100+ Unique Things to Do In North Carolina (Your NC Bucket List)

Last Updated on October 20, 2021

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If you plan to visit Western NC, please check beforehand to see if the area is safe following the recent flooding. Officials have closed some sections of Pisgah National Forest (including Forest Heritage Scenic Byway and Blue Ridge Parkway stops) to keep visitors out of danger. Please respect signage and local guidance.

After years of living here and traveling throughout the state, we’ve created a bucket list of unique things to do in North Carolina. Overall, it really is a lot of fun to look back through all the cities and towns we’ve visited, the hikes, the food, and all of the memories we’ve created.

Inside this NC bucket list guide, we’re sharing our favorite places to visit alphabetically, from the mountains to the sea. So buckle up for the best things to do in North Carolina and take notes for your next vacation!

Read More: The North Carolina Bucket List Book

If you’d like to scroll to a specific part of our state, here is how we’ve organized this guide:

  • Things to Do in North Carolina (Western)
  • Things to Do in North Carolina (Central)
  • Things to Do in North Carolina (Eastern)
  • More Things to Do in North Carolina (Related Posts)

If not, keep reading about the best things to do in North Carolina’s westernmost cities, towns, and outdoor spaces.

Read More: North Carolina Travel Map

Things to Do in North Carolina

Also, if you think we missed a place or left something out that’s close to your heart, check our guide that covers specific things to do in North Carolina’s three main regions:

Read More: Places to Stay and Airbnbs in North Carolina

Things to Do in North Carolina (Western NC)

From the Foothills to the Tennessee border, Western North Carolina is largely known as “the Mountains” by those of us lucky enough to visit. It includes Asheville and the very popular High Country, but you really have to keep coming back to explore the rest of this region.

You may think we forgot about Nantahala National Forest and Pisgah National Forest, but keep in mind that many things to do in North Carolina’s mountains lie within those public lands.

Without further ado, here are some of the best things to do in North Carolina’s westernmost cities, towns, and landmarks.

Ashe County Cheese

Things to Do in North Carolina.

One of the best things to do in North Carolina (and the first we’ll mention) is to visit the ever-so-famous Ashe County Cheese in West Jefferson.

A retail shop opens for your perusing eyes, and at the factory across the street, you can watch them make cheese at specific times each week!

Read More: Places to Visit in the High Country

Asheville River Arts District

Inside Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD), more than 200 artists work in former industrial buildings, providing visitors with various mediums to experience in one place. You can tour the district or walk around on your own.

Read More: Airbnbs in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

Things to Do in North Carolina Biltmore Estate Asheville NC

Tour “America’s Largest Home,” also known as Biltmore Estate in Asheville. It’s especially awesome during Christmas but no matter when you visit, eat at Bistro while there.

Read More: Things to Do in Asheville

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Things to do in North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove Viaduct near Blowing Rock

The Blue Ridge Parkway headlines a wonderful collection of scenic roads in our state. Driving the 252 miles of Parkway that we share with Virginia is one of those mandatory things to do in North Carolina if you’re keeping a bucket list like us.

From its entrance into North Carolina around Cumberland Knob to its southern terminus just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance, there are innumerable stops along the way.

Some of our favorites include the following in ascending order of milepost (MP):

Read More: Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

The Carl Sandburg Home

Things to Do in North Carolina Flat Rock NC Carl Sandburg Home

Flat Rock in Henderson County is south of Hendersonville and home to some of the area’s best restaurants. It’s also known for the Carl Sandburg Home, a National Parks site that honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and his final home.

Tour the home, hike five miles of trails around the residence. And visit the dairy barn that houses Lilian Sandburg’s famed dairy goats.

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Chimney Rock

Things to Do in North Carolina Chimney Rock State Park

Hiking (or taking an elevator) to the famed Chimney Rock is one of the most iconic things to do in North Carolina. You can look down at Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from the top.

You can keep going from there and check out more views of the Gorge from the Opera Box, Exclamation Point, and eventually the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Of course, a hike to the bottom of that 404-foot waterfall is absolutely necessary, too!

The Chimney Rock access is a rare State Parks site where admission is charged, but it goes toward the wonderful cause of maintaining the trails and keeping up the park.

Christmas Tree Farms

Things to Do in North Carolina Christmas Tree Farms

You can find Fraser Firs and other varieties throughout Watauga and other neighboring counties. Still, Ashe County is the largest producer of Christmas trees in the US and during the holidays.

Frosty’s is one of our favorite Christmas tree farms in North Carolina, with tons to choose from!

Read More: Winter in North Carolina

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower

Things to Do in North Carolina Clingmans Dome Obersvation Tower

Clingmans Dome is a mountain that hugs the North Carolina-Tennessee border and is part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower sits on the North Carolina side, offers bucket list-worthy views, and rightfully attracts hordes of visitors every year.

Read More: National Parks Sites in North Carolina

DuPont State Recreational Forest

Things to Do in North Carolina High Falls DuPont State Recreational Forest

Scope out Hunger Games scenes in North Carolina, especially from the beautiful Dupont State Recreational Forest.

This amazing place is shared by Transylvania and Henderson counties. It’s one of the most iconic things to do in North Carolina.

Of course, many of our favorite waterfalls are here, including High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Read More: Hiking in Hendersonville

Earl Scruggs Center

Things to Do in North Carolina Earl Scruggs Center Shelby

We think Cleveland County deserves some of your time while exploring Western North Carolina, too! Head there and hang out around the home of Earl Scruggs.

His memory lives on forever at the Earl Scruggs Center, and visiting that place is a must on your NC Bucket List!

Read More: Things to Do in Shelby and Cleveland County

Fields of the Wood

Murphy sits on the western end of US-64 in North Carolina and is known for more than starting the drive from “Murphy to Manteo.”

