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The riverfront town of New Bern, which turned 300 in 2010, is the state’s second oldest town. For visitors to the Crystal Coast looking for a little change of scenery, the short jaunt inland can provide a day full of shopping, exploring and educational opportunities.

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As long as there have been vessels exploring the high seas, there has been a need for navigational guides around rugged or dangerous shoreline. Shallows, shoals and islands are often unseen hazards to seafaring crafts and man has long sought to protect ships in nearby waters.

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The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores announced June 10 that Eagle Landing is set to open. The habitat for two flightless bald eagles, Uwohali and Shagoie Watha, is scheduled to open on the 4th of July.

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A pair of coastal legislators are pushing for the North Carolina General Assembly to chip in $10 million to help expand the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located at Kure Beach in New Hanover County, south of Wilmington.

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Take in a family-friendly film while enjoying the sea breeze at Atlantic Beach Town Park, 915 W. Fort Macon Road. Each summer the town offers a weekly movie on a large outdoor screen. Movies begin at dusk – about 8:30pm. Lawn chairs, blankets and other comfort items are welcome. This year's …

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The homes and gardens of the historic seaside village of Beaufort will open doors and swing back their gates for the 59th annual Old Homes & Gardens Tour on June 28-29. The annual tour, a fundraiser for the Beaufort Historical Association, features 13 of Beaufort’s beautiful private home…

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For 61 years, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has drawn droves of spectators and media to the Morehead City waterfront. Visitors and residents visit shops and restaurants downtown while waiting for an angler to catch the top prize, a blue marlin. While prizes are still awarded for game f…

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“Carry your Green Book with you … you may need it.” is the cautionary tagline found on the front cover of the nearly three dozen issues of Victor Hugo Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” (and later “The Negro Travelers Green Book”). At a glance, this caveat could be perceived as a thinly…

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Just about anyone who has taken a boat ride through the picturesque waters surrounding Down East Carteret County has spotted what is oft-referred to as the Big House on Davis Island. Since 1885 the Davis Island Hunt Club has had a looming presence, like a sentinel guarding the entrance to Ja…

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A family-friendly event will help showcase the waterfront property designated as the site for the future home of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

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There is a significant United States military presence in North Carolina. All four branches are represented in some way; from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro and Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, to Marine Corps bases Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point closer to home. On Memorial Day, the…

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It’s that time of year again – the sun starts to shine, the temperature slowly begins to climb and music can heard wafting on the breeze. A variety of free summer music series brings live entertainment to just about every reach of Carteret County. Genres vary, but all are family friendly.

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With summer vacation on the horizon, NOAA and the National Park Service are alerting beach-goers to the threat of rip currents and how to prevent drowning from their strong and potentially fatal grip.

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The march of time hasn’t moved quite as quickly in Topsail as it has in more metropolitan areas of North Carolina. Here, the tide and prevailing winds have guided the clock, the sun and sand have dictated our schedules and the catch of the day rings the evening dinner bell.

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Nothing could be sweeter than the NC Blueberry Festival, planned for Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, 2019 which pays homage to the area’s rich history of blueberry cultivation. Combining blueberries and tourism the NC Blueberry Festival Association aims to raise awareness of both the annual…

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Each New Year’s Day, the Dolphin Dip Foundation brings people together for a fun opportunity to take the challenge and hit the cool ocean waters for a refreshing way to embrace a new start. The water is chilly, but it doesn’t seem to stop crowds in Surf City from taking a brave immersion in …

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This fall, sip and nibble yourself through the annual NC Musadine Festival and celebrate the harvest of the state's largest grape crop. Find two days of live music, an eclectic group of arts and crafts vendors, a variety of food options and sample more than 250 wines. Scheduled for Sept. 27-…

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The ever-growing Ocean City Jazz Festival in North Topsail Beach celebrates a milestone in 2019. The annual fest, which turns 10, celebrates a decade of bringing cool jazz to the historic Ocean City Community Center with an expanded four-day event featuring musicians at the top of their art …

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Sneads Ferry, a quaint seafood village, is most famous for its main catch, shrimp, and each year it brings in more than 385 tons of this popular crustacean. Each year, in an effort to celebrate and honor local fishermen and the seafood industry, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival attracts shri…

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Hit the streets of Hampstead for to celebrate the town’s most abundant catch, the spot fish. Hampstead is host to the NC Spot Festival each year offering a two-day event filled with fun, food and entertainment. This year, the annual event will be held Nov. 2-3, and organizers have lots to ce…

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Rarely do the towers go unnoticed by visitors – standing along the coastline like sentinels of an era long forgotten. Despite the battle scars from the elements endured, the towers remain strong and sturdy. They’re conversation starter for history buffs and puzzling clues to first time visit…

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The Azalea Coast - When deciding what to do with yourself during your island vacation, don’t discount nearby Wilmington for a daytrip. With an array of first-class museums and attractions, this break from lounging by the ocean may be exactly what you need. If you go, make sure you visit the …