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Top things to do in North Carolina Coast

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Ranked #1 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Owner description: We offer Jeep Rentals to see the Outer Banks Wild Horses. Rick's Jeep Adventures is the only rental company in the Outer... more » Owner description: We offer Jeep Rentals to see the Outer Banks Wild Horses. Rick's Jeep Adventures is the only rental company in the Outer Banks that allows you to customize the Jeep the way you like. These options include the choice to put the top down, take the doors off, avoid direct sunlight with a mesh SPF50 Bikini Top and a complimentary iced cooler. Our Jeeps are customized for beach driving, with top of the line AEV lifts from 3 to 5 inches and 17 inch alloy wheels with 35 inch Kevlar sidewalled tires. These additions not only look great but offer superior handling, ground clearance and traction on the beach. Rent from the best and all you need to do is enjoy your ride! Your off-road Jeep adventure lasts a little over 2 hours. The Jeep tour will take you across the pristine 4X4 beaches. Because our Jeep Rentals are "self driven" but "fully guided" we can offer a full money back guarantee to find the horses. Following a guided tour provides you with access to our guides who enjoy sharing local history and information on the Spanish Wild Horses. Our guides are your GPS and can guide you safely around the 6-7 feet deep mud puddles of Carova and keep you safe back behind the dunes. At Rick's Jeeps we care about our local area, so we want to make sure that everyone has fun on the beach with the minimum environmental impact possible. We also want to ensure that the Spanish Mustang Ponies of the Outer Banks stay free and wild for generations to come. « less
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Ranked #2 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums
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Ranked #3 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Lighthouses; Landmarks
The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Ranked #4 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums; Ships
Owner description: As you walk the decks of the NORTH CAROLINA, imagine yourself in the South Pacific during WWII searching the sky for enemy... more » Owner description: As you walk the decks of the NORTH CAROLINA, imagine yourself in the South Pacific during WWII searching the sky for enemy aircraft, anticipating what may happen next. Step aboard the most decorated US Battleship of WWII! Explore nine decks, crew's quarters, gun turrets, and much more. Discover where history comes alive. Located at the junctions of highways 17, 76, 74, 421 on the Cape Fear River across from historic downtown Wilmington. Open every day! « less
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Ranked #5 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Geologic Formations; State Parks; Nature and Parks

As most people familiar with Jockey's Ridge, it is famous for the being the largest sand dune on the east coast. The views from the top are spectacular, as you have a beautiful... more »

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Frisco Beach (Frisco)
Ranked #6 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Fort Macon State Park (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #7 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #8 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Fort Macon (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #9 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities; State Parks
A Civil War fortress located at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet.
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Ranked #10 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches

Life guards are at the beach, and minding the beach. Water is warmer than at other OBX locations. The location is highly regarded, but the beach is not really crowded. The... more »

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Ranked #11 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
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Ranked #12 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Oak Island Beaches (Oak Island)
Ranked #13 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #14 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: Used today to light the dark stretches of the southern coastline, this lighthouse was built in 1875 and today can be climbed... more » Owner description: Used today to light the dark stretches of the southern coastline, this lighthouse was built in 1875 and today can be climbed by the spiral staircase that reaches up 150 feet. « less
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Ranked #15 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.
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Ranked #16 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they... more » Owner description: Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck, featuring a WW II German U-boat replica. Laugh at the antics of playful river otters, touch a stingray or enjoy programs free with admission. Field trips and other activities are available for additional fees. On-site snack bar and gift shop. « less
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Ranked #17 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under... more » Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under construction, and is expected to re-open in summer 2013, with the ability to be climbed for the first time) « less
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Hammocks Beach (Swansboro)
Ranked #19 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; State Parks
Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
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Airlie Gardens (Wilmington)
Ranked #20 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Island Farm (Manteo)
Ranked #21 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily... more » Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily. Open seasonally from April to November - Wednesday through Saturday - 10am until 4pm. « less
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Ranked #22 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Holden Beach (Holden Beach)
Ranked #23 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #24 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Old historic fort that was the site of two major Civil War battles.
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Jennette's Pier (Nags Head)
Ranked #25 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #26 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: We teach sailing and power boating from beginner to expert levels, using US Sailing and US Powerboating certified curricula.... more » Owner description: We teach sailing and power boating from beginner to expert levels, using US Sailing and US Powerboating certified curricula. We also do customized and individualized training based on the student's background, experience, and needs. We teach in our boats or in your boat. We charter sailboats in our home NC location and can help you charter in other locations around the world. We can help you make the buying decisions necessary to select a sail or power boat that meets your needs and recommend a reputable broker to help you with the purchase. « less
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Ranked #27 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Take a step back in time when you visit the Whalehead Club! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has... more » Owner description: Take a step back in time when you visit the Whalehead Club! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for tours year round. Located inside Currituck Heritage Park, the museum is situated on 39 acres of pristine waterfront property, and is located in the heart of Historic Corolla. « less
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Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)
Ranked #28 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums
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Historic District (Wilmington)
Ranked #29 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
One of the largest districts listed with the National Register of Historical Places.
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Tryon Palace (New Bern)
Ranked #30 of 276 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British... more » Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace. « less
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