Fields of the Wood is a massive representation of the 10 Commandments. Regardless of your religious views, visiting this place is one of the most interesting things to do in North Carolina.

Fontana Lake and Fontana Dam

Best Things to Do in North Carolina Fontana Dam

Not far from Cherokee and Bryson City, Fontana Lake (the largest lake in Western NC) is Swain County. You can rent a boat and ride on the lake throughout the year.

Fontana Dam, the tallest in the Eastern US at 480 feet, is one of the coolest things to do in North Carolina, especially around Fontana Lake. However, Lakeview at Fontana might have something to say about the best way to see the lake.

Construction on the dam began in 1942 and was completed in 1944. You can reach it via the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway that eventually merges with the famed Tail of the Dragon.

Read More: Things to Do in Bryson City

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain NC

A visit to Grandfather Mountain at some point is one of those rights of passage things to do in North Carolina, especially in the High Country.

When you say “Grandfather Mountain” to someone, you might be referring to just the mountain, the non-profit tourist attraction with the mile-high swinging bridge, or the state park.

Mile High Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Of course, you should visit its mile-high swinging bridge, which requires entering the non-profit tourist attraction side. On the state park side, trails range from easy to difficult.

Read More: Hiking Trails near Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the NC Side)

Things to Do in North Carolina Elk near Oconaluftee Visitor Center at End of Blue Ridge Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park, and half of its 522,427 acres reside in North Carolina. The southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the park, where you might happen upon elk making their daily walk through the Oconaluftee Valley.

Some of North Carolina’s most beautiful waterfalls and hikes await in and around the Smokies. One shining example is the Deep Creek Trail, which will take you to three beautiful named falls.

A host of other sights await on our side of the Smokies, and we hope you add it to your bucket list of things to do in North Carolina.

Read More: Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Things to Do in North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Bryson City

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is an amazing reason to visit Bryson City, especially in winter when they’re running the Polar Express. 

That popular ride is one of the best things to do in North Carolina. Holiday magic takes over the attraction, as the 75-minute train ride reenacts the classic story.

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Henry River Mill Village

Things to Do in North Carolina Henry River Mill Village Burke County

We mentioned The Hunger Games earlier but thought you should know about the Henry River Mill Village in Burke County, too. This now abandoned planned mill community served as the movie’s location for District 12 filming scenes.

Read More: Movies Filmed in North Carolina

Henderson County Apple Orchards

Flat Rock NC Sky Top Orchards
Sky Top Orchards in Flat Rock.

Whether you’re driving up to Jump Off Rock or gem mining at Ejiah Mountain, there’s something fun to do in Henderson County throughout the year.

But if you asked us to narrow it down among the best things to do, the Apple Festival around Labor Day would be the one.

We included it in our guide to apple picking, along with some of the area’s best apple orchards. Hopefully, you’ll include some time here during one of your trips through North Carolina.

The High Country

Things to Do in North Carolina Blowing Rock NC Glen Burney Trail
Glen Burney Trail.

Other than the Black Mountains (spoiler alert!), the High Country is the only region that we’ll include among things to do in North Carolina.

The conversation with this area usually starts with Boone, which is full of fun things to do, even if you’re not an App State student or alum.

You’ll find plenty of hikes (and waterfalls) in the Boone and Blowing Rock area. Our favorites include Glen Burney Trail, the Summit Trail at Elk Knob State Park, Boone Fork Trail, and Flat Top. The latter leads you to a fire tower with epic views of surrounding mountains.

We think a visit to Blowing Rock should be on anyone’s bucket list of things to do in North Carolina. Many folks come to stay at Chetola Resort and see The Blowing Rock, but there are plenty more fun things to do in this awesome mountain town.

The High Country doesn’t stop with these two heavyweights, as you’ll find when visiting Banner Elk and Avery County, Burnsville and Yancey County, West Jefferson and Ashe County, and other spots.

Read More: Day Trips from Boone

Hot Springs Resort

A visit to Hot Springs for its hot mineral springs is one of the healthiest things to do in North Carolina. Tourists have long been traveling from all over to soak in the waters, and it’s time for you to join the fun.

The Shadow of the Bear

And each fall and winter in Jackson County, don’t miss out on the truly unique Shadow of the Bear. On sunny days not at around 5:30 pm, a bear-like shadow forms over the valley below Rhodes Big View Overlook. 

Lake Junaluska and Maggie Valley

Things to Do in North Carolina Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska is just around the corner from Maggie Valley, home to a nearly 4-mile path that encircles the namesake lake. If conditions are right in the morning, you’ll see mist rise off of the water and a glassy reflection framed by the mountains.

Back to Maggie Valley, which is one of our absolute favorite mountain towns. It’s a consistent family vacation spot for us, a great base for exploring all the things to do in North Carolina’s highest mountains.

The town itself is home to the iconic Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum, a nice creekside setting at BearWaters Brewing, and the best pancakes of your life at Joey’s Pancake House!

Lake Lure

Things to Do in North Carolina Lake Lure

Have the time of your life, and remember that no one puts Baby in a corner! Most folks know Lake Lure for its role as a backdrop for Dirty Dancing.

Filmmakers sought it out for the beauty that you’ll find when arriving in this wonderful town.

You can get out on the water with a boat tour or kick back and relax on the beach. A walk around the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is wonderful throughout the year, thanks to the tireless work of its volunteers.

Of course, you can always experience movie-inspired dance, music, arts and attempt the famous lake lift at Lake Lure’s Dirty Dancing Festival.

That event is typically held in September.

Lexington Style Barbecue

Things to Do in North Carolina Lexington Style Barbecue Bar B Q Center

Barbecue is a sensitive topic in North Carolina, especially when you’re debating Lexington-style versus Eastern-style. We won’t tell you our favorite and will stick to the facts here.

Standard Lexington-style uses only the pork shoulder smoked long and slow over hickory until it is fall-apart tender. Basted with a “dip” of tomato, vinegar, and perhaps some spice, the smoked meat is served traditionally with a slaw also containing tomato, making it red.

