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First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

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First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

Hi,

we are planning on driving from nyc to nc in june for our first trip with out 18 month old. never been there before. Would like to be near the beach and near a quaint town with fun restaurants and shops.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

christina

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1. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

Wow, that's a long way! But you're coming to the right place. What do expect from your trip? The coast of NC is amazing with many different beach experiences. Tell us more about your budget and what you want to do. ;)

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2. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

Wrightsville Beach is a nice beach. There is a Sunspree Resort oceanfront. They have a great kiddie pool, large outside pool, hot tubs, indoor pool, poolside bar and grill that serves lunch on frizbees, small store in the hotel and a beachfront playground for the kids.There are tons of place to eat and Wilmington is right there. Downtown Wilmington is very quaint on the river. The have riverboat rides or you could go in and out of the quaint little shops.One other thing Wrightsville Beach is a very kid friendly beach, with a wide, flat beach, tons of shells and the surf is not that rough, as compared to the Outerbanks area. Be sure to click on the photos to the left of this page. You will get a real feel for the area.

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3. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

Oh the photos on the left are of all NC, you will have to go to Wrightsville Beach forum for the photos.

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4. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

We want to keep it on the cheap side but dont want to stay anywhere dingie. we really just want a beautiful beach near a fun town with things to do. Like Brunch, museums, park, shopping. Very laid back. we dont want to go nuts bec weve just come off some very exhausting trips LOL.

thanks ALL!

C

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5. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

I'd go for either Wrightsville (near quaint Wilmington) or Nag's Head.

Nag's Head is on the outer banks- lovely beach and is close to lots of attractions (you can do as much or as little as you want). I like the Colony Inn or consider renting a cottage. You'll be close to the Wright Bros. memorial, the aquarium (my little ones love it), good restaurants and lighthouses.

Wrightsville- great beach atmosphere, good restaurants and you're right near Wilmington which has some good historic sites, museums and galleries.

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6. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

I would suggest Beacon's Reach at Pine Knoll Shores near Morehead City. It has great common areas, kid-friendly pools, sound and beach front, a nice marina area, trails, and reliable baby sitters. Plenty of restaurants and the best acquarium in NC is very near. Nags Head and Wrightsville are wonderful but they become a zoo in the summer, if you don't know your way around.

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7. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

We went with our 2 year old to North Topsail Beach and LOVED it. It was very family friendly and we stayed in the only high rise condo's in the area. Its very low-key.

rentabeach.com/nc/properties/1E35CC107F6B0A9…

There is a really cool sea turtle rescue you can go and look at for free. Our son loved that!

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8. Re: First road trip to NC from NYC with a 1 yr old. Beach sugg?

We went with our 2 year old to North Topsail Beach and LOVED it. It was very family friendly and we stayed in the only high rise condo's in the area. Its very low-key.

rentabeach.com/nc/properties/1E35CC107F6B0A9…

There is a really cool sea turtle rescue you can go and look at for free. Our son loved that!

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