What to Do When You Visit Wilmington for the First Time BY NEDRA MCDANIEL

Wilmington, North Carolina, is one of our favorite road adventure destinations throughout North Carolina. Located about 20 minutes from downtown to the Atlantic coast, this beautiful area offers plenty for families looking for adventure and I’m sharing more information on how to take advantage of your first visit.

Discover Downtown Wilmington and the Riverwalk
A great place to start your visit to Wilmington is the city. You will find beautiful architecture, beautiful waterfronts and southern charm and hospitality.

Tour
One of the ways I like to learn about space is travel. I will share more information about the tour we have experienced and have a meal tour with Taste Wilmington. If you are brave, you might be interested in Ghost Tours of Old Wilmington Wilmington. “Hollywood East” with 500 movie and TV credits, and you can learn more about people in Hollywood walking 90 minutes.

Horse carriage
We enjoyed the evening carriage ride that tells the story of Wilmington’s history and tells us about many beautiful homes as we walk about 2 miles per hour. It is good to take things in slower!

Another interesting thing about this company is that many horses have been rescued, abused and do not want horses. The Percheron figure has been saved from the uncertain fate of the auction suspension. Horses will rotate during the day for exercise from stalls in Wilmington, and each horse only takes one week in one month, city, and two or three weeks at the lowest in the pasture on their farm. Tours help fund more horses. The airline will continue to travel half an hour from Market Street between 10:00 and 10:00.

Wilmington Water Tours
Located at the Riverwalk, guests can choose a tour that will take you to downtown or go beyond Cape Fear River on Eagles Island Cruise with a revolving cruise on time. If you visit during your time, you will cruise north to see the historic town and the Eagles Islands, where you can view the USS North Carolina Battleship and learn more about the wrecked locality.

Our tour took place in a strange time, which made us under the memorial bridge to see the State Ports, a shooting location for Ironman 3. You will learn more about the WWY Wilmington Ship Yard along with the wildlife on the prowl. Aiming along with the binoculars provided on board, check out their website to learn more about private and exclusive cruises.

Pilot House Restaurant
Pilot House Restaurant is just steps away from Wilmington Water Tours, offering a casual dining experience with views of the river from the inside or from the patio.

We started our meal with orders of Lobster Mac’n Cheese (lobster meat, gruyere, cheddar, sharp white Cavatappi pasta) and hot crab Dip (crab jumbo, horseradish jams, bagureded bagarded cheese). Can mistake with Both of those snacks! I ordered House Specialty Sweet Shrimp (fresh grouper, sweet potato, mushroom ravioli, green salad with cashew nut sauce), and Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich. Popularly, there is free parking for restaurants on Water & Ann Street.

Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach is known as one of the best beaches in the United States to explore the surfing history back in the year. 1909, which has continued to evolve in style and popularity over the years. You can enjoy watching your own skilled performers, or study or camp for the first time, or build your current skill set. Wrightsville Beach is the first non-smoking beach in 2012 and has We pride ourselves on being a clean and environmentally friendly destination for families with parking spaces. If you want to learn more about coastal protection and restoration, you may want to stop by the NC Coastal Federation next to the Wrightsville Beach Museum.

Johnnie Mercer’s Dock
The Johnnie Mercer’s Pier is a great spot for taking pictures at Wrightsville Beach and the local fishing pier in North Carolina. The 12oo ft pier takes a nominal fee to walk on the pier and has nearby parking at an hourly charge.

Sunrise and Sunsets
As a Midwestern girl, I feel bound to get as much water as I can by the ocean whenever I go to the destination. That means losing sleep to touch the sunrise with sand and water between my feet and feel the sense of fear and gratitude while the sun goes down over the water.

Despite the unpredictable weather forecast, I still have to experience the moment of surprise during our visit. If you enjoy exercising in the morning during your visit, you may want to check out a 2.45-mile fitness trail called the Loop that surrounds the island.

Battleship North Carolina
I’ve been to the battleships before, but I’m truly impressed with the access you get to the WW2 Battleship North Carolina’s self-guided tour. Survey (At least 90 minutes recommended)

To enhance your experience, download the Battleship North Carolina app for a voice tour to learn more while you are away. There are many stairs and stairs to climb up and down, and shoes with pointed tips are recommended. You are very grateful for the crew who lived and sacrificed to protect our freedom. This tour also gives you more insight into how life is like on a boat for every crew member. You will see spaces where they can sleep, eat, wash clothes, get a haircut, bathe, and where they are going to buy, treat or need.