Bar-B-Q Center in Lexington is where we’d start, but you can find Lexington-style barbecue in many places. Shelby is one great example, with Alston Bridges and Red Bridges standing out as two of the best.

Read More: Famous North Carolina Foods

Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

Things to Do in North Carolina Linville Gorge Wilderness Wisemans View
Wiseman’s View.

Linville Falls is the most popular waterfall in North Carolina and the first outdoor spot that we’ll mention in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.

From there, you can venture up to Wiseman’s View, which is totally worth the rocky drive. We’ve made it up in a four-door sedan, but an SUV might get up there easier.

From Wiseman’s View, you can see Table Rock Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain. Those are two amazing hikes in the Linville Gorge, among many more.

Read More: Things to Do in Morganton and Burke County

Little Switzerland

Things to Do in North Carolina Mountain Resorts Little Switzerland Inn

Drive the Diamondback that leads into Little Switzerland or get there via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Spend at least a night at the Switzerland Inn.

This place has it all, including beautiful views, amazing food, and cozy rooms. Don’t forget about Grassy Creek Falls around the corner and the Little Switzerland General Store down the road.

The latter serves up some of the finest barbecue in Western North Carolina that you’ll find.

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Livermush

Things to Do in North Carolina Livermush

If you’ve never tried livermush, put a plate of it on your bucket list of things to do in North Carolina, too! There are plenty of places that serve it in our state, but it’s a specialty of many restaurants in Shelby and Cleveland County

Order it “split and dropped,” and hopefully, the cooks in the back will know that this is the best way to serve up that livermush.

Mast General Store

Things to Do in North Carolina Original Mast General Store Valle Crucis

There are Mast General Stores scattered throughout North Carolina and even in neighboring states, with an REI/general store kind of vibe.

Any time we’re in Boone or elsewhere in Western NC, Mast is usually on our minds for a hiking shirt or accessory that we “need.”

All of these stores have earned our approval, but you have to visit the original in Valle Crucis. It’s well-known for its collection of just about everything, moon pies, and an inviting back porch.

Read More: Why and How to Support Local Businesses

Merlefest

Things to Do in North Carolina Merlefest Doc Watson Stage

Each year, Merlefest takes over Wilkes County with bands galore. We interviewed Merlefest founder B Townes if you’re interested in learning more about how that awesome music festival came to be.

Spend some time in this fun little town, and you might just get hooked on all the fun things to do in Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and elsewhere in the county.

Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains

Things to Do in North Carolina Mount Mitchell Observation Tower 1

Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Rockies, but that’s not the only reason it should make your list of things to do in North Carolina.

Its surroundings in the Black Mountains host gorgeous hikes, with at least a few of them leading to some of our favorite waterfalls.

A short walk will get you to Setrock Creek Falls, while a little longer one leads you to Roaring Fork Falls, and a 1.6-mile hike reveals the epic Crabtree Falls (2.5 miles total).

Read More: Things to Do in Burnsville and Yancey County

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Head into Cherokee and check out the town, full of history and lots of outdoor adventure. Learn more about the people and the history of the area here. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is one great place to start.

Witness the retelling of 11,000-plus years of history here. With multiple permanent and rotating exhibits, this building is one you should visit if you want to find a “Model for Museums.”

Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy

Things to Do in North Carolina Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain stands on its own as an awesome state park, but it’s largely associated with the Surry County town of Mount Airy. Pilot Mountain State Park has a few short hikes to the top, but I think admiring the unique shape that gives the mountain its name is pretty fun, too.

And speaking of Mount Airy, we know time-traveling back to Mayberry might already be on your bucket list of things to do in North Carolina, but you’d yell at us if we left Mount Airy out.

Read More: North Carolina State Parks Sites

Road to Nowhere

Things to Do in North Carolina The Road to Nowhere Bryson City inside the tunnel

Today, the Road to Nowhere is a tourist destination, but its intriguing past is also worth noting. In the 1930s, the Federal Government built the dam to create Fontana Lake

That meant the nearby communities lying at the bottom of the lake were displaced.

Today, the “Road” officially ends at a quarter-mile tunnel known as The Road to Nowhere. You can walk through it and beyond if you’re ready for a long trek.

Read More: Facts About North Carolina

Ski Resorts

Things to Do in North Carolina Ski Resorts Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain.

Sugar and Beech Mountain and Cataloochee in Maggie Valley are a few of the biggest named ski resorts in North Carolina.

Most of them are nestled in the High Country or further west in the mountains around Asheville. Regardless of where you’re headed, grab your snow bibs and mittens and get ready for an adventure on our snow-covered slopes.

Read More: Things to Do in Banner Elk

Stone Mountain State Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Stone Mountain State Park NC Granite Dome 1

Stone Mountain State Park is a great place to hike and is shared by Wilkes and Alleghany counties. Many folks come here to climb Stone Mountain itself, to check out the namesake 200-foot Stone Mountain Falls, or to admire and have a dip at Widow’s Creek Falls.

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Western North Carolina Waterfalls (Hikes and Roadside)

Things to Do in North Carolina Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls.

We’ve already mentioned a few of our favorite waterfalls but want to share more that should rank high on your bucket list of things to do in North Carolina.

Some of our favorite waterfalls sit near Brevard and include Looking Glass Falls and, of course, Sliding Rock. We can’t leave out Moore Cove Falls in between those two.

Gorges State Park is another nearby waterfall hotspot, leading to Hidden Falls, Rainbow Falls, Turtleback Falls. All are located just outside the park’s boundaries inside Pisgah National Forest.

Jackson County is next door, and Panthertown Valley there offers a well-connected network of trails. Schoolhouse Falls is the most popular waterfall in this protected area and bear sanctuary.

