North Carolina Things to Do

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North Carolina Things to Do

  • Biltmore Estate

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Asheville Things to Do

    While visiting the Biltmore Estate we went to Antler Village for lunch and were so very glad we chose to dine at Cedric's Tavern. A most upscale pub in keeping with the style and ambiance of the Estate. The service was excellent and our meals were most delicious. I went with the cold salmon salad which was fabulous - filling but not heavy, while my...

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  • Carowinds Amusement Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Boomerang Bay at Carowinds is a really cool water park, with something for 'kids' of all ages and heights, including splash parks/play areas from zero-depth and wading-pool-depth for smaller kids to tube rides ranging from lazy-river-type floats through all levels of water slides and wave pools for all sizes. Everyone can find something to do here!...

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  • The Battleship North Carolina

    Wilmington Things to Do

    Spend a morning or afternoon touring the historic Battleship North Carolina, a memorial to the 10,000 North Carolinians who died in WWII. It survived a torpedo in 1942 and has been in Wilmington since 1961. You can visit most of the ship, including the crew's quarters, galley, sick bay, gun turrets, engine room, plotting rooms, radio central, the...

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  • Deep Creek

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Things to Do

    Juney Whank Falls is a scenic 90-foot waterfall split into an upper and lower section in the Deep Creek area of the park just outside Bryson City, NC. The hike to the falls is a moderate 0.8-mile round trip. From the parking area, head to the left to pick up Juney Whank Falls Trail. The trail is moderately steep, but short, and leads to a...

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  • Mingo Falls

    Cherokee Things to Do

    Mingo Falls is a 120-foot waterfall in the Qualla Indian Reservation, just outside Cherokee, NC and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The waterfall is publicly-accessible and there is no fee to visit. The hike to the falls is less than a half-mile and moderate in difficulty. From the parking area, the hike starts out by heading up more than 100...

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  • Roanoke Island Festival Park

    Manteo Things to Do

    As we went in at 11:40, they said that the movie Two Path would be in 20 minutes that would not be shown again until 2 pm. We browsed in the gift shop and then went into what we thought was the movie theatre. Someone popped in said that if we wanted to see the movie TwoPath, that we were in the wrong place. That's one of the things that I didn't...

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  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

    Kill Devil Hills Things to Do

    We made a quick visit to the park before I went to the dentist to see where the first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made by Wilbur and Orville Wright. We went to the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, and circled the 60-foot granite monument atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill. Then we went...

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  • Little Creek Falls

    Bryson City Things to Do

    Little Creek Falls is a nice 60-foot waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Unless you're backpacking or looking for a long hike, it's difficult to access from the park itself. Fortunately, there's an easier way to access the waterfall through Cooper Creek Trout Farm. From US-19 east of Bryson City, follow Cooper Creek Road (changes...

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  • Fort Fisher

    Kure Beach Things to Do

    Fort Fisher is a free Historic Site in NC. Fort Fisher was very important to the C.S.A. because the fort kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of...

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  • Daniel Boone Gem Mining

    Winston-Salem Things to Do

    My son LOVES Daniel Boone Gem Mining! He found some great sharks teeth in the Fossil Dig, some really nice gemstones at the sluices, and even got to watch them crack a geode in front of him! We were able to take our time, sift through the mine rough and look at each individual stone without being rushed! The staff were able to identify and assist...

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  • Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Knotts Island Things to Do

    This picture is probably taken crossing Corey's Ditch on the way down Route 615 to Knott's Island. Since this is a wildlife refuge, there are a variety of wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities including wildlife observation, wildlife interpretation, photography, environmental education, fishing and hunting. Seasonal Closures Most of the...

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  • Franklin Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chapel Hill Things to Do

    RIOT? Celebrating a National Championship in Basketball? Just getting drunk going from bar to bar? Or just doing some shopping during the day? Franklin Street is ‘THE’ street in Chapel Thrill. I got caught up in 2 riots and 1 National Championship on the street. Almost all the best restaurants are here too. The Starting point is really the corner...

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  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Harkers Island Things to Do

    Cape Lookout National Seashore might be comprised of remote barrier islands, but it has plenty of options once you arrive. You can swim, kayak, fish, camp, or simply soak in the sun. On this portion of the southern Outer Banks and in its surrounding waters, you can find four species of sea turtles, more than 250 species of birds, and a herd of...

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  • 1923 Atlantic Coastline Railroad station

    Plymouth Things to Do

    On the Roanoke River is the circa 1923 Atlantic Coastline Railroad station . It is run by the Washington County Historical Society and is primarily a museum dedicated to explaining the Battle of Plymouth. Outside the building is an old railroad car. On our first visit, we did not get to visit the museum because it was too early for it to be...

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  • Bodie Island Light

    Bodie Island Things to Do

    This is a another lighthouse where I have a post card from my grandfather from 1903 Bodie Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The 150 ft tall Bodie Island Light is 4 miles north of Oregon Inlet, and is encircled by two black and three white bands. It is an active lighthouse which is equipped with the original first-order Fresnel...

