Quality of Life


From our Revitalized Downtown with its quaint shops and restaurants to the many shopping centers, our residents have access to many of the shopping opportunities and services offered by much larger cities. Dunn also has an array of restaurants to satisfy any appetite.
Shop – Dine – Discover Dunn

Three parks including the completely modernized Tyler Park, and a caring resourceful staff affords every child in the Dunn area the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice. Dunn’s Parks include a walking trail, playground equipment, Miracle Field, tennis courts, splash pad, Veteran’s Memorial and Gardens, adult sports, racquetball, and a recreation center with fitness center and gymnasium.


From our very own Dunn-Erwin Trail to the nearby Cape Fear River Park and Raven Rock State Park, our area offers walking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and picnicking for family exercise or simply relaxation. Carolina Skateland and Buffaloe Lanes provide endless fun for the entire family. The family can also enjoy the sites at Animal Ed.ventures, a hands-on zoo located in nearby Coats.  Dunn is less than an hour from the State Capital, which offers several museums, a variety of sporting and concert events and the annual State Fair.

Great golf is easy to find with Chicora, Sandy Ridge and Keith Hills less than 15 minutes from Dunn. Keith Hills has earned prestigious distinctions described by Golf Digest as a “Four Star Award” is a championship facility, voted one of the “Top 100 values” by Golf Digest. The famous golf of Pinehurst is just an hour’s drive from Dunn and the championship courses in Myrtle Beach are two hours away.


General William C. Lee Airborne Museum is located in our Downtown Business District and the Averasboro Battlefield Museum is just 5 minutes from our city limits. Both offering residents and tourists a great opportunity to learn and experience part of our nation’s history. Other historical locations and museums in the area include Coats History and Cotton Museum, Lundy–Fetterman Museum and Exhibit Hall, and Summerville Presbyterian Church just to name a few.


Our area celebrates its past and present with 11 area festivals including Dunn’s own North Carolina Cotton Festival, General William C. Lee Celebration and Link Wray Festival. Festivals in the area include Benson’s Mule. Days and Fourth of July Celebration; Erwin’s Denim Days; Angier’s Crepe Myrtle Festival and Bike Fest; Lillington’s Fall Festival and the oldest festival in the area – Coats Farmers Day.


The Harnett Regional Theatre presents live productions each year at the Stewart Theatre and nearby Campbell University offers concerts, sporting events and live theatre. The Chamber is the host for the annual Boogie on Broad Concert Series which offers free concerts and family fun for area residents. Benson hosts Southern Gospel’s State Singing Convention every year in June.


Annual Average – 61.0
Monthly Average, January – 50.0
Monthly Average, July – 72.0
Rainfall: 47.0 inches
Snowfall: 3.0 inches
Elevation: 325 feet

 For a complete listing of the things to do in and around the Dunn Area,
visit the Dunn Area Tourism Authority website.