Upper Whitewater Falls, its neighbor Silver Run Falls, and Soco Falls are among the big names in Jackson County, too.

Things to Do in North Carolina Dry Falls
Dry Falls.

Drive between Franklin and Highlands along the Waterfall Byway, and you’ll want to stop at one or more of the following awesome waterfalls:

Things to Do in North Carolina Lower Cascades Falls Hanging Rock State Park
Lower Cascades Falls.

There are also plenty of waterfalls further north and east, including our favorites near Asheville and near Boone and Blowing Rock in the High Country.

Here are some of our favorites in ABC order:

Yadkin Valley Wineries

Things to Do in North Carolina Yadkin Valley Wineries

We’ve visited wineries throughout the state and will mention a couple of others, but I think you should specifically know about the Yadkin Valley.

It is the first federally approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) ideal for growing exceptional grapes.

Today, it covers 7 counties and hosts dozens of amazing wineries. We don’t want to play favorites, but a few of them include Elkin Creek, McRitchie, and Jones von Drehle.

Those three are part of the Surry County Wine Trail, which holds about 20 of the area’s wineries. An additional one (Grassy Creek in Elkin) offers amazing wine and serves as a trailhead that eventually leads to Carter Falls.

Read More: North Carolina Wineries

Central North Carolina

Central North Carolina is home to many of North Carolina’s largest cities and some pretty amazing small towns, and less-populated counties.

With all that going on in one area, it was tough to narrow it down. But we did our best to bring the best things to do in North Carolina’s center, all worthy of our NC Bucket List.

Note: If you think we missed a place or left something out that’s close to your heart, check our guide that covers Places to Visit in Central North Carolina.

Black Wall Street in Durham

Parish St and its surroundings in Durham were once known as Black Wall Street. It was a huge hub of African-American entrepreneurship and one of the most important places to learn about Black history in North Carolina.

Today, you can walk around and read about its place in history, thanks to a marker at the corner of Parrish and Mangum streets.

Read More: Things to Do in Durham and Durham Airbnbs

Carolina Balloonfest

Things to Do in North Carolina Statesville Balloons Carolina Balloonfest

Make sure you’re in Statesville for the annual Carolina BalloonFest, typically in October. Two scheduled balloon flights accompany a variety of events throughout the day in Statesville. 

You can take a balloon ride throughout much of the year if you can’t make it to the festival.

Read More: Things to Do in Statesville

Carolina Renaissance Festival

More of our favorite outdoor things to do in the Charlotte area include Latta Plantation and Carolina Raptor Center. They’re located in Huntersville, which is also in Mecklenburg County near Charlotte.

You can enjoy Huntersville year-round, but especially during the Carolina Renaissance Festival. During this fall series, nearly 1,000 artists fill a 25-acre village, along with music, theater, food and drinks, and even more.

Popular events include tournament Jousting, falconry demos, and a Living Mermaid exhibit!

Read More: Day Trips from Charlotte

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro is a wonderful and very important place. The non-profit sanctuary for wildcats and open to the public.

The work going on here is important in protecting previously captive animals and also in educating the public about them and their plight. 

Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Things to Do in North Carolina UNC Chapel Hill North Carolina Campus

Hang out in Chapel Hill and grab some food at Time Out, one of the other fun places to eat on Franklin Street, or more next door in Carrboro. 

The Campus of UNC-Chapel Hill itself is very nice, so please do yourself a favor and walk through it. It’s one of our favorite things to do, though there’s plenty more to explore away from campus.

If you don’t live in Chapel Hill, keep in mind that it’s an easy day trip from Durham, but also Raleigh and Greensboro.

Charlotte by Light Rail

Things to Do in Charlotte LYNX Light Rail

Uptown Charlotte is the place for Hornets games and meals at the always-fun 7th Street Public Market. It’s also a great spot to stay, and we’ve enjoyed multiple nights at both the Hilton Charlotte Center City and also the Dunhill Hotel.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is also in this part of town, as is Discovery Place and other fun museums. 

Of course, we think you need to spend time in NoDa, Southend, and Charlotte’s other awesome neighborhoods. Thanks to the LYNX Light Rail, you can do that without having to drive around and search for a parking spot.

People in the know will tell you to park at UNC Charlotte and take the train into Uptown and elsewhere from there.

Read More: Things to Do in Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Things to Do in North Carolina Bucket List zMax Dragway

Concord in Cabarrus County is home to great breweries, delicious restaurants, the always fun Great Wolf Lodge, and of course, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In a word, Charlotte Motor Speedway is massive. A visit to any of the races here is among the most exciting things to do in North Carolina.

Inside the main Speedway, you’ll find the 1.5-mile quad Oval, the .25 mile Short Oval, and the 2.28-mile road course (Roval). Across US 29 is zMax Dragway and the Dirt Track.

Many folks come here for races throughout the year, especially in May and September.

Read More: Restaurants in Concord and Cabarrus County

Crowders Mountain State Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Crowders Mountain State Park

Gaston County sits on the western edge of Central North Carolina between Cleveland and Mecklenburg counties. It’s home to Gastonia (county seat) and surrounding towns like Belmont, Dallas, and others.

Crowders Mountain State Park is one of the most popular places to go, especially for views of the Charlotte skyline on clear days.

Read More: Things to Do in Gastonia and Gaston County

Dorothea Dix Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Dorothea Dix Park Raleigh

We had to think long and hard about this but firmly agree that the first place in Raleigh you should visit is Dorothea Dix Park, where you can get a nice view of the city’s skyline.

It’s not far from NC State University and Pullen Park, another of our favorite things to do in North Carolina’s capital city. When summer is flexing its muscles, head to Dix Park for a gorgeous sunflower display.

Read More: Things to Do with Kids in Raleigh

Duke-Carolina (or Carolina-Duke)

Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, this is one ticket you should try for at least once in your life.

