Sightseeing in Hope Mills

$149 for Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to 10 from Jordan Lake Tours (Up to $335 Value)

Jordan Lake Tours

Moncure

$335 $149

Pontoon boats take groups across scenic waters as guide points out wildlife such as bald eagles and finches and provides drinks and snacks

Tasting for Two or Four with Snacks and Take-Home Glasses at Hinnant Family Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

$47.49 $23

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

Ava Gardner Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 55% Off)

Ava Gardner Museum

Smithfield

$14 $7

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Museum with more than 20,000 artifacts from the actress's career and personal life

Zombie Paintball Hayride for One or Haunted-House Visit for Two at Darkside Haunted Estates (Up to 41% Off)

Darkside Haunted Estates

Emit

$20 $12

Creep cautiously through haunted attractions enhanced by special effects

Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 47% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

$34 $18

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

$30 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour from Triangle Glides ($55 Value)

Triangle Glides

Downtown Raleigh

$55 $30

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Roll effortlessly on self-balancing Segways as guides lead trips focusing on local history, landmarks, and specialty themes

Distillery Tour and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company (Up to 63% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

$20 $10

Guests tour distillery that uses fruits and other crops to form the base of spirits and fortified wines stored in oak barrels

$12 for a Saturday Tour Package with Tasting at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company ($29 Value)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

Lemurs Live! Tour for 2 or Walking with Lemurs or Weekday Tour for 1 at Duke Lemur Center (Up to 42% Off) 

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

$24 $15

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Get up close and personal with exotic lemurs at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates

$16 for Tour for Two at Stony Mountain Vineyards ($32 Value)

Stony Mountain Vineyards

North Albemarle

$32 $16

Drink in breathtaking views of the Uwharrie Mountains as you sample barrel-aged craft wines

$33 for $60 Worth of Pets — Peaceful Paca Plantation, LLC

Peaceful Paca Plantation, Llc

Locust

$60 $33

Therapeutic alpaca farm geared to help individuals with disabilities and emotional issues

Visit for Two or Four to The Children's Museum of Wilmington (Up to 58% Off)

The Children's Museum of Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington

$18 $8

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Kids learn while they play at hands-on exhibits, including a pirate ship, an indoor treehouse and a play grocery store with a diner upstairs

Visit for 2 or 4 or One-Year Family Plus Membership to Imagination Station Science and History Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Imagination Station Science and History Museum

Wilson

$10 $5

Visitors browse more than 20 permanent and temporary science exhibits, including Nano!, which explores the microscopic world

Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour for Two, Four, or Eight at Barrier Island Excursions, LLC (Up to 63% Off)

Barrier Island Excursions, LLC

Southport

$100 $49

Guides lead groups through the peaceful waters of estuaries around Southport and Oak Island atop stand-up paddleboards

Visit for Two or Up to Two Adults and Four Kids to the Children's Museum of South Carolina (Up to 44% Off)

Children's Museum of South Carolina

Myrtle Beach

$16 $9

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Interactive exhibits encourage learning through imaginative play and hands-on exploration

Crazy Dash Walking-Adventure Tour for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Multiple Locations

$39.95 $20

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

Admission for Two or Four at Brookgreen Gardens (Up to 55% Off)

Brookgreen Gardens

Pawleys Island

$28 $14

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Admission to first U.S. sculpture garden replete with exhibits, a film, and zoo

One or Two Tickets to the People's Transit Pub Crawl from Royal Limousine (45% Off)

People's Transit Pub Crawl

Greensboro

$20 $11

Revelers hop on a bus to travel from bar to bar during a weekly pub crawl held on Friday nights

Haunted Attraction Visit for Two or Four at Kersey Valley Spookywoods (Up to 40% Off)

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

Archdale

$50 $30

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Spookywoods visitors wend through the haunted house, asylum, and corn maze

Winery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)

Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe

$41 $18

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Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with wine bottles made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Hand-Crafted NC Cheese at Old Stone Winery (50% Off)

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

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Fascinate-U Children's Museum touts pint-sized, play-based educational programs and exhibits that encourage imagination and hands-on learning for children of all ages. Kids can touch and explore the engaging exhibits and partake in imaginative scenarios, all within the museums' miniaturized town setting. Oversee children role-playing real-life situations, such as working at the local fire station, playing the lead role in a tiny version of Titus Andronicus at the theater, or selecting nutritious foodstuffs at the kid-size town grocer. Birthday parties allow unlimited access to the museum floor for up to 20 kids, allowing them to get something other than a cake stomachache out of a party ($70 for members). Peruse the gift shop to continue the cranium cultivating at home, and enjoy a members-only 10% discount.

116 Green St
Fayetteville,
NC
US

Though reviews are still growing for Greg's! Art, Pottery & Gifts, four Insider Pagers each give the store a perfect five stars, and more than 300 Facebookers are fans.

122 Maxwell St
Fayetteville,
NC
US

Lisa's expert framers have been showcasing all manner of memorabilia in creative custom cages for nearly 30 years, and they have the experience to face any framing challenge with a variety of artistic outlines and long-lasting techniques. Immortalize important decisions by framing your humanities degree or showcase your sentimental mementos—such as actual hard copies of your sentiments—in a shadowbox frame. Because every matte-worthy Matisse or frameable Fig Newton is put under glass on-site, you can relax with the knowledge that your keepsakes are kept safe under the watchful gaze of the framers.

1226 Fort Bragg Rd
Fayetteville,
NC
US

Part of the North Carolina Railway Museum, the New Hope Valley Railway shepherds passengers through pine forest aboard vintage diesel and steam-engine trains. Covered cars protect riders from the elements, while a historic open-air caboose allows them to recline in locomotive fashion as they enjoy the shade of the woods, the breeze of the wind, and the harmonious serenade of local wildlife choirs. Trains depart from and return to Bonsal Depot, where a gift shop awaits filled with keepsake merchandise and a display track showcases vintage railroad equipment.

Free to the public, the North Carolina Railway Museum houses historic railway artifacts including vintage trains from builders such as Vulcan Iron Works and General Electric. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Railway lets passengers take control of diesel-electric or steam-engine trains to experience firsthand life as a conductor.

5121 Daisey St
New Hill,
NC
US

Ava Gardner was studying to be a secretary at the Atlantic Christian College when 12-year-old Thomas Banks met her while playing at the school's campus in 1940. A year later, the young boy learned his friend had signed a movie contract with MGM to become a movie star. From then on, he collected newspaper clippings and memorabilia tracing her film career, from her breakout role in 1946's The Killers to her lauded work in 1953's Mogambo with Clark Gable. Tom and Ava remained friends over the years, and, at her request, he unveiled his collection—more than 50 years in the making—in 1979 in Smithfield, her birthplace and eventual resting place.

Tom amassed more than 20,000 artifacts from Ava's career and private life, which now, among other pieces, fill the 6,400-square-foot Ava Gardner Museum. Among movie posters and awards stand the silk satin cape that Ava wore in publicity shots for The Barefoot Contessa and the black dress she donned in The Great Sinner. Her personal items include china, jewelry, 40 portraits of her by Bert Pfeiffer, and the engraved watch she gave to her third husband, Frank Sinatra. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum celebrates the starlet with its annual Ava Gardner Festival, which includes screenings of her classic films and heritage tours.

325 E Market St
Smithfield,
NC
US

Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.

302 S West St
Raleigh,
NC
US