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, Manteo.
SOURCE Carolina Publishing Associates