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


 
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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!

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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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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.


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

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