Mount, but that July - August heat is pretty rough. What better way for the kids to cool down than this great facility at Sunset Park


5. Play a sport with your church, civic or recreation league.

Rocky Mount has the perfect venue -- the Sports Complex

6. Catch some tunes at the Prime Smokehouse.

One word: jazz and barbecue.

Okay, that’s three words…but can you blame us? You can’t beat that combination.


7. Visit the Children’s Museum. 

Don’t let the name fool you; adults will also enjoy the exhibits and critters at this educational location.

8. Try your hand at disc golf.

Did you realize Rocky Mount has incredible disc golf? If you’ve never tried it, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. 

9. Participate in the many programs through the city Parks and Recreation Department.

A kayak trip to the NC coast? Swim lessons? Art classes? They’re all available! You can check out this list of upcoming events.

10. Volunteer!

Okay, we confess. This isn’t really a summer activity per se. But the summer does create new opportunities for you to make a difference in the community and help others. It’s not surprising that Rocky Mount was named one of the most generous communities in North Carolina.

Do you have some ideas we haven’t put on our list? Let us know about it on our Facebook page.

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