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Things to do in Franklin, NC

Sometimes learning what to do in Franklin is as simple as exploring our history. Franklin is home to several historic trails and three downtown museums. Our most popular attraction is gem mining for native ruby and sapphire. When it comes to what to do in Franklin, there’s so much to discover! Take in a concert, play, or even the ballet at our new performing arts center. Or simply shop for great arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, and more, at our many fantastic merchants.

Come to Franklin, NC for your Weekend Getaways

Franklin, North Carolina is just hours from many major Southeastern metro areas including Asheville NC, Greenville SC, Atlanta GA, Chattanooga TN, and Knoxville TN. We’re the perfect weekend destination or a home base to take in all of the attractions of Western North Carolina. Discover a host of activities, history, and culture. There are so many things to do in Franklin that your whole family can enjoy!

Antiquing
Enjoy antiquing? Well, you’re in for special treat in Franklin, North Carolina. Franklin is home to one of North Carolina’s largest Antique Malls, and the streets are filled with quaint shoppes featuring treasured heirlooms.
Historic Trails
Discover Franklin, NC's history and heritage as you explore our ties to the Cherokee Indian Nation and Civil War. We're a stop along the Cherokee Heritage Trails and the North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Museums
Not many small towns can boast of having a museum, let alone three. Franklin, NC, is home to a trio of museums that showcase different aspects of our history & heritage. Each celebrates a different facet of our past and offer quality displays and an entertaining look at what makes Franklin, NC unique among places in the North Carolina Mountains.
Performing Arts
See a show at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. This beautiful venue hosts some of the best live music, drama and dance performances in the region.
Shopping
Discover Shopping in Franklin
The streets of historic downtown Franklin are lined with one-of-a-kind shops and Main Street has everything from an Outdoor outfitter, to specialty boutiques, to a home goods store and jewelry. The shops that line both sides of the streets are the backbone of Franklin. Main street restaurants or either of the town’s two breweries have the perfect treats and drinks to make the day a little sweeter.
The Factory
CRANK UP THE FUN! Great fun for the entire family! The Factory is Western North Carolina’s premier destination for great family fun and dining.

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