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Things you can do besides go shopping on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

If you’re not into shopping and you’ve watched all the football you can handle, we’ve got an alternative for you.

VisitNC.com has released a list of activities, events and places you can attend during the long Thanksgiving holiday. Most of them are free or at low cost. And you don’t just have to visit them on Thanksgiving. Nearly every event will also be open until Christmas.

Check out the locations below and go to NCDCR.gov for more information. For additional information, please call (919) 807-7389.

Statewide

State Historic Sites. Most historic sites will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, but resume regular operations on Saturday. Most are free.

State Parks. Open Thanksgiving Day and through the weekend, except those impacted by forest fires in western North Carolina, including South Mountains, New River, Elk Knob, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Mitchell, Lake James and Chimney Rock State Parks. Free.

East

N.C. Aquariums-Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher. The three aquariums are closed Thanksgiving Day, but open through the weekend. Fee.

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. Closed Thanksgiving Day only but open through the weekend with holiday programming. Fee.

N.C. Maritime Museums-Beaufort. The Beaufort museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but open through the weekend. Free.

N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport/Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. These maritime museums will be closed Thursday and Friday, then resume regular operations. Free.

Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. Open Thanksgiving Day and through the weekend.  Fee.

Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City.  Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Free.

Tryon Palace, New Bern. Closed Thanksgiving Day, but open over the weekend with holiday programming. Fee.

Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville. Closed Thanksgiving Day only. Free.

Piedmont

N.C. Symphony, Raleigh. Holiday Pops performances Nov. 25 and 26, Meymandi Concert Hall. Fee.

N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Closed Thanksgiving Day only. Free.

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh. Closed Thanksgiving Day only. Free.

N.C. Zoo, Asheboro.  Open Thanksgiving Day. Fee.

N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh. Closed Thanksgiving Day only. Museum Park open. Free.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Free.

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer. Closed Thanksgiving Day only. Polar Express Nov. 25-27. Fee.

West

Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort.  Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Free. 


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