Adventurous Things to Do in North Carolina


Is your family tired of the same boring reunion destinations? Visit North Carolina for plenty of adventurous things to do at your next family reunion.

Are you looking for a family reunion destination filled with adventure for your active family? North Carolina is the perfect place for your family to gather and experience plenty of action-packed experiences. Inland terrains of the Appalachian Mountains or the coastal beachfront of the Atlantic Ocean offer the best of both worlds for all kinds of adventurous things to do in North Carolina.

The Mountains

A family reunion in the mountains is a certain opportunity for adventure. The terrain and beautiful mountain views offer the perfect location for sightseeing and family time with a mix of action in and around the Asheville region. In the winter, there are plenty of ski resorts with fresh powder for the best skiing conditions. In the summer months, try your hand at zip-lining or off-roading for a rugged adventure. There are plenty of zip-lining experiences to choose from for an exhilarating and unique view of North Carolina’s mountain ranges.

Gather In The North Carolina Smoky Mountains

If you have the proper vehicle, off-roading is another great option for an adventurous activity. There’s no better location to try off-roading than a woodsy mountain range like the Appalachian Mountains. While the mountain range may be one of the best terrains to try off-roading, be sure to follow a beginner’s guide for safety tips to keep your family safe and sound.

North Central

North Central North Carolina offers a wealth of options for those seeking reunion destinations. Roanoke Rapids, located on the Roanoke River, is a small town with a big heart. Its historic downtown area offers plenty of shopping and dining options, and the nearby Lake Gaston provides ample opportunities for water sports and fishing. The Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail, which follows the historic Roanoke Canal, is a great spot for hiking and learning about the area’s history.

Rocky Mount, located just south of Roanoke Rapids, offers a mix of modern amenities and historic charm. The Rocky Mount Mills development is a popular destination for dining and entertainment, and the city’s train station, which dates back to the early 1900s, has been converted into a museum. The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences is another must-see attraction, with a planetarium, art galleries, and a children’s museum.

Raleigh-Durham, located further west, is a bustling metropolitan area with plenty to see and do. Raleigh’s downtown area is home to numerous museums, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of History. Durham’s American Tobacco Campus is a popular destination for dining and entertainment, and the Duke Lemur Center is a unique attraction where visitors can learn about these fascinating primates.


Corolla offers wide beaches and many outdoor activities for families. Photo Credit: Nancy Schretter

The Coast

If you’re looking for a beach location to plan your action-filled family reunion, consider the coast of North Carolina. There are plenty of family-friendly beach vacation rentals with nearby water sports for everyone to enjoy at the beach. Take surfing lessons for an exhilarating test of balance or rent paddleboards for a more relaxed, but no less challenging, balancing act. Dive deep into the Atlantic Ocean with scuba diving lessons for a unique experience only offered on the coasts. Your family will be amazed at the views of wildlife and shipwrecks, making this year’s family reunion the best one yet. If you are looking for adventure out of the water, hang-gliding might be the sport for your family. Racing down the dunes of the East Coast to be lifted thousands of feet in the air is an adventure like no other for thrill-seekers.

North Carolina offers many adventurous activities for thrill-seeking families. Head to the mountains or the coast for a plethora of adventurous things to do in North Carolina.

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