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Ranked #1 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums
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Ranked #2 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums; Ships; Landmarks
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 #3 of 236 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 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Geologic Formations; Parks; State Parks; Outdoors

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 #5 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Fort Macon State Park (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #6 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #7 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Owner description: Completed in 1858, Thalian Hall is one of the United States most historic theatres. Built in the Italianate Opera House... more » Owner description: Completed in 1858, Thalian Hall is one of the United States most historic theatres. Built in the Italianate Opera House style, Thalian Hall has been in continuous operation since its opening.Thalian hall has undergone several renovations throughout its history with the most recent renovation completed in May of 2010.Thalian Hall hosts the Main Attractions Series of world-class touring artists in various performance disciplines, the cinematique arthouse film series, The annual Pied Piper Children's Theatre, as well a over 35 community based theatre, dance, film and music organizations. « less
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Ranked #8 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Ranked #9 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors

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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Fort Macon (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #10 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities; State Parks; Cultural
A Civil War fortress located at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet.
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Ranked #11 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Cultural
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 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
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Ranked #13 of 236 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 #14 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #15 of 236 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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Oak Island Beaches (Oak Island)
Ranked #16 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #17 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos/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 #18 of 236 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 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
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Airlie Gardens (Wilmington)
Ranked #20 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Island Farm (Manteo)
Ranked #21 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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. « less
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Ranked #22 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Holden Beach (Holden Beach)
Ranked #23 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #24 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
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 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Currituck Beach (Corolla)
Ranked #26 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Location of the only lighthouse in the state of North Carolina that is still located where it was erected.
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Ranked #27 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums; 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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Tryon Palace (New Bern)
Ranked #28 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Cultural
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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Historic District (Wilmington)
Ranked #29 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
One of the largest districts listed with the National Register of Historical Places.
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Carova Beach (Corolla)
Ranked #30 of 236 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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