Things to Do

Whether you're interested in having a world-class arts experience, taking a hike at a state park, researching your family history, meeting animals from around the world or stepping onto the hallowed ground where Civil War soldiers once fought, North Carolina has a place for you to visit and enjoy.

This page is your jumping off point to discover the unique places that tell the North Carolina story and the special events that bring this places to life. Happy exploring!

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


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