Valentine’s Day horse-drawn tours, cruises, and more. Here’s what’s happening around the Cape Fear this weekend

There is no shortage of activities during Valentine’s Day Weekend, but before you make your plans, I want to speak candidly. I think there’s a big misconception that every Valentine’s Day, you must spoil your sweetheart until it hurts, financially speaking. Sometimes, simple is best. Listen to your partner and do something from the heart.

A relationship is always a learning process. Hopefully, you haven’t waited until the last minute to plan something for that special someone. If you did, I hope you have a comfortable couch to sleep on. If you don’t, try these Valentine’s Day activities on for size. Limited spaces remain for these activities, so make sure to book your plans as soon as possible.

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A horse drawn tour

Horse drawn Tours of Wilmington will offer Carriage rides for you and your valentine through Sunday, February 16. The carriage comes equipped with a red rose, a box of chocolates, and a private French coach. The company is accepting bookings by reservation only. For a quote to find out how to book a time, visit www.horsedrawntours.com

(Source: Horsedrawn Tours Wilmington)
(Source: Horsedrawn Tours Wilmington)

A sunset cruise along the Cape Fear River

Wilmington Water Tours will host a Sunset Cruise Friday night at 6. This trip features sweets, flowers and champagne. Admission is 27 bucks per person, and you can find out more information, including location and other tours available at www.wilmingtonwatertours.net.

(Source: Wilmington Water Tours)
(Source: Wilmington Water Tours)

Romantic dinner at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery

Perhaps you can’t get to Wilmington Friday, or a traditional romantic dinner is more up your alley. Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery has a classy option for you… Valentine’s Dinner at The Cork Room. The select menu features an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Two seating times are available, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. To book your table, visit capefearwinery.com.

(Source: Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery)
(Source: Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery)

Valentine’s Day special at Battle House Tactical Laser

If you want to skip Valentine’s Day altogether, or just aren’t feeling the pinch of cupid’s bow, Battle House Tactical Laser tag has a great deal for you. Friday from 4-11, it’s a buy two, get two special. If you have friends in a similar boat, invite them, because those deal scale up. For prices, and reservation info, go to Battlehouselasercombat.com.

(Source: battlehouse tactical laser tag)
(Source: battlehouse tactical laser tag)

The East Coast Shag Classic

Have you ever heard of shagging? Urban dictionary will give you a host of extremely inappropriate definitions, but in the Carolinas, it’s a dance craze that has stood the test of time. The East Coast Shag Classic is taking place Thursday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Don’t know how to shag? Don’t worry, there are plenty of people there who show you how to “Cut a rug.” While you’re there, be sure to enter the raffle drawings and enjoy the live music. Featured performers include, Band of Oz, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot & the Blackwater Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Abounds. For daily event information, check out hopeabounds.org/east-coast-shag-classic.

(Source: East Coast Shag Classic)
(Source: East Coast Shag Classic)

Kure Beach Polar Plunge

If you’re looking for a family-friendly event aimed at helping the Special Olympics of North Carolina, Take a dip in the chilly ocean waters of Kure Beach. The Annual Polar Plunge takes place along the Kure Beach Boardwalk Saturday from 11-4. This event is chock full of brave plungers dressed in their beach best, along with a silent auction and live music. A 5k and 1-mile fun run race are also taking place. The big plunge starts at 3:05 p.m. and is free for spectators. If you want to take part in the day’s activities, registration will run you between 25 and 65 dollars. To find out more, visit its-go-time.com.

(Source: Kure Beach Polar Plunge)
(Source: Kure Beach Polar Plunge)

155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson

This final event is perfect for the couple who loves to explore history. The Fort Anderson State Historic Site will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 p.m. Explore the storied past of the Civil War with living history actors demonstrating the heart of both the Union and Confederacy. Historians will be on hand and as a bonus, you can browse the normally inaccessible northern and southern batteries of the fort. The best part? It’s free! Then from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, check out Plunging Shot and Screaming Shells. Featuring a re-enactment of the final hours of Fort Anderson. Tickets are $10 leading up to Saturday and $15 the day of the event.

(Source: Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)
(Source: Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site)

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If you don’t like any of these options, there are plenty of other activities taking place. Click around capefearweekend.com to see a list of events organized by date and check out the many feature stories full of fun things to do on the town, or in the comfort of your own home. Try not to have too much fun!


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