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Things to do in North Carolina

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A historic estate built in 1889 s-95 in The Blue Ridge Mountains 250 rooms French Renaissance chateau at a 178,926 square feet a must see any time of the year ,taking in the architectural design and breath taking gardens .tickets available on line 2 hr beautiful drive from villa in Murphy”
  • 388 locals recommend
Park
“Welcome to Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta's favorite theme park! From attractions to campgrounds to shows, we've got fun for everyone.”
  • 216 locals recommend
National Park
“If you have never been to this National Park please make every effort to visit. There are several things to do here from hiking, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding and auto touring.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Family friendly, educational, and fun! Plus if you visit the aquarium you get three adventures in one since the aquarium is connected to the fort fisher historic nature walk, and a beach to play. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“There are so many shops you could spend the day here! Great buys of name brand items. Fall and Christmas time can be busy so go early to get parking. Shops such as North Face, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Brighton, Under Armour, and so many more!”
  • 81 locals recommend
Rafting
“The U.S. National White Water Center is a perfect day trip for active families. They have ropes corses, white water rafting, rock climbing, and great food and local brews. Enjoy concerts on the green at night. Check out the website for the schedule.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Whether it’s time with friends, co-workers or new clients, the Epicentre provides an experience that is memorable, fun and exciting. You’ll find outdoor patios, over 200 TV screens, a captivating rooftop venue, a five-screen state of the art cinema and an amazing bowling alley at the Epicentre. Our cafés, restaurants and fine dining can easily take you from breakfast to late night dining; with over 25 venues featuring nightlife, restaurants and eateries. The Epicentre is the perfect spot, day or night! Centrally located on College, between Trade and Fourth Streets in the hub of The Queen City, the Epicentre is just minutes away from some of Charlotte’s biggest attractions including Spectrum Arena, Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Epicentre is the perfect location to start or end your day with nonstop fun.”
  • 140 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers, this stadium host the premier football team, if you are able to catch a game this is a can't miss”
  • 91 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The Sunny point is a great spot for breakfast and was featured on Good Morning America! Yup you’ve got to wait in line but they have a beautiful garden to stroll and coffee set up outside for your enjoyment while you wait.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Theme Park
“COPPERHEAD STRIKE Experience the Carolinas' first double-launch coaster. Rides Roller Coasters Thrill Rides Family Rides Kids Rides Scheduled Ride Closures Splash Carolina Harbor Slides & Attractions Cabanas Harbor House Experience Shows Special Events Drinks & Dining”
  • 100 locals recommend
Park
“Waterfalls galore on easy to hike trails. This hike has the most bang for the buck!!”
  • 216 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Dollywood is one of my FAVORITE theme parks, second only to Disney! The park is gorgeous and so clean. The shows and rides are amazing, the food is great and even the shopping is good. The people who work there seem to really care about your experience and are super helpful!”
  • 89 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“Sierra Nevada is a must-visit. The brewery is huge, and while you’re waiting for a table, you can walk around the brewery to see behind-the-scenes. Don’t forget to order the duck fat fries! ”
  • 220 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“The USS North Carolina is a neat museum to visit because it allows people to explore a real military ship that has been decommissioned. It's also a good option because it works for families with kids age 4 and up, but it's also fun for couples or solo travelers. In addition, the ticket is relatively inexpensive. I believe I paid $10 for mine. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Museum
“Race City USA! See what this great place offers- for race fans young and old! Theres something for everyone.”
  • 83 locals recommend

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Rafting
“The U.S. National White Water Center is a perfect day trip for active families. They have ropes corses, white water rafting, rock climbing, and great food and local brews. Enjoy concerts on the green at night. Check out the website for the schedule.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“The Sunny point is a great spot for breakfast and was featured on Good Morning America! Yup you’ve got to wait in line but they have a beautiful garden to stroll and coffee set up outside for your enjoyment while you wait.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Hotel
“Parking is usually free for the first couple hour. Get a local beer and check out a historic hotel with 180° views of the Bluerigde Mountains on the outdoor patio.”
  • 194 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great craft beer, bought out by Anheuser Busch but no major changes and still worth a visit ”
  • 167 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“This place gets all the press. You need a reservation way ahead of time but early or late you might get a spot at the bar”
  • 192 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“So popular that you would have to wait in line for hours to get a table. Have to admit that we haven't got a chance to try it yet, since every time we were there, there was always a long line waiting. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Bakery
“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Bar
“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 168 locals recommend

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