june 2014 16Glide along the Cape Fear River boardwalk on a Segway tour. Cape Fear Segway offers one-hour tours along the downtown Wilmington waterfront and boardwalk for $40. 17Slither into the Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington for a look at some of the world’s most venomous snakes, like the Gaboon viper, the Central American bushmaster, the puff adder and many others. 18Pose beside a turret for a photo op at the USS North Carolina Battleship, one of the most highly decorated battleships to see combat during World War II, earning 15 battle stars. The ship is open every day for tours. 19 Charter a fishing expedition and hook dinner with one of Wrightsville Beach’s many commercial fishing charters. 20Shop for local goodies like fresh fruits and veggies, herbs, baked goods and handmade crafts at the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market, every Monday at 8 am until 1 pm through Labor Day. Kids’ activities From building sand castles to exploring Wrightsville Beach’s historic past, the island and surrounding region is brimming with summer vacation activities and attractions for kids including museums, surf camps, mini golfing, skate-boarding, paddle boating, outdoor movies and more. Church services There are four churches located on the island of Wrightsville Beach, and many more located on the mainland in Wilmington. Worship services, Bible studies, vacation Bible school sessions and more are offered for locals and seasonal visitors. Parking Parking is available in a total of ten lots on the island, as well as approxi-mately 1,500 on-street metered spaces for a fee of $2.50 per hour. Parking rates apply between 9 am and 6 pm. Weddings Those who wish to say “I do” with their toes in the sand may find the perfect backdrop on the beach strand. Couples wishing to plan a beach wedding should first file for a special event permit with the Town of Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation department. The cost of the permit varies depending on the number of participants; rented restroom facilities are required for weddings with parties of 200 or more. Wildlife Cannonball jellyfish, bottlenose dolphins, common sea stars and many others can easily be spotted during the summer, when the ocean flourishes with critters. Animal lovers can visit the nearby butterfly house, serpentarium, sea turtle hospital and aquarium to get up close and personal with indigenous wildlife. 26 WBM Two students and an instructor head out into the waves during KowaBunga Surf Camp.
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