Two of the deciding, yet lesser celebrated battles of the Civil War were fought here at Christmas 1864 and a few weeks later in January. Fort Fisher was built to protect the port of Wilmington, the last supply line for the Confederate Army, and when it fell, the fate of the Confederacy was sealed.
While little ones might not get a lot out of the historic component, they should enjoy the boardwalk and strolling along the 1.5-mile earthen fortification. Older kids can climb up along some of the earth works and get of view of what it was like for the soldiers to work here.
The historic site includes access to the beach, so after everyone’s been good and learned their history lesson, kick your shoes off and play in the surf a few minutes. This site, along with all North Carolina historic sites, offers free admission.