Winston Salem is positioned in the heart of North Carolina. Centrally located, Winston Salem is driving distance from the beach, mountains, lakes, ski resorts and major cities. This region enjoys four distinct, yet subtle seasons that promote outdoor activities year round. Winston Salem boasts of its own minor league baseball team, multiple historical sites, museums, an art district, historic and affordable neighborhoods, more than 3,500 acres of parks and recreation, local wineries, a revitalized downtown, affordable fine-art performances, local farmers markets, and much more. And, it has been ranked in the top ten for Most Fun and Affordable Cities and the 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In. Winston Salem is known as a "City of the Arts and Innovation" for its dedication to fine arts and theater as well as its technological research. Home to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, there are many local dance, theatre, symphony, opera, and other fine arts performances.