Top 15 New — and Updated — Carolina Parent Articles of 2016
The stories you loved to read, and re-read, this year!
From stories about riding across North Carolina by train to new parks in the Triangle, here are the 15 most-read articles published or updated in 2016 that you loved to read — and reread.
From Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, to Jockey's Ridge in the Outer Banks, we think these North Carolina destinations should be on your "bucket list" of places to visit with your kids.
This annually updated article remains popular with families who are looking for ways to help others in need. Browse through volunteer and service opportunities in the Triangle that have been categorized by subject and holiday.
All aboard! Through an agreement with Amtrak, NC By Train offered a summer 2016 deal where kids ages 2-12 could ride for $5 to any destination in North Carolina on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Since this story pulled in 36.244 unique pageviews, it's pretty clear our readers loved this story!
There's nothing quite like plunging into a cool pool or running through a cold spray as the summer sun beams down. This updated roundup lists pools, lakes and waters parks around the Triangle and beyond.
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From Cary to Carrboro, your family can enjoy free or discounted films during summer — many of which are shown under the summer night sky.
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When your kids — and you — are itching to get outside for active playtime, check out one of the Triangle's top playgrounds. Here are 10 worth driving to — no matter what Triangle town you call home.
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Pick your own strawberries or purchase a freshly picked pint or two at the local farms listed in this article.
Snow lovers in the Triangle can hit the slopes at 14 different ski and/or tubing resorts within a six-hour drive. This popular article lists the resorts and helpful information about visiting each one.
Photo courtesy of Hawksnest Resort
9. 25 Fun Summer Things to Do With Kids for Free (Or Under $5)
This article, which lists 25 ideas for free or inexpensive fun with your kids in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, was popular with families during summer.
Welcome the early days of summer at the local blueberry-picking farms listed in this article.
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Ready to spend some time outdoors with your family? You're bound to have fun at any of these kid-friendly hiking spots around the Triangle.
Photo courtesy of Beth Shugg
The threat of wintry weather in the Triangle prompted this roundup of fun things to do indoors with the kids.
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Parents loved this roundup of free or low-cost live outdoor concerts throughout the Triangle area.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Cary
The Triangle’s pleasant climate makes year-round park adventures a reality, so this article listing new parks in the Triangle pulled in lots of readers during 2016.
PHOTO OF THE SOUTHPARK SPLASH PAD IN FUQUAY-VARINA COURTESY OF MELISSA CHAMPLION
To help you save some money, we compiled this list of consignment sales and shops in the Triangle area.
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These listicles include where to enjoy fall and winter holiday outings with your family.
Our selection of fall festivities in the Triangle is always a popular roundup because it offers something for everyone, from delightful hayrides and corn mazes to haunted attractions.
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Enjoy the Triangle with your family and friends during Thanksgiving break. Check out these ideas for homegrown family fun.
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This seasonal roundup lists holiday events in the Triangle, alphabetically by town. Mark your calendar for festive parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, gingerbread house displays and opportunities to meet Santa.
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Everyone loves the thrill of an Easter egg hunt, and this article lists where to find them across the Triangle.