Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson

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Must see · Park · Specialty Museum
Imagine a place where vibrant color, dynamic motion, and rhythmic sound dazzle the senses, a public park and outdoor museum where local community and international visitors alike can gather around the iconic, monumental, wind-powered sculptures of world-renowned artist and engineer Vollis Simpson. A one-of-a-kind art park in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilson, NC, NOW OPEN, provides fascinating artistic, educational, and recreational opportunities at the intersection of art and science.
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  • Has a Brewery. Many picnic tables in a grassy area. Museum not open due to Vivid but still enjoyable  more »
  • This is located right in the heart of the old tobacco market district. It is not very big but big on sights. We were there on a windy day and all the whirligigs were showing off. Great place to take.....  more »
  • Wow! It is amazing that one man built all of these amazing whirligigs! It's a great place to visit, especially on a windy day! I love what the town of Wilson has done and that these treasures are being restored and maintained for all of us to enjoy! The area around the whirligigs is very nice. There are plenty of places to sit and sometimes there is music/bands to enjoy. There are a couple of restaurants very close by. I have been here 3 times now and it never gets old.
  • This is a very unique, well laid-out attraction. The whirligigs are amazing and appear to kept in A-1 condition. The park itself is spacious and open, making it easy to see all of the whirligigs from any location. One thing to consider: this is not a park that will keep kids entertained for hours. You won't find any rides, playgrounds or concessions in the park; there's an open grassy area, a stage (that showcases some excellent local talent) and the whirligigs. And that makes for a great walk in the park!

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