The North Carolina Coast

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  • 1. Battleship North Carolina Memorial

    Downtown | Military Site

    On the west bank of Cape Fear River, across the river from downtown, take a self-guided tour of a ship that participated in every major naval...Read More

  • 2. Cameron Art Museum

    South Metro | Museum/Gallery

    Formerly known as the St. John's Museum of Art, the Cameron, 4 miles south of downtown, is dedicated to the fine arts and crafts of North Carolina...Read More

  • 3. Airlie Gardens

    Midtown | Garden/Arboretum

    Designed first as a European-style garden showcasing plants in all four seasons, Airlie is an example of what conservation, restoration, and...Read More

  • 4. Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

    Downtown | Garden/Arboretum

    The colonial Georgian-style house General Cornwallis used as his headquarters in 1781 was built in 1771 on the foundations of a jail. After...Read More

  • 5. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Trace the natural, cultural, and social history of the lower Cape Fear region from its beginnings to the present in the oldest continuously...Read More

  • 6. New Hanover County Arboretum

    Midtown | Garden/Arboretum

    Lose yourself along magnolia-lined natural trails among dozens of varieties of shade-loving camellias on this 7-acre site, 6 miles east of downtown...Read More

  • 7. Poplar Grove Historic Plantation

    North Metro | House/Mansion/Villa

    Take a tour of what was once a major peanut and sweet potato farm in North Carolina, with an 1850 Greek revival manor house and its outbuildings...Read More

  • 8. Wrightsville Beach


    Clean, wide beaches here provide the setting for all sorts of water sports. Surfers dominate fine morning waves while newbies take lessons on...Read More

  • 9. Zebulon Latimer House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1852 in the Italianate Revival style, this home museum, with 600 Victorian items in its collection, is a reminder of opulent antebellum...Read More

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