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

Closings, cancellations and postponements related to hunting, fishing, boating and other wildlife-associated activities from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Latest on Wildlife Recreation

North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina state parks and recreation areas, as well as trails, are open, but visitor centers, picnic shelters and swim areas remain closed. Visit the North Carolina State Parks website for the open/closed status of individual parks and recreation areas.

Because state parks have been experiencing record visitation numbers, consider visiting earlier in the day or on a weekday to avoid crowds.

Latest on State Parks

North Carolina Historic Sites

State historic sites’ grounds are open to visitors, but visitor centers and historic buildings remain closed to the public. Find the latest about individual sites as well as other important information.

Latest on Historic Sites

North Carolina Zoo

Outdoor exhibits at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro are open for visitors. Indoor habitats and seasonal attractions are closed. Outside dining is available.

Reservations/advance tickets are required for entry. Visit for tickets and more information.

North Carolina Zoo

Armchair Travel

Discover Summer

Learn something new about North Carolina every week this summer as we #DiscoverSummerNC!

Discover Summer


Explore the stories, history and culture of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and find out how surf culture in the state took off. 


NC Learn @ Home

NCLearn @ Home 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.

NCLearn @ Home