“BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN” APPRECIATION DAY Sunday – March 3, 2013

bellamy mansion

Do not miss your chance to tour New Hanover County’s great attractions for FREE…. FREE… FREE.  This Sunday March 3, 2013 all these attractions are open to New Hanover County Residents.  Some restrictions apply and please bring proof of residency.
Here is a list of places that will welcome you and your family.  You can register online to win a Hometown Tourist goodie bag.

HOMETOWN TOURIST ONLINE DRAWING

To register to win a Hometown Tourist goodie bag, you must be able to prove residency within New Hanover County. If you are a resident of New Hanover County, please email your full name, home street address, City/State/zip code and a working phone number to hometowntourist@wilmingtonandbeaches.com. Please put HOMETOWN TOURIST in the ‘Subject’ line. Please, no business addresses. Entry emails must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013 and winners will be contacted by Wednesday, March 6, 2013. [If your email is bounced back, please either try again or send it via snail mail to Wilmington and Beaches CVB, Attn: Hometown Tourist, 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, Wilmington, NC, 28401. Must be received by Thurs. Feb. 28.]

LIST OF PARTICIPATING ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

SPECIAL GUESTS at Riverfront Visitor Information Booth: 12-3pm (weather permitting), Cape Fear Riverwalk (Water & Market Sts.), Wilmington, 341-4030. Stop by to meet the special guests, get a “Hometown Tourist” sticker, and a list of attractions/tours offering free admission! Team and event mascots will greet residents, hand out schedules/flyers, pose for photos, and sign autographs. Confirmed guests include “Sledge” (Wilmington Hammerheads pro soccer team) from 12-3pm; Azalea Belles (courtesy of the Cape Fear Garden Club) from 1-3pm; and storyteller/musician John Golden from 1-3pm.

Airlie Gardens, 9am-5pm, 300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, 798-7700. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea. Enjoy 67-acres of gardens, including the 468-year-old Airlie Oak. 

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.

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.

Cameron Art Museum, 10am–5pm, 3201 S. 17th  St., Wilmington (corner of Independence Blvd and 17th  St.),  395-5999. Southeast NC’s premier art museum. Cameron Art Museum celebrates 50 years! Visit the Museum Shop and view three exhibits: From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace, Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and The Transformative Power of Friendship.  

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, 1-5pm, 814 Market St., Wilmington, 798-4350. Discover the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Visit the Museum’s newest exhibits – Shopping Around Wilmington, Collection Selections: Breakfast, and the award-winning Fragments of War exhibit combines the stories of wartime symbols with the more intimate histories of some local men who served in the Confederate military.

NHC ID & ADVANCE TIX  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 2nd    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.

NHC ID & ADVANCE TIX  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 2nd    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.

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour, 10am, Meets at The Cotton Exchange next to the German Café. 409-4300.Take a 20-minute tour of the Haunted Cotton Exchange, one of the most haunted locations in Wilmington. Tour limited to 50 people.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, 1-4pm, 5320 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, 791-0666. Choice of one (1) of the following activities to each participant: 1-game of Jungle Golf –OR- 1-free Grand Prix go-kart ride –OR– 1-free Sky Tower ride.

Tour Old Wilmington History Walking Tours, 1pm and 2pm, Meets at the foot of Market and Water Sts. 409-4300. Take a 30-minute tour of historic downtown Wilmington. Learn fun and interesting facts about Wilmington during the Victorian Era. Tours limited to 50 people.

Trip With Triplett-Oakdale Cemetery Guided Tour, 12pm; 1:30pm; 3pm, Meets at Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N. 15th  St., Wilmington, 392-6753. Stroll through tranquil Oakdale Cemetery with Robin Triplett, a retired Cape Fear History teacher, and learn about the lives of the people that rest there.

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.

NHC ID & ADVANCE TIX  Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, 12pm &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. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Space is limited.

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