Staycation 2013 – Southeastern NC {Raleigh to Myrtle Beach, SC}

While I am not particularly fond of the town in which we live, I absolutely love our proximity to so many awesome day trip destinations!


Living in Lumberton, NC, we are roughly 75 minutes from the state capital, Raleigh, NC, 70 minutes from Wilmington, NC and approximately 75 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC.

I absolutely love being able to hop in the car and drive such a short distance to find endless field trip options.

Do you live in Southeastern NC, and fear that your family will not be able to afford a summer vacation this year? Don’t worry, you’re in the perfect location to have a staycation and visit (or revisit) some fun (and often times FREE or cheap) attractions within a short distance from your home!

Have family nearby? Traveling through the area? If so, I hope you’ll consider a visiting some of our family’s favorite day trip locations while you’re here!

Our favorite family-friendly attractions in Raleigh, NC:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences– The largest museum of it’s type in the southeast and easily one of our most favorite field trips! FREE Admission.
  • North Carolina Museum of History – Take a step back and watch history come alive for your children. FREE admission.
  • North Carolina Museum of Art – Features artwork from all over the world. Includes a 164-acre museum park featuring dozens of monuments.
  • Marbles Museum – My daughters favorite museum in North Carolina.
    Marbles is the ultimate children’s museum. Plenty of exhibits and play to last an entire day! They also have a IMAX theater. Check with museum for current admission prices.

    marblesA few of our favorite locations in Fayetteville, NC:

  • ZipQuest– this is the ultimate thrill seeker’s destination! {And my new favorite place in eastern NC!} ZipQuest is a two hour waterfall and treetop zipline adventure for ages 10 and over. It is perfect for a homeschool field trip or just a fun family day. See their website for admission prices.
  • Airborne and Special Operations Museum – Free admission.
  • Monkey Joes – Let your little ones jump their hearts out.

Fun times in Southeastern/coastal NC:

And if you can’t find enough excitement in North Carolina, you’re only a short drive from Myrtle Beach. We all know there are tons of attractions in Myrtle Beach, but I want to share a few of our favorites.

Our favorite Myrtle Beach attractions:

  • Pirate’s Voyage– hands down, the best dinner and show in Myrtle Beach! Fun for the entire family!
  • Ripley’s Aquarium – from touch tanks, to live mermaid shows, this aquarium has it all!
  • Wonderworks – over 100 fun exhibits {laser tag, ropes course, inversion tunnel and more}, perfect for all ages! You have to experience it to believe it!
  • Medieval Times– Go back in time with this awesome dinner and show.

Do you have favorite locations/attractions in southeastern NC that I haven’t included? Please share them in the comments.

Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of She and her husband live in North Carolina where they homeschool their two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is so glad you’re visiting her blog today and hopes to connect with you!


  1. Yes – your home town – my old stomping grounds. But you are RIGHT – you are so close to so many things!

  2. I used to work at that very Medieval Times as a wench when I was about 19 or 20! That seems like eons ago!

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