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One of the accepted keys to a fulfilling life after retirement is staying active and engaged, on your own terms. In North Carolina, everything is in place and available to help you enjoy each day doing whatever makes you happy, whether it’s golf with friends or a long hike, creating your own art or lingering in a gallery, learning something new or imparting your wisdom through a volunteer opportunity. The simple fact is the good life in North Carolina is always ready and waiting.
Spend a quiet afternoon on the Dan River in Eden
The Blue Ridge Parkway has some of the most scenic biking trails in the country
North Carolina is home to the most craft breweries in the South
Go camping at one of our state parks and find your perfect relaxation spot
Wilmington was voted America’s Best Riverfront by USA Today readers
Discover a great variety of local shops, boutiques and art galleries in Pinehurst
Enjoy mild temperatures that make coastal kayaking possible year-round
When you retire to North Carolina, you’ll discover you’re leaving nothing behind in terms of cultural activities and events. In fact, you’ll probably find your senses overwhelmed by the choices facing you. History is at your fingertips, from the site of the Wright brothers’ first flight in Kill Devil Hills to the traditions of the Cherokee in the Great Smoky Mountains. You're surrounded by symphony orchestras, dance companies, outdoor dramas, and performing arts centers and theaters. The visual arts thrive in North Carolina, while writers and storytellers keep words alive.
Discover more about our state's arts and heritage from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Arts Council, or at North Carolina Historic Sites.
It’s impossible to describe in a few words the range of recreational activities you’ll find in North Carolina. Retire here, and then boat, bike, camp, fish, garden, golf, hike, hunt, horseback ride, raft or zip line. Cheer on one of the many college and professional sports teams, witness PGA golf, or experience the roar of NASCAR. Maybe sample the tasty wares of more than 100 wineries and 80-plus craft breweries, or just relax on the beach or next to a lulling waterfall. It’s a pretty safe bet that if you want to do it, there’s an opportunity here.
Explore our state parks and learn more about outdoor recreation from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
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