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Posted 3/2/18

Most unusual thing to do this weekend

Visit replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships

On Thursday, March 1, at 3 p.m. the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will …

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Most unusual thing to do this weekend

Visit replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships

On Thursday, March 1, at 3 p.m. the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrival in Orange Beach. The ships will be docked at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, until their departure early Tuesday morning March 6.

The ships open to the general public Friday, March 2.

The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus Replica ever built. The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the fifteenth century.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students ages 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are free.

The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No reservations necessary. For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org

Best family outing

Take your first hop down the bunny trail this Easter season by visiting Wales West RV and Light Railway’s Annual Cottontail Express. The train leaves the station this season on Saturday, March 3 and runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Saturday, March 31. Guests can ride "Dame Ann," an authentic steam train to the Bunny Hutch, visit the Easter Bunny, taking lots of pictures, enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, and make your very own Easter Bunny Ears! Once back at the train station, guests can enjoy free refreshments, mini-train ride, bounce house, hay-less hay ride, and a playground. The petting zoo and pony rides are available for a slight fee, as well as food from our café with seasonal treats. Train and Easter items are also available in the gift shop. Tickets are $15 plus tax, and may be purchased online or at railway upon arrival. Two and under are FREE.

Best way to kick start your spring cleaning

Baldwin County Solid Waste Department will hold its annual Baldwin Clean Sweep on Saturday March 3. All Baldwin County residents can dispose of debris for free at the county’s three landfills. Bring debris from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Acceptable waste is: Christmas trees, yard waste, construction debris, cardboard, tires, electronics, furniture, appliances, scrap metal, carpet, paint, household hazards.

Landfills are located at: Magnolia landfill 15140 Co. Road 49, Summerdale; Macbride Landfill 14200 Co. Road 64, Loxley; Bay Minette Transfer Station, 42901 Nicholsville Road, Bay Minette.

Must provide proof of residency.