Winter in Hickory, NC is not just about chilly temperatures; it's a season filled with exciting family activities catering to every vibe. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a cozy bunch, studious explorers, creative minds or adventurous spirits, Hickory has something special for your family. Join us on a journey through the diverse winter wonders of this charming city.

DEFY Hickory: For the Thrilling Family

DEFY Hickory is not just an air sports park; it's an attitude. Perfect for fiercely independent and fearless individuals, DEFY redefines the rules of traditional sports. Imagine a place where you're free to express yourself and push boundaries. This collection of extreme air sports parks across America offers nonconforming activities that challenge you in unconventional ways. It's where the thrill-seekers find their sanctuary.

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City Walk Brewing: Fun for the whole Family (Bring the pups!)

Fun for the entire family, City Walk Brewing is a cozy spot on a cold night to grab a great pint of local brew, play life-size games, and catch a game with friends. Kiddos enjoy not only the life-size games and the outdoor patio (on those warmer winter days) but also City Walk invites your four-legged family members to join in on the fun. Serving up snacks like their new Mississippi Nachos, hand-twisted pretzels with beer cheese, and finger-licking hot wings- you can't go wrong with a family night at City Walk Brewing.

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Catawba Science Center: For the Imaginative Family

If your family leans towards the imaginative side, the Catawba Science Center is a must-visit. This 35,000 sq. ft. science and technology children’s museum offers rotating hands-on exhibits, salt and freshwater aquarium galleries, and a state-of-the-art digital planetarium. The center's mission is to change lives and inspire learning through science and wonder. Dive into a fun learning environment that provides relevant science experiences through various exhibitions and habitats.

Bisque ‘N Beads: For the Creative Family

Creativity knows no bounds at Bisque ‘N Beads, a paint-your-own pottery and beading studio. Whether you're into glass fusing, life-casting, hand-building with clay, or jewelry making, this open studio has it all. No reservations are required – just pure creative freedom. Gather the family for a day of artistic exploration and craft beautiful memories together.

Bakers Mountain Park: For the Adventurous Family

For the family seeking outdoor adventure, Bakers Mountain Park is a mountain of fun just waiting for you. Located on the highest elevation point in Catawba County, this park features 189 acres of mature Chestnut Oak forest with nearly 6 miles of trails. Explore the diverse wildlife and native plants while trekking through the North Carolina Mountains. Breathe in the fresh winter air and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

As you plan your winter trip to Hickory, NC, consider the unique vibes of your family. Whether you're soaring to new heights at DEFY, enjoying a new brew from City Walk Brewing, delving into science at Catawba Science Center, expressing creativity at Bisque ‘N Beads or embarking on adventures at Bakers Mountain Park, Hickory promises an unforgettable winter experience for every family. Embrace the diversity of activities, and make this winter a season to remember in Hickory!