Experiences Our state parks, museums, historic sites, zoo and aquariums are eager for your visit. We’re excited to Bring Summer Back to North Carolina, with tours, programs and family fun at DNCR sites across the state. Enjoy a hike, bike ride or picnic at North Carolina state parks and recreation areas; experience North Carolina history at our state historic sites and regional history museums; learn about the natural world at our zoo, aquariums and science museums; listen to a performance of the North Carolina Symphony or surround yourself with art at the N.C. Art Museum. The State Library and State Archives are also open for all of your family genealogists and researchers. To help make your experience the best it can be, please Know Before You Go. Capacity may be Limited: Many of our locations require a reservation or ticket and some programs are still limited. Please check websites for advanced reservations or tickets. Kindness is Encouraged: Please be patient and know that we are happy to serve you and your family. We appreciate your kindness. Finally, ENJOY yourselves! Trip Ideas and Upcoming Events Upcoming Events See upcoming events at state aquariums, historic sites, parks, museums and other cultural institutions across North Carolina, and some select events sponsored by the N.C. Arts Council. Popular Trip Ideas Summer: Experience authentic North Carolina during your vacation It's Revolutionary: Explore historic sites that spotlight North Carolina's colonial and Civil War history The African American Experience: Discover locations that tell the story of African Americans in North Carolina Check Out More Trip Ideas Explore Places to Visit by Location, Activities Available and Theme North Carolina is a place of wonderful natural and cultural diversity, and that diversity is reflected in the nearly 100 state parks, historic sites, museums, aquariums and other state-owned attractions found in our network. Using our place finder tool you can sort, search and filter these places by activity, theme, region and cost. Find a North Carolina Place to Explore Regional Travel Guides Manteo/ Nags Head Raleigh Wilmington Authentic Arts Experiences North Carolina has such a wealth of wonderful arts experiences that it's hard to know where to begin. Five web-based guides, produced by the N.C. Arts Council, highlight noteworthy cultural destinations available in different parts of the state. Guides cover music, literature, craft, performing arts and more. Plan Your Carolina Cultural Adventure Today Your North Carolina Symphony From selections from the greatest hits of classical music like Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 to fan favorites from the world's best films to engaging concerts of accessible music specifically chosen with kids in mind, the nation's first state-supported symphony offers something for everyone. Learn More About The North Carolina Symphony Places to Visit by Category Archives Explore everything from documents dating to the 17th century to records produced by state agencies today at three research facilities scattered across the state. Aquariums Discover North Carolina's unique environment by touching stingrays, watching river otters play or looking a shark in the eye. Historic Sites Pan for gold at the site of North America's first Gold Rush, relive a colonial or Civil War battle and more at these historic places that tell the North Carolina story. Libraries Check out the latest bestseller or research your family’s genealogy at the State Library's two branches in Raleigh. Museums See artifacts and works of art that help tell the story of North Carolina and of the whole world. State Parks Experience North Carolina's most prized natural treasures from the state's highest peaks to its pristine shorelines and everywhere in between. Zoo Meet animals from across the world and see diverse plant life all without ever leaving the Tar Heel State.