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Old 07-26-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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I'll be visiting a friend in Wilmington with my kids and wonder what's to see along the coast. I plan to only spend a few days in Wilmington, and hope to take my time driving back up to Virginia if there's anything worth stopping for (other than Kitty Hawk and its vicinity). I don't plan to go further south than Wilmington.

I'm more familiar with Piedmont and Mountain areas of NC (I used to live in NC as a child), but have never been to New Bern or Elizabeth City or other places along the coastal area. Any interesting destinations?

Also, it's been over 10 years since I visited Wilmington. I remember there was a small waterfront area built up with restaurants, but the surrounding streets seemed a bit rough. Comments about what to do in Wilmington are appreciated, too (Battleship NC is only thing I know about so far).
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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New Bern has Tryon Palace, the Pepsi museum, and a really cool fireman's museum.

Outer Banks has Kitty Hawk, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Ft. Raleigh, Elizabethean Gardens, Jockey's Ridge (largest living sand dune on the East Coast).

In Wilmington, you'll find the Cape Fear Museum, there's a REALLY cool children's museum, the NC Battleship, and 30 minutes south is Ft. Fisher and the Aquarium.
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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There's Fort Fisher, the Serpentarium in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and the beautiful seashells, and depending on your route to VA, you could take one of the ferrys, maybe even to Ocracoke. There's a lot to see and do along the coast!
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I'm in Wilmington right now and we need something to do tomorrow (our last full day here). Is it worth it to venture out to New Bern for the Pepsi Museum? I'm a big Pepsi fan, but if its pathetic, we don't want to waste the time.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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There's Poplar Grove Plantation in Scott's Hill. Lots of interesting things for all ages. I'd try to plan that when it's cloudy or early in the day because of the heat. Kids love it! It's very easy to make a day of it and learn a lot at the same time. Enjoy!
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