Q. Are there still free admission days offered at local attractions such as Airlie Gardens and the Cape Fear Museum?
Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors or spend a day inside, there are many options for bargain hunters in the Cape Fear region.
The most obvious choice is the beach. The sun, sand and surf won’t cost you a thing. Depending on where you go you may have to pay a little to park (click here for information), but you can always pick one of the free-parking beaches or, better yet, bike or walk from home or a place you can park for free.
If the water is not your thing, check out the Carolina Beach State Park. It offers six miles of trails in varying degrees of difficulty and winding through a variety of habitats. There are also plenty of great picnic spots, but of course, you may have to spend a little on the picnic menu.
There are several attractions in the Wilmington area that you can check out at no charge depending on the season. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers free admission to everyone on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Veterans Day.
On the first Sunday in March each year, New Hanover County residents can get into more than 30 local attractions for free during “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” day. Be sure to bring your ID with your local address.
Providing free admission is a way for the attractions to familiarize residents with area tourism and thank them for their support.
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Date posted: August 10, 2012
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