Discover Summer Across North Carolina

By / Local Events / Monday, 03 July 2017 04:00

Summer is a perfect time for wandering back roads and discovering 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.
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources alone has many opportunities for summer fun across the state – 27 historic sites, 41 state parks and recreation areas, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, the N.C. Zoo and the N.C. Symphony. And there is so much more to explore in N.C. outside our doors.
Whether you’re a longtime Tar Heel 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.
Visit the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources “Discover Summer N.C.” website at to discover summer fun in each of these four N.C. regions:
Coastal N.C. – Everyone’s favorite summer destination – climb a lighthouse, visit one of our outstanding aquariums or maritime museums, see the Atlantic coast’s largest sand dune at Jockey’s Ridge, or walk in the footsteps of the stars by visiting some of the many locations where movies and television shows have been filmed in coastal N.C.
Inner Coastal Plain – The Inner Coastal Plain of North Carolina offers museums, state parks, historic sites, festivals and more for your summer getaway. Tour historic plantation homes, visit Civil War battlefields, or check out the amazing Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.
Piedmont N.C. – North Carolina has some outstanding art, history and science museums, and many of them can be found in the urban centers of the state’s Piedmont. Take in a minor-league ball game or NASCAR race, listen to live music at festivals and parks, or enjoy water sports on one of the area’s many recreational lakes.N.C. Mountains – Summer in the mountains is prime time for traditional music festivals, hiking and camping at state parks, or just escaping to the (slightly) cooler weather. Enjoy traditional arts and crafts, stand under a waterfall, take a thrill ride down Sliding Rock, step back in time at Biltmore, or take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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