The North Carolina Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Wilmington 12

Morehead City 6

Nags Head 6

Ocracoke Island 6

Kure Beach and Carolina Beach 5

Roanoke Island 5

Cape Lookout National Seashore 4

Hatteras Island 4

Northern Beaches 3

Beaufort 2

Southport 2

New Bern 2

Wrightsville Beach 1

Bodie Island 1

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Body Of Water/ Waterfall 2

Cemetery 1

Festival–Sight 1

Garden/ Arboretum 3

Historic District/ Site 6

House/ Mansion/ Villa 5

Information Center 1

Local Interest–Sight 1

Memorial/ Monument/ Tomb 1

Military Site 3

Museum Village 1

Museum/ Gallery 9

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 3

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 7

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 2

Park/ Playground 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 2

Town/ Village 2

Trail/ Path 1

Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) 1

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Atlantic Beach

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Just over the high-rise bridge from Morehead City, this beach is a family-friendly spot, enjoyed by couples and retirees, too. Free outdoor...

Bogue Banks Beaches

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Fort Macon State Park anchors the east end, and family-friendly Emerald Island is positioned at the west end of this 21-mile stretch...

Fort Macon State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The centerpiece of the park is the 1834 pentagon-shape fortress used first to protect the coast against foreign invaders and pirates,...

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Touch a stingray, look a shark in the eye, or see a rare white sea turtle at various exhibits featuring marine and coastal animals. Exhibits...

The History Place

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A large artifact collection reflects the history of Carteret County and the Cape Lookout region from Native American through modern times.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival

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This much anticipated and heavily attended festival occurs on the first weekend in October. It has celebrated the Central Coast's fishing...