The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Hickory Aviation Museum


The interior of the Hickory Aviation has artifacts and memorabilia ranging from WWII to present day, including a display about NC natives, Bill and George Preddy provided by the Preddy Foundation. Models are on display that show how aircraft design changed from the Wright Flyer to the F-18 Hornet. Take a close look at ejection seats and flight suits. Collection of aircrafts outside to view up close! The Wall of Honor is inside, too, honoring members of their organization and local people that are veterans. The museum's Memorial Wall recognizes those that have passed.