Apologies to all the other institutions in North Carolina, but the two regular-season games (and sometimes the one ACC tournament game) between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels are like the World Series and Super Bowl rolled into an evening.

Tickets at either Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham or the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill go quickly, even when the two teams aren’t at the top of their games. My best advice is to befriend an alum and hope they get word of available tickets.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro NC

There are quite a few ways to enjoy the outdoors in Greensboro. We think you should start with a visit to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

It’s the site of an important Revolutionary War Battle, an awesome national parks site, and a great spot to stretch your legs in Gate City.

Read More: Things to Do in Greensboro

Hanging Rock State Park

Things to Do in NC Hanging Rock State Park Stokes County

Hanging Rock State Park isn’t too far from Piedmont Triad cities like Winston-Salem and Greensboro. We call it our favorite mountain away from the mountains, thanks to its relatively eastern location.

We love hiking this park’s trails and scoping out waterfalls. Our favorite hikes here include the Hanging Rock Trail, Moore’s Wall Trail, and the Lower Cascades Trail.

Read More: Hiking Trails in North Carolina

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Things to Do in North Carolina Hemlock Bluffs Cary

A stop at the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is the first of a couple of things to do in Cary that we’ll mention.

With a rare collection of Eastern Hemlock trees that you’ll normally find in our mountains, this is for sure one of the unique things to do in North Carolina. 

Read More: Airbnbs in Raleigh

International Civil Rights Center

Things to Do in North Carolina International Civil Rights Center Greensboro

We mentioned Durham’s place in Black History but thought you should also know about Greensboro‘s contribution to the Civil Rights Struggle.

The famous Woolworth Sit-ins happened here and launched a movement of young African-Americans fighting to desegregate establishments throughout the south.

You can remember The Greensboro Four at the International Civil Rights Center, and the original counter temporarily sits in the North Carolina Museum of History

Read More: Places to Visit and Learn Black History in North Carolina

Lake Norman

Things to Do in North Carolina Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman is one of the most popular getaways for Charlotte residents, and rightly so. People in Statesville, Troutman, Mooresville, and elsewhere in Iredell County are lucky to claim much of North Carolina’s largest artificial lake.

Speaking of Mooresville, you really need to visit downtown and just walk around before exploring all the other things to do in and around town.

Read More: Small Towns in North Carolina

McAdenville

Suppose you’re in the area between December 1 and Christmas, head over to the 600-resident town of McAdenville, which sparkles and transforms into Christmas Town USA. It’s one of our favorite collections of Christmas lights in North Carolina for a reason, ya know?

Read More: December in North Carolina

The NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Things to Do in North Carolina NC Chinese Lantern Festival Cary

Sip spiked hot chocolate and marvel at the pretty lights of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival each winter in Cary.

This is an awesome event held each winter and is one of those unique things to do in North Carolina. To prepare for the festival, 25 Chinese artisans from Chicago-based Tianyu Arts & Culture hand-assemble each beautiful lantern.

The NC Music Hall of Fame

Things to Do in North Carolina NC Music Hall of Fame Kannapolis

Kannapolis is known as the home of the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr and Cannon Towels. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame is also here and worth a visit, and not just because admission is free.

You’ll learn about the stories and backgrounds of the bands and musicians from North Carolina that are enshrined there.

The NC State Fair

The North Carolina State Fair typically kicks off in Raleigh on an October day and runs for about a week and a half. It’s our state’s biggest agricultural fair, with almost too many options to name. There are agricultural exhibits, competitions, and entertainment galore.

You’ll definitely want to come for the fireworks and all the rides, including the State Fair Flyer. We didn’t even mention the food, with tastes out of this world but provided by local vendors.

Read More: Fall in North Carolina

The NC Zoo

Things to Do in North Carolina NC Zoo Asheboro

Did you know North Carolina has the world’s largest natural habitat zoo? Well, if not, then add that to your bucket list. The NC Zoo in Asheboro houses nearly 2,000 animals from over 250 species.

It’s a massive place and especially worth a visit if you’re bringing little ones along. 

Read More: Things to Do in Asheboro and Randolph County

Old Salem

Things to Do in North Carolina Old Salem Heritage Bridge Winston Salem

Chow down on Moravian cookies and harken back to the times before Winston and Old Salem combined to make one amazing Dash City. You can walk around the historic town for free or pay admission and step inside them for a closer look.

One can easily spend a day visiting the various shops, historic buildings, gardens, and everything else that makes up the place.

One of the tastiest things to do in North Carolina is to eat at Old Salem. Winkler Bakery is the way to go for some delicious Moravian cookies, bread, or both.

Read More: Things to Do in Winston-Salem

Pinehurst Resort

Things to Do in North Carolina Pinehurst Resort

A visit to Pinehurst Resort is one of the best things to do in North Carolina’s Sandhills that we’ll mention. This iconic resort in Pinehurst has hosted several prestigious golf tournaments, including multiple US Open Championships, the US Women’s Open, the PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup.

Among its nine 18-hole golf courses, Pinehurst No. 2 is the best known.

Of course, there’s more to do here beyond golf. While staying at Pinehurst Resort, you can enjoy spa treatments, take in views from their wide verandas, and relax in luxurious rooms.

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Raleigh Museums

Things to Do in North Carolina NC Museum of Art Raleigh

Raleigh is home to some of our favorite museums, including the Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural Sciences. Of course, there’s also the African American Cultural Complex, which houses a unique collection of artifacts and documents.

And we can’t forget about the ahead-of-the-game art and innovative experiences that await as you stroll through the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM).

Finally, across from the Museum of Natural Sciences is the North Carolina Museum of History. Here, you’ll find the “Story of North Carolina” that covers prehistory to today.

The NC Sports Hall of Fame is inside this building and recognizes inductees Michael Jordan, Richard Petty, and more legendary figures.

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Reed Gold Mine

Did you know that North Carolina was home to the first gold rush in the US? You can learn about it at Reed Gold Mine in Midland, Cabarrus County.

