Local Family Fun in Johnston County

Johnston County, NCFrom the shoreline to the mountaintops, to the capital city and the sandhills, there is family fun spread throughout North Carolina. Before the kids go back to school in August, Southeast Women’s Center shares some great family fun, local to Johnston County.

If your family is looking for something exciting to do during the last few weeks of summer break, here is a list of attractions close to Clayton and Smithfield, NC.

  • Outdoor Recreation
    A compiled list of Smithfield parks, aquatics center, nature preserves, and ranger-guided educational state forests, including:

    • Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center
    • Smithfield Community Park
    • Legend Park
    • Local Golf Courses
    • Clemmons Educational State Forest
    • Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center
    • Neuse River
    • Flower Hill Natural Areamuddy-the-carolina-mudcat
  • Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center
    Located in Clayton, family fun includes bowling, arcades, billiards, an on-site restaurant, and meeting rooms for private parties. Great for escaping the heat!
  • Go Play Outside Now
    Located in Clayton, fun for the whole family – volleyball courts, laser tag, go karts, man-made beach.
  • howell-movie-theatreHowell Theatre
    A Smithfield theater dating back to 1935, now showing feature films on 4 screens, 2 with stadium seating. Summer specials including a 10am kids deal for $1 movies and snack deals. Kids movies change weekly.
  • Tobacco Farm Life Museum
    Tour the 6,000 foot gallery of exhibits about East Carolina farm life and communities that thrived from farming.
  • Clayton Youth Theatre
    See Clayton Theatre’s summer musical: Disney’s The Little Mermaid performed by local youth! Opening night is July 29 running until August 6.
  • Briarwood Park
    Playground and picnic shelter for summer fun, located in Selma.
  • Creekside Farmcreekside-farm
    Open until August 10 every year! Pick blueberries with the family or buy some ready-picked ones too! Located outside of Selma.
  • Neuse River Walk
    Picnic with the family along the river, go boating, kayaking, or follow the trails on the Neuse River Walk. Located in Smithfield.
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