I’ve been out of the stroller business for several years now as my son is approaching second grade. Before I know, he will be able to carry me around.
But today, I had the opportunity to spend some darling moments with a dear friend’s precious three month old daughter, Little Miss Aurora, and we took to downtown Fayetteville, NC to pass the time and enjoy the sights and scenery.
If you are a mom of a small, stroller age child, look no further than our town’s downtown area for perfect paved and accessible sidewalk escapes to entertain your tot— and, provide you with a relaxing and peaceful outing outside of your home.
Downtown Fayetteville has so much to offer to include restaurants and shops as well as museums, but there are so many nooks and crannies to explore outdoors.
There is nature.
Lots of natural scenery spanning across Festival Park, Cross Creek Park and Linear Park:
Calming sounds and views of rushing creek waters are perfect to soothe a baby’s mind as well as weary parents in need of a “Calgon moment” away from daily stresses of home life.
As you can see, Aurora was quite enchanted by the sound of the falls.
The cascading fountains in Cross Creek Park are so relaxing and beguiling. You must sit a spell and take it all in.
We came across a lovely “Angel of Hope” 👼🏻 statue that comforted us and brought a smile to our faces.
Just across the bridge, we happened upon a monument honoring the city’s namesake— Marquis de Lafayette.
Sitting sentinel behind the monument are the holy and tranquil grounds of First Presbyterian Church: http://www.firstprez.com/
We decided to take a closer look at the beautiful, old brick facade of the historic church’s chapel and grounds.
Such a lovely place to spend a morning in reflection with a sweet babe, and gaze upon the allure of the house of worship.
Not to mention, the multifaceted and reformed architecture of intriguing old buildings along downtown streets.
We worked up quite an appetite from our morning adventure in the Cool Spring Downtown District and ended it on a high note with an early lunch and tea at Reyhan— Sea & Mediterranean Grill: https://www.facebook.com/Reyhan-SeaMediterranean-Grill-952922134902997/
Gorgeous restaurant setting, excellent service and absolutely delicious.
I highly recommend the Grilled Chicken Shish Wrap. There was not a morsel left on my plate to take a lovely photo of. 😍
If you are feeling cooped up and need to get out of the house with your snuggly cuties, haul out the buggies and hit the sidewalks of Downtown Fayetteville, NC!
Here is a link to all of our city’s parks and trails to help guide you: https://fcpr.us/parks-trails
–Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is a North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.