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10 Best Things To Do in Wilmington, USA and Where to Stay

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor December 23rd, 2021 Posted in Destination, North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Wilmington soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Wilmington and where to stay!

10 Best Things To Do in Wilmington and Where to Stay
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Wilmington is a city located in North Carolina. The city is popularly known as a gateway to Cape Fear Beaches such as Wrightsville and Carolina. This is one of the go-to places for people who enjoy surfing. However, do you know that there are other places to explore and things to do in Wilmington other than surfing? Check out our list below of the best things to do in Wilmington.

List of Best Things to do in Wilmington, USA

1. Battleship North Carolina

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A visit to the battleship is very worthwhile, even for those who do not have a main interest in ships, weapons, or the history of World War II. It is very interesting to see how things work inside a real floating ship. The whole ship, as well as the reception area for the visitor, is very well maintained, preserved, and clean. Go here in comfortable clothes and shoes so you can visit all areas of the ship as you will have to walk a lot.

2. Airlie Gardens

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A beautiful and magical place full of amazing plants and animals! You are welcome to linger a few hours here and unwind. This park is perfect for a picnic break and a stroll along the river. It is highly recommended, even if you’re traveling with children!

3. Bellamy Mansion

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Located in the historic city center of Wilmington, this building is worth the detour for its imposing stature. It is the most important mansion from the Civil War era that has survived. It has 2 floors connected by a beautiful staircase, beautiful windows and columns. Transformed into a museum of history, art, and design, it offers several courses throughout the year.

4. Downtown Wilmington

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The downtown area is very pleasant, with old partly industrial buildings, old-fashioned houses, beautiful buildings, and state offices. The atmosphere is that of a quiet, pleasant town all the way to the river. Clubs and bars, various kinds of shops complete the neighborhood. It is a must-visit when you’re in Wilmington.

5. Riverwalk

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A little walk along the quays is nice, it’s in the historic center of Wilmington, where there are plenty of nice shops and restaurants. It offers one of the most beautiful riverwalks as the sunset here is sublime. This walk on the banks of the river is also ideal for relaxing and enjoying beautiful views. A must-do in Wilmington!

6. Historic District

A beautiful old, very well-kept historic residential area with typical southern wooden houses can be found here in the historic district. It presents a very picturesque atmosphere. The place allows you to know the history of the city and lets you imagine the splendor of other days. The architecture is breathtaking and it’s free!

7. New Hanover County Arboretum


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New Hanover County Arboretum is a Japanese-style garden, it is very ideal to take pictures here, go with the family, and have a picnic. It can be visited in just one afternoon, it is not very big, but it is well preserved.

8. Wilmington Railroad Museum


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There is a lot of fun and many small details to discover at this railway museum. It is a very interesting place for people of all ages. If you are interested in trains, then you’d definitely enjoy this place. This is where you can learn the great history of the railroad in Wilmington.

9. Cape Fear Museum

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One of the best things to do in Wilmington is a visit to the Cape Fear Museum. It is a museum created for everyone. This place summarizes the history of the area. It allows you to interact and presents you with things from the near past. The museum is highly recommended if you like history.

10. Noni Bacca Winery


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To have a memorable stay in Wilmington, why not try wine tasting? You can do that in Noni Bacca Winery. Here, you can try their fruit and sweet wines. And to have a fun moment with your family or friends, why not try their ice wines? It is highly recommended to go to this little off-the-beaten-path winery.

Where to stay in Wilmington, USA

Budget Hotel

Days Inn by Wyndham Wilmington / University

10 Best Things To Do in Wilmington and Where to Stay

Days Inn Wilmington – Market Street offers pet-friendly accommodation in Wilmington. All rooms are fitted with a TV. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath. You will find a business center and gift shop at the property. You can also enjoy the on-site bar.

Price: Starts at $76 per night for a Queen Room – Mobility and Hearing Accessible/Non-Smoking, add $10 for taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.

Luxury Hotel

Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

10 Best Things To Do in Wilmington and Where to Stay

Located on the Wilmington Boardwalk, Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers panoramic views of the Cape Fear Riverfront. Rooms at the hotel feature views of the river or historic Wilmington. Modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and an alarm clock with a docking station are provided. Suites feature living areas with a sofa bed. Bathrooms at the property feature a granite vanity. Guests can enjoy dining at any of the 3 on-site restaurants including Buffalo Bayou, Board and Barrel, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. In-room dining options are also available.

Price: Starts at $279 per night for a Double Room with City View, add $36 for taxes and charges, and $16.95 for breakfast (optional), but it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Wilmington. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Wilmington.

Fun Facts About Wilmington

  • Wilmington was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 20 surf towns.
  • Old names of Wilmington were New Carthage, Watson, New Liverpool, and New Town.
  • Wilmington used to be a railroad town.
  • Philadelphia was the inspiration of the downtown of Wilmington’s street

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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