The North Carolina Coast

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

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  • 1. Beaufort Historic Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    In the center of town, the historic site consists of 10 buildings dating from 1732 to 1859, eight of which have been restored, including the...Read More

  • 2. Fort Fisher State Historic Site

    Military Site

    This is one of the South's largest and most important earthworks fortifications from the Civil War, so tough it was known as the Southern Gibraltar...Read More

  • 3. Jennette's Pier

    Beach–Sight

    Built in 1939, Jennette's Pier was North Carolina's oldest wooden ocean-fishing pier until 2003 when Hurricane Isabel knocked it down. In 2009...Read More

  • 4. Ocracoke Light Station

    Ocracoke Village | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This lighthouse is a photographer's dream. Built in 1823, it's the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the United States (Sandy Hook, New...Read More

  • 5. Southport–Fort Fisher Ferry

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    If you're approaching the town from Kure Beach and Fort Fisher via U.S. Route 421, the state-operated year-round car ferry provides a 35-minute...Read More

  • 6. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    About 10 miles north of Southport, you can explore the ruins and excavations of a colonial town and see the Civil War earthworks of Fort Anderson...Read More

  • 7. Carolina Beach

    Beach–Sight

    With ice-cream cones and paddleboats, flashing arcade lights and seashell souvenirs, Carolina Beach's old-fashioned boardwalk is steeped in...Read More

  • 8. Coquina Beach

    Beach–Sight

    In the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but just a few miles south of Nags Head off North Carolina Highway 12, at mile marker 26, Coquina is...Read More

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    9. Kure Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Family memories are made on tall ocean piers where kids reel in their first big catches. You can swim, beachcomb, kiteboard over the big blue...Read More

    Kure Beach
  • 10. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The oceanfront aquarium features a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank that's home to sharks, stingrays, and a Goliath grouper and green moray eel...Read More

  • 11. Wrightsville Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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

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