Your Guide to Kernersville, NC (What to do, Where to eat, Where to drink)

Your Guide to Kernersville, NC (What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Drink, Where to Shop)

Kernersville is conveniently located near highways and surrounded by the cities of Winston-Salem (15-minute drive), Greensboro (22-minute drive), and High Point (24-minute drive). This makes it an ideal town to live in. You can enjoy a small town environment while being close to three cities. Kernersville is full of charming stores, delicious cuisine, and a variety of parks! 

Updated July 2022


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  • 2022 population: 24,414
  • Average household income: $72,938 (


Housing Market:

  • Median sale price of homes in Kernersville ( June 2022): $339,000
  • Average days on market in June 2022 is 3 days
  • June 2022 had 38 new listings



Elementary Schools; 

  • Cash Elementary
  • Kernersville Elementary
  • Sedge Garden Elementary 
  • Piney Grove Elementary 
  • Caleb’s Creek Elementary 
  • Union Cross Elementary 

Middle Schools: 

  • East Forsyth Middle 
  • South East Middle 
  • Kernersville Middle 

High Schools: 

  • East Forsyth High 
  • Robert B. Glenn High School 

Public Charter School: 

  • The North Carolina Leadership Academy


  • East Fort Worth Montessori Academy
  • Union Cross Traditional Academy
  • Bishop McGuinness High School
  • First Christian Academy
  • Triad Baptist Christian Academy


What to Do in Kernersville

Take a tour of Körners Folly:

413 S Main St

Explore the 22-room historic house museum! Körners Folly was the home of Jule Gilmer Körner – an artist and designer. Take a self-guided or private tour of the historic house. Advanced registration is encouraged before visiting the house for your self-guided tour. Seasonal events include vendor markets on the lawn in the Spring and Fall and Spectacular Holidays during the Winter.


Tours at Korners Folly Kernersville NC


Walk around Ciener Botanical Garden:

215 S Main St

The Outdoor Garden Displays are open daily from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge, but a suggested donation amount of $4. Explore the gardens on your own, or take a guided tour. Be sure to check out the gift shop and events they might be having such as plant sales and workshops. Seasonal events include: Spectacular Holiday Blooms, Wreath Workshops, Movies on the Lawn Series and Lawn Concert Series.


Ciener Botanical Gardens Kernersville NC


Visit the Kernersville Museum – Temporarily closed:

127 W Mountain St

Learn about the history of Kernersville at the local museum. Be sure to check their website for events like Hands on History and Storytellers Series. Enjoy ice skating in the winter!


Enjoy local parks:

    • Old Kernersville Lake Park: 936 Lake Dr
      • Great for fishing and picnics
    • Harmon Park: 152 S Main St
      • Playground, gazebo, fountains, tables
    • Fourth of July Park: 702 W Mountain St
      • Playground, walking trails, 4 tennis courts, picnic tables, basketball court, and skate park
    • Triad Park: 9652 West Market St
      • Large park with volleyball courts, multiple playgrounds, a disc golf course, walking trails and many picnic shelters. This park includes the Field of Honor. 

Where to Eat in Kernersville

Restaurants in Kernersville:

The Prescott:

Presentation and local ingredients are of high importance at The Prescott! Their European-style cuisine looks like art on a plate. This is a go-to spot for fine dining or a business meeting. 


Where to eat in Kernersville


Fitz on Main:

Grab a classic breakfast or lunch at this diner-style restaurant. No frills and no fuss. 


Prissy Pollys BBQ:

Be sure to stop by Prissy Polly’s if you love BBQ, sweet tea, and all the countrysides. It’s the perfect place to take the family. Be sure to save room for dessert! 


Olympic Family:

Olympic Family is a casual, Greek-owned restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a winner if you have a large party with varied food preferences. 


Smitty’s Grille:

Grab a seat at the bar and enjoy an indulgent seafood experience. Smitty’s features expansive seafood combos that have everything from crab legs, clams, scallops, shrimp, and oysters! Give the Tug Boat a try!


Where to eat in Kernersville


Giada’s Trattoria:

Enjoy Italian classics, including chicken marsala, thin-crust pizzas & lasagna. Giada’s has plenty of seating inside and outside on their spacious patio. 


OutWest Steakhouse: 

OutWest is your local steakhouse in Kernersville. Perfect for a nice lunch or dinner. Although some dishes can be a little pricey, you are paying for top-notch food and an enticing atmosphere. Fireplaces are both inside and outside. 


J. Pepper’s Southern Grille:

Not quite upscale, but a step up from casual, J. Pepper’s serves classic southern dishes. During the warmer months, sit outside on their patio with string lights and a fireplace. 


Doss’ Old Fashion Ice Cream:

Old school burgers, hotdogs, and hand-dipped ice cream. Doss’ is a one-of-a-kind, family-owned restaurant. Order the foot-long hot dog “All the Way.”


