Parked the Car in lot in Catawba, purchased round trip tickets for the Miller Ferry. (Showing our shore discount card that we got at the visitors center we received $1 off each of the four tickets we purchased) The ride over was great! We arrived on the island around 1pm( about a 18 minute ride), all 4 person golf carts were sold out at both cart places near the ferry dock. We ended up paying extra for the last available 6 person one, so reserve before you arrive. "E's" was the cheapest, but we ended up with one from "Island Bike and Cart Rental" since "E" was completely sold out. Its quite a walk to the next nearest Cart rental place, which is at the airport. You do have the option to ride a taxi or a bus downtown for a couple bucks to other rental places. Driving the golf cart around the island was the best part of our day. Some good clean fun, tooting horn at passing golf carts, High fiving passing carts, our 17 year old loved joking with people that we passed, telling them their shoes were untied, complimenting people on their attire, hats, shoes, etc...harmless good fun, and the peolpe were having just as much fun with him. The fellow vacationers had so much fun with us, laughing and joking. Don't take your car, rent the golf cart, you won't be sorry, people are there to have fun and let loose, everyone was having a good time and were really friendly. We did notice that the car would have been dificult to get around in and park, very limited parking for cars, it is all golf cart parking. We visited Perry's monument first thing, excellent view, and the rangers gave us a brief recap of Perry's battle... very interesting. We then went to Perry's Cave, very steep, some steps only wide enough for your shoe sideways, not for anyone with walking disability. Cave very small, a little disapointing if comparing to the Caves/caverns in West Virginia, however our two teenagers only remember those caves from photographs so it was still interesting for them. A small antique car museum right next to cave was nice. We then grabbed some lunch at the boardwalk, ate on the top deck, had Taco's and Nacho's, Salsa was a refreshing change from what we usually get. Nice View of Lake. We then drove to some of the museums that we wanted to see but they all close at 5pm. so if you want to visit them, get an start early. We went to Adventure Bay Fun Center, it was not a very happening place at this time, we were the only 4 people riding the go carts, and only about 10 people in the gameroom. We went shopping in town then just drove around in the golf cart - still having a great time. Our 2 boys ( both teenagers) want to go back, just for the fun that we had on the golfcart. We noticed several bridal shower parties, and bachelor parties. Lots of bars, but we were there early, It seems like it could be a rowdy place at night. We boarded the ferry to go back to Catawba at 7:30. Couple places to play putt putt, next time we go it will be easier since we kind of got the jist of where things are at. The entire place was very picturesque. Lots of Mayflies there, but they were harmless.
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