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At Imagination Station Science and History Museum, the family will enjoy interactive programs and exhibits such as Science on a Sphere, a honeybee observation hive, Physics Fun and Body-ology. Make sure to visit the animals on the second floor. The N.C. Museum of the Coastal Plain is on the third floor. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. 224 Nash St. 252-291-5113. $5 for adults and children. Children 3 and under and museum members, free.
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
Whirligig Park is open to the public, free of charge, each day from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The 2-acre park is located at 301 Goldsboro St. in downtown Wilson, featuring 31 whirligigs made by the late Vollis Simpson. The giant kinetic sculptures feature whimsical designs and turn with the wind. Benches and tables are available. The park takes on an entirely different, magical quality at night. Make sure to read instructions on where to stand (on the stars) to get the best view. 919-423-2669
Wilson Botanical Gardens
Visit Wilson Botanical Gardens from dawn until dusk each day at 1806 Goldsboro St., Wilson. The gardens include an arboretum, medicinal and culinary herbs, ornamental grasses and day lilies, a pondside garden, heritage garden, Children’s Secret Garden and much more. No admission charged. 252-237-0113
Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market
Purchase locally homegrown fruits, vegetables, butters, honey and other products along with handcrafted jewelry, paintings, soaps and more. The market is open from 8 am. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays in season at the Pavilion at Whirligig Park.
N.C. Baseball Museum
The N.C. Baseball Museum pays tribute to North Carolina’s baseball history. Exhibits include memorabilia from ball players who are native to the state, including Luke Appling, Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Gaylord Perry. The museum is located at 300 Stadium St. at Fleming Stadium. 252-296-3048.
Barton Art Galleries
Barton College features a variety of artists in its rotating galleries, including student and professional exhibits. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of school breaks and holidays.
Hammond Gallery at the Boykin Center
The gallery is the temporary location for the Arts Council of Wilson visual arts shows while the Wilson Arts Center is being renovated.
Charles B. Aycock Birthplace
Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, located just outside Wilson at 264 Gov. Aycock Road in Fremont, includes a 19th century farmstead with a separate open-hearth kitchen, an 1896 one-room schoolhouse and a three-season garden. The N.C. historic site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 919-242-5581.
The Country Doctor Museum
Visit the Country Doctor Museum at 6642 Peele Road in Bailey and learn about rural health care in the United States. The museum is the oldest in the U.S. dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are guided and available every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $8 plus tax for adults, $6 for seniors age 55 and older and $4 for students ages 3-17. 252-235-4165.
The Wilson Rose Garden
Wilson Rose Garden, located at 1800 Herring Ave. (N.C. 42 East) is usually in bloom from May through October. The garden has more than 1,200 rose plants with 180 different varieties. Free.
Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House and African American Museum
The museum, located at 1202 Nash St. E., in Wilson preserves, promotes and presents African American history, art and culture of Wilson. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is open on Sunday during the concert on the lawn series. Admission to the museum is free; donations are appreciated.