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Cape Hatteras National Seashore- Cape Hatteras National Seashore combines fascinating natural and cultural and recreational resources. The site stretches over 70 miles along the barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina.
Cape Lookout National Seashore- The seashore is a 55 mile long section of the Outer Banks of North Carolina running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. The three undeveloped barrier islands which make up the seashore - North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks - may seem barren and isolated but they offer many natural and historical features that can make a visit very rewarding.
Carolina Beach State Park- Spot the rare Venus flytrap and other species of insect-eating plants. Wind your way through a variety of habitats along intriguing trails and stop to identify more than 30 species of coastal trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Our marina will enhance your enjoyment of the Cape Fear River and adjoining waterway where excellent fishing and boating await the sports enthusiast.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area- Spend the day away from the crowds on a 4-mile stretch of undeveloped beach where shell-seekers still land treasures and nesting loggerhead sea turtles still find seclusion. Watch pelicans and other colonial nesting birds swirl and turn with the wind and waves. Licensed four-wheel drive vehicles may travel on the beach in designated areas for access to excellent surf fishing.
Fort Macon State Park- This lovely ocean side park offers sun, sand, sea and history. From the days of Blackbeard the Pirate to World War II, this site offers an interesting lesson in maritime history.
Hammocks Beach State Park- Venture to Bear Island and be rewarded with vivid memories of one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic. Accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry, Hammocks may not be for everyone, but just the place for those who enjoy the challenges of relentless sun, sand, sea and sky.
Lake Waccamaw State Park- Discover one-of-a-kind aquatic animals found nowhere else on earth. The lake is home to the Lake Waccamaw killifish and a number of other unique fish and mollusks. Spend an evening in the primitive campground or enjoy a picnic under stately trees hung with Spanish moss.
Moores Creek National Battlefield- The battle on February 27, 1776, between North Carolina Patriots and Loyalists, is commemorated here. The patriot victory notably advanced the revolutionary cause in the South.
Singletary Lake State Park- For canoeing, swimming, and nature walks bring the group to an area designated for organized camping. Two group camps contain mess halls, kitchens, campers' cabins and washhouses. Our rangers will conduct fascinating nature programs for your group and explain the unique phenomenon of the Carolina bays.
Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area- Donated to the state by the family of the 26th President, this nature preserve attracts naturalists and photographers. The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, located in the natural area, interprets the coastal environment with exhibits and multimedia programs.

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Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area
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Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area
Description - This is a vastly popular area due to its location and inviting atmosphere. Wilmington boasts as having the state's largest urban National Registered Historic District encompassing over 200 city blocks. Tours offered in the area are Thalian Hall which was completed in 1858 as a combination City Hall and Town Theater, the Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington Adventure Tours and riverboat cruises. A famous historical place is the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. Museums include New Hanover County Museum of the Lower Cape Fear, St. John's Museum of Art and the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Two gardens worthy of visiting are the Greenfield Gardens and the Airlie Gardens. The area is abound with seasonal festivals and local cultural events.

Recreation - The Wilmington area offers some of the state's most beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities for the beach lovers. The entire coast is dotted with public and private offerings. Anymore, you will have to look hard to find that remote beach haven, but it is still there with all the delights of solitude and wonderful sea shell collecting. Much of this area has a historical significance which is worthy of exploration. Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach, Theodore Roosevelt, Fort Macon are just a few of the memorable locations.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (above 7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (above 27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging above 52 inches (above 132 centimeters).

Location - Wilmington is located along the southeastern coastline of North Carolina. It may be accessed by US 421 or US 117 from the north, US 74 / 76 from the west, I-40 from the northwest or US 17 from the south.

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Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, 24 N. Third Street , Wilmington, NC, 28401, Phone: 800-222-4757

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North Carolina Community Areas - North Carolina's communities range from small mountain towns, to coastal tourist centers such as Wilmington, to the large bustling metropolitans areas of Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem.

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