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Old 05-12-2012, 04:55 AM   #1
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suggestions and comments are welcome...please

We for the first time in many years I am stumped on where to take my family on vacation. We have 2 kids ages 4 and 6. We have done the disney thing and plan on going back next year. My kids are not quite old enough for Mt. Rushmore..Yellowstone ..etc. So we thought about another beach vacation...i should say my wife thought about a beach vacation,as long as the kids have a good time it doesnt really matter to me. We live in northern ohio minutes from cedar point and countless water parks. So that is not important to us and i have 2 full to travel. We had planned OBX but decided not enough for the kids to do. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Just my 2 cents but we love going to Hilton Head Island SC. Great restaurants, beach, and tons of stuff to do. We have an 8 and 5 year old and they love it. We take our bikes and ride everywhere. You really do not even need a car. If you do not take bikes there are tons of places to rent them. There are two different places to stay. Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort and Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort.

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4 & 6... too young for Mammoth Cave, KY?? They have events for young kids...I am not sure about the age range though. The coast of Lake Michigan is nice...also Mackinac Island is really fun..great for kids. You can ride bikes along the coast on the island. Rent bikes or take your own. Only transportation on the island is bike, horse, of foot. Cool forts. Also, on the mainland is Fort Michimillimac where they have reenactments which they include the youngsters.
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Thank you so far for the suggestions....we have been through most of the UP of Michigan. I have not thought of mammoth cave though. We were also thinking of the Gatlinburg area as well. Then heading over to Emerald Isle,which imput on that would be appreciated as well.
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Have you given any thought about going to Wisconsin Dells ? The kids would love the duck boats and there are several amusement parks in the area and I believe a circus nearby. You could do a day trip to visit the House on the Rock.

Gatlinburg, TN offers a lot of little neat shops, and the typical tourist type attractions. Plus you can ride over to Cades Cove to do the scenic loop and see some old churches, cemeteries and homesteads and maybe some animals if your lucky. You can also drive out of Gatlinburg and go thru the Park to Climgmans Dome (a pretty strenuous approx 1 hour up hill walk) and you can also continue over to Cherokee, NC. Not a lot there mostly small shops, a fairly decent small italian place to eat. You might also see indians dressed in their full ceremonial clothing.

Quite a bit in the Smokies to keep you busy and it keeps growing in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area. Gatlinburg has growth but they don't have as much land to grow on. Pigeon Forge offers amusements for the kids, and Dollywood.

If your into shopping, there are just tons of Outlets to shop in. Smokey Mountain Knifeworks has always been very nice and yes they have more thank knives.
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Hi pacevette,
I vote like kanyonkitty posted. Consider the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee area. There is quite a bit to do for the kids and adults. Plenty of CGs to choose from. Go to Pigeon Forge,TN - Official Pigeon Forge Family Vacation Destination Guide and read about it. From Dollywood to Broadway quality entertainment and everything in between.
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How about heading to Lake George and Lake Placid in New York? Lake George Resort has great shows at their French Mountain Theater and a nature program for kids.
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I am a big OBX fan and the amount of activities for kids is dependent on where you stay. There is an RV park in kitty hawk, which puts you smack in the center of the "commercialized" portions. That area you will find more mini golf courses, the Wright Bros memorial, kite flying, jockey ridge, etc. My son is a little younger than yours, but I want him to appreciate 'simplicity.' After years in the Navy I learned beach town with 'things to do' mean crowds. Crowds mean stress. Stress means less memories with my family.

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