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My bf and I are looking for somewhere to vacation next summer. I'd like to rent a 3 bedroom house in close proximity to a beach on the Atlantic. I'll be coming from Ohio, so I don't want to go any farther south than North Carolina. My step daughter, who will be just about 14 then and my 15 year old niece and 14 year old nephew will be with me. I'll also be bringing my two dogs.<br><br><br><br>
I've looked at Ocean City, MD but that seems maybe too much of a party town. I've looked at a few beaches in North Carolina too. Delaware and New Jersey are also up for consideration.<br><br><br><br>
I'm looking for something that is private yet close enough to some fun activities for the kids. I'd imagine that hanging out on the beach for a week would tend to get boring for them.<br><br><br><br>
I'd love to have recommendations from anyone who has either vacationed on a beach in any of these states or lived in any beach towns in these states.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: I forgot to mention that we are renting an SUV and driving vs flying mainly because of the dogs and to save money.
 

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You must come to the Jersey Shore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Wildwood Crest is a fun "dry" town so there's not a lot of crazy college partiers.and the boardwalk i huge. Pt Pleasant is a bit more laid back as well, but way smaller. Seaside is nicknamed "Sleazeside" for a reason.<br><br><br><br>
Cape May is nice but mainly for boring adults.
 

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You must come to the Jersey Shore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Wildwood Crest is a fun "dry" town so there's not a lot of crazy college partiers.and the boardwalk i huge. Pt Pleasant is a bit more laid back as well, but way smaller. Seaside is nicknamed "Sleazeside" for a reason.<br><br><br><br>
Cape May is nice but mainly for boring adults.</div>
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I second Pt. PLeasant.....I go there a few weekends a summer or just drive down for the day thoughout the summer<br><br>
it is an awesome, laid back atmosphere....very clean..<br><br>
the town is a nice town to walk around..<br><br>
Wildwood Crest is also nice and clean..
 

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I've looked at Ocean City, MD but that seems maybe too much of a party town.</div>
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But then you could vist me....I'll get you into the best parties here! jk<br><br><br><br>
Seriously, there is plenty to do for the children and you could run over to Assateague, hike bike and canoe or kayak and see the wild ponies. There is Trimpers Rides, Jolly Rogers Amusements and Water Park, Arcades, Putt Putt Golf all up and down the main drag, a Treasure Museum, parasailing, jet skiing, and more.<br><br><br><br>
That all being said OBX is really great too. The upper portion has several things for the kids as well.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>purrpelle</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
You must come to the Jersey Shore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Wildwood Crest is a fun "dry" town so there's not a lot of crazy college partiers.and the boardwalk i huge. Pt Pleasant is a bit more laid back as well, but way smaller. Seaside is nicknamed "Sleazeside" for a reason.<br><br><br><br>
Cape May is nice but mainly for boring adults.</div>
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lol i totally disagree: Cape May is not for boring adults at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> yeah, a lot of families vacation in Cape May, but there is a lot going on at night, the beach is a lot of fun and you can easily go anywhere else on the shore from Cape May! in addition, it is a beautiful place with great old restored Victorian homes. definitely check out Cape May before you decide on somewhere.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"> by next summer, the pirate ship will be docked in Pt Pleasant.
 

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Kitty Hawk, NC, and surrounding areas are nice, and the best place in the world to take hang-gliding lessons (if you've ever wanted to). Further south toward Hatteras it gets quieter, if you're into parklands and camping - great area for dogs!
 

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The Outer Banks are wonderful - nice beaches, good restaurants, places that are fun for kids, the rest though is pretty tranquil. Corolla has the wild horses that live on the beach and there are several lighthouses to visit. Nags Head is a typical beach town, while Duck is quaint and more quiet. Ahhhhhh.
 

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I'd love Florida..I don't think the doggies would like the drive though.<br><br><br><br>
So far I have saved in my favorites these:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/54326" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/54326</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/93846" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/93846</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/57451" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/57451</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/33395" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/33395</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/36855" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/36855</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/80685" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/80685</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vrbo.com/84417" target="_blank">http://www.vrbo.com/84417</a><br><br><br><br>
Anyone know the areas of these? You Jersey folks may..I have a few NC ones in there too.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>purrpelle</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"> by next summer, the pirate ship will be docked in Pt Pleasant.</div>
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Topsail beach is my favorite NC beach (I live in wilmington, so I've seen quite a few). It's quite, inexpensive and not crowded at all but there are places to go drive go-carts, etc. on the island for the kids. Veg dining isn't that great there, but it's close enough to Wilmington that you can come to the city to stock up once for the trip and there is great dining if you go a bit from the island.
 

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My vote would be for the Maine coast. It's one of my most favorite places in all of the US. I've spent a bit of time in Kittery (far south) and it's wonderful. There's an awesome wildlife refuge nearby, a bitchin' health food store, miles of sandy/rocky beaches, forests nearby for hiking.<br><br><br><br>
It's well, awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My vote would be for the Maine coast. It's one of my most favorite places in all of the US. I've spent a bit of time in Kittery (far south) and it's wonderful. There's an awesome wildlife refuge nearby, a bitchin' health food store, miles of sandy/rocky beaches, forests nearby for hiking.<br><br><br><br>
It's well, awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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while i love maine for many a reason, if you want to go swimming in the ocean i would not suggest any place above cape cod.<br><br><br><br>
ocean= way the heck too cold.<br><br><br><br>
but if that's not your thing, maine is great for all the reasons jen listed.
 

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I used to go down to Newport all the time when I lived in Rhode Island.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.gonewport.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gonewport.com/</a>
 

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OK..so, we decided on a place closer to home. His mom is coming. She's on oxygen and the portable tank she has is good for 4 hours without a recharge. She has another portable too, but I think for her sake and the dogs a shorter trip than to the ocean would be better. We decided on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It's beautiful there. We get the combo of the woods plus the lake. It's a little under 4 hours to drive from our house.
 
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