As the spring holiday season approaches, destinations that provide meaningful experiences are especially popular. This spring, navigate toward what’s important to you. Surrounded by water, Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach offer a single destination with multiple vacation choices. From the river to the sea, Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches is an affordable destination with accommodations in all price ranges, as well as budget-friendly attractions, tours, and restaurants. Great shoulder-season rates plus kid-friendly activities add up to a meaningful 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 2013 official visitors guide. Or visit the website 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 23, 29 & 30: 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 23 & March 27). NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach; 910-458-7468; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-
MARCH 28: SPRING EGG-VENTURE AT HALYBURTON PARK. 9am-12noon. 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 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Admission charge. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., Wilmington. 910-341-0075; www.halyburtonpark.com
MARCH 29-30: BUGS & BUTTERFLIES SPRING EVENT. 9am-12noon. Learn about local insects and participate in egg-citing art activities, face-painting, gardening, spring outdoor games, and more. Museum admission charge includes event. Children’s Museum of Wilmington; www.playwilmington.org
MARCH 29: 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, inflatable bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, and more. Admission charge; pre-registration required. Battleship Park, Wilmington; 910-251-5797; www.battleshipnc.com
MARCH 29-31: EASTER ‘BUNNY’- DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS. 11am-10pm (March 29-30) & 10am-4pm (March 31), 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
MARCH 31: MASONBORO ISLAND EASTER EGG HUNT. 11am; 1pm & 3pm. Experience a unique Easter boat trip and egg hunt when you cruise to Masonboro Island, one of the largest marine sanctuary islands in Southeast N.C. 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.
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
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