The 10 Best Things to Do in Smithfield, United States

December 17, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Smithfield is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. In 2016, the estimated population was 12,266. It is the county seat of Johnston County. Smithfield is home to the Ava Gardner Museum and is situated along the Neuse River, where visitors enjoy the annual Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival, walks along the Buffalo Creek Greenway and the historic downtown district. The town is located in North Carolina's famed Research Triangle and is approximately 29 mi (47 km) southeast of downtown Raleigh. The Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical area has a population of over 2 million residents.
Restaurants in Smithfield

1. Ava Gardner Museum

325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577-3919 +1 919-934-5830
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Ava Gardner Museum

The Ava Gardner Museum, one of North Carolina’s most remarkable attractions, honors the life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies. It’s here that you will see personal interviews and get the real story from those that knew her best.Discover the real Ava Gardner as you take the self-guided tour through more than 5,000 square-feet of exhibit space. You’ll see extraordinary costumes, movie posters and awards that represent Ava’s 50-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. The Museum also houses a collection of personal items of China, jewelry, clothing and fine art, including 40 portraits by Bert Pfeiffer, an artist whose collection was donated to the museum in 2001. The tour also includes a screening of a short biography of Ava that features information about her life in Johnston County and commentary by those who knew her best, including family members, childhood friends, co-stars, and even one of her husbands, Mickey Rooney.Get to know the people who played important roles in Ava’s life. Her circle of close friends included celebrities such as Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway and Howard Hughes. You’ll also learn about her marriages, which were even bigger news than her films. View artifacts that belonged to her third and final husband, Frank Sinatra, whom she considered the love of her life.

Reviewed By firebear1961 - Clayton, North Carolina

We had a friend in town and took him by to see this. Its a very nice little museum, nice movie about Ava.

Warning. Be careful about parking on the street if you have a full size truck, a lot of mirrors get taken off. I was in the museum for about 45 mins and when I went out side I found my truck was damaged.

2. Rudy Theatre

300 N Raiford St, Selma, NC 27576-2837 +1 919-202-9927
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Rudy Theatre

Reviewed By Rebby2013 - Smithfield, North Carolina

I've been to the Rudy any number of times and for various shows. They have some excellent entertainers and always put on a good show. The shows are family friendly in that there is no profanity or content unsuitable for children--but IMHO children would probably not enjoy the shows that much. In my experience, some shows are better than others, but all have been good.

3. Hinnant Family Vineyards

826 Pine Level Micro Rd, Pine Level, NC 27568 +1 919-965-3350
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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7%
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4 based on 39 reviews

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Come enjoy a taste of North Carolina's Oldest & Largest Muscadine Vineyard. We offer a wide range of different wines to please any palate. We are open 7 days a week, and offer wine tastings daily. There is no need to make an appointment for a tasting! We'll serve you whenever you come in! Tours are done Wed-Friday at 12 & 2pm, as well as on Saturday at 12 & Sunday at 2pm. If you are coming with a large group, please call ahead to check availability.

Reviewed By DoctorCP

The tasting bar/ room is not that large. The seats are always full every time we've been. But that's a good sign. We like most of their wines and prefer the whites. Once you've tasted them they are happy to sell you full glass pours. We often take our drinks to the porch to enjoy and sit. The best part are the wine slushes which are amazing on a hot day. They do sell merchandise and some food like cheese and crackers. It's a nice winery to visit.

4. Carolina Premium Outlets

1025 Outlet Center Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577-6041 +1 919-989-8453
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 209 reviews

Carolina Premium Outlets

Carolina Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. Located directly off I-95, near Raleigh, North Carolina, you're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round. Local Shop & Stay packages are available.

Reviewed By greenehalltam - Petersburg, Virginia

This is a very nice shopping center. It was not hard to maneuver because parking and driving were easy. The outlet is not overcrowded during the week. Most stores have friendly and helpful staff. Stores are smaller than other outlets and some offer no more discounts than department stores. You have to shop for your bargain. We found good deals at The Gap, Nike, and Christopher and Banks.

5. Trackside Antiques

107 E Railroad St, Selma, NC 27576-3152 +1 919-202-4878
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Trackside Antiques

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

This place is full of collectibles and shabby chic....just what I love. It's so much fun to walk around and see what they have. This is where I bought my first pre-1950 pig which started a massive vintage pig collection.

6. Double Barley Brewing

3174 US Highway 70 W, Smithfield, NC 27577-7613 +1 919-934-3433
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 40 reviews

Double Barley Brewing

Brewery and 75 seat taproom with 12 craft taps, kitchen and beer garden. We have live music most weekends and tours every Saturday at 2 pm. We offer a variety of styles and serve wine and cider. Taproom is family friendly and beer garden is pet friendly. We have event space available and cater on site. We specialize in big, bold beers served with southern hospitality!

Reviewed By OntherdAgin5357

Just happened upon this hidden gem on our way back home on Hwy. Business 70. Unknowingly passed it by several times as we assumed it was some kind of an industrial business by the buildings look. While stopped at a stop sign on the side...MoreThanks, we love Gary too! Thanks for the review!

7. Ice House Theatre

112 N Webb St, Selma, NC 27576-2839 +1 919-631-3797
Excellent
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5 based on 6 reviews

Ice House Theatre

What makes us different? We are very family friendly, we don't serve alcohol. We are all about the quality of the music. We try hard to keep an inviting environment where it always feels a bit like coming home. We love traditional country music and Ameripolitan as well. The Ice House Theatre is one of the most appreciative audiences in the world and they know good music when they hear it. We have

Reviewed By Bowie M - Morehead City, North Carolina

Austin Texas's star performer Dale Watson played to a sold out performance at the Ice House last night! Great show, music, and sound. Many great bands play here on Friday nights, and it's a place not to miss! Non-alcohol, family friendly. One of a kind place.

8. Howell Theatre

141 S 3rd St, Smithfield, NC 27577-4539 +1 919-938-1201
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Howell Theatre

Reviewed By Terica M - Raleigh, North Carolina

This theater has good prices and the snacks are good as well. However its nothing like the newer theatre, its in an older building and could use a remodel. The staff are always friendly and the screen and sound are average. If you wanna see a movie that's not at the big well known theater Howell's is a good spot.

9. T & S Treasures

115 S Raiford St, Selma, NC 27576-3154 +1 919-986-8948
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

T & S Treasures

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

The place is small and full of many beautiful things. I'm more of the shabby chic type and that's not what you will find here. If you are looking for what I call "real antiques" you will love this place.

10. Carolina Pottery at Carolina Premium Outlet

1025 Outlet Center Dr, Suite 1000, Smithfield, NC 27577-6041 +1 919-934-1157
Excellent
61%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Carolina Pottery at Carolina Premium Outlet

Carolina Pottery is a home decor and seasonal stores with over 100,000 square feet of merchandise! Our store features the latest trends in home furnishings at everyday low prices. Whether you are looking to update your interior design and decor or maximize your outdoor space with new outdoor wicker furniture and cushions, Carolina Pottery has what you are looking for! Our store transforms according to season, so depending on time of year you will also find a huge supply of Christmas decor, Fall and Halloween decor, Spring and Easter decor, and more. We also carry a year-round assortment of glassware, housewares, wine and local food products, silk flowers and arrangements, ribbon, candles, lawn and garden decor, and the list goes on. One visit and you'll see, there's more in store at Carolina Pottery!

Reviewed By newjerseyfamily - Burlington, NJ

We stopped here after driving a long while and I wanted to check this out. What an incredible store - huge - lots of household items. The only flaw is that it isn't near where I live. A must stop if you need anything or enjoy decorating.

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