(At least 15) Things for young people to do in Salisbury-Rowan

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 29, 2019

Unwind at Grievous Gallery with glass throwing
Throw away the stress, anxiety, sadness, anger or just destress after a long week with Grievous Gallery, 111 W. Bank St. The gallery has packages with cases of glass bottles and even a full set from Thanksgiving dinner, with plates and stemware, to throw. The break room is intimate. So, bring your own music and scream your worries away. The gallery has a lounge to chill in following the stress relief.

Grab a bite at Mise en Place food truck and a brew from New Sarum
The best thing to go along with a local brew is food. Debuted before the summer, Mise en Place food truck sits outside of New Sarum Brewery and offers seasonal dinners from cheesesteaks in the fall and poke bowls in the summer. The brewery has plenty of activities, with pint night on Tuesday and trivia on Thursday. On weekends, there’s live music, corn hole and big-screen viewing of Carolina Panthers games.

See the county with a birds-eye view skydiving at Rowan County Airport
Adrenaline junkies don’t have to go far. Piedmont Skydiving at the Rowan County Airport allows people to see beautiful views of North Carolina. Accelerating at 120 mph for a 40 second free fall allows participants have complete freedom and enjoy a six-minute cruise back to the ground afterward. Instructors will ensure safety and fun. Pro tip: Pay for the photos.

Take in 360 degree views hiking at Dunn’s Mountain
The newest Rowan County Park opened in 2006 has 83 acres of protected land. A quick one-fourth mile hike up to a summit of more than 1,000 feet allows you to get 360 degree views on a clear day of the Uwharrie Mountain Range, the Blue Ridge, Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain. There are also views of downtown Salisbury and city skylines of Charlotte and Winston-Salem. For those who can’t make the hike, a bus is available. The whole hike is 30 minutes worth of fun.

Take a walk on the greenway
Stroll along the Salisbury Greenway. The paved, 5.2 miles stretches through recreational areas and parks. Walk across the railroad bridge that dates back to 1856. Take a stop at Kelsey Scott Park for a quick game of softball or basketball or a round of disc golf on their nine-hold course in the 21.7-acre park. For more disc golf, head out to Sloan Park or Lake Corriher Wilderness Trail.
Need a longer walk? Venture off the greenway to the Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve.

Test your creativity at Hive
Besides a shop for browsing local crafts and handmade gifts, Hive offers plenty of workshops. Every day, Hive has an in-house, do-it-yourself terrarium bar to build your own custom terrarium full of succulent or tillandsia air plants. Hive also offers after-work art workshops from watercolors floral painting to brush lettering.

Yoga at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery and Eatery
Bring your yoga mat and stretch out the stress mid-week in the brewery at Morgan Ridge Railwalk. The one-hour class comes with a on-tap beer or a glass of wine from the Mount Ulla vineyard that yogis can enjoy their drink during tree pose or after getting some zen. On Wednesdays, we eat complimentary appetizers too — it’s Ladies Night.

Create at a Wanderer’s Rest art class
Need a kick of energy and inspiration? Try an art class while sipping on a delicious coffee drink at the Wanderer’s Rest, a hybrid art studio and coffee shop in downtown China Grove. Sam Kearns and her team host private events where artists can take over the studio or she’s willing to come to you as well. The studio also offers a party class with BYOB, learn it class, an exploration class to accomplish a bunch of small versions of bigger projects or an adult coloring night.

Listen some tunes at Mean Mug’s open mic night
Love live music but want a more intimate setting with local musicians? Check out Mean Mug’s open mic night every Friday. Listen to the music and sign up to perform yourself. The coffee shop offers plenty of drinks, from their famous hibiscus iced tea to a New Sarum beer or a glass of wine.

Catch a play at Lee Street Theatre
With the motto “experience the feeling,” Lee Street Theatre has original plays, off-Broadway shows, concerts, variety shows, dance performances and special events, so there is something for everyone. If you describe yourself as a theater nerd, Lee Street always looking for volunteers for backstage or in front of the house. For those who love the spotlight, auditions are open.

Pick strawberries at Patterson Farms
When spring is in full swings, go to Patterson Farms to pick your own strawberries. Get some delicious strawberries in the many pick-your-own strawberry fields. After you’re done filling up baskets of strawberries, stick around for an ice cream or a snow cone. Keep an eye out for satellite locations of strawberry stands if you need your berry fix without the picking.

Sing your favorite songs at Go Burrito
Grab the mic and belt out your favorite tunes on Saturday nights at Go Burrito Rumbar. After hitting all the high notes, go upstairs to see the views of downtown Salisbury on the rooftop bar. Downstairs, fill up on burritos and chips with Cheerwine salsa while downing it a margarita.

Spin the wheel at Pottery 101
Get behind the wheel — the pottery wheel that is. Learn how to shape clay into ceramics. The night classes are for eight weeks once a week. If that is too much of a commitment, find some friends for a one-session pottery class to learn the basics of wheel throwing to make and decorate a pot.

Try different kinds of brews at Bottle & Can
This downtown Salisbury bottle shop has it all. It has beers on tap that rotate and countless bottles and cans of beer and wine. The cozy atmosphere is a place to enjoy sipping your beer or to come in chat with the bartender/owner to make your own six pack to go. Munch on some free popcorn while enjoying an IPA, cider or pale ale (there are also some non-alcoholic choices)

Ride your bike at the Sunday Social Ride
Take a leisurely social bike right through the streets of historic Salisbury and along the Salisbury greenway as a way to finish off the weekend and get rid of the Sunday scaries. Starting at the Pedal Factory, come with your friends and meet fellow bicyclists during this cruise.