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1101 Corolla Village Rd., Corolla   252.453.8152

COST:  FREE but there is a fee for climbing the lighthouse tower
HOURS:  May - Thanksgiving Weekend:  Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Really fun and inexpensive!  Follow a little path to the lighthouse and gift shop.  The lighthouse has 214 steps to the top, where you will see an amazing view!  The climb is too difficult for young children so expect to carry them.  There is not an elevator;  the only way to the top is to climb.  Lots of great stuff in the gift shop but it is very small.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Free to walk the grounds.  Beautiful view.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS- Difficult for young children to climb to the top of the tower, and there is no elevator.

213 Martin Farms Lane, Knotts Island  252.429.3542

COST:  Varies
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Martin Vineyards might not sound like a family destination but they have much more than wine!  At Martin Vineyards you will find apples, grapes and peaches to be picked each in their season. There is more information on their website for the dates of each. We went to go apple picking this year. The price for a peck of apples was reasonable compared to what I would have spent at the store and we had a great experience along with it. There were only a few other people there who were all picking grapes, so it was not overcrowded. We parked our car in the orchard and walked up and down the rows picking whatever looked good. The apples were delicious!
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Price is dependent upon how much and what you pick, so you could make it fit your budget.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS- Road in is quite rough.  Selection can be limited.

Family Friendly Travel Tip:
Older children can use time in the car or airplane to learn a new craft.  There are some great books about learning to knit, crochet and cross-stitch.  Your child will be occupied and have a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a project by the end of the journey.


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