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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Things to Do

A well-crafted vacation awaits you and your loved ones in the Hickory Metro. With our scenic nature trails and waterways, furniture stores, family-friendly attractions, and artisan culture, our region is a year-round destination that brings to light what matters most — quality time spent with family and friends.

Shopping Mecca 

Enjoy quality time and furniture while shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces at craft furniture stores, as well as vintage items, like clothing, at locally-owned boutiques and consignment shops.

Furniture making is in our blood. Since the early 1900s, Hickory has manufactured much of the country’s furniture, which is how we became “The Furniture Capital of the World.” Find out what makes our furniture special from the makers themselves at popular spots like Hickory Furniture Mart.

Find Creativity

Our vibrant arts and culture scene is welcoming of anyone interested in exploring their artsy side. 

From pottery studios to art galleries and community theaters, our local artists put their creative genius in every piece they create. If you visit a gallery or studio, purchase an item to take home to remember your trip by, or create art yourself at DIY spots like AR Workshop

Much of our history and museums center around art, so be sure to visit the Hickory Museum of Art and Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center while in town.

Fun for Everyone

Our attractions and fun activities are endless. One day, you may be sitting in the stands of a Hickory Crawdads baseball game, and the next, at the Hickory Motor Speedway, where many NASCAR stars got their start. 

With countless family-friendly events year-round, sports and recreation activities, including golf and fishing, and fun excursions like the Catawba Valley Ale Trail, there's always something to do in Hickory! 

Get Outdoors

Unplugging is easy thanks to our wide array of outdoor activities on land and water.

Grab a kayak and explore Lake Hickory or the Catawba River, which also features an activity-filled greenway. At Bakers Mountain Park, the highest point in Catawba County, find the best valley views in town on a hike.

The Hickory Metro has everything you need to craft the perfect getaway with family and friends!

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