Welcome to Little Washington! Where local flare is the highlight of this small coastal town. You haven’t been anywhere unless you dove into the local culture. One of the best ways to do that is to find hidden gems in the area. In Washington NC, there are unique local hideaways to discover. From hole-in-the-wall restaurants to hidden pockets of nature. There are many secret adventures for you in this town. Here are some hidden things to do in Washington NC.
Nothing beats finding an amazing place to eat. In Washington NC, there are several little restaurants waiting for you. Enjoy the best breakfast or the freshest seafood. These hole-in-the-wall spots will not disappoint.
After a long day in the sun, head over to cool off with a refreshing beer. Pitt Street Brewing Company is a North Carolina brewery in Greenville NC. And they opened a taproom right here in Washington. This On the Pamlico location has riverside seating with a rotating beer board. If you get hungry, there is always a local food truck on-site. Did we mention that dogs are welcome? You and your pup can enjoy the view of the river together!
“A great new addition to the waterfront in Little Washington! They've done an amazing job bringing an old iconic building back to life. The beers are great and the staff is friendly. Looking forward to relaxing there with friends and family in the future!”
-Jason H. from Google Reviews
Go on a shopping spree to support local artisans at Harbor District Market. This place has around 20 masterful vendors displaying their craft. This place used to be a 5/10 cent store in 1917. Now it is a community space for local farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans. You will be sure to find the best locally-made goods right here in this shopping district.
“Such a great place to go support local! The people here are so talented and incredibly friendly. My little boy had the best time dancing to the music there today! We can't wait to go back!”
-Chelsea W. from Google Reviews
On the Pamlico River sits the North Carolina Estuarium. This museum includes more than 200 exhibits from artwork to artifacts. The Tar-Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound make up one of America’s largest estuaries. It is their mission to educate visitors about the importance of ecology here. Be prepared to be awed by an aquarium, interactive maps, and other displays. There is also a nice boardwalk to stroll along the Pamlico River just outside.
“Small museum, great educational experience for the family. Add this to your... family weekend plans! Don’t miss the opportunity... see the turtles!”
-Mary M. from Google Reviews
Learning its history is always a good idea to get a real scope of an area. The crazy thing about this particular museum is that it's in a train car! Here you will learn about the effort to transport enslaved people to a new life of freedom. Learn more here about the Underground Railroad.
“This FAR exceeded my expectations! Do not let the size of the museum fool you... learn about American history and the Underground Railroad!”
-Bill G. from Google Reviews
The Turnage Theatre is a historical icon at the Arts of the Pamlico. This place features artistic performances and cultural activities. Watch a movie, play, comedy show, or live music. Other programs include art shows, science fairs, and more.
“A Washington staple. I love this spot and have seen many shows and events here... The stage is a great size and I love the sound systems in the building.”
-Simon H. from Google Reviews
While small, Goose Creek is a beautiful state park on the riverbank. The campground has spacious sites in a grassy area so you can see the stars at night. This nature area is tranquil with large mossy oak trees and waterside views. The park is open for day use as well. You will find many opportunities for kayaking, fishing, and hiking. Be sure to take time to visit the information center. There is a good exhibit about the ecology of the area. For more information, visit the NC parks website.
“The museum is awesome. They have many different animal specimens local to the region and identify the type... Lots of trails through the woods and marshes... They take very good care of the grounds...”
-Kimberly H. from Google Reviews
We hoped you enjoyed this list of hidden things to do in Washington NC. Check out other ENC Explorer posts on Washington to plan your trip.