Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Nags Head Dolphin Watch

7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head. 252-449-8999.

Hours: The dolphin watch offers tours noon and 3 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Activities: Visitors can hop on board a 40-foot pontoon boat with full canopy and padded seats, and set out into the Atlantic Ocean to discover diverse wildlife. On the two-hour journey on the sound side of the island, visitors will be able to see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and learn about their feeding and social behaviors. Guests will have the opportunity to identify about eight types of dolphins. Those on tour will also learn about Outer Banks wildlife like the osprey and pelicans, along with the local ecology and history of the area. These tours also help fund continuing dolphin research.

Cost: $29 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and under.

Target Audience: All ages.

Directions: Interstate 40 E. Slight right onto Raleigh Chapel-Hill Expressway (signs for I-440/US-1 N./Wade Avenue). Take the I-440 N./U.S.-1 N. exit toward Wake Forest/Rocky Mount/Wilson. Merge onto I-440 E./U.S.-1 N. Continue to follow I-440 E. Take exit 14 toward U.S.-64 E./U.S. 264 E./Wilson/Rocky Mount. Merge onto U.S. 264 E./U.S. 64 E. Continue to follow U.S. 64 E. Continue onto U.S. 13 N. Take exit 515 to merge onto U.S. 64 E./U.S. 64 Business E. toward Plymouth/Manteo. Continue to follow U.S. 64 E. Continue onto U.S. 64 Bypass E./Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. Continue onto U.S. 64 E. Continue onto South Virginia Dare Trail. Destination will be on the right.

Travel time from Charlotte: About six hours.