Beach, Wrightsville Beach, or Topsail Beach, passing through Wilmington as an afterthought. Huge mistake! With its rich history, sprawling Riverwalk, and claim to fame of Hollywood East, Wilmington offers enough activities to pack an entire weekend, and then some. Besides, if you want to feel the sand between your toes, Wrightsville Beach is only a 20-minute drive away.
Begin your trip to Wilmington in the Historic District, where the heartbeat of the city lives. Over 230 blocks are chock full of Antebellum and Victorian style homes and buildings, many of which you’ll recognize from the 400-plus TV and movie credits the port city boasts. Hollywood Location Walk not only provides the cinematic layout of the town but also plenty of fun historical facts.
When you tire of craning your neck, head down to the Riverwalk for a boat ride along the Cape Fear River or catch a water taxi across the river to tour the Battleship North Carolina. Or, just meander among the many fun shops, breweries, and ice cream parlors. Other fun Wilmington attractions include the Children’s Museum of Wilmington and the Cameron Art Museum.
Where to Eat – Begin at least one morning with doughnuts from Wake ‘N Bake Doughnuts – some of the most creative and delicious doughnuts you’ll taste.
When to Go – Avoid the crowds and the humid North Carolina summers and head to Wilmington during the shoulder seasons of April or September.
Where to Stay – Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington