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39 Things to Do in Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC

There’s something for everyone in the Carolina Sandhills. While the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina are widely recognized as the home of American golf, you’ll find there are also plenty of opportunities to shop, dine, sightsee and attend annual events perfect for both locals and anyone visiting or looking to move to the area.

Below, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best things to do in the Sandhills, from the old-fashioned charm of downtown Southern Pines, to the historic Village of Pinehurst, whether you’re gathering with friends and family or rounding out your weekend golfing.

If you’re interested in real estate, get in touch with one of Forest Creek’s real estate agents to explore listings and learn more about life in Pinehurst.

Parks, Events and Historic Sites

Visit historic sites, take your kids to a park or attend events with friends, all within or a short drive away from downtown Southern Pines or Pinehurst. Live music and family-friendly events also occur year-round; for a full list, check out the Southern Pines events calendar and the Village of Pinehurst community calendar.

Pinehurst Activities and Places to See

Activities in Southern Pines

Shopping and Local Attractions

From clothing stores and boutiques to galleries and bookstores, there’s no shortage of places to shop in Pinehurst and Southern Pines.

Shopping in Pinehurst

Stroll through the quiet Village of Pinehurst for a mix of local shopping, community and golf history.

Southern Pines Shopping

You’ll love exploring Southern Pines for an afternoon stopping into different local shops. A railroad runs through downtown, with shopping and dining all along Broad Street. While you explore, grab a pick-me-up at Swank Coffee Shop or a fun snack at the Southern Whey cheese shop.

Restaurants, Cafés and Breweries

Grab a quick bite to eat or relax after a day spent golfing or horseback riding. Sandhills restaurants and cuisine are most defined by southern comfort food, though you’ll find plenty of options for every palette.

Pinehurst Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Places to Eat in Southern Pines

Equestrian Activities

Southern Pines is true horse country in the Carolinas, with numerous attractions for both casual riders and competitors. All within a 20-minute radius of Southern Pines, Pinehurst and Aberdeen, a scenic drive through the Sandhills takes you by horse farms, stables and gently rolling hills.

Carolina Horse Park – A 315-acre equine competition venue with events throughout the year, shows and outdoor activities.

The Pinehurst Harness Track – The oldest continuously operating equine facility in NC. In terms of attractions, don’t miss the custom leather tack shop and breakfast diner on-site.

Places to Stay in Pinehurst, NC

There’s no shortage of places to stay the night in the Sandhills. At Forest Creek, we offer rental homes and suites located on-property and offering well-appointed luxury in an upscale, timeless setting. Our Village Homes boast spacious floor plans tucked between the pines, ranging from four to eight bedrooms and ideal for larger groups of golfers or families, while our Clubhouse Suites offer the utmost convenience to individuals and smaller groups.

For questions or to reserve a rental, please call or email Todd Camplin at 910-725-1956 or We can also provide alternative area lodging recommendations at the location best-suited to your itinerary.

Life in Pinehurst at Forest Creek

Find your dream home in the heart of the Sandhills at Forest Creek, our premier gated community offering a quiet escape from the everyday. Explore our real estate listings here—including both existing homes as well as buildable lots. For additional information, please call us at 910-725-1992 or email at

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