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Old 11-03-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have a long lost brother who I will be meeting for the first time in February. He's coming from England to visit for a couple weeks. He'll spend two weeks in south Florida with my Dad and sister, then head up this way to see me. I'm a little nervous, having never met him and I'm really concerned that we may be bored because of the weather in February. Is there anything around here that he may find interesting that time of year? I also have 4 young children who will be tagging along everywhere so it would have to be kid friendly.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Day trip to the beach. if we have a balmy day.
And if your kids ride well.

You won't sun and swim much, but it is always the ocean.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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NCDA&CS - N.C. State Fair Division (http://www.ncstatefair.org/events/2-11htm.htm - broken link)

In February 2011 at the fairgrounds, there's the flea market (as always) as well as (at different times during the month) a bull riding competition, a dance competition, a book sale, an international auto show, rollergirl derby, horse jumping, a cat show, a gun show, and mind/body/spirit event -- something for everyone!
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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Too bad he's going to South Florida first, otherwise just the ability to be out in the sunshine would probably make him very happy.
Agree with Mike that a quick trip to Wilmington would be nice, maybe especially as a contrast to the South Florida beach scene.
Since Feb weather here is so crazy it might be wise to have a "winter" plan and a "spring" plan and then just pick the one that aligns with the weather. Any idea what he enjoys?

Frank
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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Well this is ACC basketball territory. Perhaps a college game ? I don't think State sells out the RBC unless it is a big big game. Probably out of luck for a Duke or UNC game unless you are willing to pay big $'s. If he likes any other type of sports (wrestling/gymnastics/etc) you could go the
Reynolds Coliseum and take in a match. I have taken grand kids to women gymnastics matches there before and we all really enjoyed it. Doesn't break the bank as well. Perhaps a train ride to Charlotte and back ? or the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher North Carolina Aquariums North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ..... February is probably the most unpredictable month regarding weather so just pray for decent weather (no ice or snow) and one of those warm spells we sometimes get. Hope he enjoys NC.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Lot's of great ideas! Thank you! I am definitely concerned about the weather. It would be such a shame for him to come in from dreary old england and spend a week with an ice storm and no electricity. He should probably fly into Ft Lauderdale spend a week and then come here for two weeks then drive back down there. Instead of chancing the weather delays at RDU. Nothing is set in stone yet. I've really tried to talk him out of February...no such luck. It's just a convenient time for him I guess.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:39 AM
 
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I agree about a trip to the Coast. Depending on the weather it can be quite enjoyable visiting the beach during the off season - you can even stop by the Aquarium. Shoot, here are some pics from a trip my wife and I made to the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher last February.

Escape from the Triangle! A quick trip from Raleigh to the NC Coast ~ Pictures

I'll try to chew on this and see if I can think of things going on around here in February.

You could definitely Kill a day visiting the Marbles Museum in DT Raleigh coupled with lunch / or Dinner at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub (I see kids in there all the time).
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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NRG, Is that your wife in the green shirt? Or is it someone you don't know visiting the museum? Those pics are so weird because I've been to the aquarium and when I saw those pics I thought, "We must have been there at the same time because I'm in the picture!" And then I looked again and realized that's not my purse. She looks exactly like me. I mean, exactly. Like, even if I look closely, I can't tell the difference. But it's not my purse so it can't be me.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Nice pics, btw. We'll probably run down there for a visit.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It is so difficult to predict the weather in February. It can be in the upper 60s or there can be an ice storm. I know there is usually a boat show at the convention center sometime around then and/or the Home and Garden show. Luckily, you have a few months to be looking for things.
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