Exploring Washington, NC with Kids

Washington, NC is a quick 2 hours from Raleigh and makes up part of the Inner Banks, an unofficial title that describes the inner coastal region of North Carolina. Washington is a beautiful, waterfront town full of history and your visit will have you relaxing into a more laid back lifestyle the second you cross over the bridge where the Pamlico and Tar River meet.

Start your visit downtown walking along the Washington Waterfront Docks and meandering through the surrounding neighborhoods before making your way down Main Street. Make sure to stop to let your kiddos stretch their legs at Festival Park, a fenced in playground overlooking the river with bathrooms and a big pavilion for plenty of shade.

There are so many great places to eat in Washington, we decided to opt for the most family friendly and grab hot dogs at Bill’s Hot Dog Stand and enjoy a picnic at the tables by the waterfront.

After full bellies we headed to Goose Creek State Park to continue our Inner Banks adventure! Goose Creek State Park has 8 miles of trails that lead you along Pamlico Sound and over a cypress swamp viewed from an extensive boardwalk. We recommend the Goose Creek Trail (2 miles) and the Live Oak Trail. There are plenty of opportunities to splash in the sound or launch a personal watercraft! This state park also offers two overnight campgrounds and the cutest, brand new cabins (only available on the weekend).

After a full day of adventure we headed to our Airbnb in Bath (North Carolina’s first town). This Airbnb would not work for a big family but for one adult with one or two kids it was the perfect landing pad at the Quarterdeck Marina in Bath.

Pennydeck Guest Suite

No trip to Washington is complete without a visit to the North Carolina Estuarium. This interactive museum was a great opportunity to talk about the diversity of our state and learn about the unique habitats and ecosystems working in the estuaries.

Our first trip to Washington was only 1 night so we didn’t explore anywhere close to all that this beautiful town has to offer. Here are a few places on my list to check out next time we visit and please tag @trianglefamiliesexplore in your Washington adventures!

River Vibes: Bike and SUP board rentals

Little Washington Sailing School

Inner Banks Outfitters

Moss Landing Marina: pontoon boat rental

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