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WilmingtonUnited States of America

Climb aboard a World War II battleship in this port city and catch a show at a theater that pre-dates the American Civil War.

The city of Wilmington lies on the Cape Fear River on North Carolina’s eastern coast. One of its main attractions is the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer) Riverwalk. Several scenic beaches are just outside the city.

Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, much of the local economy relies on the port trade. A thriving film and television industry has developed as well. Wilmington has many museums, cultural centers and a World War II battleship that has been converted into a war memorial.

Attend a theatrical event at Thalian Hall, the city’s main center for the performing arts. The structure’s majestic façade has striking columns and a grand pediment. Appreciate the elaborate décor as you walk through the spacious building, which dates back to 1858. Attend one of several weekly productions across the three main venues.

See the USS North Carolina battleship at the port. Imagine the ship in use during World War II as you pass through nine levels and the crew’s living quarters. Tour the entire ship, including the engine room, to learn about the functions and missions of this gigantic battleship.

Visit the large historic district of the city, which comprises around 230 blocks. Dine at a restaurant on the bank of the Cape Fear River. Browse the items offered at the boutiques along the boardwalk.

Try the Riverwalk for excellent views of the city’s river and a romantic sunset. The nearby Cotton Exchange of Wilmington is a shopping center consisting of historical 19th and early 20th-century buildings.

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at Airlie Gardens. Take a tram through the picturesque grounds.

Summers are hot and very humid in Wilmington, while winters are mild. Reach the city by land, water or air. Fly into the international airport, drive or take a bus or dock your boat at one of the nearby beaches.

Wilmington is a laid-back region that attracts travelers with its blend of scenic landscape and historical monuments.

Where to stay in Wilmington

Wilmington Beach, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States of America

Wilmington Beach

Visitors to Wilmington Beach enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Carolina Beach is worth a stop.

Wilmington Beach
Wilmington showing a castle, a fountain and a park

Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like Wilmington Railroad Museum and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Wilmington.

Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington showing a castle, a fountain and a park

Wilmington Historic District

Wilmington Historic District is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Bellamy Mansion Museum, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Wilmington.

Wilmington Historic District
Riverwalk, Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

Riverwalk

Riverwalk is well liked for its beaches and live music. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, Battleship North Carolina and Children's Museum of Wilmington are some interesting sights nearby to check out.

Riverwalk
Shell Island, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States of America

Shell Island

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Shell Island and surrounding area, you can visit Wrightsville Beach and Johnnie Mercer's Pier.

Shell Island
Wilmington showing a castle, a fountain and a park

River District

If you're spending some time in River District, Wilmington Railroad Museum and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts are top sights worth seeing.

River District

Top hotels in Wilmington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2700 N Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is £215 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Shell Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach. Johnnie Mercer's Pier and Wrightsville Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,151 reviews)

"It was a amazing atmosphere. Had an amazing ocean front view!"…"

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Extended Stay America Wilmington - New Centre Dr
Extended Stay America Wilmington - New Centre Dr
2.5 out of 5
4929 New Centre Dr, Wilmington, NC
The price is £62 per night

Located in the heart of Wilmington, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Hugh Macrae Park. Mayfaire ...

3.2/5 (889 reviews)

"I enjoy Ms. Shea(sp?) and her welcoming attitude. She is excellent as a staff member and she goes above and beyond when it comes to guest relations. The facility itself is clean for a hotel of its size and type. The other guests can be hit or miss. And while that may not seem important, I was in ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 May 2020

Extended Stay America Wilmington - New Centre Dr
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
3 out of 5
100 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach, NC
The price is £197 per night

Located in Carolina Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach State Park and Carolina ...

4.2/5Very Good! (927 reviews)

"The hotel has great location. I didnt like not having microwave in room. Also our air conditioner just didnt keep room cool enough."…"

Reviewed on 21 May 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Popular places to visit in Wilmington

Wrightsville Beach
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Wrightsville Beach

4/5(1 review)

This picturesque barrier island offers consistent waves for surfers, a vibrant nightlife and a wide range of outdoor activities.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Enjoy the student vibe with a visit to University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a top university in Wilmington. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

Carolina Beach
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Carolina Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Carolina Beach, a popular beach in Carolina Beach. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Battleship North Carolina
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Battleship North Carolina

5/5(2 reviews)

Take a tour of the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and learn about U.S. Navy history in a unique and adventurous way. 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

4/5(1 review)

Make time to visit the sea animals who live in North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher during your trip to Kure Beach. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Kure Beach Pier
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Kure Beach Pier

You can learn about the history of Kure Beach with a stop at Kure Beach Pier. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Wilmington

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina

£8
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina

£16
Per adult
Wilmington Scavenger Hunt: Uncover the Port City’s Past
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Wilmington Scavenger Hunt: Uncover the Port City’s Past

£16
Per adult

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