If you are a New Hanover County Resident, Sunday March 4 is your day to try out being a tourist in our great town. During the 17th annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown” Residents’ Appreciation Day. Wilmington and the Beaches and New Hanover County will host FREE admission to over 30 area attractions. Now is your time to try out attractions that you might not have visited. There will be a special “Riverfront Activities” from 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Area Mascots will be there to sign autographs.
The starnewsonline.com has listed the events and times. Some reservations might have to be made, so read each listing carefully.
“ New Hanover County ID is required for the attractions so marked in the listings below. Some attractions and tours require advance reservation. Read descriptions carefully for hours and restrictions. For more information, contact the individual attractions. In case of rain, call attractions to confirm outdoor activities.
NHC-ID Airlie Gardens, 9am-5pm, 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, 798-7566. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea. Enjoy 67-acres of gardens, including the 467-year-old Airlie Oak. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.
Arboretum at New Hanover County Co-op Ext., 9am-6pm, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 798-7660. Explore 6+ acres of demonstration and trial gardens to discover the newest and best plants for area landscapes & gardens.
Bellamy Mansion Museum, 1-4pm, 503 Market St, Wilmington, 251-3700. Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear the history of the original slave quarters and its restoration, and peruse the gift shop.
Black Cat Shoppe, 1-5pm. 8 Market St., Wilmington. 251-6663. Aye, mateys, ‘yer looking for a bit of adventure in the Port City? Drop by to see some magic, hear some true Wilmington pirate stories or to have ye fortune told. Space is limited and we will entertain first come, first served.
Blue Moon Gift Shops, 12-5pm. 203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, 799-5793. A Wilmington shopping destination that offers shoppers an eclectic mix of charming and diverse boutiques all under one roof! Tastings from various shops all day.
Burgwin-Wright Museum House, 12-5pm, 224 Market St., Wilmington, 762-0570. The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A self-guided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.
Educators from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher‘s outreach classroom (1-3 p.m.) will share information about marine life found along the North Carolina coast. Free Hometown Tourist stickers will be provided to children who stop by the Riverfront Visitor Information Booth from noon to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau.
NHC-ID Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tours start at 5:30pm only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday March 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.
Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 1-8pm, Burnett Blvd, behind Parks & Rec offices, Wilmington, 362-8222. Participants get free admission between 1-8pm. NOTE: All participants REQUIRED to wear helmet & pads.
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 1pm-5pm. 2nd & Orange St., Wilmington. 793-6393. Listed on U.S. Register of Historic Places. Spend a WWII History afternoon at one of the few remaining USO buildings. Tour the restored building, theater, and mini-museum of the home front in Wilmington, “America’s World War II City.” Visit the HBHUSO/CAC Community Art gallery exhibiting works from local established and emerging artists.
NHC-ID Halyburton Park, Guided hike at 1pm; park open all day. 4099 17th St., Wilmington. 341-0075. Join a park naturalist and explore nature up close on a two-mile nature hike ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED for hike. Learn about the park’s history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City Trail. Guided hike (1pm) lasts about two hours. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.
Haunted Pub Crawl at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, 12pm-6pm, 131 N. Front St, Wilmington, 343-8881. Get a “taste” of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh so hard ye’ll swab the decks. Starts at 12 noon and then on the hour every hour, with the last one at 6pm. ALL AGES welcome! No reservations necessary.
NHC-ID Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water Sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tour starts at 12:00 noon only. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets MUST be picked up at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday the 3rd from 11am-6pm. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. NO TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.
Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, Noon-9pm, 4240 Market St. (behind “17” North Shopping Center), Wilmington, 762-0173. Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.
Carolina Beach State Park, 8am-7pm, State Park Rd, Carolina Beach, 458-8206. Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, visitor center, marina and more. (Boat ramp/campsite rentals not included.)
Federal Point History Center, 1-4pm, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-0502. Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including pre-historic, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site-Civil War Fort, 1-5pm, Hwy. 421 Kure Beach, NC, 458-5538. Visitors to the site will enjoy our scenic quarter-mile tour trail, wayside exhibits, a reconstructed palisade fence, and a partially restored gun emplacement. The visitor center offers audio-visual programs and artifacts from blockaders and blockade runners, as well as a fiber optic map that shows the final battle for the fort.
NHC-ID Wilmington Railroad Museum, 1-4pm, 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, 763-2634. Railroad history and features for everyone, all in an authentic 1883 railroad building. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY.
Wilmington Trolley, 1-4pm. Downtown Wilmington. 763-4483. The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours.
Wilmington Water Tours, Boards at 3:15pm; departs 3:30pm. 212 S. Water St., Wilmington. 338-3134. Eagles Island Tour. Learn the history of Eagles Island, view the beautiful downtown waterfront and get introduced to fascinating ecology of the Cape Fear River. Limited availability. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 1-5pm, 303 W. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, 256-2569. Visit this 1909 beach cottage and feel what life at the beach was like 100 years ago. Step back in time as you walk through a 1930′s kitchen, see our model of Wrightsville Beach in 1910, and rock on the shady porch.
NHC-ID Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, 12Noon &1pm. Banks Channel across from Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 200-4002. The Cape Fear Naturalist, Joseph Abbate, explores the tidal creeks of Masonboro Island. The 1-hour tour focuses on water bird and shorebird identification. Topics include shorebird identification, salt marsh function and water quality issues. NHC RESIDENTS ONLY. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Space is limited.”
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