FREE is Good! (part 2 of a 3 part series)

What’s the buzz about, you ask?

Coker Aboretum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wikemedia image
Coker Aboretum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wikemedia image
There are FREE tours on each 3rd Saturday at the North Carolina Botanical Garden located in one of the most beautiful University campuses in the nation: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This includes Coker Arboretum. June 23rd and June 29th both feature “Honey beehive and summer wildflowers and pollination tours,” where you will learn that “bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of the world’s food and produce. You’ll also be treated (rain or shine) to a 60-minute long tour of the Display Gardens and get a close-up look at their new pollinator garden. For more information about events, check out http://ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/

A special footnote: Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the display gardens (inside fenced areas) but leashed dogs are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails.

Not into flora and fauna? Well, how about salty seas and sailors?

Wikimedia image is of the rotunda steps leading to Memorial Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy
Wikimedia image is of the rotunda steps leading to Memorial Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy
You’ll need a valid government ID (such as driver’s license or passport) to enter the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, but entry to the U.S. Naval Academy Museum is FREE. The museum has been housed in various locations at the Academy since it was founded in 1845. It underwent a complete renovation in 2007 and 2008, officially reopening in 2009. Some of the exhibits feature the story of the U.S. Navy, “the largest collection of seventeenth and eighteen-century ship models on public display in North America,” and virtual restoration of old ship models and the building of new ship models. You might want to visit this website to get additional information on exhibits and your visit to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Museum: http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org8_Visit.htm

USS Barry Display Ship, decommissioned November 1982 - Wikimedia image
USS Barry Display Ship, decommissioned November 1982 – Wikimedia image

USS Constitution Wikimedia image
USS Constitution
Wikimedia image
No matter if your interests are in tall ships, like the USS Constitution aka “Old Ironsides” the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world still afloat (docked in Boston Harbor), or more modern day sea vessels, like the decommissioned battleship USS Barry where History comes alive at the U.S. Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yards in Washington DC. You can tour both for FREE, and by the way, if you can’t visit Boston any time soon, take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution. For more information and details, visit http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/visitor_info.html
and http://www.hnsa.org/ships/barry.htm

Be sure to look for part 3 in this 3 part series where we will explore FREE 4th of July events.

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