EXPLORE & DISCOVER
experience our history
Discover natural wonder
Located directly on the scenic waterfront, downtown Washington offers unique opportunities to the visitor, from world-class restaurants and intriguing antique stores to art galleries, performing centers, and more. Our downtown on the waterfront is the perfect place for an overnight stay or a weekend getaway. The Pamlico River and scenic waterfront boardwalk make a spectacular backdrop for a picnic or afternoon in the park. You can also visit the NC Estuarium or catch at show at the Historic Turnage Theatre, all in downtown Washington.
Discover the charms of the Inner Banks by exploring our beautiful downtown.
Historic Turnage Theater
The Historic Turnage Theatre is a NC designated historic site and a contributing structure in the Historic District of Washington, NC. The 32,000 square foot building houses two theaters. Built in 1913, the front of the building was originally used as a bakery and shoe store with a vaudeville playhouse on the second floor. One of its owners, C.A. Turnage renamed the building the Turnage Theater. In the mid 1930’s Turnage built a second theatre, palace-style on the rear of the building (present day restoration shown to the left).
Washington Underground Railroad Museum
The museum is a pictorial history of Slavery in Washington & Beaufort County NC. They are a National Park Service “Underground Railroad Network to Freedom” site.
Washington Haunts: Historic Ghost Walks
Fear not! The lantern will light the way as we journey into our 2019-2020 ghost walk season.
We meet at Harding Square garden beside the Visitor’s Center, in downtown historic Washington, NC. Ticket sales begin at 7:30 for the 8:00 ghost walk. $15/person. Cash only. No reservations.
Come with us on a 90-minute walk through three centuries of supernatural occurrence!
The stunning waterfront in Washington’s historic downtown is the jewel in our crown. On the waterfront you can see boats from near and far, the NC Estuarium, a children’s park, and a boardwalk for quiet enjoyment. For nature lovers, the waterfront boasts a variety of wildlife in their natural habitats, the Tar and Pamlico Rivers. Fishermen flock to the area, so if you’re lucky you just might hear a fish tale or two. As one of the gathering spots in Washington, the waterfront takes on a life of its own during large annual festivals like the Summer Festival and Smoke on the Water.
- Bike Shops & Rentals
- Bird watching on the NC Birding Trail
- Camping, hiking and biking. Soccer, softball, baseball, archery, and an aquatic fitness center at the Susie Gray McConnell Sports Complex & Aquatics Center
- Miles of paddle trails and kayaking
- Numerous public parks and playgrounds
Are you a shooting sports enthusiast? If so then you will find all you need at Hunters’ Pointe Sporting Clays. Visit their website today to learn about all they have to offer.
Skydive Little Washington is a USPA Group Member drop zone and jump school in Eastern NC. They are located on the grounds of Washington-Warren Air Field, just a thirty minute drive from Greenville and serving Eastern North Carolina.
The Little Washington Sailing School gives sailing lessons to youths. The program promotes self-reliance, awareness of safety, sportsmanship, team work, self-confidence and respect for others.
The eight miles of trails at Goose Creek State Park lead visitors through a broad range of coastal experiences—live oaks draped in Spanish moss, wetlands along the Pamlico Sound and a cypress swamp viewed from an extensive boardwalk.