Best North Carolina Beaches to Visit this Summer

A stunning backdrop, water activities galore, and home to some of the top beaches in the world, it’s no surprise North Carolina is an incredibly popular vacation destination during the summer months. Looking for some of the best beaches to enjoy in NC? Look no further. Discover our top recommendations below!

Wrightsville Beach.

Dubbed one of North Carolina’s most accessible beaches, Wrightsville Beach is well known for its crystal blue waters, lush greenery, and expansive shores. It also offers up many water sports to choose from, and many kid-friendly adventures. Find this beautiful beach in the lovely New Hanover County.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

A national seashore preserving the portion of the Outer Banks of NC from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island, the Seashore stretches over 70 miles, offering plenty of opportunity for exploration. Here you’ll discover high, sandy dunes, beautiful surf, the nation’s tallest lighthouse, and much more. Enjoy a day of swimming, beachcombing, body surfing, and more!

Holden Beach.

A seaside town found in Brunswick County, Holden Beach offers miles of sandy beaches, and opportunity aplenty for favorite activities such as fishing, water skiing, boating, and of course, swimming. The Holden Beach area is widely regarded as having some of the most well kept beaches in North Carolina, and the soft sand and warm water only add to their appeal!

Hammocks Beach State Park.

Dubbed one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic Coast, Hammocks Beach is accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat – so get ready for an adventure! Here you’ll peruse the beach for wildlife, dig in the tidal pools and mudflats, walk alongside the gulls and sandpipers. Hammocks Beach is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle, and to relax in secluded tranquility. Enjoy amenities like concession stands, washrooms, indoor showers, picnic tables, and more.

Corolla Beach.

A main attraction in Corolla, NC, the beaches are a favorite among many. Corolla is the perfect place for many miles of untouched beaches, and is ideal for families looking for an area to spread out, build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic, and so on. Other popular activities include surfing, shopping, fishing, jet skiing, and more!

Take advantage of the summer weather while it’s still here. Get out and enjoy one of these top beaches in North Carolina!

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Top Water Parks to Visit in Florida this Summer

It may be mid-August, but one thing’s for sure: summer sure isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of nice weather and long days left this season, and – if you haven’t already had your fill – plenty of perfect family road trips left to be had.

Some of the best summer vacations are about water – either the beach, the swimming pool, or even a water park. Lucky for you, Florida has ample water parks as well as ample extended stay properties to offer – so take your pick and get out there to enjoy summer while it’s still here!

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando.

Located at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Typhoon Lagoon is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools. Based on the ‘Disney Legend’ of a typhoon that wreaked havoc on a tropical island, the park is full of exciting rides, including the Storm Slides (enclosed slides that send riders downward 5 stories), Gang Plank Falls (a family raft ride), and Mayday Falls (a famous tube slide).

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Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven.

Offering over 145 acres of theme park fun, this Legoland Resort is the second largest only after that in Windsor in the UK. Here you’ll enjoy a gentle wave pool, the Twin Chasers (two 375-foot water slides), the Duplo Splash Safari (a toddlers’ water play area), and much more.

Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach.

Located in the West Palm Beach area, the Rapids Water Park features a range of waterslides, a wave pool, a wonderful lazy river, and multiple casual eateries. Be sure to check out the Raging Rapids (a multi-person raft ride), the Pirates Plunge (a body slide ride where you blast through narrow looping and twisting tunnels), and the Old Yellar (an all-time park favorite with 4 spiraling slides).

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Adventure Island in Tampa.

Across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island offers acres of water park thrills, including the Caribbean Corkscrew (a 230-foot enclosed water slide), the Wahoo Run (a 600-foot long family water slide that passes through waterfalls), and the Key West Rapids (700-foot long tube slide coursing through gushers, pools, water mines, and more).

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Grapeland Water Park in Miami.

Located in Miami, the Grapeland Water Park has many exciting rides and attractions for the whole family, including the Captain’s Lagoon (a large recreation pool), the Buccaneer River Ride (a famous lazy river), and Shipwreck island (the perfect place for toddlers looking to enjoy some shallow waters).

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