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Do you have any favorite day trips to share?

Posted May 18, 2012

One of readers, Maria, asked me to post her question about favorite day trips from the Raleigh area. Here's your chance to share your favorite places to visit in NC that involve a day or short weekend trip. I have also included a number of resources with great ideas for NC day trips!

Here is the e-mail she sent:

"I HAVE ONLY LIVED HERE A FEW YEARS AND WOULD LOVE TO DO SOME DAY TRIPS TO SOME COOL PLACES AROUND HERE ON THE WEEKENDS....WE HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL BEACHES, ORTAN PLANATION (WHICH IS NOW CLOSED) AND UP TO GRANDFATHER MTN....CAN YOU MAYBE POST THIS FOR SOME ADVICE FROM ALL THE GREAT SMART SHOPPERS YOU HAVE?

THANKS,

MARIA"

Recommended Resources

Here are some of the resources for finding day trip destinations that I suggested to Maria as well:

Trails.com HERE has a bunch of great ideas for day trips in NC.

Our State Magazine HERE has a section called Dates and Events (in the Travel section) that lists festivals, plays, concerts, tours and more throughout NC. Also look at the Small Towns section in the Travel section for more ideas of places to visit.

Raleigh-durham.visitsouth.com: Click HERE for another good resource for finding day trips from the raleigh-durham.visitsouth.com website.

 

 

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  • twsw May 20, 2012

    Noah's Landing which is between Angier and Coats in Harnett County is a great place for a day trip. Check out their website for information on the hours and admission costs. They have a variety of animals, birds, amphibians and insects from all over the world. It's a great place for a family outing and picnic. They also do birthday parties.

  • couponmom May 20, 2012

    Our kids loved Dan Nicholas Park, in Salisbury, NC. Really nice park kids will enjoy it!! Here is the website. http://www.dannicholas.net/

    another one is Lazy 5 Ranch it's a Aniamal park that can be viewed by horse drawn wagon or from the comfort of your own vehicle while traveling along a 3-1/2 mile safari ride.
    http://www.lazy5ranch.com/index.html

  • babbleon May 19, 2012

    Raven Rock is always a nice hike, and boating at one of the many local parks, like Wheeler or Umstead (70 entrance).

    Cliffs of the Neuse was cool when I was a kid, I want to go back and see if it's still neat.

  • bcde May 19, 2012

    This weekend is Brick Magic at the North Raleigh Hilton, for any LEGO lovers out there. It only comes once a year. Website is www.brickmagic.org. If you get a memebership to the western North Carolina nature museum, you can get into lots of zoos, aquariums, and museums in NC and the rest of the world free. the website is wildwnc.org.

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar May 18, 2012

    oh, I forgot to mention the gem mining in Hiddenite!

  • pooka May 18, 2012

    The ZOO :) You can take your own picnic in, too... they do have food stands, but they never check bags and staff never seems to mind when you have your own food. Also, if you like it an plan to go again within a year, upgrade your ticket to a season (year long) pass.

  • traciefowler May 18, 2012

    We love the Asheville area. Lakes, rafting/tubing, ziplines, waterfalls, fishing, gem mining, great restaurants, segway tours, WNC Nature Center (pumpkin eating bears!), etc. The blue ridge parkway is beautiful in the fall.

    The downtown Raleigh segway tours are fun and quite informative. I learned a lot even though I grew up here :)

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar May 18, 2012

    I can second the Carolina Tiger Rescue...also makes a great tie-in with some of the trails near Jordan Lake...last time we took the 'long road home' & went thru Fearrington to see the Belted Galloway cows :)

    Artsplosure is going on this weekend, lots of FREE activities for children in the Moore Square area, also the Triangle Potter's guild usually has an area where children can make their own small creations in clay...maybe take a turn at the potter's wheel as well

    Raven Rock State Park (Lillington)is wonderful for those who want to feel like they're in the mountains w/o having to drive 3-4 hours. Unique ecosystem, as it is a north facing bluff along the Cape Fear River.

    Cape Fear Serpentarium/Wilmington is neat, can do the same day as Battleship. Ft Fisher Aquarium is great, as well...any of the NC Aquariums are!

    Natural Sciences Center in Greensboro is cool. If you have a membership at the NC Museum of Nat Sciences it is considered a 'sister museum' & admission is Free!

  • labjordan May 18, 2012

    Sylvan Heights Walter Fowl Park in Scotland Neck is fabulous... especially for a daytrip from Raleigh.

  • nylauren May 18, 2012

    I recommend the Carolina Tiger Rescue (there are other animals besides Tigers) http://www.carolinatigerrescue.org/ You do need to buy tickets ahead for the tours as it limits how many people can be there at once.

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