Mayberry Experience

Mount Airy

Duration: 2 days

Step back in time as you stroll down the streets of Mt. Airy, hometown to Andy Griffith and inspiration for the delightfully quirky TV town Mayberry. Enjoy your 2-day itinerary touring Mayberry’s most recognizable landmarks and visiting the world’s largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Photo opportunities abound as your mini Mayberry adventure unfolds.

Day 1: Tour the town in an authentic Mayberry Squad Car, eat lunch at the world famous Snappy Lunch and spend the night in Andy Griffith’s childhood home.

Start Day 1 off with a famous Mayberry Squad Car Tour, beginning at Wally’s Service Station. You’ll take a 30-minute ride down Main Street and visit well-known sites such as the Floyd’s Barber Shop, the Mayberry Courthouse, and of course, Andy’s original birthplace.

After the tour, head back up Main Street to Mt. Airy’s Historic District. Work up an appetite as you shop for Mayberry memorabilia at Mayberry on Main and experience the old country store charm at Mayberry Trading Post.

For lunch, enjoy a oneof-a-kind pork chop sandwich at the famous Snappy Lunch. Afterwards, cross the street to Opie’s Candy Store to satisfy your sweet tooth.

In the afternoon, head just two blocks over to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, to visit the World’s Largest Andy Griffith Collection, featuring memorabilia of the Andy Griffith’s acting career. Outside the playhouse, admire the Andy and Opie statue erected by the TV Land Network.

Take your pick of restaurants around Mt. Airy for dinner, but afterwards, don’t miss the 1950’s style Mayberry Soda Fountain for an ice cream dessert and a blast from the past.

That evening, consider checking out a movie at the Downtown Cinema Theatre, where Andy Griffith’s first movie premiered in 1958, or return to Andy Griffith Playhouse for a Surry Arts Council live performance.

For a particularly memorable experience, spend the night at Andy Griffith’s Home Place, Andy’s small childhood home converted into a Bed and Breakfast. The B&B is decorated with antiques and Andy Griffith memorabilia.

Day 2: Spend the day shopping for souvenirs and checking out some Andy Griffith Show memorabilia, before taking a scenic ride down the Andy Griffith Parkway.

On Day 2, spend a leisurely morning at the B&B, or take a break from Mayberry to see what else Mt. Airy is known for at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

Then, visit Weaver’s Department Store in Main Oak Emporium, the closest thing to a Mayberry movie set and the official souvenir shop of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watcher’s Club.

Grab a bite to eat around the corner at the Blue Bird Diner, before driving to the Mayberry Motor Inn. There, you can see “Aunt Bee‘s Room,” a collection of actress Frances Bavier’s personal belongings, and get a photo taken in front of Emmett’s pickup truck parked outside.

Before heading home, take a scenic drive on Andy Griffith Parkway, a ten-mile stretch on U.S. 52 dedicated to the beloved actor. | 

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