North Carolina Coast

Salt marshes, forts with wide open spaces, world-class aquariums, fun car ferries, and lovely swims at the clean beaches

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Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach

Fun and pretty place to visit and learn a lot about history.

Marsh Walk, Southport Marina

Boardwalk over the salt marsh. Magical views!

Southport Town, Pier and Waterfront Park

A wonderful place to stroll, on the waterfront.

Dutchman Creek Playground, Southport

Huge playground in a large park on the water. Memorable spot!

Yacht Basin Drive restaurants, Southport

Gorgeous spot on the salt marsh by the yachts- dine with fantastic views!

Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

Gorgeous grounds to walk around. Climb stairs to the cannon and see views over the Cape Fear River and fields of wildflowers.

Southport Car Ferry to Fort Fisher

It's fun for kids to take a car ferry!

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Top notch aquarium with nice temporary exhibits too!

Downtown Wilmington

Wonderful downtown area on the river.

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

Huge old trees strung with Spanish moss, and cool breezes off the water.

Riverwalk restaurants, Wilmington

Gorgeous boardwalk along the river with outdoor cafes, a juggler, and a strong cool breeze.

1921 Fort Fisher Monument and Sea Wall

Cool spot on the ocean, with sea wall, and large field with monument.

Carolina Beach and town

Fun town with nice beach, ice cream shops, and boardwalk with amusement park.

Kure Beach and Pier

Cute town with pastel-colored beach houses and turquoise horizon.

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Nice, large aquarium near the beach.

USS North Carolina Battleship, Wilmington

Interesting visit, where you get to really explore a great deal of the ship.

Cape Fear Museum History and Science, Wilmington

Lots of things for kids to do! Historic toys too.

Children's Museum of Wilmington

Large children's museum with ship with cannons, play houses, market and diner.

Wilmington mansions and churches

Walk Market Street and its side streets to see gorgeous historic mansions and churches.

Emerald Isle Beach

Cute beach houses, pretty water, and nice swims!

Evans Street Walk, Morehead City

Tidy street with intracoastal views and pretty houses.

Oak Island Beach at Yaupon Fishing Pier

Wide beach with some dunes, oily-streaked sand, and fishing pier.

Wrightsville Beach and pier

Nice swimming at a popular beach with a pier.

Lumina Station small shopping plaza, Wilmington

Adorable southern-style small shopping plaza with Port City Java.

Swansboro town

Cute town with many waterways.

Beaufort town, North Carolina

Walkable main strip by the water.

Atlantic Beach Town Park

Skate park, small mini-golf, view of dunes, splash pad, and toddler playground. Big kid playground is not good.

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