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See These 12 Coastal NC Attractions

Embark on your next visit to North Carolina and head for the coast. These 12 premier attractions are sure to yield a bounty of fun, excitement, and everlasting memories. Enjoy your next tour of coastal North Carolina.


1. Khan Planetarium

When your coastal North Carolina visit has you in Elizabeth City, one of the northern most coastal cities, be sure to visit the Khan Planetarium. Found on the campus of Elizabeth City State University, the Khan Planetarium is open year round to the public, minus any campus closures. You'll find a wide variety of free shows, exhibits, and displays when you visit the Khan Planetarium – a premier attraction for families.

2. Museum of Albemarle

Continue exploring the depths of Elizabeth City and head for the Museum of the Albemarle. As the northeastern branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, the Museum of Albemarle was first established in 1967. In 2008 the museum was moved to a three-story building on the Downtown Elizabeth City Waterfront. You can tour the Jackson House when you visit, or check out the History of Albemarle Timeline, and the Discovery Room. Another great way to explore with the kids.

3. Silver Creek Golf Club

Bring your clubs with you on your coastal NC journey and play 18 of the finest holes in the entire state at the Silver Creek Golf Club. Any visit to Swansboro should yield some pars – and hopefully some birdies – at Silver Creek Golf Club. 6,526 yards long from the furthest tees, Silver Creek Golf Club opened in 1986, and was designed by Gene Hamm. It features a course rating of 71.6, and slope rating of 117. Call ahead soon and book your tee time at Silver Creek Golf Club in Swansboro.

4. Hammocks Beach State park

Chesapeake Bay

 

Stretched across nearly 1,145 acres of pristine North Carolina coastland, Hammocks Beach State Park is comprised of several several islands: Jones Island, Huggins Island, and Bear Island. It also connects to the mouth of the White Oak River. Visit Hammocks Beach State Park during your next summer visit to Swansboro and enjoy the sandy beaches, or experience a fun ferry ride.

5. Legion Stadium

Seating nearly 6,000 fans in Wilmington, Legion Stadium will be a highlight for any soccer fan visiting coastal NC. Home to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Professional Division, Legion Stadium opened in the 1930s, and is surely a top attraction in Wilmington.

6. Wilmington Railroad Museum 

Whether you're a frequenter to model train shows and expos, or if you simply enjoy the history of trains and railroads, a visit to the Wilmington Railroad Museum is a must. Explore this charming museum and learn about the history of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad – upon it's completion in 1840, it was, then, the longest continuous railroad in the world, stretching to 161 miles. Visit soon and check out a wide variety of railroad and train-themed exhibits.

7. Bellamy Mansion Museum

With a total of 22 rooms, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will certainly yield a full day of exploration. Continue your tour of Wilmington and the NC coast with a visit to the Bellamy Mansion Museum, the former home of Dr. John D. Bellamy. It was built in 1860, the Bellamy Mansion features Greek Revival architecture, and several gas chandeliers – it is also presumed to be haunted. Enjoy a tour of the Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington.

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Golfers walking off the green

8. The Links at Cotton Valley

When you visit Tarboro and you're looking for a the top golf experience in the are, head for The Links at Cotton Valley. 18 holes spread across 6,773 yards from the back tees, The Links at Cotton Valley golf course was opened in 2000. It is open to the public, it features a course rating of 71.0, and it's a par 72.

9. Pitt-Greenville Airport

For those looking to fly in on your next visit to coastal North Carolina, choose a flight landing at the Pitt-Greenville Airport. One of the best places to land in on the entire coast, the Pitt-Greenville Airport is found in the city of Greenville, just west of the West Meadowbrook Park, and the Tar River. The Pitt-Greenville Airport services US Airways Express.

10. Wright Brothers National Memorial 

You'll want to visit the city of Kill Devil Hills – not only is it full of charm and warmth, it's also home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Commemorating a seminal moment in US history, the Wright Brothers National Memorial celebrates the sight of the first, successful and sustained powered flight. It built in 1927, became a member of the US National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and was designated as a US National Historic Landmark in 2001.

11. Battleship North Carolina

Experience a bit of local history when you visit the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. Earning 15 battle stars throughout her careers, Battleship North Carolina was the first American ship to join the fleet in World War II. Decommissioned in 1947, Battleship North Carolina now serves as a museum and icon – enjoy a tour of all nine levels as it rests easy on the Cape Fear River.

12. Paradise Fun Park

A fun day under the sun awaits you and the kids at Paradise Fun Park in Kill Devil Hills. From the arcade games, to the miniature golf, to the amusement park rides, you'll all have a blast when you visit Paradise Fun Park. The kids will, in particular, enjoy the bumper cars, and the electric go-cart races. It's easily accessed from Highway 158, and is a short drive north from the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This summer, when you visit Kill Devil Hills with the family, be sure to spend an afternoon at Paradise Fun Park.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western Plus Elizabeth City Inn & Suites

848 Halstead Boulevard, Elizabeth City NC 27909-6919
Phone: (252) 331-7751  |  Fax: (252) 338-3289  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Suites-Greenville

2310 Greenville Boulevard NE, Greenville NC 27858-4140
Phone: (252) 752-2378  |  Fax: (252) 752-6267  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

107 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948-7892
Phone: (252) 441-1611  |  Fax: (252) 441-1482  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites

1120 Towne Lake Drive, Leland NC 28451
Phone: (910) 371-2858  |  Fax: (910) 371-2878  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Silver Creek Inn

801 Cedar Point Boulevard, Swansboro NC 28584-8015
Phone: (252) 393-9015  |  Fax: (252) 393-9098  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Tarboro Hotel

102 Market Centre Drive, Tarboro NC 27886-4851
Phone: (252) 824-0700  |  Fax: (252) 824-0362  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

503 Nutt Street, Wilmington NC 28401-3339
Phone: (910) 763-2800  |  Fax: (910) 763-2785  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Wilmington/Carolina Beach

5600 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington NC 28412-2608
Phone: (910) 796-0770  |  Fax: (910) 796-0750  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

5345 Market Street, Wilmington NC 28405-3505
Phone: (910) 799-4292  |  Fax: (910) 799-3994  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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