• Hammocks Beach State Park, North Carolina

    Bear Island is located off the coast of North Carolina and is part of Hammocks Beach State Park.  It is a small, secluded island that is only accessible by boat.  Our family recently visited for a day trip and we all absolutely loved it! We started our day in the visitor’s center where we bought our ferry tickets and then explored the kids’ area.  All the kids loved the high powered microscope and Alex loved the shark information. You can get to the island on your own personal boat, kayak, or canoe.  The state park also offers a passenger ferry for access to the island from April-October each year.  There…

  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, NC

    One of my life goals is to visit every state park in North Carolina. Our beautiful state has 42 state parks stretching from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks.  I’ve visited several parks in the coastal plains region where we live but still have so many more to go! My favorite thing about visiting state parks is that it is free!  That’s huge when you’re a family of seven.  I also love that there are park rangers available to help or to answer questions and there are always activities and events going on.   I recently took my kids to a local state park that we had not visited…