Land of the Fun, Home of the Adventure in Greater FayettevilleSpend a couple of breathtaking hours on a zip line tour at ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop AdventureThe Fayetteville area is home to the U.S. Army’s most populous base, Fort Bragg. The community wears this distinction proudly, and shows its appreciation by actively pursuing the freedoms that those soldiers protect. During your visit, experience the area like a local – from parks and museums to breweries and zip lines – and relish in the excitement that’s found around every turn. Come and see America's first Military Sanctuary Community.Pursue AdventureHistoric downtown Fayetteville’s ongoing revitalization has brought shopping, entertainment and the North Carolina Veterans Park. Built with materials and landscaping from all 100 North Carolina counties, it salutes military members past and present. Start at the Visitors Center, where you’ll find a chandelier made of 33,500 military ID tags – better known as dog tags. Then walk among the outdoor art installations, including cast hands, open and affixed at shoulder height, that represent the oath each soldier takes to defend the country.Follow the walkway across Walter Street to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, where Iron Mike, a 16-foot statue from Fort Bragg, welcomes you. Take a couple hours for a self-guided tour of exhibits detailing tactics and tools used by these elite soldiers. Save time for the Pritzker Simulator, where your seat pitches and yaws in step with films, mimicking the sensation of helicopter rides and parachute jumps.Explore craft beers at Huske Hardware House Restaurant and Brewery. Try a flight, which includes samples of five year-round beers and a seasonal brew, such as Pumpkin Pie Porter. Step out on the patio and enjoy a meal, from salads to steaks. It’s best known for English gastropub specialties such as fish and chips.Pursue FamilyZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure is one of USA Today’s “10 Great U.S. Ziplines.” Enjoy a unique perspective of the forest and inspiring views of two-story tall Carver’s Falls as you zip between platforms tucked high in the canopy. Experienced guides ensure your safety during the two-hour tour, so all you have to worry about is remembering everything you’ll experience.There’s plenty to entertain you at Putt-Putt Fun Center, regardless of your age. Hit a round of mini-golf, play laser tag or race go-carts. Keep track of your game-room winnings on a card instead of tickets, and redeem the points for prizes.photo credit: Fayetteville Area CVBEasy hiking trails await you at Carvers Creek State ParkOne of the newest state parks, Carvers Creek was once the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller, whose grandfather and great uncle founded Standard Oil. Hike its two trails, which traverse longleaf pine forests – home to endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers – pass the homestead and circle the Millpond, where bass, bluegills and catfish are ready to be caught. Pack a lunch; picnic tables, including some near grills, are located throughout the park.Pursue FriendshipThe annual 5-kilometer Color Run in late May is about being active not competitive. Dress in white and join others in one of the starting waves, which begin leaving at 8 a.m. from the Crown Complex, which also hosts concerts and the FireAntz hockey team. At each kilometer, your group will be doused with different colors. Stick around for music and dancing at the post-race party. This year’s theme brings a tropical island feel, and a portion of your entry fee helps two local charities.No matter how many picky eaters there are in your group, everyone will find what they crave at one of the more than 20 eateries at the Cross Creek Mall food court. Afterward, explore the mall’s more than 1 million square feet, featuring 150-plus stores, from small boutiques to large department stores.Military personnel and civilians shoot together at Fort Bragg Clay Target Center, where there are 12 skeet and six trap competition-level fields. Schedule an instructor to help improve your technique. Bring your friends and see whose aim is best; loser buys at the onsite snack bar. Extend your visit by reserving an RV site or sharing a meal at one of the gazebos and barbecue grills.Pursue FreedomIf you're planning a visit during Fourth of July weekend, you'll have the opportunity to attend several events celebrating our nation's birthday. The North Carolina Symphony's annual Independence Day Concert kicks off the long holiday weekend July 1 at Festival Park. Take in a minor league baseball game that concludes with the Honoring America Fireworks Tribute on July 3. And the festivities reach a crescendo with Fort Bragg's 4th of July Celebration, featuring concerts by Cheap Trick, Chris Stapleton, and Natalie Stovall and The Drive; parachute demonstrations, food, fireworks and more.You're close to the action regardless of the time of year you visit. Choose your team, the game and which of the seven fields you’ll start on at Black River Paintball. Players typically spend about four hours playing six to eight games. Bring your gear, or rent it at the pro shop. And be sure to wear long sleeves and pants, to protect you from the slight sting of a paintball hit.You can bicycle, rollerblade, jog or walk the paved 5.3-mile Cape Fear River Trail. It has rolling hills, but the views make up for the extra effort. Find signs identifying some of the 700 plant and 150 bird species, restrooms, benches and tables along the way. Start at Clark Park, where a nature center offers exhibits and canoe launch; or Jordan Soccer Complex, which is closer to the trail’s covered bridge.photo credit: Fayetteville Area CVBSmith Lake Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor fun, including an aerial cable system for wakeboardingExperience the speed and excitement of wakeboarding without needing a boat at Smith Lake Recreation Area and Wake Zone Cable Park. An intricate aerial cable system pulls you from the edge of the dock and around the lake. Afterward, hike trails, swim at the beach, fish from shore or a kayak, and spend the night in a rental cabin or the campground.Pursue LoveFayetteville’s Haymount Historic District includes a nearly 200-year-old home, Colonial Revival architecture examples and national recognition. There’s fine dining at Hilltop House Restaurant, which is inside an elegantly restored home built in the early 1900s. Many of the dishes use ingredients sourced from across the state. Sunday brunch is a local favorite, serving made-to-order omelets, a cold seafood bar, shrimp and grits and more.You may need to give yourself enough time to recover from a food coma. Then it’s off to revel in the feeling of flight at Paraclete XP indoor skydiving, the largest of its kind in the world. Patient instructors will teach you to float, spin and tumble in the fast-moving vertical column of air.Enjoy some quiet time while strolling among more than 1,000 rose bushes at the Fayetteville Rose Garden. They bloom from April till the first frost. Schedule a tour with one of the horticulturalists, who can tell you about the garden’s history and the 35 varieties grown.Written by Pete M. Anderson for VisitNC.com, in partnership with the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.