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Old 04-15-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Ooh, Charleston would be great! A few years ago, the homeschool group I'm with did an eco-tour of the barrier islands, with this company: Barrier Island Eco Tours in Charleston, South Carolina - Our Trips (http://www.nature-tours.com/trips.html - broken link) We did the Capers Island tour, and it was wonderful! The guides were knowledgeable and very kid-friendly. With our group, we did the cookout on the beach; I see they offer a crabbing expedition, with a crab boil. THAT would be something to remember! And there's James Island County Park, which has tons of stuff to do.

Wow, now I want to go to Charleston again!

My oldest son & I took a train trip to Raleigh when he was 4. That was a great trip, as well, with the fun of the train, then visiting the Museum of Natural Sciences & NC Museum of Art (both free). Depending on the activity level of your son, the art museum might not work well, but it does have an outdoor sculpture garden, that connects to nature trails. There's a really nice park right downtown. I've also heard great things about Marbles Kid's Museum, which wasn't built yet when we visited.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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The train is a great idea for kids. There are usually a few speciality trains during the year including the BBQ Train (goes to the annual Lexington NC BBQ festival), the State Fair Train, and the Santa Train at Christmas time. The Santa Train always sells out so I recommend reserving seats early on it.

You can get more information on all of this at:

http://bytrain.org
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Now that I think of the trains, you might also want to think about the train that runs through the NC and Tennessee mountains. This is the website for more info.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Bryson City, NC
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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We're doing Williamsburg, VA for the weekend. Just 5 hours from Charlotte. Hotel room rates are insanely low there right now. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Busch Gardens are all at your doorstep. Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads is a short drive. Looking forward to a great weekend!
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Okay, now you need to identify where there are Amish farms K.

I am only aware of Mennonites in NC/SC/VA
I'll 2nd your .

I've heard that there are Amish in East TN, but never heard of GA.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:14 AM
 
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We're doing Williamsburg, VA for the weekend. Just 5 hours from Charlotte. Hotel room rates are insanely low there right now. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Busch Gardens are all at your doorstep. Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads is a short drive. Looking forward to a great weekend!
That's a great idea! I had no idea we were so close. I'm filing this one away for future short trip ideas.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Near the water
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Charleston all the way!
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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http://georgiamagazine.com/archives_...yr=2004&ID=974

Georgia Amish Attractions | eHow.com
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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Are they Amish or Mennonite? Amish & Mennonite are not the same. Just like the Schwenkfelders are neither Amish nor Mennonite.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Are they Amish or Mennonite? Amish & Mennonite are not the same. Just like the Schwenkfelders are neither Amish nor Mennonite.
Who you callin a Schwenkfelder???
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