By Wendi Iacobello, Army Spouse

Fort Bragg offers an array of activities that are perfect for families of all sizes.  Many family friendly activities are free or very low cost.  This helps those who are on a strict budget, but still want to enjoy family fun together. Check out some of the most popular family friendly activities to enjoy in the Fort Bragg area.

Budget Friendly Family Activities at Fort Bragg

MWR hosts free monthly 5K’s on post from Spring through Fall of each year.

The USO of NC hosts a Family Reset in the local area each year.  Pre-registration is required.  This two day event hosts military families through fun and educational topics to help build resilience through the ups and down of military life.

Also, in the Fort Bragg USO Center, located in the Soldier Support Center, there is a monthly Story Time event for young children from 10:00am-11:00am.  This event requires pre-registration and each family receives 1 book, snacks, play time, and an art and craft that will complement the monthly story.

Family Friendly

The 82nd War Memorial Museum and outdoor Airplane Park on Post is a nice outdoor space for looking at retired planes, helicopters, and tanks. This place is a favorite of most children as they are able to see aircraft up close. You can find this hidden gem off of Ardennes Street on post.

Smith Lake Recreation Center-This place offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for families. You can even camp or rent a cabin nearby through Fort Bragg’s MWR program. This is also the area to rent outdoor and recreational equipment such as bounce houses, campers, kayaks, and much more. Pets and hunting are not allowed.

Festivals & Museums

Downtown Fayetteville offers an array of activities all throughout the year that are free for families.  The Dogwood Festival in the spring, scavenger hunts, fourth Fridays, and the Dickens Christmas Festival in December are just a few of the many events provided throughout the year. All events are family friendly and mostly pet friendly too. While most of these events do not require an admission fee, you will want to bring money for food, drinks, activities, and shopping at many of these events.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum is a free museum located downtown Fayetteville.  This museum is donation only and provides a unique look at the US military’s Airborne and Special Operations groups throughout many eras in US history.

Stay Active

Fayetteville offers several public pools with low cost admission. Cost for public swim is between $1.00-$4.00, depending on age and Cumberland County residency.

Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville area offer many family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.  This is one of the many perks of being stationed at such a large installation. I hope you and your family will explore some of the activities mentioned and enjoy your time in this fabulous area.

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Wendi HuskinsPCSgrades Author: Wendi Iacobello is an Army wife and a North Carolina native. She has spent the last nine years as an adult educator and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology. She is also blogger, workshop presenter, and advisor to military spouses seeking career and education assistance. Wendi is extremely passionate about helping others by sharing her experiences, insight, resources, and inspirational stories on her blog Strength4Spouses.