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Family Vacation in North Carolina: Top Destinations

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 Clyde
$87 per night
Cabin ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0/5.0 "Excellent"
(35 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
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Yonder, Inc
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Cabin Clyde
$94 per night
Cabin ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0/5.0 "Excellent"
(27 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
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Yonder, Inc
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Cabin Clyde
$113 per night
Cabin ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.9/5.0 "Excellent"
(19 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
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Yonder, Inc
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Vacation in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

House Kitty Hawk
$99 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Kitty Hawk, Atlantic, North Carolina, United States
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Seaside Vacations
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Condo Corolla
$104 per night
Condo ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Corolla, Poplar Branch, North Carolina, United States
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Seaside Vacations
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House Corolla
$113 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Corolla, Poplar Branch, North Carolina, United States
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Seaside Vacations
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Vacation in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

House Sunset Beach
$208 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Sunset Beach, Shallotte, North Carolina
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Sunset Vacations, LLC
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House Oakley
$150 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Oakley, Asheville, North Carolina
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Yonder, Inc
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Condo Duck
$104 per night
Condo ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Duck, Atlantic, North Carolina
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Seaside Vacations
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Vacation in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

Cabin Clyde
$87 per night
Cabin ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0/5.0 "Excellent"
(35 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
Details
Yonder, Inc
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Cabin Clyde
$94 per night
Cabin ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0/5.0 "Excellent"
(27 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
Details
Yonder, Inc
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Cabin Clyde
$113 per night
Cabin ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.9/5.0 "Excellent"
(19 ratings)
Clyde, Haywood County, North Carolina
Details
Yonder, Inc
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What kind of prices can I expect when planning Family Vacations in North Carolina?

On average, you can get an incredible rental for somewhere between $296 and $454 and find discounts up to 73%!

What kinds of rentals can I find for Family Vacations in North Carolina?

You can find 24,884 Hotel rooms and 10,618 House rentals for your Family Vacations in North Carolina trip right here on HomeToGo.

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