Winston-Salem is a quaint city with a lot to offer during the fall season — from good eats to historic character to vivid fall colors. Whether looking for something to help get your steps in for the day or something a little more low-key, there are so many fall activities in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to enjoy.

Walk Beautiful Gardens

The Reynolda Gardens located at Wake Forest University is a sight to behold. Home to more than 30,000 roses and 500 varieties of trees and shrubs, it’s a wonderful way to experience a cooler season among so much natural beauty. Make sure to also stop by the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, as well as the village shops and restaurants.

Indulge in Some Treats

Winston-Salem is known for its unique and delicious food, especially pastries and other baked treats rooted in cultural traditions. A must-try is the Moravian sugar cake, a local specialty that can be found in many bakeries around town, such as the Wilkerson Moravian Bakery, Dewey’s Bakery, and more. Aside from baked goods, there are plenty of fall-themed beverages to try at coffee shops around the city, such as Krankies.

Visit Museums

One of the best fall activities to do in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is to visit the many museums in the city, and the Old Salem Museums and Gardens is a good place to start. This living history museum tells the story of the early settlers in the area. Art enthusiasts should visit the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art as it’s one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the United States. 

Explore a Nature Trail

If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, you can also go to Salem Lake Road and walk the nature trails, or go biking or kayaking. Salem Lake is 375 acres located just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, and with it being surrounding by lush trees, it’s a breathtaking experience this time of year.

Bask in Fall Colors

The surrounding areas of Winston-Salem are prime opportunities to see fall colors up close, especially at Pilot Mountain State Park or Hanging Rock State Park. At Pilot Mountain, take in the views from the summit, hike one of the many trails, or go camping. Hanging Rock State Park offers stunning views from Moore’s Knob and is also a great place for hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking. Pack a picnic, enjoy cooler temperatures, and revel in the scenery with friends or family.

Tour Brookridge

If you’re currently exploring retirement options in the Winston-Salem area, fall is a wonderful time to visit our 46 wooded acres at our Life Plan Community. To schedule your personal tour, please call (336) 759-1044.