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Big Sur Coast

Big Sur, California

“America’s greatest race,” the Amgen Tour of California, will pass through Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Modeled after the Tour de France, bikers will have the opportunity to enjoy this gorgeous coastline on their way to the big finish in Thousand Oaks, CA.


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Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom is an oceanfront amusement and water park in one. Splashes the water park takes the lazy river up a notch and offers water flumes with 100-foot drops. Family Kingdom has just added a Twist-and-Shout steel roller coaster to its fleet of more than 30 rides bumper cars and Go-Kart tracks. 960 1280

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Water Sports

If the kids (and adults) are looking for more than just a day at the beach, take part in a popular water sport. Little ones will have fun clinging to a banana boat, older speed demons can take out jet skis -- or pair off and sail high above the water on a parasailing trip. 960 1280

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Miniature Golf

As you'd expect from the "golf capital of the world" Myrtle's mini-golf courses don't disappoint. Our top pick? Whimsical Captain Hook's Adventure Golf where the whole family can play through 2 different 18-hole courses – complete with a 15-foot smoking skull. 960 1280

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Myrtle Waves Water Park

At South Carolina's largest water park more than 1 million gallons of water pumps through Waves' raft rides wild rapids and slides. Open mid-May to mid-September families will be pleased to find covered picnic areas and certified lifeguards on duty at all times. 960 1280

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Medieval Times

Yes it's pure kitsch but your little knight or princess will get a kick out of Medieval Times' dinner show. Expect an entertaining joisting tournament lots of horses and crowd participation. Just don't expect silverware to come with His Majesty's royal feast. 960 1280

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ATV Tour

Get the family outdoors and off-roading with Caroline Backwoods ATV adventures. No experience is necessary to explore the approximately 2-hour Down n Dirty and High n Dry (ok semi-dry) trails. Kids under the age of 12 can ride on the back of a family member's ATV. 960 1280

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Children's Museum of South Carolina

The perfect rainy day activity take the kids to explore the Children's Museum of South Carolina. With weekly story and craft times as well as exhibits like the Imagination Playground and Bubble Mania there's plenty to keep your kids happy and entertained. 960 1280

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WonderWorks

Chances are your kids will be begging to go to WonderWorks once they spot its upside-down building at Broadway at the Beach but the Anti-Gravity Chamber Bed of Nails Lazer Tag and Ropes Course appeal to kids of all ages -- and some adults too. 960 1280

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Ripley's Aquarium

Like no aquarium you've been to before at Ripley's Aquarium you can glide on a 330-foot moving path beneath the dangerous reef through sharks and stingrays visit rainbow rock (the Indo-Pacific coral reef) and more. 960 1280

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MagiQuest

The world's largest live-action role-playing game MagiQuest allows your kids to enter an enchanted fantasy world and choose their adventure -- all with the wave of a wand! Will they befriend a pixie? Slay a dragon? Learn from an ancient wizard? You guess is as good as ours but we're sure you'll hear all about it. 960 1280

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Pier at Garden City

Pier at Garden City

Every night during the summer, enjoy live music or karaoke at The Pier at Garden City, just 8 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Listen to the music, grab a snack at Sam's Corner diner or let the kids play a few rounds at the arcade. 960 1280

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Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille

Summer vacation is synonymous with the summer blockbuster. After a day in the sun head to Frank Theatres Cinebowl & Grille in Murrells Inlet for a little bowling and a big screen. 960 1280

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Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach

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Corolla Beach

Corolla Beach

Kick back in a vacation rental home like this along Corolla Beach, located at the northernmost end of the Outer Banks. Corolla attractions include shopping (almost all shops are locally owned and operated), fishing (including puppy drum, sea mullet and croaker), and wild horse and beach jeep tours. Other beach attractions include Whalehead Club and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, one of 7 North Carolina lighthouses. 960 1280

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Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach

Take the boardwalk down to the ocean at Topsail Beach. This quiet beach community of 500 residents is located on the southernmost tip of Topsail Island, a 26-mile barrier island off North Carolina’s coast. The beach comes with a laidback vibe (high-rise development is prohibited here). It’s also a great place to find some of the best conch seashells on the East Coast that wash up after a storm, particularly in the late summer or early fall. 960 1280

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Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout

See wild mustang horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore. The protected area comprises 3 barrier islands -- on Shackleford Banks is where you’ll see the horses. Take a ferry from nearby Harkers Island, and explore the undeveloped islands that await. In addition to horse watching, enjoy fishing, shelling, camping, climbing Cape Lookout Lighthouse and touring historic villages (Cape Lookout and Portsmouth Village). 960 1280

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Oak Island

Oak Island

Enjoy a stroll along a fishing pier on Oak Island. The seaside town, on a barrier island near the southeastern tip of North Carolina, has 65 public beach accesses, as well as many other access points to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Davis Canal, makking it a great location for fishing, boating and kayaking. Golf lovers can swing by Oak Island Golf Club, built by golf course designer George Cobb in 1962. 960 1280

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Holden Beach

Holden Beach

No building can be taller than 35 feet on Holden Beach. That spells a more relaxed vibe in this seaside town, located on the southern tip of North Carolina. Visitors can enjoy shell hunting, golf (more than 100 golf courses lie within an hour’s drive), water skiing and boating, as well as popular local events such as the North Carolina Oyster Festival. 960 1280

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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Beachgoers read notes placed in the Kindred Spirit mailbox. In 1981, an artist planted this mailbox on the west end of Sunset Beach, a small beach town in the far southern portion of North Carolina. In the years since, travelers have placed their thoughts, prayers, poems and drawings in the mailbox. Some see it as a place to purge their thoughts and start anew; others as a way to connect with strangers. 960 1280

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Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park

At twilight, the sky turns purple at Hammocks Beach State Park -- 1,145 acres of land that consists mainly of Bear Island along the Southern Outer Banks. Take a 15-minute ferry ride or kayak over to the state park, pitch a tent behind the dune line, and enjoy time to yourself, as well as ample opportunities for fishing (puppy drum, flounder, trout and blue fish are frequent catches). 960 1280

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Kure Beach

Kure Beach

Colorful homes line the seaside town of Kure Beach, on the southern tip of North Carolina’s Pleasure Island. Kure Beach is big on family-entertainment: Swing by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for live exhibits on bamboo sharks, loggerhead sea turtles and an albino alligator named Luna; and discover Civil War history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, where the war’s largest land-sea battle occurred. 960 1280

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Indian Beach

Indian Beach

You’ll find Indian Beach in the Southern Outer Banks (aka Crystal Coast). Tucked within lush maritime forests, the laid-back beachside community has 92 residents, and plenty of opportunities to see marine wildlife: turtle hatchlings of leatherback, green and loggerhead species on the shore; out to sea, sightings of bottlenose dolphins, sometimes up to 20 in a pod. 960 1280

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