Day trips to exciting locales abound in the Tar Heel State but few places give you the opportunity to become a paleontologist for the day – for free. The next time you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind experience in North Carolina, head to the tiny town of Aurora (population: about 525). Load the trunk with some digging tools, gloves, and a bag to tote home your treasures – and have a ball digging for fossils from the Miocene Epoch from the Neogene Period (ranging from about 23 million years ago to five million years ago).
The Aurora Fossil Museum is open year-round, but with fewer hours in the winter. For a complete and up-to-date list of hours, see the official website at this link. You can also follow the Facebook page here. And don’t pass up the chance to visit during the Aurora Fossil Festival, taking place in May!
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