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Old 03-22-2017, 05:14 AM
 
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We are going on vacation to coastal NC soon, and are planning on visiting Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Atlantic Beach. We are staying at the Wilmington KOA for 5 nights and then at a campground near Atlantic Beach for 2. Any non water suggestions for these areas since it might not be warm enough to go into the water quite yet? How do the 2 beach areas compare? Should we skip one altogether and head to another one nearby?

Thanks for any suggestions,
Kelly
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:32 AM
 
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Well, the two beaches are relatively close together in that even with a camper, you could travel between them in 2 hours or less. Carolina beach has the city of Wilmington and all it has to offer is more metropolitan. Atlantic is more small town and has Morehead City and Beaufort along with Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout and tend to be more naturalist oriented.

With 5 days in Wilmington you would certainly have enough time to explore areas like Southport of even as far south at Myrtle Beach if you liked. Two nights in Atlantic will barely let you scratch the surface if you want to explore the natural nature of the outer banks.

Further north is Ocracoke and Kitty Hawk if you really want to get a feel of the NC outer banks.

Make use of the NC ferry system when you can. It is a relaxing and scenic way to travel around the NC coast.
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:42 AM
 
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We will be driving about eight hours to get there, so we don't want to really have to drive too much once were actually there. We wanted to hit both beaches and Wilmington. I didn't want to be too much on water activity since it may not be warm enough to do anything in the water when we are there. We figured with this plan we would have two days at Carolina Beach, two days and Wilmington, and a day and a half at Atlantic Beach. However if this plan seems out of of alignment with the number of activities there is to actually do in each place I'm all for switching it up
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:19 AM
 
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We will be driving about eight hours to get there, so we don't want to really have to drive too much once were actually there. We wanted to hit both beaches and Wilmington. I didn't want to be too much on water activity since it may not be warm enough to do anything in the water when we are there. We figured with this plan we would have two days at Carolina Beach, two days and Wilmington, and a day and a half at Atlantic Beach. However if this plan seems out of of alignment with the number of activities there is to actually do in each place I'm all for switching it up
The water is way too cold now to swim, but with luck, it will be warm enough to sit on the beach. I'd skip Atlantic and just focus on Wilmington and CB. Lots to do there:


Britts Doughnuts
Battleship North Carolina
Explore downtown Wilmington
Walk/enjoy the beach
Eat great food
Buy local seafood and cook it yourself
Hire a fishing charter
Visit Southport, a quaint old town
Take the ferry to Bald Head Island and see how the 1% vacations
Visit Fort Fisher
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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Depending on where you are coming from, you will be going through or nearby New Bern.
It's worth a stop and visit.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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The water is way too cold now to swim, but with luck, it will be warm enough to sit on the beach. I'd skip Atlantic and just focus on Wilmington and CB. Lots to do there:


Britts Doughnuts
Battleship North Carolina
Explore downtown Wilmington
Walk/enjoy the beach
Eat great food
Buy local seafood and cook it yourself
Hire a fishing charter
Visit Southport, a quaint old town
Take the ferry to Bald Head Island and see how the 1% vacations
Visit Fort Fisher
Wilmington is busier with probably more to do. You could visit Carolina beach, and Wrightsville beach too. So I'd probably agree with focusing there but, you could make a similar list for AB though:

Big Oak or El's Drive-in
NC Aquarium @ Pine Knoll Shores
Walk/enjoy beach
Eat great food
Buy local seafood and cook it yourself
Hire a fishing charter
Visit Beaufort, a quaint old town
Visit Fort Macon
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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Wilmington is busier with probably more to do. You could visit Carolina beach, and Wrightsville beach too. So I'd probably agree with focusing there but, you could make a similar list for AB though:

Big Oak or El's Drive-in
NC Aquarium @ Pine Knoll Shores
Walk/enjoy beach
Eat great food
Buy local seafood and cook it yourself
Hire a fishing charter
Visit Beaufort, a quaint old town
Visit Fort Macon
Oh yeah, forgot about the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher, plus:


Airlie Gardens
Cape Fear Museum
Wilmington Railroad Museum
Cameron Art Museum
The Cotton Exchange
Brewpubs
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:20 PM
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I see no one mentioned the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Went there on a school trip. Very impressed.
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Old 04-08-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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Don't forget about Fort Macon. It has a quaint teeny tiny museum, gift shop as well as some beautiful trails to go for a nice walk along the water.
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