North Carolina Places to Visit

North Carolina boasts nearly 100 state parks, museums, historic sites, aquariums and other attractions. Use the tool below to find places to visit by activity, theme, region or cost. As you check boxes on the right side of the screen, the places listed on the right will narrow to fit your criteria. Click on place's title to learn more.

Visit our things to do page for more information on all the wonderful things to do you'll find in the Tar Heel state.

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Jennette's Pier

A world-class fishing pier off the Outer Banks that also includes interactive science exhibits, aquarium displays and a beach access. Rental Options

Oceanfront, Milepost 16.5, Beach Road, Nags Head, NC 27959

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

A collective of nine access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir, all within an easy drive of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Sanford and Pittsboro.

280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

A collective of eight access areas scattered around the shoreline of a 50,000-acre reservoir that stretches from Henderson into the southern part of Virginia.

6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, NC 27537

Lake James State Park

Though its namesake may be its defining feature, Lake James State Park also offers 15 miles of mountain biking trails and the opportunity to explore a segment of the historic Overmountain Victory Trail. 

Lake Waccamaw State Park

A visit to this park unveils one of the most unique bodies of water in the world and one of the greatest geological mysteries—the phenomenon of Carolina Bays with species of aquatic life found nowhere else.

1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450