3 Interesting Places You Must Visit on the North Carolina Coast

When you visit the coast of North Carolina, it is very easy to stay on the beach, relaxing in the sun and enjoying all the activities the coast has to offer. However, there are a number of exciting non-beach outings to be enjoyed in coastal North Carolina and here’s a look at three memorable choices. That’s right, beyond our amazing shores, we have some interesting destinations that you’ll want to add to your must-see list for your next vacation.

Camden County Dismal Swamp

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3 Reasons You Should Book Your Summer Vacation on the North Carolina Coast Early

While a spontaneous weekend trip in the middle of the summer can be fun for the family, planning your vacation well in advance has many notable advantages. As North Carolina’s Coast is a popular vacation destination, if you’re hoping to visit anywhere from Elizabeth City to Wilmington this summer you may want to consider booking your trip a little earlier this year. This is also important if you’re considering booking one of the incredible rental properties on the Northern, Central and Southern coast. Here’s a look at why, if you’re thinking of visiting the NC coast, you should plan ahead:

crystal coast photo gallery

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How a NC Coast Host Membership Will Help Your Business

With a mission “to increase economic growth by promoting travel and tourism along North Carolina’s three hundred mile coastline,” NC Coast Host has established itself as the premier tourism marketing association in eastern North Carolina. Membership to our non-profit group allows tourism professionals to interact, network, and collaborate with one another to share the history, culture, and beauty of the North Carolina coast with visitors and residents. Some of the benefits members receive are: 

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Spring is in the Air in Eastern North Carolina

Spring is in the air in Eastern North Carolina – spring festivals that is. In addition to ideal weather, the eastern part of the state serves as a host to must-attend festivals each spring that you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re planning your next vacation for April or May, you’re sure to find a calendar of events chock-full with fun festivals for the whole family.

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A Lesson in North Carolina Wine

Close your eyes and think of North Carolina. Now open them. You probably weren’t thinking of wine, were you? Well, though you might not think about wine when you think of North Carolina, did you know that North Carolina is actually home to over 100 wineries? There are also two main focuses here in our state: Europena-Style Vinifera grapes, which are prominent in the Western and Piedmont areas, while native muscadine grapes are what populates the coastal region. 

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Celebrate North Carolina’s Rich Military History

Calling all history buffs! From the much-anticipated Wings Over Wayne event to a fort, which was once a project worked on by Robert E. Lee, the NC Coast is home to many military memorials that you don’t want to miss.

Wings Over Wayne

The “most exciting air show in North Carolina” is just weeks away! Wings Over Wayne is held in odd-numbered years and the event serves as a way for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to thank local and regional communities for their support to the base’s mission. The mission of SJAFB is to “deliver dominant Strike Eagle Airpower…Anytime, Anyplace.”

This May 20th and 21st, the legendary US Navy Blue Angels venture to Goldsboro to put on a show you won’t forget. SJAFB graciously opens its doors for two days for FREE, daylong air and ground demonstrations. This family-friendly event will also feature performers, entertainment, vendors, food, and drinks.

Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington welcomes visitors to walk her decks and step back in time. The crews’ vivid stories allow history to come to life by depicting daily life as well as the fierce combat that the original crew faced during World War II. Guests are even invited to steer the ship, start her engines, and fire her guns during this unique experience.

Fort Macon State Park

Nestled along the edge of Atlantic Beach is North Carolina’s most visited state park – which just happens to include a 19th Century Civil War fort.  The fort was once a project of Robert E. Lee, a famous young army engineer. Guided tours feature cannon and musket demonstrations.

Lejeune Memorial Gardens

Onslow County, home to some of the world’s fiercest fighters, United States Marines, is an area rich in history and patriotism. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Lejeune Memorial Gardens which includes the Beirut Memorial, Onslow Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Montford Point Marine Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial which includes a beam from the Twin Towers, presented to the first troops who invaded Iraq from the police and firefighters of New York. If you’re in town on September 11th, be sure to attend the moving Patriot Day Observance Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and those who continue to fight the war on terror.

For details regarding the schedule of events for Wings Over Wayne, tickets, as well as accommodation information, visit  If you are interested in any of the other military memorials home to the North Carolina Coast, visit

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