Attractions

Park in Outer Banks

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Self-taught engineers Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the world's first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903 (it lasted 12 seconds). A boulder marks the take-off spot. Climb a nearby hill, where the br…
Island in Outer Banks

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Extending some 70 miles from south of Nags Head to the south end of Ocracoke Island, this fragile necklace of islands remains blissfully free from overdevelopment. Natural attractions include local and migratory wat…
Historic Site in Wilmington

Battleship North Carolina

Self-guided tours take you through the decks of this 45,000-ton megaship, which earned 15 battle stars in the Pacific theater in WWII before it was decommissioned in 1947. Sights include the bake shop and galley, th…
Historic Building in Outer Banks

Whalehead Club

The sunflower-yellow, art-nouveau-style Whalehead Club, built in the 1920s as a hunting 'cottage' for a Philadelphia industrialist, is the centerpiece of the well-manicured Currituck Heritage Park in the village of …
Historic Site in Outer Banks

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

In the late 1580s, three decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 116 British colonists disappeared without a trace from their Roanoke Island settlement. Were they killed off by drought? Did t…
Cemetery in Beaufort

Old Burying Ground

On the National Registry of Historic Places, this small but fascinating cemetery features the weathered tombstones of both Revolutionary and Civil War casualties and is well worth a stroll. Self-guided tour maps are…
Zoo in Wilmington

Cape Fear Serpentarium

Herpetologist Dean Ripa's museum is a fun and informative place to spend an hour or two – if you don't mind standing in a building slithering with venomous snakes, giant constrictors and big-teethed crocodiles. They…
Park in Outer Banks

Historic Corolla Park

This very pleasant manicured park in Corolla preserves 39 acres of gorgeous sound-front and sound-side property that was once the waterfowl- and duck-hunting playground of wealthy Northeasterns Edward C and Marie Lo…
Museum in Outer Banks

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Exhibits about shipwrecks, piracy and salvaged cargo are highlights at this maritime museum at the end of the road. There have been more than 2000 shipwrecks off the coast of the Outer Banks. According to one exhibi…
Wildlife Reserve in Outer Banks

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

At the northern end of Hatteras Island, this 5834-acre (land portion only) preserve is a bird-watcher's heaven, with two nature trails (both are fully accessible to people with disabilities) and 13 miles of unspoile…