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10 Best Rainy Day Activities in North Carolina!

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North Carolina has so many beautiful natural sights, and it can be heartbreaking not to explore this wondrous state on a rainy day. Fortunately, there’s still so much you can do! From the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, here are the 10 best rainy day activities in North Carolina.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is one of the biggest science museums in the country – you’ll need at least three hours to make it through the entire four-story building! The James Cameron Exhibition and the 3D show are of particular interest.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC

The International Civil Rights Museum is one of the most moving museums in the state. The excellent tour guides bring all exhibits to life with their knowledge and passion. There’s also singing and more entertainment to make your visit special.

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, NC

NASCAR fans, start your engines! You’ll learn all about NASCAR, view the Hall of Fame, and get a glimpse of some of the earliest cars. Guests also love the simulated driving experience, where you can make your dreams of being a racecar driver become partially true.

Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, Maggie Valley, NC

All car and motorcycle enthusiasts will love this motorcycle journey-on-foot. It’s dedicated to displaying one-of-a-kind automobiles and motorcycles throughout history. Make it a day for the whole family.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC

If you want to learn more about the Cherokee tribe, this museum is a must. You’ll see various wax figures and other relics, hear incredible stories, and learn many interesting facts about the Cherokee Indians. Plan to spend at least an hour at this wondrous museum.

JOLO Winery and Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC

JOLO Winery and Vineyards is the perfect place for adults vacationing in North Carolina. JOLO Winery offers award-winning wines and outstanding food. The entire staff is knowledgeable and can recommend different wines to suit your preferences.

The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild), Asheville, NC

This unique art museum shows different works from the inhabitants along the Appalachian Mountains. This is also a great place to discover work by local artists, many of whom offer demos at the Folk Art Center. You may see some woodworkers and glassblowers hard at work!

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

The North Carolina Aquarium is small but offers great marine animals and numerous interactive exhibits. Children especially love the aquarium. Plan to purchase your tickets before arriving.

Museum of Life + Science, Durham, NC

The Museum of Life + Science is the perfect place if you need a few hours to keep the entire family engaged. There are inside and outside exhibits, with plenty of hands-on activities for kids. Guests love the zoo, butterfly house, dinosaur trail, barnyard, treetop, and building areas.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC

If you’re a fan of military museums, this one is a must. You’ll learn about the different operations from all major wars, specifically WWII. Be sure to plan at least three hours where you can walk around the different sights and exhibits.

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