Boasting the highest mountains on the east coast and 300 stunning miles of shoreline, North Carolina is an idyllic spot for family adventure. Drive through picturesque landscapes, visit some of the best museums, or explore the wild side of the state.... see more »
Boasting the highest mountains on the east coast and 300 stunning miles of shoreline, North Carolina is an idyllic spot for family adventure. Drive through picturesque landscapes, visit some of the best museums, or explore the wild side of the state.
Jump start exploration of this state at Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America's most beautiful drives. Your kids will love to view the diverse array of plants and animals along the route, as you wind through the mountains and valleys of the Appalachians. Known as the land of waterfalls, explore all the stunning cascades in Transylvania County, where hiking, rock climbing, camping, and fishing make for a fantastic family adventure. With gorgeous shorelines and island getaways on Cape Hatteras and Bald Head Island, your kids will be able to fit in all the swimming they desire.
Hop to some of the best children's museums in the nation, starting at Marbles Kids Museum. Along with plenty of kid-friendly programs, the center offers Camp Marbles, where your little ones can pick from a large list of activities. Cook up a storm in the chef-led classes, take on surfing for the first time, or learn about outer space. Greensboro Children's Museum also offers summer camps with themes ranging from the wacky, like Harry Potter, to the practical, like Garden Hoedown. If you're looking for a hands-on introduction to history, consider taking your kids to Biltmore, where old buildings and gardens will give a real sense of the past. With all the options, you'll be sure to find something that fits your child's unique sensibilities.
Explore the untamed side of North Carolina as you view the state's wild horses. Kids of all ages will love to check out the horses of Shackleford Banks, where visitors can sail to the shores of an island to see more than 100 wild horses roam free. You'll also be able to find these majestic beauties in Corolla, where off-road tours offer an especially adventurous ride. Contemplate the magic of these animals, and then head off to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, which provides life-size dinosaur re-enactments and even a marine debris sculpture workshop for your kid's enjoyment. Whether your children learn about sea turtles up close or play in the aqua tots program, it won't be hard to keep them amused all day long.
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