Hometown Tourist

Be A Hometown Tourist – All Year Long!

Free and/or Discounted Days in 2015

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. 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. (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

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

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

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. Resrevations 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

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

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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:  Admission is free ONLY on the following dates. Proper ID will be required for free admission. Please call to confirm dates/times. (910)251-3700; 503 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.bellamymansion.org
-May 4, 2015: Free to Firefighters
-May 5, 2015: Free to Teachers
-May 15, 2015: Free to active or retired Peace Officers
-May 16, 2015: Free to active & retired Military

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is free ONLY on the following dates. Proper Military ID will be required. (910)762-0570; 224 Market St, Wilmington. http://www.burgwinwrighthouse.com
 -May 25-September 7, 2015: Free to military personnel, plus 10 family members

Cameron Art Museum:  Admission is free ONLY on the following dates. Please call to confirm dates/times. (910)395-5999; 3201 S. 17th St., Wilmington. http://www.cameronartmuseum.org
-Feb. 7-8, 2015: Civil War Living History Weekend (2015 dates: Feb. 7 & 8, 2015) http://battleofforksroad.org/
-TBA: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! (Fall TBA). Visitors must visit the website http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ and MUST PRINT admission coupons IN ADVANCE.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park: Proper ID will be required for free activities ONLY on the following dates for residents of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. Please call to confirm dates/times. (910)791-0666; 5320 Oleander Dr., Wilmington. http://www.junglerapids.com
-September 21, 2014: From 4pm-7pm. Residents of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties can choose a free game of golf or sky tower ride. Proper ID required that proves residency. 
-September 28, 2014: From 4pm-7pm. Residents of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties can choose a free game of golf or sky tower ride. Proper ID required that proves residency. 

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher:  Open daily 9am-5pm. Free admission ONLY on Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day.
(910)458-8257; 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. http://www.ncaquariums/fort-fisher
-January 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
-November 11, 2015 - 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: 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
-February 24, 2015 (Museum Advocacy Day): $2 off each admission
-May 10, 2015: $2 off Mothers admission
-June 21, 2015: $2 off Fathers admission

Cape Fear Riverboats: Discounts given through Locals Rewards Card (available for purchase) to local citizens with a valid ID to prove residence within 100 miles of zip code 28402. Benefits include a limited number of free cruises, discounts on theme cruises, access to last-minute deals, and more. Cape Fear Riverboats is located on the Wilmington Riverwalk and operates the Henrietta III, the John Knox, and the Capt. J.N. Maffitt riverboats. For details and terms/conditions, visit: http://cfrboats.com/locals/

 

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Help #SpreadtheWilm & Support Local Businesses
*Tell us why you love Wilmington and our island beaches by using the hashtag #spreadtheWilm when you share images and stories via social media. Help support local businesses and attract visitors! For more details, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/spreadthewilm/

*Join infamous director “Wilm Silverscreen” on a fun tour around town as he scouts Wilmington and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach and discovers fun locations for his next epic film: www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/video-galleries/insiders-tips-for-visiting-family-friends/1/

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