The kids are home for the summer and, as a parent, you might be on the hunt for activities to keep them occupied (and out of your hair!). If you live in Wake Forest, these nearby attractions are perfect places to visit and take your family and friends any day of the week. Named one of the Safest Towns in North Carolina, Wake Forest is a family-friendly place and there are many great activities to choose from. Here are our Top 5 picks for this weekend:

#1. E. Carroll Joyner Park

E. Carroll Joyner Park is one of the largest in Wake County, and is a beautiful place to enjoy long walks on three miles of trails, view restored farm buildings and check out the amphitheater and performance area. Enjoy a day of kite flying, biking, or just being active out in the sun. The park is full of beautiful views, and large, open spaces – perfect for picture opps!

#2. Paddle Creek

Paddle Creek - Things to do in Wake ForestRanked number 1 of 20 things to do in Wake Forest on TripAdvisor, Paddle Creek is a watery getaway for you and your family. They offer opportunities to kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board down the Neuse river, with rentals available. You can choose to do a quick trip (1.5 hours) or long trips (4 hours) if you’re feeling adventurous. Every Friday they host a “twilight paddle,” where you can float down the river during dusk, and group trips for 14 people or more with discounted rates.

#3. Falls Lake

Falls Lake is a great escape from the busy workweek, offering you a place to swim, eat, fish, or take a boat out into the calm waters of the 12,000 acre lake. Take a hike down the trails or eat a picnic with your family, and then hop in for a swim when you’re finished. There’s camping spots, picnic shelters, and community buildings for you to utilize, as well as educational events about the environment for young kids.

#4. Wake Forest Historical Museum

If you want a cooler adventure this weekend, perhaps check out the Wake Forest Historical museum. Their exhibits are based off of rich Wake Forest history, including the early days of Wake Forest sports, their medical school, the law school, and women’s history, along with many more. Admission is free, and it’s a great place to go if you want to combine fun and education (and staying out of the heat!).

#5. Heritage Golf Course

Take it easy this weekend and play the course at Heritage, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” The course boasts many accolades, and is described as a relaxing, yet challenging course for both experienced and novice players. Smooth, rolling greens and lengthy fairways await you (as well as tricky sand traps) at Heritage golf course.