Where to eat in Kernersville


Palenque Mexican Grill:

A casual Mexican restaurant with daily specials. Palenque has been a staple Mexican spot in Kernersville for years. This is the perfect place for large groups. 


Tacos Casa Miguel:

Small Mexican restaurant serving authentic dishes. Enjoy great food for great prices… for example,3 tacos for $7.50!


Bakeries & Treats in Kernersville:

Cake and All Things Yummy:

Popular bakeshop crafting custom cakes, cupcakes & other sweet treats in a cozy space with outdoor seating. Grab a quick treat, order a custom cake, or just admire the beautiful creations.


Dessert in Kernersville


Patriot Pretzel Company:

Fresh, made-to-order Pretzels. Choose from flavors like powdered sugar and cinnamon swirl. Kids can enjoy a play area with toys and books!


Dessert in Kernersville NC


Where to Drink in Kernersville:

Coffee shops in Kernersville:

Local Roots Coffee: 

Large coffee shop perfect for a coffee date, studying or working. There is plenty of seating inside and outside. Shop from local vendors who display their goods and art inside the shop! 

Coffee in Kernersville NC


Kyle’s Coffee:

Kyle’s Coffee roasts its own beans and knows coffee inside and out!. Their coffee is good stuff! Enjoy a coffee with friends while your kids play in the play zone. There is plenty of seating options at Kyle’s Coffee.


Bars/Breweries in Kernersville:

Breathe Cocktail Lounge:

Sophisticated cocktail bar with small bites, live music and a separate whiskey bar. Grab a drink from their extensive cocktail list and enjoy their comfortable seating area. Enjoy dance parties every Saturday night, Karaoke nights, and live music from local bands throughout the week. 

Gypsy Road Brewing:

A large brewery with plenty of seating inside and outside. There is always something happening at Gypsy Road from live music, pop-up workout classes, and local food trucks. Most concerts are free, but some do have a cover charge. Music Bingo every Thursday at 7 PM. 


Where to drink beer in Kernersville NC


Kernersville Brewing Company:

Kernersville Brewing may be a small brewery but it has everything that a large brewery offers: trivia nights, food trucks, and pop-up art classes. They have plenty of inside seating, but if you are looking to sit outside, skip this spot. Music Bingo every Tuesday, Run/Walk club every Wednesday, and Trivia every Thursday. 


Where to drink beer in Kernersville NC


The Brewer’s Kettle:

The Brewer’s Kettle in Kernersville has a ton of beer and wine choices and very knowledgeable bartenders! The inside is uniquely decorated with eclectic artwork and knick-knacks. They have a great outdoor area as well with room for bands. 


Where to drink beer kernersville NC


Folly’s- Draft & Snack:

A relaxed and casual bar with snacks, board games, tv’s, foosball, and a few arcade games. They also have live music occasionally. 


Where to Shop in Kernersville

Jane Made and Found: Offering a variety of repurposed items, handmade objects and jewelry, vintage decor and home goods.


Where to shop in Kernersville


The Street Boutique: Trendy upscale boutique for kids and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories.

MisMatch: Stylish spot for women’s clothing and accessories.

Eclection: An eclectic array of artisans and vintage collectors, jewelry, apparel, art and furniture.

Accent Prone: Lifestyle boutique specializing in home fashion accents and clothing.


Where to shop in Kernersville


WHOA!TONE Records: Local record store 

119 On North Boutique: Women’s clothing boutique and gift shop 

Oh Baby by 119: Baby and kid boutique 


Where to shop in Kernersville


Seasonal Events in Kernersville

Kernersville Farmers Market (May-October)

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM – 12 PM


Christmas at Korners Folly (Christmas time)

Every year Körner’s Folly transforms into a winter wonderland with traditional Victorian decorations in every room. It is truly a sight to see! Explore the holiday-decorated rooms during regular self-guided tour hours. For the full experience, book a candlelight tour of the house. Spots sell out quickly so head to their website right after Thanksgiving to book your spot. 


Christmas in Kernersville NC


Ice Skating at Kernersville Museum (Winter)

Enjoy ice skating in a small rink on synthetic ice at the museum during the winter. Cost is $5 for 30 minutes of skate time and includes your skate rental.


Concerts and movies at Ciener Botanical Garden (Summer)

Enjoy concerts and movies on the lawn at Ciener Botanical Garden during the summer!


Spectacular Holiday Blooms at Ciener Botanical Garden (Winter)

Enjoy a stroll through dazzling lit wisteria throughout the garden and marvel at the illuminated trees along the Event Lawn. While walking through the garden you will hear local churches, theater groups, school choirs, and community choirs caroling.


Dewberry Farm

This private residence is only open to the public twice a year. Enjoy u-pick tulips in the Spring and sunflowers in the summer! 


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