2024 Winter Destinations

Bundle up for an unforgettable journey through the Carolinas best 2024 winter destinations!

Delight in the wildlife wonders at the North Carolina Zoo, where exotic creatures thrive in natural habitats. Immerse yourself in the rich history of faith and legacy at the Billy Graham Library, a testament to a renowned evangelist's life. Discover the charming rural landscapes and award-winning wines of Duplin County, NC, offering a perfect retreat for wine enthusiasts. Join the elite Tripfox Travel Club for exclusive access to curated experiences and hidden gems across the region. Dive into the fascinating world of science and culture at the Schiele Museum, where interactive exhibits ignite curiosity.

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Mother and baby rhinoceros at Asheboro Zoo

The NC Zoo is home to animals from diverse habitats, like the mama and baby rhinoceros pictured here.

Wild Wonders Await on Your NC Zoo Adventure

At the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC, visitors can experience a captivating blend of wildlife conservation and education. One of our favorite winter destinations, the zoo spans over 500 acres and features diverse habitats where guests can observe over 1,800 animals representing various species. From African elephants to polar bears, the zoo provides an immersive environment to learn about and appreciate the world's biodiversity.

Visitors can enjoy educational programs, animal encounters, and themed exhibits that highlight the importance of conservation efforts. Additionally, the zoo offers scenic walking trails and interactive activities, making it one of several ideal NC 2024 winter destinations for families and wildlife enthusiasts to explore, connect with nature, and support global conservation initiatives. Check out the year-round NC Zoo events and exhibits calendar to find even more reasons to add the NC Zoo to your list of 2024 winter destinations and beyond:

  • Art in the Park: Explore the North Carolina Zoo's extensive animal art collection, showcasing over 150 diverse pieces, from wall art to sculptures and paintings, capturing the beauty and complexity of nature. Embark on a zoo tour and delight in identifying these scattered artistic gems throughout the facility.
  • Ride-and-a-Guide: Here's your chance to tour the zoo with a professional guide! Book a golf cart-led ride for 1.5-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, half-day, or meet and greet tours in advance.
  • Zoo Trekker: Activity guides designed for 6-12-year-olds who love animals! Complete the various quests in the guide to earn your Zoo Trekker pin. Zoo Trekkers take a solemn oath to share what they have learned about wildlife and wild animals through their actions.
  • Feeding Times: Have a favorite animal? Watch them gobble up breakfast at their designated feeding times, which are posted at each habitat and take place Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 to September 30 in the Cypress Swamp.

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Pterodactyl fossil at the Schiele Museum

You'll have a “pterrific ptime” at the Schiele Museum!

Get Your Planetarium Fix: The Schiele Museum Is One Of Our Favorite 2024 Winter Destinations

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Discover a captivating voyage through natural history, science, and regional heritage at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC, making it one of our top 2024 winter destinations. This educational haven boasts dynamic exhibits, featuring interactive displays on paleontology, astronomy, and native wildlife.

Dive into the rich history of the Catawba Indian Village, offering profound insights into the indigenous roots of the region. The museum's allure extends to the Lynn Planetarium, where visitors can partake in immersive celestial experiences. Tailored educational programs and workshops cater to diverse interests, creating an engaging environment for families and learners alike. The inclusion of outdoor spaces such as nature trails and the Lynn Planetarium Courtyard encourages exploration beyond the museum's walls.

As a hub for discovery, the Schiele Museum fosters curiosity about the natural world and cultural heritage in Gastonia. To enhance your visit, check the Schiele Museum calendar for upcoming events, solidifying its status as a must-visit on your 2024 winter destinations list:

  • Duke Energy FREE Tuesdays: Museum admission is free from 4-8 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Special “Power Up Learning” programs are also available on Free Tuesdays — to book your seats, reserve tickets online-only up to a week before each program date. March 12 programming highlights animal adaptations while June 11 shifts gears to weather.
  • Friday Night Lights planetarium shows: Check the website for topics categorized by age group. The Sky Tonight, which shows daily, is ideal for anyone fascinated with the stars and planets. Totality will debut in April 2024 and shed light on the phenomena of eclipses (this show is also available in Spanish!) In summer 2024, visitors can look forward to “Expedition Reef” for an opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on coral reefs and how to help preserve them.

The Billy Graham Library

The Billy Graham Library evokes contemplation amidst serene natural beauty.

Billy Graham Library

The Billy Graham Library stands as a testament to the transformative power of faith and the enduring legacy of one of the most revered evangelists in history. It is one of the best 2024 winter destinations for Carolina Travelers who love to blend a passion for travel with their religious devotion.

What sets the Billy Graham Library apart is its immersive journey through the life and ministry of Reverend Billy Graham. Visitors are enveloped in the pages of his remarkable story, from the humble beginnings on a North Carolina dairy farm to the global impact of his evangelistic crusades. The library's meticulously curated exhibits and multimedia presentations capture the essence of Graham's unwavering commitment to sharing the Gospel.

Guests can wander through the rustic Graham family homeplace, filled with poignant memories, or spend contemplative moments in the Prayer Garden, reflecting on the spiritual journey that has touched millions. The dairy barn, meticulously restored, serves as a poignant symbol of Graham's early years and the simplicity that marked his powerful message. Participate in guided tours,  enjoy moments of quiet reflection in the Prayer Chapel, or attend a host of events throughout the year:

  • Easter at the Library
  • Children's Story Time
  • Book signings
  • Coffee and Conversations
  • And more!
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Collage of top 2024 winter destinations in Duplin County, NC

Enjoy everything Duplin County has to offer.

Wine Down in Duplin County

We're packing our bags for Duplin County, North Carolina, one of our favorite 2024 winter destinations. Here, southern charm and rich heritage converge. Venture to the Duplin Winery, a gem nestled in the heart of the county. Indulge in a wine tasting experience, savoring the renowned muscadine wines that have put Duplin County on the viticultural map. The winery's expansive grounds offer a serene backdrop for relaxation and photo opportunities.

For a taste of agricultural heritage, head to Kenansville and explore the Cowan Museum of History and Science. Unveil the region's rich history and explore scientific wonders through interactive exhibits, offering an engaging educational experience for visitors of all ages. Discover the historical charm of Kenansville Spring, a landmark that transports you to a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the town's rich heritage, appreciating the significance of this natural spring.

Indulge in the luxurious amenities of the River Landing golf course in Wallace. Tee off on the pristine golf courses, reveling in the scenic beauty that surrounds this premier destination. At the Rose Hill Town Square, you'll find a truly unique sight – the world's largest frying pan! This iconic landmark symbolizes Duplin County's proud agricultural roots and is a quirky photo opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

For a taste of rural life, venture to Beulaville and explore the Country Barn. This rustic haven showcases the best of North Carolina's countryside, featuring farm animals, seasonal produce, and family-friendly activities. Engage in hands-on experiences, from picking fresh produce to interacting with farm animals, offering an authentic farm-to-table encounter.

Duplin County invites you to savor the perfect blend of history, recreation, and Southern charm. Whether you're a golf enthusiast, a history buff, or a family seeking wholesome fun, this diverse county promises a memorable journey through its unique attractions.

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