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  • Expo Pavillion

    Wright Brothers National Memorial Things to Do

    At the time of the Centennial of Flight celebration, the original visitor's center at the Wright Brother's National Monument was judged as "inadequate". So funds were raised by commericial firms and the Centennial Pavilion was built. Content partners (which means organizations who have exhibits here) include NASA, the United States Air Force, The...

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  • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do

    Because I feel so guilty about using this location for the marina tip and travelogues, I did a little research to determine where the refuge actually is. Apparently it is on the east side of the Alligator (the marina is across the river on the west side). Much of it is accessible only by water (the area at the headwaters of the river), but there is...

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  • Visitor's Center

    Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Things to Do

    Two Boys from Ohio - After the Memorial Monument was constructed, in 1951, the memorial association was reorganized as the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Society, and prominent member David Stick established a "Wright Memorial Committee." The visitor center was to be "within the Memorial near the camp buildings" with a trail would lead from the...

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  • Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

    Rodanthe Things to Do

    Unfortunately, when we were in Rodanthe, the Life Saving station was closed, so we did not get to visit it. It was open from April through November (day after Thanksgiving). We were there the beginning of December. Hours of Operation Mon-Fri 10:00 – 5:00 Admission $8 General Admission $7 Seniors (65+) & Students (per person) $6...

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  • Cape Hatteras Light

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore Things to Do

    I have some postcards that my grandfather sent my grandmother in the early 1900s. He sent one from Hatteras in 1908 telling my grandmother that he had climbed to the top of this lighthouse. The postcard of the lightship and the one of the wreck off NJ were sent about the same time. It is almost impossible to imagine, but in those days with no...

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  • The Outer Banks

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Kitty Hawk (more accurately Kill Devil Hills) is the spot where the Wright brothers took their perfected flyer to and conducted the first succesful flight on December 17th , 1903. The site has a large monument, markers of the landing points of the first days flights and a museum dedicated to commerating the event.

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  • Craggy Gardens

    Asheville Things to Do

    Craggy Gardens is a park area along the Blue Ridge Parkway about 15 miles northeast of Asheville. Located around Milepost 364, Craggy Gardens is just before Mount Mitchell if coming from Asheville. The Great Craggy Mountains are a small range of high peaks around 6000 feet in elevation. A few of the summits are heath balds - no trees to block...

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  • Public Art

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s (ASC) Public Art Walking Tour, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of a free, specially developed nine block walking tour of Charlotte’s Uptown featuring twenty-three art-works by eighteen different artists. A detailed map and custom developed podcast featuring extensive artwork...

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  • Orton Plantation

    Wilmington Things to Do

    This beautiful plantation is currently not open to the public. Louis Moore Bacon, a descendant of the family that built the property, bought Orton Plantation late in 2010. It has been closed for renovations since June 2010.

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  • Visitor's Center Wright Brothers...

    Kill Devil Hills Things to Do

    Each year, one or more individuals who have been pioneers of aviation are honored by having their portraits hung in the Visitor's Center. Pictured, going right to left on the top row: 1) Amelia Earhart 1898 - 1937 First Woman To Fly Solo Across The Atlantic, 1932 First Pilot To Fly Solo Hawaii To California, 1935 Inducted in 1968 2) General...

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  • Port o’ Plymouth Museum

    Plymouth Things to Do

    This museum documents the Battle of Plymouth which was the last major victory of the war for the Confederacy and was the third largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina. The current town of Plymouth is a sleepy southern town. Why the big fight over Plymouth? Plymouth was located just upstream of the mouth of the Roanoke River, and...

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  • Camping in 1903

    Wright Brothers National Memorial Things to Do

    I intend to be comfortable while I am here The park services has reconstructed the buildings of the Wright Brother's camp so visitors can see what life was like for them. When the Wright brothers first came to the Outer Banks in the autumn of 1900, they stayed with local resident William Tate and his family. In 1901, they pitched a tent about...

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    5 out of 5 stars

    North Carolina Things to Do

    We have taken the Blue Ridge Parkway South from Roanoke VA but this time we went north from Ashville North Carolina. It was Dec '09 and freezing, but so pretty to see all the icicles hanging from the rocks. Just beware as at times some of the parkway can be closed due to bad road conditions. We made it about 2 hours north of Ashville before we had...

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  • Museums

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Attempting to get up close and personal with airplanes on the tarmac these days can result in an interrogation by federal agents (or worse). Avoid any confrontation and visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum, instead: The Perfect Family Outing Located at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, this museum hosts dozens of aircraft that have...

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  • The Cotton Exchange

    Wilmington Things to Do

    the cotton exchange is a collection of eight historic buildings on water and front streets. these buildings once housed a cotton exchange, a flour mill. a printing company, and a seed merchant. today the cotton exchange is a collection of restaurants and shops. for shopping and dining the cotton exchange is worth a visit when in downtown...

