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Family Vacations in North Carolina

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Best Things to See and Do During Your Family Vacation in North Carolina

From rural spots to exciting beach resorts, families planning a vacation or weekend trip to North Carolina are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to see and do. Whether you’re into luxury hotels, lighthouses, historic country lodges, or unique retreats, the Tar Heel State abounds with amazing vacation destinations for all tastes and budgets.

Family Vacation in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

Cabin Marble
Aug 3 - Aug 10
-20%
$123
$98 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Cabin in Marble with Patio, Grill, Hot Tub + Mountain Views

4.9
Outstanding (16 ratings)
Marble, Valleytown, North Carolina
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House Kure Beach
Nov 23 - Nov 30
-77%
$822
$186 per night
House ∙ 11 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

House in Kure Beach with Pool & Grill

4.6
Excellent (20 ratings)
Kure Beach, Federal Point, North Carolina
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House Corolla
Nov 2 - Nov 9
-34%
$264
$174 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms

House in Corolla with Oceanfront Pool + Sound Views

3.8
Good (27 ratings)
Corolla, Poplar Branch, North Carolina
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The Best Destinations for Family Vacations in North Carolina

The Best Destinations for Family Vacations in North Carolina

North Carolina is chock-full of attractive destinations for your family, from the gorgeous beaches in the east to the beautiful mountains in the west. Whether you’re looking for adventure and sports, culture and arts, or relaxation and rest, you’re certain to find something that’ll make your entire family happy.

  • 1. Winston-Salem

    Family vacations in North Carolina set in beautiful Winston-Salem offer a fantastic mix of history, culture, and kid-friendly activities. Visit the science museum and environmental park Kaleideum North, check out colonial to contemporary art at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, and enjoy the fresh air at Tanglewood Park.

  • 2. Outer Banks

    For a family beach vacation, the Outer Banks' natural beauty, white sand, and historic sites can't be beat. These barrier islands are at their best from May through September. Besides swimming and sunbathing, you can climb lighthouses like Cape Hatteras, visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and go wildlife-spotting at various natural refuges.

  • 3. Pisgah National Forest

    This forest covers over 500,000 acres. Go camping at Davidson River or Lake Powhatan, or rent a cabin nearby. With three districts—Pisgah Ranger District, Grandfather Ranger District, and Appalachian Ranger District—you’ll find rocky mountain scenery here that’s perfect for outdoor recreational activities.

Best Places to Stay for Family Vacation in North Carolina

House Avon
Mar 30 - Apr 6
-35%
$313
$203 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms

House in Avon with Private Pool + Ocean Views

4.0
Very good (22 ratings)
Avon, Kinnakeet, North Carolina, United States
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House Buxton
Dec 7 - Dec 14
-59%
$301
$124 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Nice House in Buxton with Pool, Patio & Yard + Unobstructed Views

4.3
Very good (40 ratings)
Buxton, Hatteras, North Carolina, United States
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House Frisco
Dec 21 - Dec 28
-40%
$208
$126 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Wonderful Vacation Home in Frisco with Jacuzzi, Patio & Pool + Ocean Views

4.5
Excellent (37 ratings)
Frisco, Hatteras, North Carolina, United States
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Things to Do During Your Family Vacation in North Carolina

Things to Do During Your Family Vacation in North Carolina

North Carolina boasts countless outdoor activities that you and your family can take part in. From wild animal encounters to state park tours, here some activities your family can engage in while holidaying in the Tar Heel State.

  • 1. Old Salem Museum

    This living museum is a representation of what life used to be in North Carolina’s Winston-Salem area in the 18th and 19th centuries. By walking the streets of Old Salem and interacting with the museum's re-enactors, you can see and feel first-hand the trades and culture of the Moravian people who settled in this area.

  • 2. North Carolina Zoo

    Found in Asheboro, this zoo is the largest natural habitat in the world. You and your family will be able to see wild animals at close range, while they’re relaxing in their natural habitat. You’ll also have the opportunity to see numerous wild birds and more than 3,000 species of tropical plants.

  • 3. Carowinds

    On the border with South Carolina, Carowinds is a 122-acre entertainment spot that comprises a lazy river, a 34,000-square-foot wave pool, and a water park featuring 11 water slides. The facility also offers 12 acres of children’s play area with an interactive ghost-hunting trip, three junior-size rollercoasters, and scheduled entertainment, including Peanuts character appearances and ice skating performances.

