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Old 04-09-2012, 10:43 AM
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Atlantic Beach or Pine Knoll Shores is a great family spot. We rented a condo there a few weeks ago. The owner lives in Raleigh...we found it on VRBO. It's laid back...great shelling at Ft. Macon, and a wonderful aquarium...they have a touch tank that the little ones would love. You can go right over the bridge to the Maritime museum and check out some artifacts from the Queen Anne's Revenge.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:11 PM
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What about a day trip to Bald Head Island? You can get a place to stay in Southport and then take the ferry over for the day and rent a golf cart (no cars allowed). There's a lot of forest area too, which is fun to explore. There's also a little museum. And a cute church.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:27 AM
Location: Durham, NC
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Originally Posted by guimond777 View Post
I have a 13 year old daughter and every summer we make a trip down to Wrightsville beach and go to the Aquarium down there. Its a quick, fun, and cheap trip that we all love. It takes about 3 hours I believe from Cary. You can even go right onto the beach for no charge, and there are quite a few restaurants scattered about as well. It's a fun, family trip that I highly recommend (and who doesn't love an aquarium?) :P
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That is actually a really good idea. Having that (or something similar) gives you a good indoor activity in case you get a rainy day.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 AM
Location: Raleigh-NC-USA
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If do decide to visit the Wilmington area, your mother would probably enjoy visiting Airlie Gardens. They have 67 acres of gardens with trails, along with quite a few old spanish moss covered oak trees, including one that is 462 years old! The twins and your father would probably enjoy visiting the USS North Carolina Battleship which is moored in the Cape Fear river. You can view many of the rooms and turrets above decks, and if they are physically able to climb up/down multiple stairs - you can go below decks to see how the sailors lived and worked.
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