We went to Wilmington, NC last weekend. We had a blast. The kids loved the sun, sand and water. Liam liked the sand a little too much. The first day he kept eating it by the handfuls - yuck! Eli finally warmed up to the water on the second day and we couldn't get Aidan and Adley out of the waves. Funny since neither of them can really swim - we are working on that though.
We headed to the aquarium. It is really small but it keeps the kids intrigued and is only $6 for admission instead of $30. This year we got to see an albino alligator. The guy told us there are only about 40 in the world. They don't survive well in nature because well they stick out and can't hunt without being noticed. This particular alligator came from a nest in Louisiana. The alligator pair each carried the recessive gene and 25% of the eggs in their nest were albino. But in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the pair were separated and there have been no further eggs. We bought Eli his very own stuffed albino alligator.
We will eventually take the kids on the real tour, not just the drive-by viewing. We need them to be a little older to maneuver all the ladders and spaces. They loved seeing all the big guns, what little boy doesn't.