Summer Vacation: Wilmington anyone?

So we brought you a website that should help you plan your summer vacation with kids. But when a reader, J.S.K., provided information about a kid-friendly vacation to Wilmington, I thought it was worth sharing. Wilmington is about 2 1/2 hours outside of Chapel Hill, and a great place to visit.

You probably know about the NC Zoo, but have you heard of Tregembo Animal Park? Out between Wilmington and Carolina Beach, stop on in. With over 75 species of animals, the Animal Park has been around for over 50 years.

If slimy things are more your style, try out the Cape Fear Serpentarium. Located in downtown Wilmington, they advertise that they “offer patrons a close encounter with many of the rarest and most dangerous reptile species in the world.” [shiver]

And, just to round things out, you can head underwater at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This branch of the NC Aquariums is located 15 miles outside of Wilmington and houses a very rare albino alligator, named Luna.

There are also the more well-known tourist attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina (a huge battleship that now serves as a museum, it was once active in World War II), The Children’s Museum of Wilmington (an interactive place for children ages 1-10), and the Wilmington Railroad Museum (they have trains you can climb on as well as a Thomas the Tank Train play area). And, of course, there are beaches galore near Wilmington.

For the official City of Wilmington website, visit http://www.ci.wilmington.nc.us/.

And thanks again to reader J.S.K. for getting us excited about summer vacations!

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