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videoWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sunday marked the 18th annual "Be a Tourist in Your Hometown" event which is an appreciation day for county residents.

"Tourists" were able to visit area museums, take a spin on a go cart, play a round of mini golf and even take haunted ghost tours.

Organizers say events like these help locals become tourism ambassadors for the area.

"We see people come here, the actual tourists and they get to have all the fun so it actually let's us have fun for once" says Sharon Edelstein.

Some of New Hanover County's most popular businesses opened their doors free of charge.

"It's a great way for everyone to learn what New Hanover County offers and to be able to come out when its free is a great family day"said Flo Berry, Visitor Coordinator at the Airlie Gardens.

With out a price tag, families were able to hop from attraction to attraction and explore.

"It's a great way to be able to get the kids out and do some things and they can try things that normally you wouldn't want to pay for cause you're not sure if they are going to like it," says Martha McCaskill.

Before having some fun at Jungle rapids, Emily McCaskill and her family took advantage of some of the other sites Wilmington has to offer.

"I went to the Cameron Art Museum and I saw some of the famous painters," said Emily McCaskill.

After their visit to the Cameron Art Museum, Emily's mother is considering looking into some of the Museum's programs.

"They were giving out information about different art programs and things like that so that may be an option this summer for them to do the art camps that they have," said Martha McCaskill.

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Advance Notice?...

I feel like the events come up and are only advertised by area news stations a day or two ahead of time. WWAY and WECT- can you PLEASE start advertising area events before they happen? That way we actually can enjoy them.
Thanks :)

Be A Tourist in Your Town

I agree . This needs to be advertised in advance.I had no clue this was taking place until a friend mentioned what they had done that day and the event was comming to a close.

I remember when this event first started it was advertised on the news and radio alot. Now that facebook and other media outlets are available it would be nice for the public to be made aware.

I do think its nice for businesses such as the musems & so forth to allow the local public to get in free once in a while allowing people who can not afford the high entry fees to enjoy some of the local attractions Wilmington has to offer.

Why not free every day?

Why can't the Airlie Park and the New Hanover County Museum be free to everyone all year long since they are paid for with county tax dollars? I asked that once while at the museum and they said they don't take much county tax money, the support comes from the volunteers. If this is true, cut off the funding or open for free. The same goes for the art museum and others who asks every year for tax dollars. If they get funding, then the taxpayers should be able to go for free. Let the tourists pay admission.

re: Why not free everyday?

The Art Museum has to charge admission in order to afford the 6-figure salary they pay their "Director".