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.

Learning and staying active are proven keys to a healthy, happy retirement lifestyle. In North Carolina, a renowned system of community colleges and universities make continuing education a life-long adventure. And helping others is a respected part of our communities, with abundant opportunities to volunteer your time and skills. In fact, whether working or volunteering, retired individuals are one of our key assets and most valued resources here in North Carolina.
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