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Planning a spring break day trip from Raleigh? NC has plenty of options

Posted March 28
Updated March 29

Credit: Sylvan Heights Bird Park/Katie G. Lubbock

Spring Break is coming up for many families across the Triangle. And it's already here for some of us!

If you don't have big plans, there are plenty of attractions across North Carolina that offer something for families and are a quick drive from Raleigh and the Triangle.

Here are five of my favorite road trips across the region. Our road trip page has more. I'd love to hear your favorites! Please share in the comments!

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

The 18-acre park is home to more than 200 species, including some of the rarest birds on Earth. Find it in Scotland Neck, N.C., about 90 minutes from the Triangle.

An ibis in the South American aviary

Battleship North Carolina

The 35,000-ton naval ship sits on the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington. It's about two hours from the Triangle.

Battleship North Carolina

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The aquarium, one of three North Carolina aquariums, sits on Kure Beach, about 2 1/2 hours from the Triangle. The 93,000-square-foot building sits on a 23-acre site near the ocean. The signature feature is a towering, two-story, 235,000-gallon tank that includes sharks, rays, eels, fish and other aquatic creatures.

A turtle at Fort Fisher Aquarium at Kure Beach

N.C. Transportation Museum

From rides aboard trains and a train turntable to opportunities to board cabooses and check out all kinds of vintage cars and a Wright Flyer replica, this museum is a worthy road trip, especially for families with transportation-loving kids. It's about two hours from the Triangle.

N.C. Transportation Museum

Tryon Palace

The state historic site in New Bern features a collection of historic buildings along with the N.C. History Center, which features innovative and interactive exhibits. It's about two hours from the Triangle.

Tryon Palace

Happy Spring Break!

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