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Free Or Low-Cost Family Fun

A tough economy doesn't have to mean the end of family fun.

State officials say families can take advantage of museums and state historic sites managed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

You can click on the related link below for more information, or read the information from the department below.



It’s a great time to converse with pirates, patriots, soldiers, sailors, and other historical characters alive with action today. Join in observing the Cultural Resources 2009 theme “Treasure N.C. Culture” for free or at bargain prices. Hundreds of events are waiting.

Spring kicks off fairs, festivals and time transports with historic re enactors all across the state. It’s also time to celebrate art and nature at “Earth Day” at the N.C. Museum of Art on Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m
p.m. Music, tours and children’s workshops will fill the 164 acre park, which includes woodlands, streams, trails, and art for people of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy, all free.

Tulips by the thousand and other beautiful blooms await visitors for free tours during Garden Lovers Weekend at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, April 17-18. Gardens open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The weekend will offer free Fife and Drum Corps concerts, a Heritage Plant Sale and Natural History Activities. Tours of the palace and houses require a fee.

Pirate season kicks-off with “QAR Open Lab Day” at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory at East Carolina University’s West Research Campus, Greenville, on Saturday, April 25, 11a.m.-3 p.m.

Archaeologists and conservators working on the wreck of the purported Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship, will show artifacts and discuss research at the shipwreck and in the lab.

Cannons, grenades, gold dust, and more will be displayed. Pirates, sailboats, nautical crafts, a kids craft village, musical performances, and more are packed into the Wooden Boat Show at the N.C. Maritime Museum, April 26-May 2, in Beaufort. Enjoy free exhibits, a kids craft village, or take a ride in a wooden sail boat for a fee. View or make a model boat, chat with 1812 or Civil War naval re-enactors, watch boat races, or enjoy a tall tale of the sea!


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