April 3, 2011

Miami Herald: Snakes, Venus flytraps and pirates, oh my!

Here's a fantastic article about the Wilmington area with many excellent mentions of Pleasure Island. Here are the comments about Carolina and Kure Beach.

For a family on a weekend getaway, Wilmington is full of surprises — the good kind.

Sunday, 04.03.11
By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright
Special to The Miami Herald

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- We thought we’d done every “trail” imaginable, from wine trails to art trails to birding trails. But...a Venus flytrap trail? Sure enough, Wilmington has 12 sites devoted to this carnivorous plant, since this city is the only place in the world, they say, where you can see the Venus flytrap in its native (boggy) environment. That attraction alone was enough to draw us to Wilmington, a city that’s never been on the top of our “must-see before you die” list.

...We spent most of our beach-time at Carolina and Kure beaches — especially the fishing pier at Kure Beach, one of the oldest on the East Coast. We didn’t fish ourselves, but it was fun to see what other fisher-folk were pulling out of the water. Carolina Beach has a retro-looking boardwalk (circa 1896) with carnival rides (in season), Trolley Stop Hot Dogs, a local landmark, and Britt’s, one of the top donut shops in the U.S. What’s not to like?

...North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Small, but totally state-of-the-art, this aquarium (www.ncaquariums.com) has gorgeous displays, the requisite shark tank, and a really good touch tank. But the superstar here, drawing crowds worthy of Lady Gahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifga, is Lulu, one of only 50 albino alligators in the world. Raevin came away with dozens of pictures. “I’m putting Lulu on my Facebook page!” she crowed...

All of this activity — snakes, pirates, ice cream — took its toll on the toddler in our party. He nodded off before he could finish his kiddie cone. But not before uttering the line that pretty much summed up our trip to Wilmington: “Too … much … fun!”

Read the full story her: The Miami Herald
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