Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson

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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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  • Visit on a sunny, windy day and discover what a magic place this is. You can see the whole thing in under a half an hour, but you could also spend most of the day if you wanted to examine each work... 
    Visit on a sunny, windy day and discover what a magic place this is. You can see the whole thing in under a half an hour, but you could also spend most of the day if you wanted to examine each work...  more »
  • What a great little stop. It's the centerpiece of a town that's repurposing itself. We needed a place to stop off of 95 on the way north from Fl and toured the area. This was a very pleasant... 
    What a great little stop. It's the centerpiece of a town that's repurposing itself. We needed a place to stop off of 95 on the way north from Fl and toured the area. This was a very pleasant...  more »
  • Fun place to visit. Kids would think that it's very neat, someone suggested it to us so we drove by. Cute park , a one man's vision, 
    Fun place to visit. Kids would think that it's very neat, someone suggested it to us so we drove by. Cute park , a one man's vision,  more »
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  • The opening ceremony for the Little League Tournament of State Champions was held here, and we had a blast. The large, open grass field is perfect for playing catch or just hanging out on a blanket. And the raised stage in the corner is set up well for musical performances or speeches. Of course, the main attractions here are the large whirligig structures surrounding the field...there are over a dozen of them scattered about, and each one is unique and interesting. The shaded structure outside the grass is perfect for banquets too. A great place to gather and have fun in the heart of Wilson!
  • It's A-MAAA_zzziing.
  • I have visited here twice it’s absolutely amazing what this man did. I have been building small scale things for over forty years and would be lucky to have built one of these large ones in a lifetime. I study them and realize how resourceful he was, I recognize many parts they are composed of but would have never thought of to use them together the way he did. I can’t help but wonder when did he sleep as many as he built. I would love to have had the honor of meeting him, one of the Greatest Generation.
  • Such a cool place! The whirligigs are amazing! There's a big open grass area to run, and blow bubbles and music playing over speakers. Definitely worth a drive to see. There seemed to be a lot of great shops in downtown Wilson as well, but we were there on a Monday and it seemed like everything was closed. We'll definitely go back again!
  • Really unique place to come and see some impressive art. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a stop at this well maintained park. Massive colorful "windmills" scattered across the park are impressive and something like I've never seen before. While the park is small, there's also a stage and some places to grab a bite. Check the parks schedule, because it looks like the town puts on multiple events a year here. A clean town is in walking distance with some boutique style shopping. A very cool find.

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