Wind farms are tourist attractions.
Studies completed regarding wind farm tourism – including those completed by Clemson University and University of Delaware - suggest that wind farms can boost tourism and that tourists tend be supportive of wind farms near their recreation areas. Meanwhile, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that wind farms support a cottage tourism industry.
Wind & Tourism
While there are any numbers of reasons to visit a vacation spot, wind turbines may be tourist attractions because of an interest in ecotourism. Ecotourism has been on the rise for a few decades and studies now show* that it is one of the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry, registering growth between 20% and 34% annually.**
The South’s first wind farm, the Buffalo Mountain project in Tennessee, is highlighted as one of the “most visited attractions” for Windrock Park, which is also known nationwide as the country’s largest private riding park for off-highway vehicles (OHV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and dirt bikes.
In North Carolina, the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills was the first wind-powered brewery in the United States, providing a unique attraction for the town. ‡