Dan Nicholas Park Ranks as NC's Number One Field Trip Attraction

Sep 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Carolina Publishing Associates

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Salisbury's Dan Nicholas Park
 is North Carolina's top attraction for school field trips, according to an
 annual statewide survey conducted by Carolina Publishing Associates.
     "The educational travel business continues to grow throughout the
 state," said publisher Sam Rogers. "Virtually all of North Carolina's field
 trip destinations are adding new facilities, new exhibits and better
 programming especially designed for students and educators."
     Seven of the top field trip attractions among the top 25 are in the
 Triangle region of the state including five from Raleigh. The Triad area
 accounts for three sites while the Charlotte market has four ranked in the
 top 25.
     New attractions breaking into the top 25 rankings include the Patterson
 Farm in Mount Ulla and Camp Flintlock, a colonial American living history
 facility located in Four Oaks.
     The State's top 10 field trip destinations, along with school group
 attendance, were 1) Dan Nicholas Park, Salisbury, 123,137; 2) N.C. Museum
 of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, 118,959; 3) North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro,
 107,293; 4) Lazy 5 Ranch, Mooresville, 98,599; 5) Discovery Place/Charlotte
 Nature Center, Charlotte, 91,631; 6) Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill,
 83,583; 7) The Schiele Museum, Gastonia, 82,644; 8) North Carolina
 Aquariums, Manteo, Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, 84,114; 9) Carowinds,
 Charlotte, 75,180; and 10) Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 67,588.
     The remaining field trip destinations in the top 25 most popular
 statewide attractions were 11) N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh; 12) Children's
 Theatre of Charlotte; 13) N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh; 14) N.C. State
 Capitol, Raleigh; 15) Museum of Life and Science, Durham; 16) Old Salem
 Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem; 17) Biltmore, Asheville; 18) Aycock
 Center for Health Education, Raleigh; 19) Patterson Farm Market, Mt. Ulla;
 20) SciWorks, Winston-Salem; 21) Camp Flintlock, Four Oaks; 22) Tryon
 Palace Historic Site and Gardens, New Bern; 23) Linville Caverns, Linville;
 24) The Mint Museums, Charlotte; and 25) Roanoke Island Festival Park,

SOURCE Carolina Publishing Associates