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North Carolina offers 400-plus golf courses across the state, and many champions have been drawn to our world-class designs.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop one of our historic coastal lighthouses.
Tour through award-winning vineyards, sample something new in a tasting room or try some popular wines at one of our festivals.
Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll discover art galleries, craft breweries, natural attractions and more.
The energy of the Charlotte region may have been sparked by its racing roots, but restaurants, nightlife and culture keep fueling the excitement.
The breathtaking views at our coastal destinations are only rivaled by the aromas and tastes exuding from the wineries and breweries.
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North Carolina offers family fun with destinations and attractions for kids of all ages. Spend July 4th vacation at the beach and climb to the top of coastal lighthouses. Or explore the decks of Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. Connect with wildlife at the North Carolina Zoo. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge in the crisp clean air atop Grandfather Mountain. You can search for treasure in a gem mine or ride thrilling roller coasters at Carowinds.
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Dig for gold, emeralds and gems at kid-friendly mines or visit mountain mineral museums.
See our beaches by ferry or from atop Cape Hatteras and other coastal lighthouses.
Explore exhibits dedicated to flight, basketball, history, motorsports and getting hands-on.
Retrace the steps of Blackbeard and other pirates at coastal sites, museums and festivals.
Ride the Great Smoky Mountains and Tweetsie railroads, relive the Wrights' first flight and more.
Hunt for ghosts, watch whirligigs spin and find big fun at our “world’s largest” sights.
Rent a beach house beyond where the road ends, a quiet mountain cabin or even a houseboat.
Bring your kids and pick your own strawberries, apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.
Go wild at the North Carolina Zoo, coastal aquariums and other animal attractions.
Winter is a great time to plan summer fun on the North Carolina coast. Dreams of sunshine, sand, seafood and adventure will warm the coldest day.
The Brunswick Islands are the ideal place for a family vacation that includes golf, with more than 30 top-rated courses ready to welcome you.
This is one of the easiest and prettiest places to pack a picnic basket, with each region offering a variety of landscapes for any appetite.
Eager to explore the wild side of North Carolina? Point your GPS toward aquariums, zoos, national wildlife refuges, a tiger rescue and more.
Whether you’re looking for a white-knuckle rafting experience or a relaxing day with the family, our rambunctious rivers are ready to roll.
Here you can see 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants, and walk from the African grasslands to the North American Arctic Coast in a single afternoon.
North Carolina’s 20-plus ferries have been a convenient and enjoyable way to travel the state's coastline since the mid-1920s.
At four spots along the coast, you can discover the otters, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life that make our waters so vibrant.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember the great places to make memories for a lifetime waiting all across our state.
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The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
What's more fun than hiking, picnicking and splashing in cold mountain streams? Grab this three-day trip, pack up the kids and head for the hills.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with history near Interstates 95 and 40.
Visit Rodanthe and nearby Outer Banks attractions where you can experience firsthand the adventure and romance of the movie.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
You'll find many things we're famous for near Asheboro and Lexington, including the Childress and Petty racing museums, the North Carolina Zoo and barbecue.
Visit pirate hideouts, skulk around the town Blackbeard called home, see where his sunken ship is submerged, and see where he met his violent end.
Plan a day trip or a weeklong getaway with tubing and paddling on the Dan River, hiking and camping in state parks, rock climbing, biking and more.
This two-hour drive in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to see waterfalls, rhododendron blooms and lush, beautiful forests.
Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches wait with gardens, shopping, great dining and plenty to do for the entire family.
Charlotte has much to offer in art, history and culture. Spend three days here and discover a great sampling of museums, music and more.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
This three-day trip starts in Asheville and ends outside of Boone, featuring farm visits, local wine, farm-to-table dining, alpacas and more.
The Road to Nowhere ends at a tunnel inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you want to venture farther, you have to do it by foot.
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The North Carolina State Fair is held annually in Raleigh in mid-October. See more »
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
Reed Gold Mine near Concord is the only underground gold mine open to the public
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores exhibits lead you from the mountains to the sea. See more »
Take a pirate tour to see the hideouts of Blackbeard and other famous raiders of our coast
ImaginOn library and children's theater in Charlotte
Hop aboard the Wild West Train Adventure at Tweetsie Railroad in the High Country
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
Travel from Africa to the Arctic in the same day at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
River Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the Great Smoky Mountains
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip. See more »
Take a tucked-away train ride or a combination train and rafting trip through the western mountains. Brought to you by Bryson City & Swain County.
Plan a weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains, where you can choose and cut the perfect family Christmas tree.
Summer Turtle Talk events teach visitors about the sea turtles that have nested from Sunset Beach to Bald Head Island for hundreds of years.
Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.
The Intimidator at Carowinds in Charlotte is the tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster in the Southeast and was named the Top New U.S. Coaster of 2010 by the Coaster Critic.
At the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, you can get your fill of sweets, play in the arcade, watch an outdoor movie, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, and enjoy live music.
Grandfather Mountain is a sanctuary where guests can see wildlife, hike alpine trails and walk a Mile High Swinging Bridge.
In the southern corner of our coast, enjoy six sun-drenched beaches on five barrier islands, family fun, golf, fishing, lighthouses and more.
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First in a planned network of regional children's museums, Discovery Place Kids provides an extraordinary and rich play…
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Regions: Piedmont, Charlotte Region
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Regions: Piedmont, Greensboro & Winston-Salem
Featuring the one-of-a-kind Kids World Playground with its castles, swinging bridge, dinosaur slide, rocket, trolley,…
Region: Inner Coastal Plain
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We’re a real specialty shop, not just a warehouse. Our store is located on a perfect little island, Topsail, just off…
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The Kathleen Price Bryan Family YMCA opened its doors in January 2003 replacing our Central YMCA Branch. Our…
Fun for the entire family, the kids motorcross track includes tabletops, multiple rollers, whoops, berms and…
Regions: Coast, Inner Coastal Plain
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