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  • CSS Albemarle

    Plymouth Things to Do

    The most successful ironclad of the Civil War was not the Monitor or the Merrimac. It was none other than the CSS Albemarle, which sunk or damaged more enemy ships than any other ironclad. The Port o'Plymouth Museum has a fully operable, to-scale replica of the CSS Albemarle. The Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory...

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  • Wright Brother's Monument

    Wright Brothers National Memorial Things to Do

    The Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, a national and local support group was founded August 27, 1927 to approving the design of a monument that was called for under the Wright Brothers Memorial Act. The Coast Guard and local citizens partially stabilized the large hill at Kill Devil Hills to help prepare it for the monument. The War...

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  • Smokey Mountains

    North Carolina Things to Do

    The Smoky Mountains are one of, if not the biggest tourist destination in North Carolina. The mountains, while small, are covered in a layer of haze that give them their smoky experience. The national park that bears their name is the most visited park of all. Its a spectacular park filled with hiking trails, wildlife and other interesting sights....

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  • Uptown Architecture and Sights

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Boston may lay claim to revolutionary heritage that includes Paul Revere, but the Queen City of Charlotte has its own midnight rider in Captain Jack. There are many folks around these parts who believe that independence from the redcoats was born here in Charlotte on May 20, 1775. A local group named the May 20th Society, has developed Charlotte’s...

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  • Shallotte River Swamp Park

    Wilmington Things to Do

    WOW! What an experience, there is all sorts of things to do for all ages. A 2.5 hour Zip Line Canopy tour, a 53 obstacle Aerial Adventure Park, Eco Boat Tours, Hiking Trails and More. Finally there is something awesome to do in South Eastern NC. The park is located off of Hwy 17 on Ocean Isle Beach Rd, it is about 2 miles from Hwy 17 and you...

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  • The First Flight Lift-off Commemoration...

    Wright Brothers National Memorial Things to Do

    When they wanted to identify the exact place where the first flight took place, "Houston we have a problem" .. dunes of sand shift - that is their job. How did they pinpoint the place? On November 4, 1928, under the direction of the NAA, Captain William Tate, three of the four surviving witnesses (Will Dough, Adam Etheridge, and Johnny Moore) to...

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  • Lighthouses

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Built in 1872 this lighthouse lives in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This lighthouse was decommisioned by the Coast guard and turned over to the park service in 2000.

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  • Sports

    Charlotte Things to Do

    The Carolina Panthers play in Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte. This is a nice, new stadium with great views and probably the best selection of beer I have ever seen at a professional sports venue. They also had a huge restaurant selection from local JRR's barbecue to Wendy's, Subway, and Dominoes. Face value for our pre-season...

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  • The Cape Fear Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wilmington Things to Do

    I've only been in the museum once or twice. You can see some pretty interesting artifacts that are relevant to the area and for the Michael Jordan fans, there's a little display of pictures of his early playing days (he graduated from Wilmington Laney High) and for some odd reason, one of his report cards.

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  • Biltmore Estate

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    North Carolina Things to Do

    When going to Asheville, touring the Biltmore Estate is a must see! Especially at Christmas time. I know alot of people think it can be quite pricey. But if you live in North Carolina or in a nearby neighboring state, consider buying the yearly pass. Shortly after going there, we got great coupons in the mail, to take our friends for free. Plus...

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  • Parks

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Reedy Creek Park & Nature Preserve is a Mecklenburg County Park in northeast Charlotte. Initially, the land for the park was purchased by the City of Charlotte, but transferred to the county when the two parks departments merged. Later, it was separated into two parks - Reedy Creek Park and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. The park has picnic shelters,...

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  • Latimer House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wilmington Things to Do

    The Latimer House is a bit difference because you don't just tour the inside, it's a meeting place for you to take walking tours of the downtown area. In addition to being open for tourists, it's home to the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. At the website you'll see that there are a range of events planned through this group almost each weekend....

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  • Cherokee

    North Carolina Things to Do

    Cherokee NC is a sort of touristy town just south of the Smokey Mountain park, and part of the Cherokee Reservation. There are a lot of souvenir stores, but we like it. Around the 4th of July , the have a Pow Wow. We went one year, and enjoyed it a lot, especially my daughter , who's one great grandmother was supposedly Cherokee. There is also the...

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  • Historic Fourth Ward

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Charlotte Things to Do

    Had a GREAT day today! Went to Discovery Place to check out the Body World exhibit, then watched an IMAX movie there. Walked a block down the street to have some microbrewed beer and a quick lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery, then took a nice horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic Fouth Ward. The carriage rides started right outside Discovery...

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  • Crossfire Indoor Paintball Park

    Wilmington Things to Do

    Me and my family were invited to the launch party for the crossfire paintball park. I brought my younger siblings and my parents for the day to try out indoor paintball. We had to book our spot online to make sure we had our rental equipment ready when we got there to play. Once we arrived, we checked in at the front desk, got our wristbands, and...

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