A North Carolina Bucket List for Families


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If you were born and raised in North Carolina — or are perhaps raising your own kids here — you know the possibilities for family fun are endless.

“From the mountains to the woodlands to the coast, family experiences unfold on a variety of landscapes,” says Suzanne Brown, media relations specialist for VisitNC. “We are also a state with a full range of seasons, so there’s a variety of things to do all year.”

With so many options, finding the perfect destination for your next family vacation or day trip can be a difficult decision. So to help, here are our top picks of things to do in North Carolina before your kids are grown.


1. Watch the sunset on top of Jockeys Ridge.
Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com
Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Nags Head | jockeysridgestatepark.com

There are very few spots in North Carolina where you can watch the sun set into a large body of water, but Jockey’s Ridge State Park is one of them. Through its popular Sunset on the Ridge summer program, you can climb to the top of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern U.S. and watch the sun descend into the Roanoke Sound with the Atlantic Ocean behind you. Don’t be surprised if there’s spontaneous applause once the sun disappears. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Arrive early to fly a kite with the kids.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jennette’s Pier



2. Admire the blue ghost fireflies in DuPont State Recreational Forest.
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Cedar Mountain | dupontforest.com

Chasing backyard fireflies at dusk is a favorite childhood activity, but you’ve probably never seen fireflies quite like these. Instead of a yellow intermittent glow, the blue ghost fireflies of Transylvania and Henderson counties emit a steady blue glow along the forest floor. The eerie light show is only about four weeks long starting in May and disappearing by mid-June. Check the Friends of DuPont State Forest website or call for information about occasional guided tours.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The forest is home to several waterfalls and is an ideal location for hiking or mountain biking.



3. See the wild horses along North Carolina's coast.
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Corolla, Shackleford Banks, Beaufort, Ocracoke | ncwildhorses.com

North Carolina’s coast is home to several groups of wild horses: Corolla’s Wild Spanish mustangs; Beaufort’s wild horses at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve, which descended from Banker horses (often referred to as ponies) and Quarter horses; Shackleford Banks’ wild Banker horses; and Ocracoke’s Banker horses. In general, you can see the horses for free. For example, all you need to see the horses in Corolla is a four-wheel drive vehicle so you can drive on the beach. Don’t have one? Several businesses offer four-wheel-drive guided tours. Visit ncwildhorses.com for details.
Nearby attractions: While exploring North Carolina’s coast, be sure to visit one of the many lighthouses, including these that are climbable: Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Oak Island and Old Baldy.



4. See a bald eagle at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.
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Apex | ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has the largest population of bald eagles in the eastern U.S., and the best time to see one is during the spring migration (April-June). Arrive early morning or near dusk to increase your chances of spotting our national bird and find a location that gives you a wide view of the lake. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Cost: Free
Nearby attractions: The park offers a variety of activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and more.



5. Ride a vintage steam locomotive at Tweetsie Railroad.
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Blowing Rock | tweetsie.com

This popular attraction has two historic steam engines: No. 12 Tweetsie and No. 190 Yukon Queen. Both are coal-fired narrow-gauge engines and will be a highlight for train enthusiasts of all ages. After your train ride around the park, enjoy a variety of rides, midway games, gem mining, the deer park and more. Be sure to check Tweetsie’s events schedule for special appearances such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Team UmiZoomi and Scooby-Doo.
Cost: $27-$41
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park



6. Take a plunge down Sliding Rock.
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Brevard |
ncwaterfalls.com/sliding_rock1.htm
Beat the heat this summer in North Carolina’s cool mountain water. Sliding Rock is 60-foot natural waterfall/rock slide. At the base, there’s a 6-foot-deep pool for a refreshing splash at the end of your exhilarating slide. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: $2
Nearby attractions: Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Brevard Music Center



7. Climb to the top of Hatteras Lighthouse.
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Buxton | nps.gov/caha

It’s a strenuous climb with 257 steps, but you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views from the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. You’ll also have a great view of the lighthouse’s previous home before it was relocated in 1999. The self-guided climb is not recommended for young children because of narrow stairs and only one handrail on one side.
Cost: $4-$8
Nearby Attractions: Buxton Woods Reserve, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry



8. See "Unto These Hills" in Cherokee.
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Cherokee | cherokeehistorical.org/theatre.html

The historical outdoor drama is performed nightly (except Sundays) from late May until mid-August at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. The play tells the story of the Cherokee tribe’s highest point of power, the Trail of Tears and present day. The first version of the play opened in July 1950, making the production one of the longest-running outdoor historical dramas in the U.S.
Cost: Call 866-554-4557.
Nearby attractions: Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Great Smoky Mountains National Park



9. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock.
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Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock | chimneyrockpark.com

Take an elevator or make the strenuous climb up 26 stories of stairs to reach the iconic monolith, which is 535 million years old. From the top, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Cost: $7-$15; free for ages 4 and younger
Nearby attractions: Lake Lure, Broad River Gems and Mining Co.



