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What did I miss in PEI

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Hi, We are considering going to PEI for a family vacation. We thought about renting a cottage and doing day trips. We have been to PEI as part of a East Coast vacation we did 3 years ago but we only went to Cavendish and Wood Island just to get the ferry. What else is there to do there? We would be going in early July.
Any assistance would be appreciated.

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    Well, if you like bicycle riding, there's an amazing bike trail system all over the island, most of it flat or only moderate hills. There's plenty of places to rent bikes hourly or for days, and the cost is moderate.

    Lots of people will mention "Ann of Green Gables (AGG)," and there's a lot of tourist traffic to that place and related activities.

    We gave my two kids (ages 13 qnd 9) a break for the day at a large water park just up the road from AGG. Great water slides and the cost for a family was very moderate compared with the US. Swimming in the ocean is do-able mid-summer, but I'll defer to others for suggestions on this.

    There's a quaint small village only a few kilometers from the bridge called Victory-By-The Sea which has a live community threatre in the summer with evening performances. We had a fun time eating at one of the handful of small restaurants in town and then taking in the theatre. Somewhat embarrasingly, we took in a play that was hilarious but rather riske'. My youngest one didn't catch most of it, but my 13 year old did. We've laughed about it since then.

    Finally, at Summerside there are daily free concerts at the bagpipe academy (I forget it's name) which lasts about 45 minutes or so and is very good entertainment. (Also, don't forget to stop at some of the numerous roadside stands for locally grown fruits and veggies -including the famous PEI potatoes). Have fun!

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    My husband, 2 boys (9 and 13) and I spent several days last year at Dalvay by the Sea --- about 30 minutes from Charlottetown. The resort is magnificent, if pricey (and it books up fast). The cottages are huge and beautifully appointed. Resort inludes tennis, a few golf holes, croquet, canoeing, beach across the street. It's in the Prince Edward national park, which offers lots of trails and interesting sites. Charlottetown was interesting for its historic sites and to see a production of Anne of Green Gables. In addition, it's the home of Cows ice cream -- not to be missed. We also drove to East Point -- gorgeous drive, nice lighthouse. On the way you can stop at Singing Sands beach (yes, the sand sings). That's all we saw of the island, but saw enough to make us want to return. Enjoy!

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