Central Region

Attractions

North Carolina Pottery Center - The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.

Piedmont Environmental Center - Piedmont Environmental Center provides programs and a place for people to learn, conserve, and enjoy the natural world through hands-on experiences emphasizing the interrelated and fragile nature of life.

Rankin Museum of American Heritage - The Rankin Museum of American and Natural History is recognized for its diverse and unique collections. The museum's emphasis is on the history and cultures of Early American life; beginning with the Native American occupation and continuing to the present.

North Carolina Museum of History - Since its founding in 1902, the North Carolina Museum of History has been an exciting place to explore North Carolina history. The museum's collection contains more than 250,000 artifacts representative of North Carolina's rich heritage.

Iredell Museum of Arts and Heritage - The Iredell Museum of Arts and Heritage is a window into the rich heritage of Iredell County, and is a showplace for the arts and artisans who continue to develop their talents in North Carolina.

Airborne and Special Operations Museum - The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will provide a unique educational experience on United States history and basic core values through the preservation interpretation and recognition of U.S. Army airborne and special operations history, equipment, technology, legend, art and weaponry.

The Broach Theatre - The Broach Theatre Company, Inc. is a professional Not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to challenging artists and audiences by presenting productions for children and adults, that are accessible, imaginative and stimulating; while remaining true to the integrity of the plays and the author.

Morehead Planetarium - The Morehead Planetarium Building and grounds, complete with a 68-foot, domed Star Theater and Zeiss Model VI Star Projector, scientific exhibits and classrooms, 24-inch Cassegrain reflecting telescope and observation decks, Visitor's Center, art galleries, rose gardens and the massive sundial were built for students of all ages with all interests.

Carolina Raptor Center - A living museum with one of the largest collections of eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, and falcons in the country.  See over 20 species of raptors along an inviting nature trail. Visit the Betty J. and J. Stanley Livingstone Eagle Aviary, the only one in the Carolinas.  Recorded guided tours in English, Spanish, Japanese, French and German.

Chinqua-Penn Plantation - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Chinqua-Penn Plantation includes a 27-room house museum, filled with art and furnishings from around the world, and 22 acres of historic gardens and landscape.

Blue Heaven Basketball Museum - The Blue Heaven Basketball Museum is an international shrine that preserves the legacy of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, one of collegiate athletics’ most successful programs, and showcases the rich history and great tradition that has entertained so many.

Discovery Place - One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that foster experiences in areas that range from life science to space exploration.

The North Carolina Transportation Museum - From a dugout canoe to powerful steam locomotives....From the covered wagon and plank roads to luxurious railcars....From early automobiles to North Carolina's first Highway Patrol car... Share in the dramatic history of mankind's quest for transportation at the South's largest transportation museum.

Triangle Metro Zoo - The Triangle Metro Zoo features over 30 acres of exotic animals. Travel the world in just an afternoon. See Watusi cattle, Himalayan bears, ring-tailed lemurs, and much more.

SciWorks - At SciWorks, it's fun to learn about science. Travel through the solar system under the dome of a state-of-the-art planetarium. Come face-to-face with river otters and other animals indigenous to North Carolina in a 15-acre Environmental Park. Enjoy interactive, hands-on special exhibits and programs in spacious exhibit halls.

Museum of Life and Science - Packed with highly interactive exhibits, the Museum of Life and Science showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, gift shops, café and more culminating with the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer CropScience Insectarium.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 450-acre garden located on Lake Wylie. The garden features four prominent gardens highlighting plants with four-season interest, eye-catching color schemes, natives, tropicals, ornamental grasses, bulbs, trees and cottage plantings, a Visitor Pavilion, a dozen sparkling fountains, a half-mile Woodland Trail and newly expanded Gift and Garden Shop. 

Cape Fear Botanical Garden - Located on 85 acres where Cross Creek meets the Cape Fear River the CFBG features a large urban forest with nature trails, a natural amphitheater, steep ravines sheltering unusual plants, and a variety of terrain from open pine forest to lush riverbank.

Paramount's Carowinds - The Carolinas' premier 100-acre water and theme park has more than 50 attractions for all ages including thrilling rides, musical revues and shows, children's area, WaterWorks water park, concerts and special events and a year-round campground.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - The new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opened its doors to the public Friday, April 7, 2000. Four floors of exhibits include four great whales, the world's only Acrocanthosaurus and Willo, the dinosaur with a heart!


Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art - Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art is a non-profit, visual arts center presenting exhibitions and educational programs focusing primarily on contemporary North Carolina art. With Over 7,000 feet of exhibiting gallery space. ArtQuest is Green Hill's hands-on art gallery for children and families.

Greensboro Children's Museum - Experience an exciting, colorful place brimming with hands-on exhibits and activities. Fly a plane, dig for buried treasure, wrap yourself up in a gigantic bubble, and take a stroll through ""Our Town"" complete with a grocery store and bank.

Greensboro Cultural Center at Festival Park - The Greensboro Cultural Center provides four levels of galleries, studios, classrooms and rehearsal halls to stimulate the mind and excite the senses.

Imagination Station Science Museum - Imagination Station Science Museum is a dynamic science and math learning center where the entire family can touch, spin, pet, climb, listen, look and learn basic science and math in a relaxed & fun environment.

Mint Museum of Art - Take a walk through the cultures and artistic expressions of the Americas in the Mint Museum of Art's permanent collection. With a focus on art in the Americas, including influential art from other cultures, the Mint provides a unique perspective that spans from pre-Columbian through Colonial America to the present day.

Museum of Anthropology - The Museum's permanent exhibits consist of objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Two to three times a year the special exhibits gallery houses topical exhibitions reflecting University and community interests.

Carolina Theatre - The Carolina Theatre opened in 1927, this restored vaudeville theater serves as one of Greensboro's principle performing arts centers featuring theater, dance, concerts and films.

NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - The mission of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is to serve our community, region and state as the leading cultural and educational provider of performing and related arts with special programs and performances, and as a premier cultural center in the state and the nation.

North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame - The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame features over 35 cars on display, the Goodyear Mini-Theater, and displays showcasing racing's past and present. The Art Gallery features many of motorsports' top artists including Garry Hill, Sam Bass and Jeanne Barnes and many others.

North Carolina Museum of Art - The North Carolina Museum of Art houses the art collections of the State of North Carolina. The paintings and sculpture in the state's art collection represent more than 5,000 years of artistic heritage, from ancient Egypt to the present.

North Carolina Zoo - The North Carolina Zoological Park, with more than 500 acres in its African and North American continental regions, is a place of wonder and discovery. It is the country's largest and finest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. This means that the animals and plants in its exhibits are seen in settings that closely resemble the habitats in which they would live in the wild.

Emerald Pointe Water Park - Emerald Pointe Water Park is the largest water park in the Carolinas featuring over 34 rides and attractions.

Afro-American Cultural Center - Through comprehensive programs and presentations in the visual and performing arts and innovative education for the community the Afro-American Cultural Center preserves, promotes and presents African-American art, history and culture to all citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the nation.

North Carolina Botanical Garden - The North Carolina Botanical Garden, first opened to the public in 1966, is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Garden's display collections, Piedmont Nature Trails, Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm Biological Reserve and other lands comprise nearly 600 acres.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) - The mission of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is to educate and involve audiences in the art of our time. SECCA presents and interprets contemporary art of the United States with programs encompassing the issues engaging artists today.

Ackland Art Museum - The Ackland Art Museum museum exhibits from a permanent collection of more than 14,000 works of art from around the world.

Greensboro Coliseum Complex - The Greensboro Coliseum Complex was conceived as, and continues to be a multi-building facility to serve the Citizens of Greensboro and the surrounding area through a broad range of activities, including athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, and other entertainment, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, and public and private events of all kinds.

Furniture Discovery Center - Located in downtown High Point, the Furniture Discovery Center is the nation's only museum of furniture design and manufacturing. With more than 8,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors can explore the worlds of furniture design, styling, marketing, construction and production, history and numerous special exhibits.

African American Cultural Complex - The African American Cultural Complex is a unique collection of artifacts, documents and displays of outstanding contributions made by African Americans and are housed in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.  

Raleigh City Museum - The Raleigh City Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the heritage of our North Carolina's capital city through temporary and permanent exhibits.

Korner's Folly - This Victorian-era home, dating to 1878-1880, is like no other. The brainstorm of Jules Korner, interior decorator and painter of the famous Bull Durham bulls across the South, this amazing structure began as a bachelor's quarters and showroom.

      

    



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