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Across the state, people are seeking out food grown locally, which is why there’s a growing number of farm-to-table restaurants in every region.
Step to the tee among stunning mountains, rolling hills or beautiful beaches in North Carolina, home to more than 400 golf courses.
Ride a record-breaking roller coaster, visit the Wild West or beat the heat in a wave pool.
Along these beaches, see relics from Blackbeard’s ship, meet playful otters, watch wild horses, climb a lighthouse and more.
This area is an outdoor playground, including some of the best camping, hiking, biking and fishing around.
This region offers many opportunities for play, including golf courses, spas, military museums and indoor skydiving.
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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.
In North Carolina – during Fourth of July weekend and beyond – you’ll find beautiful backdrops for fireworks above our mountains, cityscapes and beaches.
Even when they’re 50, your kids will remember the great places to make memories for a lifetime waiting all across our state.
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.
North Carolina’s 20-plus ferries have been a convenient and enjoyable way to travel the state's coastline since the mid-1920s.
Taking a splash in one of our state’s many, natural swimming holes, from the mountains to the coast, is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again.
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.
There's never a wrong time to plan summer fun on the North Carolina coast. Dreams of sunshine, sand, seafood and adventure will brighten any day.
Eager to explore the wild side of North Carolina? Point your GPS toward aquariums, zoos, national wildlife refuges, a tiger rescue and more.
Though long ago lighthouses protected adventurers from our treacherous coastline, today they offer some of the most incredible views you’ll see.
At four spots along the coast, you can discover the otters, fish, sea turtles and other aquatic life that make our waters so vibrant.
One of the great things about vacation is the opportunity to sleep in. Luckily, these restaurants serve full breakfast menus late in the day.
Whether you’re looking for a white-knuckle rafting experience or a relaxing day with the family, our rambunctious rivers are ready to roll.
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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.
Charlotte has much to offer in art, history and culture. Spend three days here and discover a great sampling of museums, music and more.
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.
This three-day trip starts in Asheville and ends outside of Boone, featuring farm visits, local wine, farm-to-table dining, alpacas and more.
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.
Visit several of the locations where Max was filmed, and you’ll experience some of North Carolina’s most beautiful natural attractions.
This daylong drive and ferry tour traces the coastline, exploring the maritime history of our sounds, barrier islands and coastal villages.
Visit Rodanthe and nearby Outer Banks attractions where you can experience firsthand the adventure and romance of the movie.
This region offers 75-mile views from atop Chimney Rock, Cherokee history and great shopping for mountain crafts in Asheville and Dillsboro.
The Outer Banks and Crystal Coast attract visitors to enjoy historic lighthouses, maritime history, charming fishing villages and sunny shores.
From an early declaration of independence to modern-day Special Forces, North Carolina is overflowing with history near Interstates 95 and 40.
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.
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Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
Step back in time for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock. See more »
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores exhibits lead you from the mountains to the sea. See more »
Reed Gold Mine near Concord is the only underground gold mine open to the public
Hop aboard the Wild West Train Adventure at Tweetsie Railroad in the High Country
Take a pirate tour to see the hideouts of Blackbeard and other famous raiders of our coast
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but well worth the trip. See more »
The North Carolina State Fair is held annually in Raleigh in mid-October. See more »
River Lodge Bed and Breakfast in the Great Smoky Mountains
Travel from Africa to the Arctic in the same day at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
ImaginOn library and children's theater in Charlotte
The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain is a popular spot for families of all ages. See more »
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.
This four-day High Country festival includes a Polar Plunge, chili cookoff, ice-carving competition, WinterFeast, craft beer tastings, and more.
Plan a weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains, where you can choose and cut the perfect family Christmas tree.
Slip down Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide with a cool pool at the bottom, in the Land of Waterfalls.
In the southern corner of our coast, enjoy six sun-drenched beaches on five barrier islands, family fun, golf, fishing, lighthouses and more.
Stand atop 315-foot Chimney Rock and see 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and central North Carolina.
Summer Turtle Talk events teach visitors about the sea turtles that have nested from Sunset Beach to Bald Head Island for hundreds of years.
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.
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