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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Merchants Millpond State Park

Whether it’s hiking, camping, paddling, fishing, horseback riding, swimming or just taking in scenery or just taking in the scenery, Morrow Mountain State Park offers a different adventure for everyone.

176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC 27938

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Rising abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Jefferson State Park's namesake peak is a national natural landmark with a rich history.

1481 Mount Jefferson State Park Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

A museum that interprets the history of southeastern North Carolina; the 1897 Poe House, which illuminates turn-of-the-century upper middle class life; and Arsenal Park, where the Civil War-era Fayetteville Arsenal once stood.

801 Arsenal Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28305

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

An aquarium that takes a broader look at the state's natural environment while focusing on the lower Cape Fear. Feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray and marvel at free-flying butterflies and roar with the dinosaurs. Rental Options

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449

North Carolina Government and Heritage Library

A library focused on facilitating public access to state government information and advancing the study, understanding, and appreciation of North Carolina's cultural heritage.

109 East Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

The official repository of artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge and home to exhibits highlighting North Carolina's coastal culture.

315 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport

A regional history museum that tells the story of the Cape Fear region's people and their relationship to the water, including a special focus on pirates of the Lower Cape Fear and blockade runners.

204 E Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461