This is the site of America’s first documented commercial gold find. Today, there’s a visitor’s center with exhibits documenting the gold rush’s history and displaying mining equipment.

For just a few dollars, you can pan for gold. If you’re lucky, you might just take something shiny home!

Reynolda

Things to Do in North Carolina Reynolda House Winston Salem

While in Winston-Salem, imagine life in luxury at the city’s wealthiest home, Reynolda. It was designed by Katharine Reynolds and featured along with these awesome women-owned businesses in Winston-Salem.

Today, it’s an art museum and is open to the public. You can also walk around Reynolda Gardens, one of our favorite outdoor activities in the city.

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Seagrove

Things to Do in North Carolina Seagrove NC Pottery

Check out North Carolina’s pottery capital in Seagrove, Randolph County, throughout the year. November is when the Seagrove Pottery Festival brings people from all over and many of the area’s potters together.

Southern Grace Distillery

Things to Do in North Carolina Southern Grace Whiskey Prison Mount Pleasant

Hang out at Southern Grace Distillery in Mount Pleasant. If delicious spirits aren’t enough, you’ll want to visit because Southern Grace is headquartered in a former prison.

This place should be one of the first distilleries you should visit!

STARWorks

What to Do in North Carolina Star Glassworks

Throughout the year, pick up a beautiful creation at STARWorks Montgomery County. They also hold pumpkin patches where you can pick up a glass pumpkin.

In December, visitors can peruse 2,500 ornaments when the Holiday Ornament Sale kicks off. These pieces are all produced by local artists, so you’ll be supporting the area while also filling your home with something beautiful.

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Umstead State Park Chainsaw Art

Things to Do in North Carolina Umstead State Park Chainsaw Art

A walk around Umstead State Park is mandatory if you’re in the Raleigh area, especially if you’re searching for some free fun.

The lengthy Sycamore Trail and the scenic Company Mill Trail are two of our favorites at Umstead. However, we think the awesome chainsaw art awaits along the Multi-Use trails should be the first thing you search for here.

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US National Whitewater Center

One of the most popular outdoor things to do in North Carolina’s largest city Charlotte is to visit the US National Whitewater Center.

The center is on the raging Catawba River and has whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, zip-lining, and hiking.

You can also just relax with a meal at River’s Edge, brew at the Pump House Biergarten, or picnic in one of the many open areas. One big event there that we must mention is the Green River Revival which happens around St Patrick’s Day each year.

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Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Things to Do in North Carolina Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Weymouth Woods in Southern Pines is an often overlooked but amazing nature preserve in the North Carolina State Parks system.

A series of great trails interweave with one another around the main Weymouth Tract, one of three preserved by the park.

The other two tracts include Paint Hill and Boyd. At the latter, the Round Timber Trail will take you past the oldest known living longleaf pine tree.

Yates Mill County Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Yates Mill County Park Raleigh NC

Historic Yates Mill County Park sits just 5 miles south of downtown Raleigh and is one of 70 mills in Wake County. However, it’s the last that’s still operable.

Today, you can walk the 174-acres of the park around the lake and join one of the mill’s guided tours. Yes, you can watch as they grind corn right in front of you.

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Eastern North Carolina

Note: If you think we missed a place or left something out that’s close to your heart, check our guide that covers Places to Visit in Eastern North Carolina.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum

The US Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum is a tribute to the history of airborne and special operations from the 1940s to current units with well-designed, interactive exhibits and memorabilia.

Greeting you at the entrance is Iron Mike, the 3,235-pound statue dedicated to all past, present, and future paratroopers.

Do not miss Veterans Park’s dog tag chandelier, made of 33,500 tags dedicated to NC veterans. Another place to pause is in front of is the bronze statue of Constant Vigilance, the first memorial for K9 soldiers killed in action.

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Ava Gardner Museum

Head to Johnston County and check out the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield. It’s a true tribute to one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses who just happened to be born in JoCo (Grabtown). 

Bath

Things to Do in North Carolina Bath St Thomas Church

Bath is North Carolina’s oldest town and about 20 minutes from Washington. You can take tours of the town and visit St. Thomas Church, North Carolina’s oldest standing Episcopal Church.

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Battleship North Carolina

Things to Do in North Carolina Battleship NC Wilmington Outside

Battleship North Carolina is just across the Cape Fear River and absolutely worth a visit. It was the first of its kind built by the US Navy and was almost lost. Luckily, it was saved and is now open to the public who visit it each day. 

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The Beaches

Things to Do in North Carolina Outer Banks Hatteras Beach

Many folks have one thing in mind when mentioning Eastern North Carolina: the beach. Of course, a visit to one of our beaches is a wonderful opportunity for a new adventure throughout much of the year.

And there are hundreds of miles of beaches that await. They surround our many coastal towns or sit fairly isolated, accessible only via 4WD or even boat.

Here are our favorites that belong on your NC Bucket List:

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Bald Head Island
  • Bear Island
  • Carolina Beach
  • Corolla
  • Duck
  • Emerald Isle
  • Holden Beach
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • Kitty Hawk
  • Kure Beach
  • Oak Island
  • Masonboro Island
  • Nags Head Beach
  • Southern Shores
  • Sunset Beach
  • Surf City
  • Topsail Beach
  • Wrightsville Beach

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Beaufort

Things to Do in North Carolina Attractions Beaufort NC Waterfront

Beaufort is also in Carteret County, and a visit to the town’s waterfront alone belongs on your bucket list of things to do in North Carolina.

Many folks come to Beaufort for a look at the boats on the water and a walk along Front St. The wild horses of the Rachel Carson Reserve were the main reason we first stopped by Beaufort, and we were hooked on the town.

You can also come here to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and learn about the seafood industry, lifesaving stations, lighthouses, and more.

