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Wilmington, North Carolina is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina.
Wilmington was settled on the Cape Fear River. Wilmington offers its historic downtown as a main tourist attraction and business center and is minutes away from nearby beaches. The city residents have the advantage of living nestled between a river and the ocean.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Just minutes from the beaches, Wilmington’s picturesque riverfront
emerges from the Cape Fear River. Gracing its banks is one of the state’s
largest historic districts, numbering approximately 230 blocks. Downtown
Wilmington is a place where revitalization has proceeded with honor, dignity and
respect, preserving the social and artistic heritage of days gone by. See the
historic district's mansions and landmark buildings via horse-drawn trolley or
carriage tour, riverboat cruise, restored trolley car, or take a walking tour
given by some of the port city's most intriguing residents.
Across the river on Eagles
Island rests the majestic Battleship North Carolina, a restored World War
II memorial. There are also other museums for children, fine art lovers,
railroad and history buffs, including North Carolina's oldest history museum.
Feast upon the Atlantic
Ocean’s bounty of fresh seafood, or enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisine and
regional specialties, all served with Southern flair and hospitality. Visitors
can lose track of time as they browse distinctive specialty and antique shops,
clothing boutiques, shopping complexes, pottery outlets, and year-round holiday
At day’s end, relax outdoors
and behold nature’s beauty as the sun sinks into the river. Saunter along
historic Wilmington’s riverwalk or taste the salty ocean spray as you stroll
along the beach. Enjoy an evening at the theatre, a symphony concert, or other
exciting nightlife options.
Whatever your pleasure, the
visitor to this historic North Carolina town is sure to find what they are
looking for at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, a variety vacationland for the
discriminating traveler. Visitors find out first-hand why those who live in
Wilmington are fond of saying, “It’s always a beautiful day at the Cape Fear
The city itself is nestled
between North Carolina’s mighty Cape Fear River on the west and the powerful
Atlantic Ocean on the east, has long been known as the “Port City of Progress
and Pleasure.” Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a
major port and ship-building center. Today the city continues to flourish.
Boasting one of the largest
districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Wilmington takes
pride in its reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Along the river, a
number of Victorian, Georgian, Italianate and antebellum-style homes, buildings
and churches have been carefully restored to their original grandeur. Many of
these beautiful structures are now used as museums, shopping venues and
Downtown Wilmington offers
eclectic shopping, vibrant nightlife, theatrical productions, coffeehouses and
outstanding restaurants that feature fresh local seafood and regional
specialties. Inland, visitors will find excellent golf courses, department
stores, parks, entertainment complexes, amusements, plantations, a state
university and restaurants galore.
Local attractions and annual
events are as diverse as the city itself. Visitors can enjoy more than 45
attractions, including day or evening riverboat cruises, museums showcasing
North Carolina artists and history, and a variety of tours of the historic
district, nature preserves, or movie studios. Traditional festivals such as the
N.C. Azalea Festival and RiverFest, among others, celebrate the area’s arts and
The city of Wilmington has
experienced a dramatic and exciting growth. With the influence of the Atlantic
Ocean and the Gulf Stream, some 45-60 miles offshore, Historic Wilmington enjoys
a temperate subtropical climate year-round. It’s no wonder that it is one of the
fastest growing East Coast deep-water ports. Summer temperatures are usually in
the 80s. Seasons are mild, with an average 212 sunshine days and a mean average
temperature of 63.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The average winter temperature is about
A climate like this affords
the lucky visitor to take advantage of many of the sites and attractions
available. The Historic Battleship North Carolina allows visitors to come
aboard and experience the North Carolina’s "Star Appeal". Because she is
preserved just as she was in World War II, the Battleship North Carolina has
been the site for many dramatic documentaries. For those brave souls who are
adventurous the Haunted Pub Crawl is a unique adventure. Guests partake in an
evening of spirituous adventure on a journey to Wilmington's most vividly
haunted pubs. They can revel in the seamy red-light district of yore & uncover
startling truths of life in a violent 18th century port city. From the
disreputable obsession of the merry wench Gallus Meg, to the barbarous haunts of
a notorious madman, it’s an evening of levity & libations!
For a family outing, be sure
to visit Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. Open seasonally, Jungle Rapids is
Wilmington’s coolest place to play and a full day of fun for the entire family.
After a full day of activity, visitors often take in a play at Thalian Hall.
The Hall is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in America. THCPA has
been in continuous use since it opened in 1858. Forming the east wing of
Wilmington's magnificent City Hall, the facility hosts over 250 performance
Whatever the interest of any
visitor, this historic, yet modern North Carolina city has something new and
interesting for even the most experienced and discriminating traveler.