No. 1: N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences tops annual ranking of popular N.C. attractions
The natural sciences museum in downtown Raleigh welcomed a whopping 946,486 visitors in 2017. Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach came in second with 896,682.Posted — Updated
The natural sciences museum in downtown Raleigh welcomed a whopping 946,486 visitors in 2017. Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach came in second with 896,682. Here's the full list. Five Triangle-area destinations make the top 10.
Top Historic Attractions in North Carolina
1. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, 946,486.
2. Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, 896,682.
3. Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach, 871,676.
4. North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, 860,148.
6. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, 690,629.
7. NC Museum of History, Raleigh, 579,236.
8. Museum of Life and Science, Durham, 574,884.
9. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 495,696.
10. North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, 494,532.
12. Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devils Hill, 413,387.
13. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores, 390,012.
14. NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island, Manteo, 306,376
15. Grandfather Mountain, Linville, 287,611.
17. NC Maritime Museums, Beaufort, Hatteras, Southport, 279,985.
19. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, 274,981.
20. Chimney Rock State Park, Chimney Rock, 253,715.
22. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Belmont, 215,233.
24. Kaleideum, Winston-Salem, 189,134.
25. Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Gastonia, 185,577.
26. Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, 179,329.
27. Linville Caverns, Marion, 177,642.
28. Cherokee Cultural Attractions, Cherokee, 161,146.
It's worth noting that Biltmore in Asheville is not on the list because it no longer reports its attendance totals. Carolina Publishing and Associates publishes Carolina Field Trips Magazine and Carolina Heritage Guide.
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