But, make haste....let's take a trip to...
>>Fort Fisher (Ferry Ride + Aquarium)
While on vacation, we decided to visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher--known as the "fish zoo" to my niece.
And what better way to get there than by boat? That's right, we took the ferry!
NC has a public ferry system that is super affordable, time efficient, and a really fun way to travel! For each family-sized vehicle, it only costs $5 to ride (we would have paid more than that in gas).
Click here to view the 2014 NC ferry schedule.
Once your car is loaded onto the boat, it's time to ditch the family ride and climb to the ferry's upper deck to look at seagulls, other boats, take pictures of your feet, etc.
|Driving onto the ferry! Don't worry; my parents had a license plate. I just blurred it out :)|
|Pulling out into the big water.|
|A passing large barge...|
|This picture doesn't do it justice... it was huge!|
|Mine and my niece's feet! (We're both wearing crocs.)|
|Red Beard looking all smooth.|
|Making our way back to shore.|
|Fish outside the aquarium...|
|Fish inside the aquarium... lol. I struggled to capture the actual fish, as you can see!! Although, it's a little difficult when you're simultaneously watching a 2 year old.|
Post-ferry return, we were all hungry. I will be writing about the restaurant Provision & Co. in my food post (great place to eat, y'all!). But the town of Southport itself is very charming! This quaint, coastal town is littered with cute shops and equipped with a trolley (if you're not inclined to walk around). This would be a fun spot to visit on a rainy (or sunny) afternoon.
|Notice the stuffed dog in the window? That's my grandpa's solution to buying my grandma a dog...|
This mini trip was researched by my older brother, and we were all under the impression that it would be simple and, well, quick. Not a long walk at all. We were wrong about the quick part. At least with 10 adults, plus 2 toddlers in tow. Not to mention the sun swiftly setting.
However, it was one magnificently beautiful walk, and man, was it a wide beach!
As the name suggests, Bird Island can be a fantastic spot for watching birds. There is a mailbox, too (that we never reached because it got dark too quick), where visitors can submit a "hey--we were here" or "my thoughts on this place" kind of thing. More information about Bird Island can be found on this website and this other website.
I recommend you complete this mini trip when you have ample time to make the jaunt. If you're into scenic exercising, a romantic walk on the beach, a good way to tire out your kids, or amazingly beautiful scenery, this is definitely a good stop.
Bringing a box of doughnuts and coffee would make it even better. :)
Here's hoping to visit these places again soon,