It would be fair to assume I’m completely biased to North Carolina because I live here. And to some degree, you’re probably correct. However, I can assure you that the state has ALWAYS had a special piece of my heart.

The activities on my North Carolina bucket list are crazy diverse!

The state has so much to offer from the natural landscape of the mountains and the coast to several big cities! I’m quite certain someone could live here their entire life and not even begin to complete this list.

In order to experience North Carolina properly, you really have to be intentional about visiting these destinations. Don’t limit yourself to activities that you’d typically gravitate towards. Branch out and try some new experiences.

North Carolina’s history is rich. And it’s future is bright.

It would be impossible to make this bucket list any other way than to do it in alphabetical order. I couldn’t imagine anyone picking a top 10 or a top 20 from this list because there are just so many great things to do!

If you’ve followed this site for very long, you know I absolutely had to include all of the National Park System destinations. Be sure you’ve ordered your Passport To Your National Parks prior to visiting these stops. You may also want to read up on the most affordable way to visit National parks.

Also if you follow Mom With A Map, you know that we are HUGE sports fans. North Carolina has tons of teams for every sport. However, I opted to only list the 3 professional teams (NFL, NHL and NBA) and a handful of the most popular minor league teams. Of course, there are also tons of college games to catch too!

North Carolina Bucket List For Families- 70 Things You Must Do:

  1. ACC Hall of Champions
  2. Airborne & Special Operations Museum
  3. Andy Griffith Museum
  4. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  5. Battleship NC
  6. Beech Mountain
  7. Big Rock Nature Preserve
  8. Billy Graham Library
  9. Biltmore House
  10. Blue Ridge Parkway
  11. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
  12. Bodie Island Lighthouse
  13. Carolina Aviation Museum
  14. Carowinds
  15. Cape Fear Museum
  16. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  17. Cape Lookout National Seashore
  18. Carl Sanburg National Historic Site
  19. Charlotte Knights Game
  20. Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR race)
  21. Checkers Game
  22. Chimney Rock State Park
  23. Clingman’s Dome
  24. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  25. Dan Nicholas Park
  26. Discovery Place
  27. Dismal Swamp State Park
  28. DuPont State Recreational Forest
  29. Durham Bulls Game
  30. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  31. Grandfather Mountain
  32. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
  33. Greensboro Children’s Museum
  34. Greensboro Science Center
  35. Grove Park Inn
  36. Guliford Courthouse National Military Park
  37. Gullah Cultural Heritage Corridor
  38. Hornets Game
  39. International Civil Rights Center & Museum
  40. Jockeys Ridge State Park
  41. Land of Oz
  42. Lazy 5 Ranch
  43. Linville Caverns, Falls and Gorge
  44. Marbles Kids Museum
  45. Moores Creak National Battlefield
  46. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
  47. Mount Mitchell State Park
  48. NASCAR Hall of Fame
  49. National Whitewater Center
  50. NC Aquarium
  51. NC Arboretum
  52. NC Maritime Museum
  53. NC Museum of Art
  54. NC Museum of History
  55. NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  56. NC Transportation Museum
  57. NC Zoo
  58. Old Salem
  59. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  60. Panthers Game
  61. Pullen Park
  62. Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  63. SEA LIFE Aquarium
  64. Shackleford Banks (Wild Horses)
  65. Sliding Rock
  66. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
  67. Treehouse Vineyards Treehouse Camping
  68. Tiger World
  69. Tweetsie Railroad
  70. Wright Brothers National Memorial

 

What is your favorite thing to do in North Carolina?

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