Mar 20, 2012
WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the spring holiday approaches, affordable destinations that refresh, recharge and renew are popular among folks who are ready for a vacation or a weekend getaway. Surrounded by water, Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach fit the bill with a single destination that offers unlimited vacation choices. Just last summer, Orbitz and Bloomberg BusinessWeek recognized Wilmington as a fun and affordable destination. From the river to the sea there are accommodations in all price ranges, as well as budget-friendly attractions, tours, and restaurants. Great shoulder-season rates plus kid-friendly events add up to a spring coastal getaway that won’t break the bank. To plan your visit, call 1-866-266-9690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a free 2012 official visitors guide. Or visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com where you’ll find seasonal specials, events and experiences.
HERE’S A SAMPLING OF HOLIDAY-THEME EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY:
MARCH 31 & APRIL 6 & 7: ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT. 10am & 1pm. See a live baby alligator and learn about these fascinating animals. Next, create an alligator egg basket and search for candy-filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for ages 3-10; must be accompanied by an adult. Admission charge for kids and adults. Pre-registration required (by March 28 & April 4). NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach; 910-458-7468; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
APRIL 5: SPRING EGG-VENTURE AT HALYBURTON PARK. 1pm–4pm. Join the ‘eggcitement’ at Halyburton Park. Programs include Animal Eggs & Nests, Egglympics, Storytime, and Spring Nature Hike. Egg hunts for children ages 3-5, 6-7 and 8-10 will take place at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Admission charge. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., Wilmington. 910-341-0075; www.halyburtonpark.com
APRIL 6-7: BUGS & BUTTERFLIES SPRING EVENT. 9am-12noon. Bug egg hunt, face-painting, bee and butterfly balloon animals, spring outdoor games, flower-planting, and egg-citing art activities. Museum admission charge includes event. Children’s Museum of Wilmington; www.playwilmington.org
APRIL 6: EASTER EGG HUNT & CARNIVAL AT BATTLESHIP PARK. 10am-2pm. Kids ages 2-9 are invited to join Buddy the Battleship Bunny for continuous egg hunts, games, inflatable bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, and more. Admission charge; pre-registration required. Battleship Park, Wilmington; 910-251-5797; www.battleshipnc.com
APRIL 6-9: EASTER ‘BUNNY’- DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS. 10am-10pm, weather permitting. Experience the beauty of spring in historic Wilmington via a ‘Bunny’ horse-drawn carriage or trolley. Treats for kids. Admission charge. Market & Water sts., Downtown Wilmington; 910-251-8889; www.horsedrawntours.com
APRIL 8: MASONBORO ISLAND EASTER EGG HUNT. 11am; 2pm & 4:30pm. Cruise to Masonboro Island, one of the largest marine sanctuary islands in Southeast NC, and experience a unique Easter boat trip & egg hunt. Adults must accompany children. Admission charge; advance reservations. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours departs across from Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach. 910-200-4002; www.capefearnaturalist.com
Navigate toward what’s important to you. Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach are a convenient drive along major highways, including I-40 and U.S. 74, both with easy access from I-95. For seasonal specials and experiences, or to download an official visitors guide or a complete event calendar, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com. For last-minute hotel discounts, visit www.sunnysavers.com.