Vacation Ideas: 17 Places to See With Kids in North Carolina
Here's a North Carolina bucket list of things to do in the Old North State before your kids are grown
Taking a plunge down Sliding Rock is a Summer Bucket List must-do
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UPDATED: Jan. 5, 2020
If you were born and raised in North Carolina — or are perhaps raising your own kids here — you know the possibilities for family fun are endless.
“From the mountains to the woodlands to the coast, family experiences unfold on a variety of landscapes,” says Suzanne Brown, media relations specialist for VisitNC. “We are also a state with a full range of seasons, so there’s a variety of things to do all year.”
With so many options, finding the perfect destination for your next family vacation or day trip can be a difficult decision. So to help, here are our top picks of things to do in North Carolina before your kids are grown.
1. Watch the sunset on top of Jockey’s Ridge.
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Nags Head | jockeysridgestatepark.com
There are very few spots in North Carolina where you can watch the sun set into a large body of water, but Jockey’s Ridge State Park is one of them. Through its popular Sunset on the Ridge summer program, you can climb to the top of the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern U.S. and watch the sun descend into the Roanoke Sound with the Atlantic Ocean behind you. Don’t be surprised if there’s spontaneous applause once the sun disappears. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Arrive early to fly a kite with the kids.
Nearby attractions: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jennette’s Pier