Hometown Tourist

Be A Hometown Tourist – All Year Long!

Free and/or Discounted Days in 2016

Welcome to the new “Hometown Tourist” page. You can now be a “Tourist in Your Own Hometown” throughout the year! The following attractions and parks offer free admission on designated days. Proper ID may be required for some attractions, so please read the descriptions carefully and contact the attractions directly with any questions. Sometimes admission policies change without the CVB’s knowledge, so before traveling any distance, please confirm the admission and/or open status of attractions in advance. Click on any button below or scroll through all our attractions and information. Enjoy!

 

         

 

The following Attractions and Parks offer Free Admission Year-Round:


ATTRACTIONS:

Federal Point History Center: Open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Free admission. Admission charge may apply for special events and tours. (910)458-0502; 1121 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach.  http://federal-point-history.org/where-is-the-federal-point-history-center/

Fort Fisher State Historic Site: Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Sundays, 12pm-5pm. Free admission; donations welcome. (910)458-5538; Hwy 421, Kure Beach.  http://www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/fisher.htm

Front Street Brewery: Open daily 11:30am-Midnight. Free brewery tours and tastings are available everyday (unless otherwise stated) from 3pm-5pm. (910)251-1935; 9 N Front St, Wilmington. http://www.frontstreetbrewery.com/

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center: Open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Free admission to tour lobby. Admission charge/fees for special events and event rentals. (910)793-6393; Corner of 2nd & Orange St, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org/

New Hanover County Arboretum: Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Free admission; donations welcome. Charges may apply for events. (910)798-7660; 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Arboretum/Pages/Arboretum.aspx

New Hanover County Senior Resource Center: Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Free admission for New Hanover County Residents; charges may apply for special events and workshops. New Hanover County senior residents only (ages 55+). (910)798-6411; 2222 S College Rd, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/SRC/Pages/default.aspx

North Carolina Military History Museum: Open Friday-Sunday 12pm-4pm. (910)251-7325: Riverfront Rd, Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area, near Kure Beach. http://www.ncmhs.net/NCMHMuseum.htm

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History: Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 12pm-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm. Free admission; donations welcome. Charges may apply for events. (910)256-2569; 303 W Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach.  http://www.wbmuseum.com

 

PARKS:

Blue Clay Bike Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission to park and mountain bike trails. (910)798-7620; 3840 Juvenile Center Road, Wilmington.  http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx

Carolina Beach State Park: Open 8am-5pm daily. Free admission to park. Charges apply for camping, boat ramp and marina. Free guided trail hikes at 11am most Saturdays and Sundays. (910)458-8206; 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach.    http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/main.php

Castle Hayne Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission to park. Reservations required for disc golf course and fields. (910)798-7620; 4700 Old Avenue, Castle Hayne.  http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx

Empie Park; Featuring Althea Gibson Tennis Complex: Open daily 8am-11pm. Free admisison to park and dog park. Reservations required for fields.  (910)798-7620; 3405 Park Avenue, WIlmington. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/recreation/tennis/althea_gibson_tennis_complex

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area: Open daily 8am-5pm. Free admission, except for 4WD access (permit required). (910)458-5798; 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach.  http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fofi/main.php  

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail: Open daily 8am-sunset. 20 mile multi-use trail. Access to trail and parking located at Empie and Halyburton Parks.  (910)341-4604; Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/gary_shell_cross_city_trail

Greenfield Lake Park: Open daily sunrise to sunset. Free admission. Charges apply for boat rentals and skate park. The park features 2 unlit tennis courts, the Greenfield Grind skate park, outdoor amphitheater, boat rentals, and a beautiful 5 mile biking/walking trail through gorgeous lush gardens. (910) 341-7855; 1739 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/recreation

Halyburton Park: Visitor center: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm (March-November); Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm (December-February). Free admission to park. Charges apply for programs & park rentals. (910)341-0075; 4099 17th Street, Wilmington. http://www.halyburtonpark.com

Hugh MacRae Park: Open 8am-10pm. Free admission to park and playground.  Reservations required for fields. (910)798-7620; Oleander & College Road, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Parks/Pages/default.aspx

James E.L Wade Park: Open daily 8am-sunset. Free admission. Reservations required for shelter use. (910) 341-4604; 3500 Bethal Rd, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/parks_landscaping

Joe Eakes Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission to park, dog park and path. Reservations required for disc golf course. (910)458-5816;  K and 7th Avenue, Kure Beach.  http://www.townofkurebeach.org/joe-eakes-park.aspx

Kure Beach Oceanfront Park: Open daily 8am-11pm. Free admission to park and playground. Reservations required for pavillion. (910)458-5816; 105 Atlanitc Avenue, Kure Beach.    http://www.townofkurebeach.org/ocean-front-park.aspx

Mike Chappell Park: Open daily 8am-11pm. Free admission to park, dog park, and skate park. Fields are available for reservations. (910) 458-2977; 501 Dow Rd S, Carolina Beach. http://www.carolinabeach.org/town_administration/departments/mike_chappell_park.php 

Ogden Park: Open daily 8am to 10pm. Free admission to park, dog park and walk/jog path. Reservations required for fields. (910)798-7620; 225 & 615 Ogden Park Rd, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx

Olsen Park; Featuring Miracle Field and Kiwanis Miracle Playground:  Open daily 8am to sunset. Largest accessible playground and field in the SE North Carolina. Reservations required for fields. Free admission, charges may apply for rentals. (910)343-3682; 5510 Olsen Park Lane, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/recreation/athletics/olsen_park

River Road Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission. Reservations required for shelter use. There is fishing access and boating/kayak access as well as (2) picnic shelters and a multi-age playground. (910) 798-7620; 6500 River Road, Wilmington. http://parks.nhcgov.com/park-information/locations/

Smith Creek Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission. Reservations required for shelter use. There is a boat ramp for fishing and launching small non-motorized boats and kayaks. Also, there is a nature-themed playground and a 1.3-mile paved mult-purpose trail. (910) 798-7620; 633 Shennandoah St, Wilmington. http://parks.nhcgov.com/park-information/locations/

Snows Cut Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission, charges may apply for rentals. (910) 798-7620; 9420 River Road, Wilmington. http://parks.nhcgov.com/park-information/locations/

Veterans Park: Open daily 8am to 10pm. Free admission to park and walk/jog trail. Reservations required for fields. (910)798-7620; 835 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx

 

New Hanover County Public Libraries

Main Library, 201 Chesnut Street, Wilmington. (910) 798-6301. Hours M-T 9am-8pm W-Th 9am-6pm Fri-Sat 9am-5pm Sun 1pm-5pm (NC Room Closed)

Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington. (910) 798-6371. Hours M-T 9am-8pm, W-Th 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 South College Rd, Wilmington. (910) 798-6391. Hours M-T 9am-8pm, W-Th 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. (910) 798-6385. Hours M-Th 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun-Closed 

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The following Attractions offer Free Admission ONLY on Designated Days:

 

1st SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH – County Attractions Free to NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY:

Airlie Gardens: Open Sunday 9am-5pm. Free to New Hanover County residents ONLY the 1st Sunday of every month. Admission charge applies on other days. NHC residents can show their ID and receive $5 tickets every day. (910)798-7700; 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington. http://www.airliegardens.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science: Sunday 1pm-5pm. Free to New Hanover County residents ONLY on the 1st Sunday of each month. Admission charge applies on other days. (910)798-4367; 814 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.capefearmuseum.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Free Admission Dates (Varies):

Bellamy Mansion Museum: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm. Discounts will be given ONLY on the following dates. Proper ID may be required for free admission. Please call to confirm dates/times. (910)251-3700; 503 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.bellamymansion.org

Free admission:
May 3rd, Teacher Appreciation Day- Free entry for teachers
May 4th, Firefighter Appreciation Day-Free entry for retired and active firefighters
May 15, Peace Officer Appreciation Day-Free entry for retired and active peace officers
May 21st, Armed Forces Day- Free entry for retired and active military

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is Free all year long for active military. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 30, 2016-September 5, 2016) active military and up to 10 members of their family can visit the house for Free. Proper Military ID will be required. (910)762-0570; 224 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com 

 
 

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher:  Open daily 9am-5pm. Free admission ONLY on Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day. Free admission for mothers on Mother's Day.

(910)458-8257; 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. http://www.ncaquariums/fort-fisher

-January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

-May 8, 2016- Mother's Day (Aquarium admission is free for all mothers. Mothers are also welcome to experience the splendor of the Butterfly Bungalow at no cost.) 

-November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day


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DISCOUNTED Admission will be offered at the following Attractions ONLY on the following Dates:

NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY:

Airlie Gardens: $5 off  daily admission with proper NHC ID or Military ID ONLY. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm. (910)798-7700; 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington. http://www.airliegardens.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bellamy Mansion Museum: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm. Discounts will be given ONLY on the following dates. Proper ID may be required for free admission. Please call to confirm dates/times. (910)251-3700; 503 Market St, Wilmington. www.bellamymansion.org

$2.00 off admission:
February 23rd, Museum Advocacy Day- Public
May 8th, Mother's Day- Mothers only
June 18th, Father's Day- Fathers only
September 11th, Grandparent's Day- Grandparents only

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AMERICA'S BEST RIVERFRONT TOOLKIT 
Do you have a local business and want to participate in the campaign and help promote Wilmington's designation as America's Best Riverfront in USA Today's 10Best Travel Awards?  We've put together a toolkit that allows you to access printable signs, graphics and more resources to help promote this great accolade.

 

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS
Please stop by one of our visitor information centers for a free Visitors Guide and Guide Map and brochures.

Main Visitor Center: Open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. (910)341-4030; 505 Nutt St-Unit A, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com
Riverfront Booth: Open Daily in April, May, September and October 9am-4:30pm. Open daily in June, July and August 9:30am-5pm. Foot of Market and Water Sts, Wilmington. http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com
Pleasure Island Visitor Center: Open daily 9am-5pm and April-October, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. (910)458-8434; 1121 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com   www.visitkurebeachnc.com
Wrightsville Beach Visitor Center: Open Monday-Wednesday 10am-2pm, Thursday 10am-3pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 1am-4pm. (910)256-8116; 305 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach. www.visitwrightsvillebeachnc.com
 

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FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS

Check out the latest video from NHCTV that educates and promotes the value of the film industry in our region and state.
Economic Development: The Film Industry

New Hanover County www.newsNHC.com
Wilmington http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/city_manager/gtv8

View the Wilmington and Beaches CVB 2015-2016 Marketing Plan presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsmzQ-02QG8