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
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