6 Summer Family Activities In North Carolina


The summer is quickly approaching and the only way to make sure you have fun this summer with the whole family is to plan ahead. We have some great summer activities you and the family can take part in, the best part of all the activities is that you don’t need to leave the state. These are 6 Summer Family Activities In North Carolina.

6. See Wild horses along the coast

Who doesn’t love seeing animals roam freely?! The coast of North Carolina is the home of various groups of wild horses. All it takes is a drive to the coast and you can see these guys gallop along the beach all day long. You can learn more about the different types of wild horses before your family trip by visiting here.

5. Visit the Sliding Rock

The summer will surely have days where a cold glass of sweet tea won’t be enough to beat the heat. Take the family to sliding rock to cool off for the afternoon. Fun is the main objective here, but safety is more important, so lifeguards are on duty for a majority of the summer.

4. Gold Rush

In 1799, North Carolina provided the US with its first gold rush. You can visit this significant historical site for little to nothing, take the family and learn more about our truly “golden” state.

3. Visit the Swinging Bridge

Warning, if you or your family members are scared of heights, you might want to stay away from this destination. The bridge hangs about 80 feet above the ground and is over 5,000 feet above sea level. It’s scary just thinking about it, but you get a great view of the state and it’s also a great chance to see some wildlife.

2. Ride The Locomotive

Everyone loves trains and what better way to ride the train then on a classic steam engine. This is a great adventure for anyone of any age and there are many great things to do in the area after your train ride.

1. Visit Chimney Rock

If you’re looking for a great physical challenge for your family this just might be it. Make the trip to Chimney Rock and make the 26 storey climb up the 500 million-year-old rock. If you’re looking to get up to the top without the extra work, there is an elevator that will get you up there.

 

Let us know some of your favorite destinations to travel to in North Carolina.

 


5 North Carolina Sunsets You Need To See


Spring is in the air ladies and gentlemen, which means it’s finally time to get back outside and loving our beautiful state. Get ready for a picnic in your backyard, North Carolina has plenty of great places to eat and watch the sunset, these are the 5 North Carolina Sunsets You Need To See.

Sam Knob

If you’re looking for one of the best walking trails in North Carolina, Sam Knob is definitely on top of that list and the beautiful sunset you get to witness just adds to the greatness of the best trails North Carolina has to offer.

Wayah Bald Lookout

Take the day off and head out to Wayah Bald Lookout, you won’t regret it. You’ll get some of the best views the state has to offer and when the sun is going to sleep the view only gets better.

Biltmore Estate

Of course, you can expect the largest house in America to have one of the best views in America. Have a glass of the estate’s fine wine and watch the gorgeous sunsets.

Lake Norman

The largest body of water that North Carolina has to offer also offers one of the greatest views North Carolina has to offer as well. The sunrise is equally as beautiful as the sunset, so get yourself a boat to enjoy both if you can.

Downtown Charlotte

Charlotte as one of the most beautiful skylines in the world and it is only more illuminated when the sunset hits it. You have plenty of great angles to experience this skyline, enjoy it.

What is your favorite sunset in North Carolina? Let us know in the comments!

 

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If You’re From North Carolina, You Have Got To See This


The video below of North Carolina is something that every NC local should take the time to watch. It’s videos like this that make us proud to call this great state home.

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3 Adventure Activities to do this Weekend in Charlotte


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If you’re looking for something adventurous to do in Charlotte this weekend, then this list is for you. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, jumping as high as possible or lighting up a friend in paintball, these three activities will be a ton of fun.

1. Mighty Sports Center

Nothing says, “best friends,” quite like paintball. Head over to Mighty Sports Center this weekend and bring your friends with you. It’s a great spot for a bachelor/bachelorette party or a birthday party.

2. Sky Zone Charlotte

Dreamed of doing a back flip? If you have, Sky Zone is the place to go to get your jump on. Flip off the walls, take the kids for a birthday party.

3. U.S. National Whitewater Center

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The U.S. National Whitewater Center could make up activities 1-4 on this list. It features, whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, live music and delicious beer – for after the adventure ;-).

 

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The 8 Most Essential Coffee Shops in Raleigh


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What’s the start of your morning without a good cup of joe? Or a Sunday afternoon reading your favorite book without a great atmosphere? The eight Raleigh coffee shops mentioned in this article are great places for both. We’re always looking for new suggestions too, so if we missed your favorite spot, throw it in the comments – we can always add places worth the nod!

 

8. Jubala

Jubala has a great mix of coffee and pastries. If you’re stopping in, make sure to try the almond latte, it’s pretty darn delicous.

