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Wilmington

Whether you're in Wilmington for a couple of days or a lengthy vacation, you will find more than enough historical and scenic attractions to keep you busy.

This area of Coastal North Carolina boasts a population of roughly 110,000 people.

You can find this destination 110 miles from Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. It is also around 14 miles from Rocky Point.

Take the kids to blow off some steam at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park and the Children's Museum of Wilmington. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Sea Turtle Hospital are also well worth checking out if you're looking for more family fun.

An hour or two observing the underwater worlds of North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is the perfect way to get acquainted with the incredible creatures of the deep.

Whether you like colorful birds or unassuming reptiles, the Cape Fear Serpentarium and the Tregembo Animal Park have something for all tastes.

Those with a passion for plants will appreciate an informative walk through the Airlie Gardens.

When it's time for a break, pick up some lunch and find a shady nook at one of the area's picturesque urban parks, such as New Hanover County Arboretum and Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens. There's also plenty of room to laze about at Ogden Park and Ocean Front Park.

Would you like to spend a day of rejuvenation by the water? Load yourself up with some yummy snacks and find your own space at Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach. These idyllic bits of coastline are perfect to lay back and simply watch the clouds roll by.

Turn your phone off and give yourself a break from the modern world at Brunswick Nature Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Nature enthusiasts will also have a great time at Carolina Beach State Park and Halyburton Park.

For an educational experience, head to some of the area's fabulous cultural establishments. The Battleship North Carolina, the Wilmington Railroad Museum and the Missiles and More Museum should be at the top of your list.

Head over and see what you make of the works at the Cameron Art Museum and the Seacoast Art Gallery. Art's not always for everyone, but at the very least it'll give you something to think about!

The Cape Fear Museum and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History can give you a clear impression of a sometimes forgotten past through their fascinating displays.

Discover the region's past with a visit to Bellamy Mansion Museum and Poplar Grove Plantation, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. You might also like to pull out the camera for some photos at Burgwin-Wright House and Latimer House.

Take a trip back through the ages and contemplate the military past of the area. History buffs should impressed by the defense structures at Brunswick Town Historic District.

Local landmarks have a way of encapsulating what is uniquely special about a place. For a lasting souvenir, get the entire gang together and snap some photos in front of Kure Beach Pier or Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Surf City Pier and Johnnie Mercer's Pier would also make a fitting background.

Every school has its own distinct character, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is no exception. An integral part of the local scene, it makes an exciting excursion for anyone who plans on furthering their education.

This area is renowned as a shoppers paradise, so don't miss a retail fix while you are here. Seek out a sale, indulge a luxury purchase or just sit and watch the locals go by at Mayfaire Town Center and The Cotton Exchange. South End Surf Shop and Aussie Island Surf Shop are also lots of fun to visit.

Round up some friends and see the region's best and brightest strut their stuff at the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and the City Stage Theatre.

Before you pack up your bags and head off home, be sure to see some of the area's lesser-known attractions. The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews and Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School might be just what you're after. If you can fit it in, also visit Carolina Heights and Cape Fear Paddleboarding.


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Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

2828 Market St, Wilmington
3.0
of 5, from 878 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Wilmington, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cape Fear Museum, Bellamy Mansion Museum and Burgwin-Wright House. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Latimer House are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£60
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Wilmington, NC

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Wilmington, NC

4706 New Centre Drive, Wilmington
4.2
of 5, from 1,074 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Wilmington, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hugh Macrae Park and Cape Fear Museum. Mayfaire Town Center and Bellamy Mansion Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£68
Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

503 Nutt St, Wilmington
4.3
of 5, from 532 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Wilmington, this hotel is steps away from Wilmington Railroad Museum, Wilmington Convention Center and Cape Fear Community College. The Cotton Exchange and Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews are also within 10 minutes.

£82
Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

225 Grace St, Wilmington
4.5
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Wilmington, this hotel is steps away from Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and The Cotton Exchange. Cape Fear Community College and Burgwin-Wright House are also within 10 minutes.

£59
Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites

1120 Town Lake Dr, Leland
4.6
of 5, from 493 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leland, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest and Battleship North Carolina. Cape Fear Serpentarium and Children's Museum of Wilmington are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£45
Jameson Inns Wilmington

Jameson Inns Wilmington

5102 Dunlea Ct, Wilmington
3.8
of 5, from 863 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Wilmington, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hugh Macrae Park and Cape Fear Museum. Mayfaire Town Center and Bellamy Mansion Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£44
Extended Stay America Wilmington - New Centre Dr

Extended Stay America Wilmington - New Centre Dr

4929 New Centre Dr, Wilmington
3.4
of 5, from 495 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Wilmington, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hugh Macrae Park. Cape Fear Museum and Mayfaire Town Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£82
Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach
4.2
of 5, from 909 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Wrightsville Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wrightsville Beach and Johnnie Mercer's Pier. Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

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