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Calabash

Things to Do in North Carolina Calabash Seafood

This small fishing town along the Calabash River is now known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” Featuring lightly battered and deep-fried seafood, over 1.25 million diners have flocked to these restaurants.

And just how did this small fishing community reach this fame? Jimmy Durante, a national radio talk host, let the secret out by making Calabash his signature sign-off. “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are,” he would say.

Carolina Bays

Things to Do in North Carolina Lake Waccamaw State Park

Carolina Bays are found throughout many parts along the east coast and are believed to have formed following meteor showers a long time ago.

There’s a scenic road trip you can take to see four of them (Jones Lake, Singletary Lake, White Lake, and Lake Waccamaw).

Chef and the Farmer

Spend time in Kinston and eat at celebrity chef and TV personality Vivian Howard’s Chef and the Farmer. This might be the most bucket-list-worthy of things to do in North Carolina for foodies.

Howard is a James Beard-recognized chef who has excelled at mixing her culinary creativity with her Lenoir County roots, elevating recipes that she grew up eating and making. And after eating at this Kinston restaurant, I can vouch for the food being dynamic and, most importantly, delicious.

Another great thing about Chef and the Farmer is that the food is seasonal and as locally sourced as possible.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Things to Do in North Carolina Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Outer Banks NC

You’ll come upon the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station while driving through Rodanthe on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. This museum commemorates the first life-saving station along North Carolina’s coast, commissioned in late 1874.

At Chicamacomico, you can also learn about America’s only life-saving station crewed by African-Americans.

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Croatan National Forest

Things to Do in North Carolina Croatan National Forest

Croatan National Forest is home to 160,000 pine forests, saltwater estuaries, raised swamps, and more diverse ecosystems. It’s the “only true coastal forest in the East” and is defined by the Bogue Sound and tidal rivers.

There are quite a few nice watery spots and beaches, including Flanners Beach and Pine Cliff.

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Duplin Winery

Duplin Winery is the oldest winery in North Carolina, established in 1975.

Enjoy a tour or lunch from The Bistro from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the days that the winery is open. The Bistro offers daily lunch specials and has many offerings, such as gourmet soups and salads, sandwiches, and more. 

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Eastern-Style Barbecue

Things to Do in North Carolina Bs Barbecue in Greenville NC

For the vinegar-based yumminess that is Eastern-Style Barbecue, there are plenty of places to visit. Greenville (B’s) and Ayden (Bum’s) in Pitt County are home to two of the best.

You’ll find great Eastern barbecue in Wilson (Parker’s), Kinston (King’s), Goldsboro (Grady’s and Wilber’s), and elsewhere between Raleigh and the coast.

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Edenton

Things to Do in North Carolina Edenton NC

Enjoy wonderful views of the Albemarle Sound and relax in Edenton, a historic and cozy town to spend at least a weekend.

This was the first permanent European settlement of North Carolina, its second permanent capital, and the third oldest town.

Stay at the Inner Banks Inn and make sure to visit the Penelope Barker House and the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

Fort Fisher Historic Site

Things to Do in North Carolina Fort Fisher

A visit to Fort Fisher Historic Site is one of the best things to do in North Carolina for Civil War history lovers. This was the site of the largest amphibious assault of the Civil War, and you can learn all about it inside the Visitor’s Center.

Incredible exhibits detail the two Civil War battles that happened here. You can also learn about Wilmington’s place in history beyond the war. 

Of course, you need to walk around the site because it’s amazing to see in person. Across the street is a huge stretch of beach and walking trails that are perfect throughout the year.

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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Things to Do in North Carolina Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum OBX

At the bottom of Hatteras Island is the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. The museum commemorates the 2,000-plus shipwrecks sunk off the Outer Banks.

Those wrecks are how the area earned its nickname, Graveyard of the Atlantic. Exhibits touch upon maritime culture, history, wars, ghost ships, and more.

Halifax Resolves

Things to Do in North Carolina Halifax Resolves

County seat Halifax is known for the “Halifax Resolves,” a North Carolina-based Declaration of Independence that predated the Continental Congress’s version by three months.

You can visit the state historic site today and learn about this event and more about the area.

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Hammocks Beach State Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Bear Island Hammocks Beach State Park

Head out to Hammocks Beach State Park, grab a ferry to Bear Island, book a kayak and explore 8 miles of coastal waters.

Having a couple of hours on the Intracoastal Waterway and Queen’s Creek were among the most peaceful I’ve ever experienced. Walking around Bear Island was one of my all-time favorite things to do in North Carolina.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Outer Banks Jockeys Ridge State Park

Stand in awe of the tallest dune system in the Eastern US at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. You can also walk along its paths, which are among our favorite Outer Banks hiking trails!

North Carolina officially designated it as a state park in 1975, not long after the dunes were in danger of being destroyed. Thankfully, we can all enjoy it today.

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Lake Mattamuskeet

Lake Mattamuskeet is North Carolina’s largest natural lake and is managed as a National Wildlife Refuge. Many waterfowl spend winter here, including various duck, geese, and swan species.

Lejeune Memorial Gardens

Things to Do in NC Jacksonville Freedom Fountain

Head to Jacksonville and spend time at Lejeune Memorial Gardens. This collection of memorials reminds us of those who’ve served and died for our nation. 

Tributes include the Beirut Memorial, 9/11 Memorial Beam, a Vietnam Memorial, and Montford Point Marine Memorial. Drive through Downtown toward the New River, and you’ll see Freedom Fountain next to City Hall. It honors everyone who has served and is currently serving in all branches of our military.

50 water jets recognize each state and three flag and fountain jets feature our local, state, and federal governments. On most nights, the fountain is lit up with red, white, and blue.

Lighthouses

Things to Do in North Carolina OBX Trail at Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse.

There are seven coastal lighthouses in North Carolina, each distinct outward appearance meant to help sailors. For folks who’ve never visited, seeing these picturesque lighthouses is one of the most fun things to do in North Carolina.

