Welcome
Welcome
image1 image2 image3 image4

Big Cities

Big cities with plenty of action and things to do.

Outdoor Adventure

Bike riding trails, horse trails, ATV trails we have it all

Our Heritage

Visit our heritage sites, there is always something going on.

Natural Wonders

From the sea to the mountains, our natural wonders abound.

Welcome
themed object

From the Mountains to the Sea

Bookmark and Share
get in touch

Coastal Attractions

Bike Trails

Enjoy our bike trails.

Special Events

3.2% of visitors came for Special events and festivals

Visit NC

Visiting relatives and Family Reunion accounted for 25.5% of visitors.

 

Coastal Attractions

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is situated on 298 acres of maritime forest in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area. The 35,000-square-foot building houses aquariums ranging from 300 gallons to 12,000 gallons, a touch tank, interactive exhibits, classrooms, meeting rooms, a large auditorium and a gift shop. Outside are a natural marsh area and two nature trails.

The Lost Colony Symphonic Drama is tucked away at the north end of tiny Roanoke Island is an attraction that first lured visitors to the remote barrier islands more than 60 years ago. The Lost Colony outdoor symphonic drama is an example of old-fashioned American ingenuity. A production that was intended to run for just one season has since played to more than three million audience members and is still going strong.

Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island can only be reached by ferry. A ferry leaves Cedar Island, north of the Morehead City / Beaufort area, five times each day; call 1-800-BY-FERRY for schedule and rate information; call (252) 225-3551 for reservations. Another ferry operates out of Swan Quarter with two round-trips daily; call (252) 926-1111. A free ferry run by the state and leaving every half hour during the summer links Hatteras Island and Ocracoke. The first Ocracoke Lighthouse was built in 1803 on Shell Castle Island inside the Ocracoke Inlet not far from Blackbeard's hideout. Destroyed by lightning in 1818 it was replaced by the current light in 1823 on the banks of the inlet near Ocracoke Village. Ocracoke Light remains among the oldest lighthouses still active on the southern coast.

Battleship North Carolina is standing with quiet dignity and majesty across the river from downtown Wilmington, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA beckons visitors to walk her decks and envision daily life as well as fierce combat that her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Wright Brothers National Memorial The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument dedicated in 1932 is perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio.

A visit should include touring the museum exhibits, participating in a ranger conducted program, touring the reconstructed camp buildings and first flight trail area, and a climb up Kill Devil Hill to view the memorial pylon.


http://www.campingnc.com/images/ft_fisher.gif

Located on the southern tip of Pleasure Island near Wilmington, Fort Fisher lies between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Cape Fear River on the west. Here are miles of white, sandy beach for sunning, swimming and fishing. The salt marsh, tidal creeks and mud flats form a natural outdoor laboratory exhibiting the wonders of a coastal environment.

Park hours
Park grounds are open 24 hours per day.

Park office hours
November-February 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
March-October 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Closed state holidays

 

http://www.campingnc.com/images/ft_fisher.gif

Located on the southern tip of Pleasure Island near Wilmington, Fort Fisher lies between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Cape Fear River on the west. Here are miles of white, sandy beach for sunning, swimming and fishing. The salt marsh, tidal creeks and mud flats form a natural outdoor laboratory exhibiting the wonders of a coastal environment.

Park hours
Park grounds are open 24 hours per day.

Park office hours
November-February 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
March-October 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Closed state holidays

 

 

North Carolina Aquariums

Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island!  Marvel at the largest collection of sharks in the state. Interact with scuba divers, touch an alligator and feed the stingrays as you explore the “Waters of the Outer Banks.” Don’t miss our interactive, hands-on exhibit Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores! Feel the spray of a mountain waterfall. Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks – without getting wet. See a rare white sea turtle and let your spirits soar as raptors and water birds fly overhead. Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from the state’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic, much as a raindrop makes its way to the ocean.

Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Visitors enjoy “The Waters of the Cape Fear”, as they take a journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean.

 

 

 

back to top