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Things to do in North Carolina Coast

 

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Jockey's Ridge State Park (Nags Head)
Ranked #1 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: State Parks; Geologic Formations; 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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Ranked #2 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Museums
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Ranked #3 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Lighthouses; Historic Sites
The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Ranked #4 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Theaters
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 #5 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Ships; Museums
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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Frisco Beach (Frisco)
Ranked #6 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Fort Macon (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #7 of 308 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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Fort Macon State Park (Atlantic Beach)
Ranked #8 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: State Parks
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Ranked #9 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Specialty Museums; Historic Sites
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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Ranked #10 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: History Museums; Historic Sites
Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
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Ranked #11 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
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 #12 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Cemeteries
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Ranked #13 of 308 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 #14 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Lighthouses
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 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches
A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Ranked #16 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Specialty Museums
Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.
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Hammocks Beach (Swansboro)
Ranked #17 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches; State Parks
Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
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Jennette's Pier (Nags Head)
Ranked #18 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Airlie Gardens (Wilmington)
Ranked #19 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites
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Carova Beach (Corolla)
Ranked #20 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Holden Beach (Holden Beach)
Ranked #21 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Island Farm (Manteo)
Ranked #22 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Historic Sites
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 #23 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Ranked #24 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Gardens
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Oak Island Beaches (Oak Island)
Ranked #25 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Beaches
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Tryon Palace (New Bern)
Ranked #26 of 308 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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Ranked #27 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #28 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before... more » Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587 to establish the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas. Recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh, among these settlers was John White, his pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, her husband Ananias and the Indian chief Manteo who had become an English ally during a previous visit in Britain.They unloaded their belongings and supplies and repaired on old fort previously erected on the island. On August 18, 1587 Eleanor Dare gave birth to a daughter she named Virginia, thus earning the distinction of being the first English child born on American soil. Ten days later, John White departed for England promising to return with more supplies. It was the last time he would ever see his family.Three years later, John White returned to Roanoke Island on his granddaughter's third birthday only to find the settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush. On one of the palisades, he found the single word "CROATOAN" carved into the surface, and the letters "CRO" carved into a nearby tree. The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness and into folklore. Their collective fate to this day remains unknown and is considered to be America's greatest cold case. Nestled along the shores of America's most historic and mysterious island, over 100 professional actors, technicians and designers have gathered every summer since 1937 to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country. The production is as epic as their story. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony is a cultural treasure and the best family entertainment on the Outer Banks!Performances Monday through Saturday nights May 30-Aug. 22, 2014 At 8PM. Monday nights are kids nights, with a special curtain time of 7:30. « less
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Historic District (Wilmington)
Ranked #29 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Neighborhoods
One of the largest districts listed with the National Register of Historical Places.
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Ranked #30 of 308 attractions in North Carolina Coast
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an... more » Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. See the only spotted eagle ray on exhibit in the state. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Discover N.C.’s fiercest predator at the interactive Megalodon Exhibit. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Tickets available at the door and online. « less
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