Sightseeing in Lumberton

46% Off First-Time Flight with Lesson

Centerline Aviation

Fayetteville

$185 $99

After ground and pre-flight training, Gold Seal–certified instructors let passengers take control during the 30- to 40-minute flight

Up to 56% Off Jordan Lake Boat Tour

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

Up to 44% Off at Children's Museum of South Carolina

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

50% Off Walking-Adventure Tour for 2 or 4

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Multiple Locations

$39.95 $20

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

Up to 55% Off Visit at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens

Pawleys Island

$28 $14

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

Half Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

Stemmerman's Inn

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

46% Off Gift Basket from Aviator Brewing Company

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

$63 $34

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Gift beer-lovers with six-packs, seasonal brews, pint glasses, and a brewery tour to learn each step of the beer-making process

Up to 56% Off Colonial Faire Admission

Camp Flintlock

Colonial Faire

$20 $10

A one-day fair celebrates the colonial era by inviting visitors to throw tomahawks, write with a quill pen, and eat early American food

Up to 51% Off Wine-Tasting Packages

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

$51.47 $25

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 – Up to 55% Off Visit

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

Up to 63% Off Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

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

Up to 47% Off a Tour at Gregory Vineyards

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

$34 $18

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

Up to 54% Off Smartphone Urban Adventure

Motiva Events

On Location

$100 $50

Smartphone urban-adventure scavenger teams explore every nook & cranny of a city while meeting new people & building relationships

50% Off Tour of Stony Mountain Vineyards

Stony Mountain Vineyards

North Albemarle

$32 $16

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

Up to 45% Off a Petting-Zoo Tour

Why Not an American Ark Equestrian Park and Two by Two Petting Zoo

Monroe

$16 $9

Farm, park, and petting zoo cover 125 acres with ponies, camels, zebras, llamas, cattle, and other creatures for kids to meet

Up to 61% Off Tour Package at Treehouse Vineyards

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

Up to 59% Off at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

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

Up to 42% Off Tours at Duke Lemur Center 

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

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

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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

It's natural for kids to engage in creative play, becoming architects, veterinarians, swashbuckling pirates, or tenured professors inside their own imaginations. The Children's Museum of South Carolina just helps them learn while they do it. Perhaps that's why the museum?like the scores of children who visit it?has continued to grow since first opening in 1994. In two decades, the museum as expanded from a small shopping-mall space to a 7,500-square-foot facility packed with 21 interactive exhibits.

In the Sea Turtles Dig the Dark exhibit, kids crawl through a sandy tunnel to see a nest of loggerhead turtle eggs and learn about endangered-species conservation. Meanwhile, the Hurricane Simulator recreates a massive storm's 78-mile-per-hour winds, and the USS Kids-A-Float exhibit explores the parts of a boat and how South Carolina's pirates might have weighed their treasure. The museum also hosts events that range from storytelling to weekly hands-on workshops. Though most of this learning happens on-site, CMSC representatives travel to local schools to lead five-week science camps.

2501 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach,
SC
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