10. See "The Lost Colony" in Manteo.
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Manteo | thelostcolony.org
This classic musical and outdoor drama tells the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, one of the first settlements in the New World and where the first English child (Virginia Dare) was born in North America. It is the second-longest-running historical outdoor drama in the U.S. The play is performed in two one-hour acts.
Cost: $10-$30; free for ages 5 and younger
Nearby attractions: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Island Farm, North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens



11. Take a guided horseback ride on the grounds of Biltmore Estate.
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Asheville | Biltmore.com

Explore trails and woodlands on the grounds of this magnificent French Renaissance chateau on horseback during a one-hour guided tour. Carriage, wagon rides and private tours are also available.
Cost: Guided horseback, $55+; wagon rides, $6-$12; carriage rides, $30.
Nearby attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Arboretum, Pisgah National Forest



12. Cross the Mile-High Swinging Bridge.
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Grandfather Mountain | grandfather.com

Crossing a 228-foot suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Name for its elevation, the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spans an 80-foot chasm. Originally built in 1952, the bridge was rebuilt in 1999 using galvanized steel for the cables, rails and floor boards. While there, visit the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, 11 hiking trails and seven wildlife habitats to see deer, bald eagles, bears and more.
Cost: $9-$20; free for children age 3 and younger
Nearby attractions: Linn Cove Visitor Center, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway



13. Visit the site of the first U.S. gold rush.
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Midland | nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm

When you think of a gold rush, California immediately comes to mind, but you might be surprised to learn that the first gold rush in the U.S. occurred right here in North Carolina. Our state also led in gold production until 1848. Reed Gold Mine is now a historic site open for tours.
Cost: Mine tours are free; $3 for gold panning
Nearby attractions: Midland, a 20-minute drive from Charlotte



14. Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Autumn at Oz.
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Beech Mountain | autumnatoz.com
The first weekend in October during the Autumn at Oz festival, visitors can explore the Land of Oz, which used to be a thriving theme park that opened in 1970 and closed in 1980. See Dorothy’s farm home, experience the tornado, arrive at Oz and see the beloved cast of characters.
Cost: $35; free for children 2 and younger
Nearby attractions: Beech Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain Resort, Roan Mountain State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway



15. Visit one of Blackbeards favorite islands.
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Ocracoke | ocracokevillage.com
While on the island of Ocracoke, visit Teach’s Hole, a channel named for Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard. Ocracoke was one of his favorite spots to drop anchor, and it’s also where he lost his life in a fierce battle. Young pirate fans will enjoy the Teach’s Hole “Blackbeard” exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop.
Cost: Free to visit the island; small admission fee for the exhibit
Nearby attractions: Ocracoke Lighthouse, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke Ponies, Ocracoke Preservation Museum



16. Take a carriage ride through historic Wilmington.
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Wilmington | horsedrawntours.com
From April through October, horse-drawn carriage rides depart daily every 30 minutes from Market Street in historic downtown. Your adventure begins near the waterfront, and from there you’ll pass Old Wilmington’s beautiful mansions and learn about the city’s history. See the website for a November-through-March schedule.
Cost: $5-$12
Nearby attractions: USS North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Henrietta III



17. Take a rail excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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Bryson City, Dillsboro | gsmr.com
Enjoy a scenic train ride with the kids! Choose from day-trip excursion packages and a variety of ticket options to explore the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River. The Nantahala excursion includes a one-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center while the Tuckasegree trip offers a layover for shopping in Dillsboro. Be sure to check out the railroad’s special events calendar for dates that include the Dinosaur Train (based on the popular PBS “Dinosaur Train” series), Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express, The Polar Express and more.
Cost: $20-$94
Nearby attractions: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park



Myra Wright is the publisher/editor of Piedmont Parent, a sister publication of Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent. She loves exploring the state with her husband and three kids.

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Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive
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Cost: $12 Residents/$15 Non-residents

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2250 Reynolda Road
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200 N. Davie St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Leonard Recreational Center
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Reynolda Manor Branch Library
2839 Fairlawn Drive NW
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Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
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Cost: $10/member, $12/nonmember.

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Cost: $20-$29+

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Cost: $2

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Greensboro Children's Museum
220 N. Church St.
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Cost: $27.50

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Kaleideum
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Over 90 arts and crafts vendors, kid's activities, face painting, carnival rides, tractor pull, food trucks and at the end of the day...fireworks.

Cost: Free

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Oak Ridge Park
6231 Lisa Drive
Oak Ridge, NC  27310
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Cost: Free

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LeBauer Park
208 N Davie St.
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Cost: Free

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Barnes and Noble (Burlington)
Alamance Crossing Shopping Center
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Burlington, NC  27215
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Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
GSO, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: 336-274-9199
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Kids and families, come out on Saturdays for fun fitness games that test your endurance and laughter - Bubble Sports! Join us on the Great Lawn.

Cost: Free

Where:
LeBauer Park
208 N. Davie St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Cost: Free

Where:
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sponsor: International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Telephone: (336) 274-9199
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The farm will be open for public viewing along with living history demonstrations of farm life during the late 19th century.

Cost: Free

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Cedarock Park
242 R. Dean Coleman Road
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Cost: Free

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The Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival encourages teens and young adults to make short films about issues that affect them in today's society. Other genres such as horror, drama, comedy,...

Cost: $3

Where:
Paramount Theater
128 E. Front Street
Burlington, NC  27215
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Sponsor: Teen 2 Teen
Telephone: 336-222-5030
Contact Name: Maggie Massey
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Enjoy a family-friendly film in the children's programming room.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
219 N Church St
Greensboro, NC  27401
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Sensory Storytime is an interactive, structured storytime for children with special needs, especially those on the autism spectrum. It includes sensory activities and is intended for children...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glenn McNairy Branch
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
, NC
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Join the Kaleideum Planetarium staff and Forsyth Astronomical Society for a FREE astronomy observation in the Kaleideum North parking lot using professional telescopes. In case of bad weather, call...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kaleideum North (formerly SciWorks)
Winston-Salem, NC


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Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson navigate a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more...

Cost: $27.50

Where:
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 Spruce St N
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
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Jurassic Quest, a dinosaur adventure exhibit features more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size dinosaurs. The robotic and animatronic technology allows guests to walk among “living, breathing,...

Cost: $20-$29+

Where:
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Special Events Center
1921 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC  27403
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