Our Summer 2015 Bucket List

Schools across North Carolina are out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running aStarring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.

Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!