7. New World Coffee House

 

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It’s got a great mixture of coffee, lunch and snacks. The atmosphere is cool and you find plenty of art from local artists for purchase. A must-try for anyone in Raleigh looking for a cup of joe.  

6. Benelux Coffee

If you head to Benelux, bring your appetite. It’s a crime not to try their waffles with a fresh cup of your favorite coffee.

5. Cafe de los Muetros

Super friendly staff? Check. Lowkey environment? Check. Day of the Dead inspired? Check. And of course, great coffee? Double check.

4. The Third Place

 

 

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Though placed at four on our list, The Third Place is must-try for any Raleigh local. It’s got both indoor and outdoor seating, and if you’re looking for a delight, order a vanilla latte – it won’t disappoint.

3. Sola Coffee Cafe

One of the unique parts of Sola, is it’s locally famous toast bar. They get fresh bread from Raleigh’s Yellow Dog bakery and a ton of toppings for your toast. One of the cool things about Sola, is they often do pop-up markets, highlighting local arts on Saturdays. 

2. Global Village Organic Coffee

 

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Aside from a great cup of coffee and cool atmosphere, you can also play a wide variety of board games at Global Village.

1. Morning Times

Good times at The Times ☕️

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Morning Times features a two-storey venue. You get your coffee downstairs and then head up the art gallery on the second floor. This place gives you the feeling that you’re enjoying a cup of coffee in your own living room.

 

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5 Places for Sunday Brunch in Greensboro


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What’s better than a combination of great breakfast food and great lunch food? Sunday brunch is the perfect way to get your day going and great time to spend with the family/friends before you need to get back to work on Monday. Greensboro has many options for Sunday brunch, here are some of our favorites. These are the Five Places for Sunday Brunch in Greensboro.

5. Iron Hen

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Spend your Sunday at the Iron Hen, they have great food and you’ll be supporting the community as all their food is locally produced. Don’t shy away from the peanut butter banana french toast, it tastes even better than it sounds.

4. M’Couls Public House

You can spike up your Sunday afternoon with a trip to M’Couls and helping yourself to a serving of their paddycakes, which are just like regular pancakes, but you have the option of delightful seasonal drunken berries.

 

3. Print Works Bistro

Print Works Bistro has a bit of a fine dining take on their brunch menu. Although their great comfort food gets you through the door, the wonderful service will have you coming back again and again.

 

2. Green Valley Grill

A brunch date here features over 50 different types of wine, and of course great cuisine. The brunch menu has something for everyone to enjoy, from the Mediterranean Tapas which is great for sharing to house specials like the GVG eggs benedict.

1. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

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Not many people do Southern cuisine as well as Lucky 32. Their menu has some of the best southern fixins’ you can ask for. If it’s not the sweet potato hushpuppies or their twice baked creamy grits, there are plenty of other great menu items that will keep you coming back.

 

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The 5 Best Cities for Millennials in North Carolina


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Millennials are going to be the driving force of the economy in years to come. With this in mind, it’s important to look at where the best places for millennials are in North Carolina. For millennials, it seems like the combination of employment opportunity and lifestyle that drives most of the decision making. Millennials aren’t putting as much emphasis on making as much as possible, but rather on living as much as possible.

5. Durham

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With almost 33% of the population in Durham being between 18-34 years-old, Durham is a hotbed for millennials. Durham is home to Duke, so this helps bolster the amount of young people that are within city limits. However, it’s not just a college town. Durham has a ton of great restaurants and activities available for locals. Not to mention, if you’re working in Raleigh, Durham is just a short drive away.

4. Chapel Hill

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UNC! UNC! UNC! Though Chapel Hill is Tarheel country, that doesn’t mean millennials who are outside of school can’t enjoy everything it has to offer. There are a ton of restaurant and entertainment options for millennials living in Chapel Hill. And you won’t be alone, a whopping 45% of residents are aged 18-34 years-old.

3. Charlotte

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Arguably the economic hub of the Southeast, Charlotte is a hot spot for many millennials. For recent college grads, Charlotte holds one of the strongest growing economies in the country. Also, it’s the entertainment hub for North Carolina, with The Panthers, Hornets and numerous music venues.

2. Asheville

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When you think Asheville, think high quality of life. Asheville is the perfect landing spot for any active millennials out there. Accessibility to parks provides seemingly endless hiking options.

1. Raleigh

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Consistently rated as one of the hottest markets for job creation in the country, it’s no surprise Raleigh topped our list of places for millennials to live in North Carolina. Raleigh’s driving force economically is known as the research triangle.