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Nort Carolina - Stuff to Do

An October 2006 trip to North Carolina by jpalm1124

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Nort Carolina - Stuff to Do

Overview

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we spent a month wandering around North Carolina in our motorhome and these are a few of the more interesting things we came across. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Guilford Courthouse Nat Battlefield Park, Historic Fort Macon and the N.Carolina State Zoo and Aquarium.

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Except for the Airborne Museum all of these places have nice areas for a picnic lunch.

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Airborne & Special Operations Museum

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Attraction | "Airborne & Special Operations Museum"

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Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm - Sundays, from noon to 5pm - Closed on Mondays, but open on all Federal holiday Mondays. - Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Easter. "Jump into History" is how they describe it when you enter this museum and if you are in the area this is a must see, especially for history or military buffs. Be sure to eat a big breakfast before you go because you’re going to be here right through lunch, plan on three to four hours to view the museum. The museum starts with the original concept of airborne troops in 1940, it explains the training of the first airborne troops and then follows them into WWII and the first airborne assault in N...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Airborne & Special Operations Museum
100 Bragg Ave.
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28302
(910) 483-3003

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

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Open 8:30am to 5pm - Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day . The Battle of Guilford Court House was fought on March 15, 1781, 1900 British troops under then command of Lord Cornwallis faced 4400 American militia and Continentals under the command of General Nathanael Greene. It is considered to be one of the most decisive Battles of the Revolutionary War. Greene set up three lines of defense against the advancing British, the battle started at 12:30 and ended after 2 1/2 hours of intense and brutal fighting with Cornwallis forcing Greene to withdraw from the battlefield and retreat. Although the British claimed victory by holding the battlefield at the end of the day, it was a...Read More

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
2332 New Garden Road
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
(336) 288-1776

Fort Macon State Park

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Fort Macon offers you many things to do other then tour the Fort, while there you can take part in all of the following; Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking and swimming but our reason was to tour the fort. A little history about the Fort first. Construction of the fort began in 1826, it is a five-sided structure of brick and stone with twenty-six vaulted casements (rooms) with outer walls that are 4.5 feet thick, it was part of the chain of coastal fortifications for national defense. Its purpose was to guard Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina's only deepwater ocean port. It was named after state senator Nathaniel Macon, who procured the funds to build the facility. During its history it has seen ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
(252) 726-3775

North Carolina Zoo

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North Carolina Zoo Photo, Asheboro, North Carolina
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April 1- October 31- 9am - 5pm November 1- March 31 - 9am - 4pm - closed Christmas day and during severe weather This is a big Zoo, so big that they have two separate entrances and parking lots, which are about a mile and a half apart; you have your choice of entering either at the North America and Africa continents. Don’t worry about where you parked or where you exit at, they have a shuttle bus service that runs between the parking lots every ten minutes or so and its free. The animals are all displayed in "natural habitat exhibits" which resemble what their natural surroundings would be. There are more than five miles of walking trails in the zoo so be sure to wear some comfort...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
(336) 879-7000

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores

Attraction | "North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll"

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It opens from 9am to 5pm daily. It closes Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veteran’s Day. The New North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is now open after being closed for two years to complete the $25 million expansion. The new facility has nearly 40 new exhibits some of which are fifty feet plus in length and are from the floor to the ceiling containing everything from sharks to shipwrecks. They still have a lot of smaller hands on displays where the kids can reach in and touch the stingrays and crabs. The first thing you will see when you enter the exhibit area is a 35-foot Mountain waterfall, th...Read More

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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina