Sights & Attractions in Central North Carolina

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Name Category Location
 
Artspace
A nonprofit visual-arts center, Artspace offers open studios...
Arts / Performance Venues Raleigh
 
Bank of America Corporate Center
Architecture fans should make time for a trip to see one of the...
Architectural Sites Charlotte
 
Bennett Place State Historic Site
In April 1865 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered...
Historic Districts / Sites Durham
 
The Blandwood Mansion
The elegent home of former governor John Motley Morehead is considered...
Houses / Mansions Greensboro
 
Brightleaf Square
In the former Watts and Yuille warehouses, Brightleaf Square...
Stores / Malls Durham
 
Carolinas Aviation Museum
The star here is the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane—the famed...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
Carowinds
This 100-acre amusement park, 15 miles from Charlotte, has dozens...
Amusement Parks Charlotte
 
Charlotte Motor Speedway
This state-of-the-art facility, holding 167,000 fans, is considered...
Sports Venues Charlotte
 
Charlotte Nature Museum
You'll find a butterfly pavilion, bugs galore, live animals...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
City Market
Specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a small farmers'...
Markets / Bazaars Raleigh
 
Colonial Heritage Center
Situated near Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, this...
Parks Greensboro
 
Discovery Place
Allow at least two hours for the aquariums, the three-story...
Zoos / Aquariums Charlotte
 
Duke Chapel
A Gothic-style gem built in the early 1930s, this chapel is the...
Religious Sites Durham
 
Duke Homestead
Washington Duke, patriarch of the now famous Duke family, moved...
Houses / Mansions Durham
 
Duke University
A stroll along the tree-lined streets of this campus, founded...
Educational Institutions Durham
 
Executive Mansion
Since 1891, this 37,500-square-foot brick Queen Anne–style structure...
Houses / Mansions Raleigh
 
Fourth Ward
Charlotte's popular old neighborhood began as a political subsection...
Neighborhoods / Streets Charlotte
 
The Greensboro Children's Museum
The exhibits at this fun museum are designed for children under...
Museums / Galleries Greensboro
 
Greensboro Cultural Center
Home to the offices of more than a dozen art, dance, music, and...
Arts / Performance Venues Greensboro
 
Greensboro Historical Museum
Set in a Romanesque-style church dating from 1892, the museum...
Museums / Galleries Greensboro
 
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Established in 1917, the park has more than 200 acres with wooded...
Parks Greensboro
 
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
This museum is in a section of Uptown that was once a thriving...
Arts / Performance Venues Charlotte
 
Hayti Heritage Center
One of Durham's oldest houses of worship, St. Joseph's AME Church...
Museums / Galleries Durham
 
Historic Bethabara Park
Set in a wooded 180-acre wildlife preserve, this was the site...
Parks Winston-Salem
 
Historic Latta Plantation
This plantation and grounds lie about 12 mi northwest of Charlotte...
Houses / Mansions Charlotte
 
Historic Stagville
Owned by the Bennehan and Cameron families, Stagville was one...
Houses / Mansions, Historic Districts / Sites Durham
 
The International Civil Rights Center and Museum
With an unflinching eye, this new museum documents the beauty...
Museums / Galleries Greensboro
 
Levine Museum of the New South
With an 8,000-square-foot exhibit, "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers:...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
Marbles Kids Museum
This 84,000-square-foot cathedral of play and learning is aimed...
Museums / Galleries Raleigh
 
Mint Museum Randolph
Built in 1836 as the first U.S. Mint, this building has been...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
Mint Museum Uptown
With five stories and 145,000 square feet of space, this is a...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Dedicated to the decorative arts of the early South, this unique...
Museums / Galleries Winston-Salem
 
NASCAR Hall of Fame
This 150,000-square-foot mega-museum is a NASCAR lover's paradise...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
You can roam through a room filled with dinosaurs, learn about...
Zoos / Aquariums Greensboro
 
Neighborhood Theatre
Once called the Astor Theater this circa-1945 former movie palace...
Arts / Performance Venues Charlotte
 
NoDa Gallery Crawl
On the first and third Friday of every month, Charlotte's North...
Museums / Galleries Charlotte
 
North Carolina Central University Art Museum
Located in the first publicly supported liberal-arts college...
Museums / Galleries Durham
 
North Carolina Museum of History
Founded in 1902, the museum is now in a state-of-the-art facility...
Museums / Galleries Raleigh
 
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Here you can ride in a flying machine, sail a radio-controlled...
Museums / Galleries Durham
 
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
At over 200,000 square feet, this museum is the largest of its...
Museums / Galleries Raleigh
 
North Davidson Arts District
Located 2 mi north of Uptown, Charlotte bills NoDa as "SoHo's...
Neighborhoods / Streets Charlotte
 
Oakwood Historic District
Several architectural styles—including Victorian buildings, which...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Historic Districts / Sites Raleigh
 
Old Greensborough
Elm Street, with its turn-of-the-20th-century architecture, is...
Neighborhoods / Streets Greensboro
 
Old Salem Museum & Gardens
Founded in 1766 as a backcountry trading center, Old Salem is...
Museum Village Winston-Salem
 
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
This state historic site 10 mi south of central Charlotte marks...
Houses / Mansions, Historic Districts / Sites Charlotte
 
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site
This historic site, about 22 mi east of Charlotte, is where America's...
Historic Districts / Sites, Mines Charlotte
 
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband Richard Joshua Reynolds...
Museums / Galleries Winston-Salem
 
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
A wisteria-draped gazebo and a Japanese garden with a lily pond...
Gardens / Arboretums Durham
 
SciWorks
This complex has 45,000 square feet of interactive and hands-on...
Observatories / Planetariums Winston-Salem
 
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Near the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, this museum showcases...
Museums / Galleries Winston-Salem
 
State Capitol
This beautifully preserved example of Greek Revival architecture...
Government Buildings Raleigh
 
State Legislative Building
One block north of the State Capitol, this complex hums with...
Government Buildings Raleigh
 
Tanglewood Park
Once land claimed for Queen Elizabeth by Sir Walter Raleigh...
Parks Winston-Salem
 
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Set on the campus of North Carolina at Greensboro, the museum...
Museums / Galleries Greensboro
 
West Point on the Eno
This city park on the banks of the Eno River boasts a restored...
Museums / Galleries, Parks Durham
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