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Sightseeing Tours in North Carolina

Kids Saluting at the Battleship North Carolina Tour

North Carolina is home to many public attractions offering sightseeing tours across the state free of charge. Explore the state and its rich historical and natural heritage by touring zoos, aquariums, museums, and historic sites.

Our historic sites, scattered across the state from Manteo at the coast to Weaverville in the west, offer you the chance to step back in time and experience the places where our state's most siginficant historical events happened first-hand.

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Take a Carolina "Zoofari"

Get aboard a specially outfitted, open-air vehicle for an exclusive tour of the 37-acre Watani Grassland exhibit! Fun for the entire family awaits you at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro.

Tours run twice daily, Thursday through Sunday.

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Tour Historic Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina

Discover Tours at Tryon Palace

Tour the N.C. State Capitol

Take your family on a free, self-guided tour in Raleigh, N.C.: Monday-Friday

Free guided tours: Saturday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Visit the N.C. State Capitol

Transportation Museum Tours

All attendees of the N.C. Transportation Museum who purchase a regular admission ticket receive a FREE tour of the Bob Julian Roundhouse. Learn about this building's importance to the railroad industry in Spencer, North Carolina and see the museum's expansive railroad collection.

Tours begin each Friday and Saturday at 12 p.m and 2 p.m, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Feeding Time at the Aquarium

Watch the mealtime activity in the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck or in other exciting exhibits. Daily at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Visit the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium