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Old 04-27-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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Thanks everyone--we ended up not going but want to go soon, maybe later in the week--I Can't wait to check these places out! I grew up going to the Outer Banks from VA, so I look forward to seeing the more southern beaches.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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Default Kure Beach gets my vote!

For a very quiet and quaint beach experience drive through Wilmington into Kure Beach, http://www.visitkure.com/ just past Carolina Beach, both on Pleasure Island. They have a fishing pier Kure Beach Fishing Pier - Kure Beach, North Carolina which is nice to walk onto even if you're not fishing. You can also check out the NC Aquarium North Carolina Aquariums Home at Fort Fisher and Fort Fisher itself NC Historic Sites - Fort Fisher.

I suggest taking the ferry to Southport NCDOT: Ferry Division and having lunch at The Provision Company Restaurant in Southport, NC - The Provision Company
and then dinner back in Kure Beach at Freddie's Freddie's Restaurant- Kure Beach- Italian American Cuisine, Great Food- Great Atmosphere You'll probably want to take a jar of their homemade dressing home!

Did I leave you any time to just lie on the beach?!!
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Washington, NC, or "little Washington" is a nice day trip too. But it is on a river, not an ocean beach. The Estuarium is a great place to take kids and they have 1 1/2 hour boat rides that go out from there...free. Nice places to shop, eat. Great birding and kayaking. Goose Creek state park is nice for hiking and has a small beach. My kids though tend to spend most of their time looking for shark teeth on the paths when we go there!
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Washington, NC, or "little Washington" is a nice day trip too. But it is on a river, not an ocean beach. The Estuarium is a great place to take kids and they have 1 1/2 hour boat rides that go out from there...free. Nice places to shop, eat. Great birding and kayaking. Goose Creek state park is nice for hiking and has a small beach. My kids though tend to spend most of their time looking for shark teeth on the paths when we go there!
Little Washington is, IMO, the most underrated waterfront town in the state. The new riverfront steetscape/landscape and town docks they put in a few years back are top notch and the aforementioned Estuarium is very nice. If/when I ever buy my sailing yacht, I will most likely keep it in a slip in Washington. The drive is hardly more than 1 1/2 hours from Raleigh, too!
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