The Aurora Fossil Museum is well known and appreciated throughout southeastern North Carolina for its unique contributions to hands-on history lessons. Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit fossil education resource center, the museum fulfills its mission to increase knowledge of the geology and paleontology of the area by providing a pile...more about The Aurora Fossil Museum
Being somewhat isolated, small and on the water, Oriental, NC and surrounding Pamlico County are home to attractions inspired by a buzzing community of sailors, artists, wine lovers and history buffs. Those looking to step back to a time that existed before boat engines and beyond mankind can find fossils in Aurora, sailing lessons in Oriental and camping the unspoiled Croatan National Forest. Much of the area's history is also displayed at the Pamlico Heritage Center in Grantsboro, where visitors uncover historical tools and locally made gifts.
When searching for things to do in Oriental, you'll soon find that water is at the core of nearly activity. Known as the sailing capitol of North Carolina, Oriental has calm waters for paddle boarding and fishing, as well as quick passage to more open waters for the serious sailor. Families and kids can have an active day trip as well with a bike ride or a kayak trip, or slow things down with some fishing. Be sure to check at the local marinas and docks for a fishing report on what's biting during your visit and where to find it.