Easter in Wilmington? Not your typical bunny-hoo

There are only so many ways folks in the tourism industry can promote Easter – and they almost always end up with bunnies. Inflatable ones. Ones riding on excursion trains. Ones hiding chicken eggs at public events.

Is there anything else people might drive to see the weekend of April 3-5?

Let’s give credit to Wilmington for finding new ways to market the long Easter weekend... with and without rabbits.

Here’s some of what’s planned:

April 3-4. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, just south of Wilmington, is holding Alligator Egg Hunts at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids create gator-egg baskets and go on a hunt for candy-filled “alligator eggs. The event is for ages 3-10; you need to pre-register by April 1. Participation is covered in aquarium exhibit. While you’re there, you can see a live baby gator and checker out the newer exhibits. Details: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

April 3. At Battleship North Carolina, across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington, “Buddy the Battleship Bunny” is in charge for continuous egg huts and festivities aboard the historic military vessel, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details, including admission and pre-registration (required): www.battleshipnc.com.

April 5. Take a cruise Masonboro Island. The boat leaves from Blockade Runner Resort, on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – and the Easter Bunny will be aboard. There’ll be an Easter egg hunt on the island, which is one of the largest marine sanctuary islands in North Carolina. Details, including cost and pre-registration (required): www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com.

April 3-5. If you’re thinking more along the lines of, say, Fred Astaire in “Easter Parade,” consider a a carriage or trolly ride through historic downtown Wilmington. The depart from Market and Water streets. Details, including cost: www.horsedrawntours.com.

Fair warning: As the photo at the top of this post indicates, carriages and trollyes are pulled by “bunnies.”

Area info: www.gowilmingtonandbeaches.com.