Free and/or Discounted Days in 2014
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!
Federal Point History Center: Open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10-4pm. 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
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center: Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, 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 daily 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 Tues.-Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 12pm-5pm; Sun. 1pm-5pm. Free admission; donations welcome. Charges may apply for events. (910)256-2569; 303 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach; http://www.wbmuseum.com
Blue Clay Bike Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission to park and mountain bike trails. (910)798-7620; 3840 Juvenile Center Rd, 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 Rd, 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 Ave, Castle Hayne. http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area: Open every day 8am-5pm. Free admission, except for 4WD access (permit required). (910)458-5798; 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fofi/main.php
Halyburton Park: Visitor center: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm (March-Nov.); Mon.-Sat. 11am-4pm (Dec.-Feb.). Free admission to park. Charges apply for programs & park rentals. (910)341-0075; 4099 17th St., Wilmington. http://www.halyburtonpark.com
Hugh MacRae Park: Open 8am-sunset. Free admission; Charges apply for park rentals. (910)798-7620; Oleander & College Road, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Parks/Pages/default.aspx
Ogden Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. 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
Veterans Park: Open daily 8am to sunset. Free admission to park and walk/jog trail. Reservations required for fields. (910)798-7620; 835 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy, Wilmington. http://www.nhcgov.com/Pages/PGSRC.aspx
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 1, 2014: Free to active & retired Military
-May 4, 2014: Free to Firefighters
-May 10, 2014: Free to Teachers
-May 15, 2014: Free to active & retired Peace Officers
Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens: Open Tues.-Sat., 10-4pm. 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 26-September 1: 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. 8-9, 2014: 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: 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 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
-November 11, 2014 (Veterans Day)
Poplar Grove Plantation: Open Mon.-Sat. 9:30-4:30pm. Grounds only during concerts, 5pm-7pm. http://www.poplargrove.org
-September 8, 15, 22, 29 & October 6, 13, 20: Groove in the Grove Concert Series
NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY:
Airlie Gardens: $4 off daily admission with proper NHC ID or Military ID ONLY. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9-5pm. (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 5, 2014 (Museum Advocacy Day): $2 off each admission
-May 11, 2014: $2 off Mothers admission
-June 15, 2014: $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/
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. 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. 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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