June 15, 2011

Father's Day Weekend on Pleasure Island, NC

The Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau put out a press release with some ideas for weekend recreational activities this Father's Day weekend. Here are their suggestions for Pleasure Island.

June 16: Free Fireworks by the Sea. Live music & fireworks on Thursday (6:30-9:30pm; Ten Toes Up band). Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach. 910-458-8434; http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/

June 18 & 19: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Treat Dad to one of the Aquarium’s education programs: “Canoeing the Salt Marsh” (Sat. June 18; 9am-12pm) Must be able to swim; children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults; ages 13-14 with one adult. “Behind the Scenes Tour” (Sun., June 19; 1pm) Limited to 10 participants. Children ages 8-14 must be accompanied by adult. Admission/program charges apply. Pre-registration required. NC Aquarium at Ft. Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. 910-458-7468; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

June 18: Carousel Center Flounder Tournament. Take your dad fishing for prizes! Registration fee. Inlet Watch Yacht Club, Carolina Beach. 910-279-5713; www.carouselcenter.org/2011/03/11/flounder

June 19: Free Movies by the Sea. This week’s free family movie is “Legend of the Guardians.”Starts at dusk at Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater. 910-458-8434; http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/

Other Fabulous Father’s Day Weekend Ideas

MEET A RARE ALBINO ALLIGATOR; SEE SHARKS & LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLES: Did you know there are less than 50 albino alligators in the entire world and one resides at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher? There’s also a 235,000 gallon shark tank and a loggerhead sea turtle habitat. www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

AMUSEMENTS & RIDES: If Dad loves rides and amusements, take him to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to ride classic amusement park rides and play carnival games to your heart’s content! http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/

REEL ‘EM IN: Dad can choose from pier fishing, surf fishing, or inshore, off-shore and Gulf-Stream charter excursions. Or, book a half-day family fishing adventure and learn to catch fish in area bays, creeks, and waterways. For info on fishing charters: www.capefearcoast.com/activities/wilmington/outdoor_recreation.html

MORE OUTDOORS: For Dads who love the outdoors, there are many ways to explore the Cape Fear Coast. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle around our marshes, rivers, inlets and the Intracoastal Waterway. Ride along the Boardwalk via surrey or bicycle, or cycle along one of our bike paths. Stroll or Segway along the Riverwalk, fish from an ocean pier, or charter a boat for offshore fishing. There are more than 54 parks with trails, athletic fields, and camping and picnic facilities, including two state parks. Hike the Venus Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park! www.capefearcoast.com/activities/outdoor-search.html

For other ideas off the island, read the full press release
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