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Must-visit locations in eastern North Carolina

   Eastern North Carolina is filled with interesting places. With Greenville as home base, you easily can take day trips to fascinating locations that are both fun and educational.

   Some sites have historic importance and you will learn about the state's rich past. Some are scenic and will bring you face-to-face with the beauty of Mother Nature.

   Here are some must-visit locations in eastern North Carolina suggested by Tyre Realty Group:

Aurora Fossil Museum fossil digging pit (Web photo)

Aurora Fossil Museum

Don’t forget to bring your beach shovel to the Aurora Fossil Museum! Learn interesting facts about the remains of prehistoric plants and  animals while exploring the museum, then step outside and dig for your own fossils. Tons of fun for all ages and it’s all free.

400 Main Street
Aurora, NC 27806

USS Battleship North Carolina (Photo from Wikipedia.com)

Battleship North Carolina

The USS North Carolina is a must-see for any history buff. This grand World War II battleship is moored across the river from downtown Wilmington. Wear comfortable shoes to take a self-guided tour, walking the same decks as Navy soldiers of the past. The only downside is that it's not very handicapped-accessible.

1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28402

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Photo from Outerbanks.com)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Built to warn travelers, the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse now welcomes them! Get ready to climb (it's as tall as a 12-story building) and the breathtaking panoramic view will be your reward. It's open for climbs mid-April through Columbus Day and tickets must be purchased on site.

46379 Lighthouse Road
Buxton, NC 27930

Duplin Winery and vineyard (Web photo)

Duplin Winery

Nestled just off I-40, Duplin Winery is the largest winery in the South and the largest Muscadine grape winery in the world. Enjoy a tour of the facility and then a fantastic tasting of some of the best wines on the East Coast. There’s great music and even the occasional grape stomping!

505 N. Sycamore Street
Rose Hill, NC 28458