COVID-19 Recreation Resources

Beach Access & Other Travel Destinations

Travelers should check with local governments to determine whether restrictions are in place (e.g., beach access, short-term rentals and hotels, visitor centers) and to contact lodging establishments directly for their most up-to-date information.

VisitNC Travel Advisory

Hunting, Fishing & Boating

COVID-19 Information about hunting, fishing, boating and other wildlife-associated activities from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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N.C. State Parks, Museums, Historic Sites, Zoos & Aquariums

North Carolina state parks, museums, historic sites, zoo and aquariums are open, with tours, programs and family fun at N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources sites across the state.

Face masks are not required in most settings but are strongly encouraged for individuals who are not yet vaccinated. Masks are required at the North Carolina Zoo’s Acacia Station Giraffe Deck to protect the animals. 

Find Things to Do


Parks & Trails for Health

Get on the PATH to health and wellbeing! Learn more about Parks and Trails for Health (PATH) and get links to suggested activities at state parks, historic sites, museums and the zoo.


NC Learn

NCLearn is a gathering place for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ online content and educational resources for teachers, students, parents and anyone needing enriching experiences, regardless of their location.

The site includes lesson plans, educator resources, State Library and State Archives collections, virtual assistance from state librarians and educators and offerings from the state’s natural and cultural institutions.

Virtual visits to the zoo, aquariums, state museums and more are also available.