New Attractions at Popular Family Vacation Destinations
Don't cross old favorites off the list of destinations this year. Many popular nearby vacation destinations offered new attractions in 2008. Here's a list of some fresh ideas to keep you busy:
- Hop on the big purple bus and take a tour of Asheville like you've never seen it before with LaZoom tours (www.lazoomtours.com). Performers around the city present historical skits in a fun-filled tour.
- You may associate hidden treasure with coastal shipwrecks, but you can find it in the mountains, too. From May 20 through June 23, use your GPS to find special Asheville-related treasures hidden in the Asheville area. Prizes include pottery and restaurant certificates. Want to give it a shot? Visit www.AshevilleTreasureHunt.com for details.
- Been to the Biltmore before? Let the kids learn about the estate before you go (www.biltmore.com). They'll love visiting the stables, recently opened to the public, and you'll all be transported back in time with butter-churning and metal-working demonstrations.
- If you visited Myrtle Beach in the last 50 years, you may have enjoyed the Pavilion Amusement Park. Although that amusement park is no longer around, now you can mix new fun with old favorites from the attraction - like the 1912 carousel and retro toys - at the newly restored Pavilion Nostalgia Park (www.pavilionnostalgiapark.com).
- Climb the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and visit the recently opened Hatteras Welcome Center, a historic National Park Service property that has been restored to its original specifications. Check out the area information for visitors while getting a glimpse of daily life on Hatteras Island in the early 1900s. Also learn about weather technology and reporting from when the building was one of the early weather service stations at the turn of the century.
- You may have visited Bodie Island Lighthouse in the past, but beginning in April, visitors will be able to enter the lighthouse itself after visiting the detached museum and keeper's quarters.
- Get up close and personal with presidents and celebrities ... sort of. At the new Madame Tussauds wax museum (www.madametussaudsdc.com), you can rub elbows with all kinds of waxy people.
- The Newseum, a 25,000-square-foot interactive museum of news, reopens in a new location on Pennsylvania Avenue near the National Mall on April 11, 2008, (www.newseum.org) and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment (www.crimemuseum.org) plans to open in spring 2008 as well.
- Experience a little Hollywood magic with the Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington (www.hollywoodnc.com). Local actors will show you around Wilmington's movie and television locations.
- A new exhibit, "The Star Maker Sound Stage," at the Children's Museum of Wilmington (www.playwilmington.org) will let your kids learn about the performing arts with real television and movie sets, a karaoke sound stage, a theater performance stage and a glow-in-the-dark special-effects room.