Summer is a perfect time for wandering back roads and experiencing new adventures. Whether your summer plans include a staycation or a vacation, we’ve got you covered with uniquely North Carolina events and attractions to visit in all 100 counties.
If you live in the Triangle, nothing says summer quite like an outdoor movie at the N.C. Museum of Art or a Summerfest concert performed by the North Carolina Symphony. If the mountains are more your thing, you know it's prime season for traditional music or a hike at a state park, and if you're headed to the beach, you'll find great aquariums and museums up and down the coast.
Whether you’re a longtime resident or planning your first visit to N.C., we’ve found some of the best ways for you to experience authentic North Carolina arts, nature, history and culture this summer. Come along with us and discover summer adventures across the Old North State.
In the links below we've listed more than 500 ways to have some summertime fun in North Carolina, but with all there is to see and do in N.C., we clearly haven't included everything. If your favorite summertime destination or event is missing from our list, let us know.
Summer Fun on the Coast
North Carolina's coastal region is home to more than a dozen state parks, historic sites, aquariums and museums.
Take a break from the beach by exploring authentic Tar Heel history and heritage, get up close and personal with aquatic animals or explore some of North Carolina's pristine places, all just a stone's throw from your coastal vacation.
Nothing says summer quite like attending one the many outdoor movies and concerts that you'll find across North Carolina. We've called out a few our favorites below.
So Much to Do at the Zoo
The Dino Bus, an open-air safari ride featuring animatronic dinosaurs; Dragonfly Paddle Boats; and an expanded Zoofari ride are all new to the North Carolina Zoo this summer. See them all in addition to the staples that have made the zoo a popular destination for decades.
You'll find state historic sites, museums, aquariums and other attractions all over the state. Click the tiles below to find fun near selected cities.