4 Recreational Things to Do in Hickory, NC

If you're looking for recreational things to do in Hickory, NC, you don't have to look far. This Catawba County city boasts a large metropolitan area for the state. This presents several options for you when staying at a hickory bed and breakfast. Depending on where you book your accommodations, you'll be close to any number of museums, galleries, theaters, shops or outdoor adventures. Union Square in downtown Hickory is especially bustling with a variety of boutiques, eateries and more. 

Hampton Heights Golf Club
1700 5th Street NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-5010

Built in 1970, Hampton Heights Golf Club is a public course right in town, making for a convenient and affordable excursion while enjoying a welcoming rest at a Hickory inn. This 18-hole golf course features a medium-length layout with three sets of teeboxes, presenting a challenge for all skill levels. Greens fees range from $24 to $27 as of January 2011, so it won't cost you an arm and a leg to play a round. 

Catawba Science Center
243 3rd Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-8169
http://www.catawbascience.org/

Particularly great for little learners, the Catawba Science Center boasts not one, not two, but three levels of hands-on exhibits. The engaging activities target a range of ages and abilities, along with an aquarium and the Milholland Planetarium. Permanent exhibits include the Saltwater Gallery with Sharks and Stingrays, Freshwater Gallery featuring Expedition Amazon, Hall of Astronomy, Energy Avenue, Inventor's Workshop, RaceWays and Science Courtyard. There are always rotating exhibits on display as well, touching on all areas of exploration and education.  

Hickory Crawdads
2500 Clement Boulevard NW
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 322-3000
http://hickory.crawdads.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t448

Up for a game? Hit the home of the Hickory Crawdads, a Class "A" affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The L.P. Frans Stadium holds more than 187,000 fans, hosting 70 home games from April through August, so chances are you can catch a game while looking for things to do in Hickory. Come enjoy a hot dog and some popcorn while taking in an exciting game with your family. Check out the working carousel, playground, picnic area and gift shop while enjoying your time in this historic city.

Hiddenite Gems
1001 Sulphur Springs Road
Hiddenite, NC
(828) 632-3394
http://www.hiddenitegems.com/

If you've run out of things to do in Hickory, take a side trip into the town of Hiddenite, the Gem Capital of the World. Get your hands dirty and dig and sift for emeralds, sapphires and more natural gems. Home to 63 different types of natural gems and minerals, the Emerald Hollow Mine is open to the public for prospecting. This interesting geological locale puts you in touch with nature, and at the same time allows you to mine for shiny gems all on your own. It's a great learning experience, especially for kids, plus it's a good recreational outdoor outlet. It's open just about every day of the year from 8:30 a.m. to sunset.