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When local attractions offer free admission, why don’t they include Brunswick County?

Pressley Baird

Q. When local attractions offer free admission, why don’t they include Brunswick County? We spend money while shopping and dining, we bring our visitors to these wonderful places. Wilmington is the city we call our own because it is the only place that has all of these things in one place. Brunswick is rural and we count on Wilmington for art, music, theater as well as other forms of recreation.

A. Right now, Brunswick County doesn’t have any “free days” like New Hanover County’s Residents Appreciation Day, said Mitzi York, executive director of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

But, York said, the county does offer year-round free admission to several of its attractions, like Brunswick Town and Southport’s Maritime Museum.

For a full list of things to do in Brunswick County, visit www.ncbrunswick.com and click on “Attractions and Activities.” Here are some of the free activities listed there:

Brunswick Islands in the Movies: The Southport Visitors Center on 113 W. Moore St. offers a free map for a self-guided tour of movies and television shows filmed in Southport. Visitors can see where movies like “The Secret Life of Bees” and television shows like “Matlock” were made.

Southport Walking Tour: Walk through historic Southport to see homes, churches and other buildings dating back to the 1800s. Pick up free maps and brochures at the Southport Visitors Center on 113 W. Moore St.

Bird Island: The 1,200 acre beach nature preserve at the west end of Sunset Beach is open to visitors who want to boat, beachcomb or bike. Stop by the Kindred Spirits mailbox and write in one of the notebooks inside. The preserve begins on 40th Street on Sunset Beach.

Oak Island Lighthouse: Visitors can take tours to the top of the lighthouse, whose beams shine 169 feet about the ocean. Tours are offered weekly during the season and by appointment year round. Visit www.oakislandlighthouse.org for more information, or visit the lighthouse at 1100 Caswell Beach Road in Caswell Beach.


Are there still free admission days offered at local attractions?

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