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Old 04-08-2008, 08:32 AM
Location: NC
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My in-laws are visiting Raleigh from Staten Island, NY (their first visit), and I'd like to make their trip memorable. They are coming on 04/19 and will be here for 4 days and 5 nights. I am at a loss where to take them, so please give me some suggestions. Ideally, I'd like activities which they wouldn't get to do back in SI. The family as a whole is crazy about taking pictures and keeping photo albums, so nice picturesque naturally beautiful places would be great!!

I thought of taking them to Myrtle Beach, SC, Outer Banks, NC, Charleston, SC etc., but they all seem too far away to go in the morning and come back before bed time (we don't want to stay overnight anywhere). A co-worker mentioned Wilmington, NC and I am seriously considering it. Any other places/get-aways/hidden secrets? What can we do in Wilmington? Family oriented activities would be nice. Nothing to do in the Triangle itself, right?

This is the our age range so you have an idea of what we can do as a group:
FIL (late 50s)
MIL (mid 40s)
SILs (16 and 13)
me and the wife.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:48 AM
Location: Virginia (again)
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Duke Gardens
The Sarah P. Duke Gardens

If you go to Wilmington, I've heard the Aquarium at Fort. Fisher is very nice.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:55 AM
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Shakori Hills music festival is that weekend. Shakori Hills
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:03 AM
Location: WA
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Carowinds in Charlotte? Or, if they like hiking, you could go to the mountains. Not really an ideal day trip, but you could probably get to Linville gorge and back in a day. Also, Pilot mountain isn't too bad.

Of course, there's the NC zoo in Asheboro. That would be a lot of fun.

Duke gardens is pretty gorgeous right now.

There's also piedmont hiking: Eno river/Hemlock bluffs/Umstead park/etc.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:06 AM
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I think there is actually a LOT to do in the Triangle!! Do your in-laws have any particular interests (sports, food, history, art, animals, golf, etc)??

What about Fearrington? There are several nice shops, multiple places to eat, animals, and lots of possiibilities for pictures.

The kids are close to the age of being interested in colleges. What about Carolina or Duke campuses? Someone already mentioned the Duke Gardens. Carolina's campus has a gorgeous Arboretum, Planetarium, art museum, and the new basketball museum. Then all the shops/restaurants on Franklin Street.

You could take the adults to a wine tasting/dinner at multiple locations if they're interested.

If golf is their thing, then a family outing to the Knight's Play par 3 would be fun.

Zoo? Museums? Historic Oakwood and Mordecai? What's the historic homestead in Durham?

If the weather is nice, maybe an outing at Jordan Lake? You could rent a boat...

If you really want to take a road trip, what about Old Salem in Winston-Salem? That might be something quasi-educational that the kids would still get into.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:14 AM
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Chapel Hill (town) - visit Planetarium, Southern Season, IL Palio has a great Sunday Brunch or a really nice dinner.

Raleigh - see a show, check out some of the Resturants

Duke Gardens

The Streets at Southpoint
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:46 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If they like Gilbert & Sullivan, the Durham Savoyards ( a local Gilbert & Sullivan group) are performing "Yeomen of the Guard" at The Carolina Theatre in Durham that weekend. Google them for their webpage, etc.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:38 AM
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There are lots of cool things to see and do in the Triangle itself. But , the best out-of-town day trips, IMO, are either the Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington area or the NC Zoo area (Seagrove pottery side trip).
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:45 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Default For something really different...

try the farm and winery tour. It's self-directed so you can go to a few or a lot of the sites. See all the info and much more at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/docs/PFT08web.pdf (broken link)
There is a dinner associated with it, too. You can buy local produce and cheese, see animals up close, etc.
The science museum in Durham is fun, especially the butterfly house, if they have not been to one. Explore, Connect, Learn, Share | North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:56 AM
Location: Beautiful NC
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Thanks for all the great suggestions ! It is very helpful to newcomers like us as well.
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