Attractions in Oriental/Pamlico County, NC

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.

Featured Local Businesses
The Boathouse at Front Street Village
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

General Attractions

The Aurora Fossil Museum Oriental/Pamlico County Attractions
400 Main St.
Aurora, NC 27806
(252) 322-4238

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’s mission is to increase knowledge of the geology, paleontology and archeology of the area.  The main building exhibits...more about The Aurora Fossil Museum

10642 N.C. Hwy. 55 E
Grantsboro, NC 28529
(252) 745-2239

With over thirty permanent exhibits, and over five thousand square feet, the Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center portrays late1800 and early 1900 life in Pamlico County.  Many exhibits focus on the three economic bases in Pamlico County - farming, fishing and forestry.  The Barbara Kerr Genealogy Room provides volunteers available...more about Pamlico County Heritage Center

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