Seagrove, The Pottery Capital Of The U.S.

Seagrove, NC

Seagrove hosts the nation’s largest community of working potters—individuals of national and international reputation. Some families trace their craft bloodlines through nine generations of potters. Seagrove offers visitors an unprecedented experience. Tour and meet 70-plus working potters at work. Studios dot the countryside, tucked among barns, cattle fields, and country gas stations.  November’s Celebration of Seagrove Potters brings together roughly 70 artisans exhibiting everything from tableware to high-end works of art at the Historic Luck’s Cannery. The Celebration of Spring, held annually in April, features more than 65 potters and includes a pottery sale, special events, studios tours, and demonstrations. For the ultimate immersion, stay overnight at one of Seagrove’s bed and breakfast inns: Seagrove Stoneware Inn and Duck Smith House.

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Petty Museum

Randleman, NC

Racing fans know that NASCAR’s roots are soaked in moonshine. In fact, the need for “blockade runners” to deliver moonshine to bootleggers in North Carolina created one of the most prominent family dynasties in NASCAR racing. Known as the first family of NASCAR, the Pettys have won 10 NASCAR championships and more than 250 races. At Petty Family Attractions, families can explore the career of the King of NASCAR, Richard Petty. Experience the unparalleled success story of this stock car racing family, including Lee, Kyle, and Adam Petty and Dale Inman. The Petty Museum features cars, memorabilia, trophies and life-size recreations of the Petty family’s characters from Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” movies.

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North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

An international leader in animal conservation, the 500-acre North Carolina Zoo sits in the “heart” of our state. Visitors see elephants, rhinos, ostriches, giraffes, and more on the magnificent 100-foot immersion walkway at the Watani Grasslands Reserve. They climb aboard a ZooFari vehicle for a guided tour of the 40-acre habitat; enjoy the new “Birds of Prey” show (through Oct.); try the Air Hike ropes and obstacles course; chill out at the Rocky Coast; take in the cool wonders of arctic polar bears; or, check out the view from above at the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck.

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