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Old 03-16-2013, 02:57 PM
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They are both close enough to each other you could visit both on your trip. I guess it just depends on how long you'll be down there. tl;dr
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:11 PM
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I have been both places many times. If we're taking the littler kids (12/14) we do Wilmington or even Topsail. When it is DH and I and possibly the oldest (19) we go to MB. I love MB, but it is a money drain with kids, plus unless you want to stay in your hotel after dark, there is more mature culture that takes over the pavillion area. My (then) 16yo couldn't walk to the arcade without people wanting to sell him 'party favors'.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:18 PM
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We were bored in Wilmington. The Battleship was fun but after that we couldn't really find much more to do. We walked downtown but it seemed to be full of restaurants and bars only..... We left thinking we must have missed something.

We liked Myrtle Beach. We went off season and spent time at Broadway and Barefoot Landing. Our child had a good time and looks forward to going back.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Poggly Woggly View Post
Honky tonk is a bar where live music is played...Country music

Sounds good to me!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:35 PM
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Just wanted to point out that April is when many kids across the country are on Spring Break and many end up in Myrtle Beach. I would recommend booking rooms soon, and anticipate lots of people, though not as bad as in the summer. Wilmington is nice, been there many times, but my kids don't really consider it a "fun" place to vacation. I recommend you do both places. Most kids would love MB. Have you considered a trip to the Charleston area instead? It is 5 hours from Raleigh and has the beaches, 3 county water parks and is a great place to explore history. It has been declared number one tourist spot in country on several occasions.
Conde Nast declares Charleston top tourist city in the world – The Post and Courier
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:41 PM
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I would also agree with Myrtle Beach as well.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by NCLoanOfficer View Post
Myrtle has more things to do but is also a longer drive...maybe 5.5 hours where Wrightsville Beach is 2.5 hours.
Myrtle Beach is just 3 hours from Raleigh. You can reach Charleston in 4.5 hours from Raleigh.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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Carolina Beach! down the road from Wilmington, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher Aquarium, good places to eat, you can take lunch or dinner cruises, it's friendly and clean!
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:59 AM
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I grew up in and around both Wilmington/Carolina Beach and Myrtle Beach. I think both have lots to offer for vacations and visits. And they are close enough that you can stay in one, and do a day trip to the other. You won't find huge resorts with indoor water parks at the Wilmington area beaches. So if you're going in the off season, I'd suggest Myrtle. But there's a LOT to do and see all the way from Topsail Island NC down to Murrell's Inlet SC.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 AM
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Is Tweetsie Railroad still in business? That was a great place to go when I was a kid. We went to Wilimington also, to see the battleship. That was really fun for a 10 year old.
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