Where we stay
During our stay we stayed at the Homewood Suites Wilmington – Mayfaire Town Center. This is our first stay at the Homewood Suites and we are really impressed! We are only a 5-minute drive to Wrightsville Beach.

We also enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and our suite had enough space to spread out and even cook if we wanted … no matter what I wanted … but it was nice having a fridge stove. Floor and dishwasher with all kitchen utensils; We need to save money on meals.

Roadtrip Vehicle
Thanks again for Kia for the Kia Sorento 2016 Kia Sorento, which rains heavily and chases the morning sun and the evening sun … with plenty of room for all our beach gear.

More information
You can find more ideas for your next adventure in Wilmington on the Visit Wilmington and Beaches website.

Our family has a great time in Wilmington and we can not wait to come back!

Thanks to Wilmington and Beaches CVB for the next visit. All comments are mine.

How to Save Money on Summer Attractions in Cincinnati

Expenses for families visiting summer sights can be increased quickly … but it is not necessary to pay if you follow these guidelines.

Do your research before traveling.
I love adventure, and I’m also a big fan of planning ahead to maximize my traffic and budget. I like to find time and days of interest, there are a few crowded with a simple Google search for attractions with large price tags, I always make sure to check the weather before traveling. Theme parks may be less crowded on cloudy and rainy days. But I do not want to risk the day with the high risk forecasts of the storm being a big part of the day.

Go to the Attraction website.
When visiting the site of the first place, you will be notified about special events, hours and special offers. Most travel destinations offer the most savings by purchasing tickets online directly before you go with a door purchase.

Connect with Social Media
Make sure you like the main social media sources (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). Facebook is still the most popular for communication, discounts, special events, and giveaways. Some indoor attractions, such as Dart Rush, have special community groups to help them communicate with special discounts.

Sign up for newsletter
One great way to learn about special discounts is to sign up for direct-to-site newsletters. For example, Great Wolf Lodge email users are the first to receive a special price quote before visiting a website. Check out local deals and deals sites such as Groupon.

Package Deals
I also want to check out local attractions for the Cincinnati USA package deals. There are several packages on their website that gather together tourist attractions and accommodations. Some of the attractions are even affiliated. For example, Great Wolf Lodge offers a special package for guests wishing to visit Kings Island, which is located next to the hotel.

Special Summer
Many attractions offer summer deals where one child gets free or reduced price when buying paid adults. Cinemas, bowling alleys and other places within the building. There are also plenty of special offers for drivers to visit during the summer.

Visit after 4PM
Most attractions in the area are discounted for guests arriving after 4 PM. For example, Kings Island Amusement Park and Coney Island Amusement Park are available online in the options available after 4 PM.

When in doubt ask!
Many attractions in Cincinnati offer discounts for local customers, elders, military and AAA members.

Find local discount sites
After you check this site, browse through deals websites like Groupon, Cincy Savers and Living Social to save more money.

Check discount tickets at the retailer.
Retailers, grocery stores and restaurants, as well as various attractions, offer more savings.

King Island Amusement Park
If you plan to go to Kings more than once in the next 6-7 months, the best value is the Gold Season Pass which includes a water park, a car park and a winterfest. I would also recommend the All Season dinner plan if you are. Plan to become a Pass Season Passenger
Buy a large drink in the McDonald’s area, and you can save up to $ 20 when you bring a plastic cup to the park.
Kroger Discount Buy online for more savings.

Newport Aquarium
Summer break for Sunday – Friday after 4:00 pm – One child can use the service free of charge when purchasing tickets for normal adult rates.
Discount tickets online
Discounts for AAA members and AARP members.

Cincinnati Reds
Discount online
Discounts for seniors and soldiers
PNC debit card holders receive 1/2 tickets Sunday – Thursday
Family Sunday 3 tickets are half price with full 1 tickets.
Access Magazine 4 for $ 48.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Buy online for more savings.
Discount for Miltary and AAA members.
Discount cards can be purchased at Kroger.
Online Package for Rides

Coney Island Theme Park
Order online for more savings.
After ticket prices at 4 pm online

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