  • 4. See wild horses

    Spot various species of wild horses that live along North Carolina’s coast, including wild Spanish mustangs at Corolla, Banker horses at Shackleford Banks and Ocracoke, as well as wild horses at Beaufort’s Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve.

  • 5. Chimney Rock Park

    Use an elevator or take the arduous climb up the flight of stairs to the top of this iconic monolith. From the top, catch the breathtaking views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. While exploring Chimney Rock Park, kids will enjoy the Great Woodland Adventure’s discovery stations and learn about the lives of owls, frogs, chipmunks, and more.

Recommended Accommodations for Family Vacation in North Carolina

House Lake Lure
Aug 17 - Aug 24
-20%
$441
$352 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Lake Lure with Patio & Yard

4.8
Outstanding (50 ratings)
Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, North Carolina
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House Burnsville
Jun 18 - Jun 25
-24%
$212
$161 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Family Friendly House in Burnsville with Wood-Burning Fireplace

4.8
Outstanding (143 ratings)
Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina
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Condo Ocean Isle Beach
Jan 26 - Feb 2
-47%
$602
$320 per night
Condo ∙ 11 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Nice Condo in Ocean Isle Beach with Private Balcony + Ocean Views + Close to Beach

4.6
Excellent (75 ratings)
Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, North Carolina
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What to Pack for Your Family Vacation in North Carolina

What to Pack for Your Family Vacation in North Carolina

The Heel State spans a variety of landscapes, from 300mi. of coastline to rolling ridges in the west, with lively cities in between. That diversity can make it difficult to decide what to pack for your family’s vacation in North Carolina. But have no fear; this handy packing listing will help you ensure you bring everything you need.

  • 1. Outdoor gear

    For your outdoor explorations, you’ll need these items: bug spray, anti-itch cream, hat, scarf, and mittens (winter), wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses (summer), weather-appropriate footwear (boots, sneakers, and sandals), weather-appropriate jacket, binoculars, beach towels, water bottles, compass/GPS, and insect repellent.

  • 2. Camping gear

    If you plan to camp, bring an air mattress, waterproof sheets, cutlery/dishes, camping stove, sleeping bags, flashlight, lighter, tent, umbrella, cooler, Swiss Army knife, and corkscrew.

  • 3. Children's gear

    Consider the following gear, depending on your children's ages: baby carrier, bibs, changing pad, pull-ups and/or diapers, diaper ointment, sippy cup or bottles, car seat, wipes, food and snacks, extra clothes, formula, juice, toys, travel stroller, baby food, child’s toilet seat, blankets, nursing pads, and a portable highchair or booster seat.

Top Offers for Family Vacation in North Carolina

House Carolina Beach
Nov 16 - Nov 23
-60%
$750
$300 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Carolina Beach with Grill & Patio + Ocean Views

4.7
Excellent (47 ratings)
Carolina Beach, Federal Point, North Carolina
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House Sunset Beach
Sep 3 - Sep 10
-28%
$315
$228 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Sunset Beach with Indoor Pool + Course Views

5.0
Outstanding (33 ratings)
Sunset Beach, Shallotte, North Carolina
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House Tuckasegee
Sep 7 - Sep 14
$424 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Whole Vacation Home in Tuckasegee with Pool & Patio + Mountain Views

5.0
Outstanding (45 ratings)
Tuckasegee, River, North Carolina
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Information about Family Vacations in North Carolina

💳 Highest rates in August
😎 Least busy month May
🛏️ Popular home types House rental and Condo
🌡️ Hottest months 90 °F in July and June
❄️ Coldest months February and January
🌧️ Rainiest months 16 rainy days in July and January

Frequently Asked Questions

Family Vacations in North Carolina: What is the nightly price for a stay?

HomeToGo has great vacation rentals, with rates as low as $83 per night.

Family Vacations in North Carolina: does HomeToGo offer a wide variety of vacation rentals for large groups?

in North Carolina, large groups should consider House rental since they usually fit 9 people.

How many family accommodations are available to rent in North Carolina?

There are more than 109,603 family-sized homes in North Carolina with prices starting at $83 per night.

Family Vacations in North Carolina: what types of vacation homes are available in North Carolina?

You can choose from 34,130 House rentals and 8,383 Condos in North Carolina right here on HomeToGo.

How much does a family vacation rental cost in North Carolina?

The price of a large vacation rental in North Carolina can range from $282 and can go up to $443 per night during the busy season in August.

Do many family home rentals in North Carolina offer a pool?

Absolutely, over 41% of family-sized accommodations in North Carolina offer a pool.

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