Here they are from north to south:

Mike’s Farm

Things to Do in Eastern NC Mikes Farm Beaulaville

Start your Christmas season with a trip to Mike’s Farm in Back Swamp (Beulaville). Catch one of their dinner shows, visit one of their many annual events, or just stop by the bakery for some delicious baked goods and fudge.

Mount Olive Pickle Drop

When most people are singing Auld Lang Sang, you can count down the new year and watch the Pickle Drop in Mount Olive at the stroke of midnight on December 31.

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NC Aquariums

Things to Do in North Carolina NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

One of the most popular things to do in North Carolina along the coast is to visit one of our NC Aquariums. Each one offers education, resources for rehabilitation, and research for marine creatures.

They also feature exhibits filled with marine animals commonly found in our waters. Locations include the following:

  • Roanoke Island
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Fort Fisher
  • Jennette’s Pier

The Pepsi Store

Things to Do in North Carolina Pepsi Store New Bern

Visit New Bern, stop by the Pepsi Store, and grab a fountain pour of Brad’s drink. After all, you’re in the home of Pepsi, the most famous North Carolina brand, so you may as well!

Its original name was Brad’s Drink, first sold out of a drugstore in New Bern in 1898. Today, you can visit the Birthplace of Pepsi in New Bern and enjoy a cold one fountain-style with some popcorn.

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Rocky Mount Mills

Things to Do in North Carolina Rocky Mount Mills NC

Rocky Mount is shared by Edgecombe and Nash counties, but more of it sits in the latter. This Tar River-adjacent city is home to many historic places, and Rocky Mount Mills is one of them.

We also suggest you stay overnight in one of River & Twine‘s Tiny Houses, which are among the best in NC!

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Swansboro

Things to Do in North Carolina Swansboro

You can easily take an entire morning and afternoon strolling around Swansboro, perusing shops, and dining by the water along Front St. We love waking up to the sunrise that pops over the bridge to brighten each day in this lovely coastal town.

Another bonus is that you’ll be close to Cedar Point’s Salty Air Open Market and Emerald Isle if you feel like exploring more.

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Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Sylvan Heights Bird Park Halifax County

Visit Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck to look at the world’s biggest collection of endangered and rare waterfowl.

2,500 birds from all corners of the world await, including ducks, geese, parrots, flamingos, and more. The aviaries are continentally themed, and interactive experiences include parakeets and flamingo feedings in the Landing Zone exhibit.

Tryon Palace

Things to Do in North Carolina Tryon Palace New Bern NC Outside

Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina‘s best-known historic homes and a major part of North Carolina history. Locals have put in years of hard work to restore and manage the palace.

It was originally built as the Governor’s Palace William Tryon to serve as the first permanent capitol building of the Colony of North Carolina.

Today, visitors can learn about the Palace and a variety of other historic buildings nearby through a series of tours organized by the Tryon Palace Foundation.

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Things to Do in North Carolina Whirligig Park in Wilson NC

Marvel at the strange wonders of Wilson’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. It’s truly a fun place just to walk around and stare at the whirligigs as they get blown around by the wind.

The two-acre park features 30 kinetic sculptures created by local farm machinery repairman Vollis Simpson. Along with those 30 whirligigs, there’s a large grass amphitheater and a pavilion for community events.

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Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum

Things to do in North Carolina Underground Railroad Museum Washington

Pair your visit to Washington (or Little Washington) with a stop at the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum. Housed in a caboose, the museum’s collection shares the story of enslaved people in the area who sought freedom from slavery.

The site is designated by the National Parks Service’s “Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.”

Weeping Radish Brewery

While we could’ve mentioned specific breweries throughout the state and scenes in hotspots like Asheville or Raleigh, we prefer Weeping Radish on our NC Bucket List.

Why? Because this is North Carolina’s first microbrewery. Uli Bennewitz opened Weeping Radish Brewery in 1986, and his brewery remains as innovative as it was on day one.

Their beer is only brewed with four ingredients: hops, malt, yeast, and water. The restaurant follows the same principles and uses no additives, and supports local North Carolina farmers.

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Wild Horses

Things to Do in North Carolina Rachel Carson Reserve Wild Horses

When we first visited the Rachel Carson Reserve, we had one thing in mind: finding wild horses.

Of course, that’s not the only place to find them. The Shackleford Banks wild horses might be the best known in North Carolina.

Along the Outer Banks, there’s also a beautiful collection of wild horses roaming around Corolla and Carova Beach. There are also some horses in Ocracoke, kept in pen for their protection by the National Parks Service.

Hopefully, you’ll get to see them in one (or all) of these places someday. Just remember to keep your distance and never feed them.

Read More: How to See Outer Banks Wild Horses

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Things to Do in the Outer Banks NC Wright Brothers National Monument

Isn’t it ironic that the site known for “First in Flight” is the last of our things to do in North Carolina? Yep, we’re talking about the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the Outer Banks.

You can visit throughout the year and see first-hand where the Wright Brothers took off. Each December, their achievements are honored during a Celebration of the First Flight.

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What’s On Your Bucket List of Things to Do in North Carolina?

It was tough for us to narrow down this bucket list of things to do in North Carolina because we know more. Also, we know that you can do some of these things elsewhere, but we think you’ll enjoy yourself a little more here.

You might be detecting a hint of bias, but if you know us, you’ll understand that it’s all in good fun. We love this state and everything you can do here, especially if you can’t find them anywhere else.

Of all these things to do in North Carolina, what stands out as your favorite? Got anything you’d like to add to the list? Let us know about it here!

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2 thoughts on “100+ Unique Things to Do In North Carolina (Your NC Bucket List)”

  1. Such a great bucket list, so many ideas! We go to North Carolina all the time but usually stick to Charlotte. I love that you included some great winter ideas too.

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