Wilmington, NC attractions include something for everyone. There are spots that will excite the history buffs, thrill seekers, nature lovers…and the rest of you too. The Battleship North Carolina and Fort Fisher Historic sites generally top the list for those with an interest in US military history. Learn a little something at the Cape Fear Museum or the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Step into another time with a stroll through the Bellamy Mansion or around Poplar Grove Plantation. Or take in the natural beauty of Airlie Gardens, the Arboretum, or the area beaches. Enjoy exploring all the greater Wilmington area has to offer!

Fun Activities and Wilmington Attractions

Wine and Design

Head to Wine and Design in Wilmington for an unforgettable evening. Find yourself a paintbrush and get lost in your own creativity. Everyone who visits Wine and Design goes home a winner with a great memento to remember the experience. Show up with your drink of choice and let Wine and Design take care of the rest.

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Sail Wilmington

Sail Wilmington is one of our favorite outdoor activities in Wilmington. Captain Alan and first mate Kaete are the perfect sailing companions.  Glide the river on their beloved 30 foot boat, named Jammin’. This riverfront adventure is for all ages and can be quite romantic.

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Wilmington Trolley Company

Wilmington Trolley Co. is a top quality guided tour through historic downtown Wilmington. Experience centuries of history as if you were there! Wilmington has been and is still home to countless public figures, film productions and architectural masterpieces.

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Our Beaches

Obviously the beaches are what draw most people to our corner of North Carolina. Visit them, and you’ll likely want to move here as well. You can learn more about Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Kure Beach on the various sections of this site.

Battleship North Carolina – website

Located directly across from downtown Wilmington. If you like cool things, you’ll like the Battleship. You can spend hours learning about ship, strolling the deck and listening to your ex-sailor father-in-law tell you about every switch on the boat.

Historic Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington is a special place. Be sure to take a stroll up and down the Riverwalk, browse our local shops, grab a bite to eat in one of the great restaurants, and tour our beautiful neighborhoods via trolley, carriage, or even by Segway. If you’re visiting in the evening, be sure to check out one of the city’s rooftop bars and enjoy the view.

Our Parks

New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties offer great parks and recreational outlets. Get outdoors and find all of the wonderful areas to explore in Southeastern, NC.

Your Kids are Going to Love It

Childrens Museum. Train Museum. Beaches. Jungle Rapids Water Park. Awesome playgrounds and parks. Camp on the beach. Fish. Riverwalk. Free downtown trolley. Ice cream. Pizza. Etc. We’re pretty sure they’re going to like it.

Parks and Gardens

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
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Notes: We highly recommend a trip to Airlie Gardens. Take a beautiful walk around the grounds and breathe in the salt air. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful attractions in our community.

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 B Rd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-8206

Notes: Hike, bike, camp, kayak, fish and more in this awesome State Park along the shores of the Cape Fear River and Snows Cut.

Greenfield Lake Park & Gardens
1510 South 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Notes: Lots to do for the whole family. If you brought your bikes or running shoes, take a four mile loop around the lake. There are also canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, playgrounds, tennis courts and a skateboard park.

Empie Park
3405-A Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC   28403
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Notes: Located in Mid Town. Empie offers tons of recreational options including a dog park, tennis and basketball courts, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, a walking/biking path, picnic areas and more.

Halyburton Park
4099 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 341-0075
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Notes: What’s there to do at Halyburton Park? Bike, run, or walk around the park’s trail system. Hit the playgrounds, have a picnic, or do a headstand in yoga class.

Hugh McRae Park
1799 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403
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Notes: Located about half way between downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Hugh McRae has trails around the outside of the park, one of the best playgrounds in Wilmington, sand volleyball courts, multiple baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a dog park.

Ogden Park
Ogden Park Dr (off of Market Street)
Wilmington, NC 28411
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Notes: Ogden Park is a popular destination for locals living on the northern end of Wilmington. There are walking trails, sports facilities, a dog park, and more.

EvHenwood
6150 Rock Creek Rd NE
Leland, NC

Notes: Great place to take a hike across the Cape Fear River in Leland. It’s a 175 acre park loaded with walking trails. No dogs are allowed on the property (boo).

River Road Park
6300 River Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 798-7198

Notes: Nice little park along River Road which has a small boat launch and handicapped accessible fishing pier.

Veterans Park
835 Halyburton Memorial Parkway
Wilmington, NC

Notes: Primarily used as a large sports complex filled with soccer, baseball, and football field.

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Highway 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28429
(910) 686-9518

Notes: Offers daily tours of the home and grounds. Plus there are acres of beautiful wooded trails.

Brunswick Nature Park
2601 River Road
Winnabow, NC 28479

Notes: Located across the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County. Explore close to 900 acres on land, via kayak, or hit the biking trails.

Museums

Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28402
(910) 251-5797
BattleshipNC.com

Personal Note: The Battleship is awesome and one of the best attractions in the area. You can walk spend a multiple hours looking through the museum, walking the deck, and touring below. Note that if you have small children, it can be a difficult navigating the steep steps below the deck. Also, if you’re traveling with someone who loves boats/ships, be prepared for them wanting to be there a long time.

Love touring grand old homes? If so, be sure to check out the  Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright Museum, and the Latimer House. All three properties are both located in Historic Downtown Wilmington and are just a couple blocks apart.

Bellamy Mansion
503 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251-3700
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Burgwin-Wright Museum House & Gardens
224 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-0570
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Latimer House Museum
126 S Third Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-0492
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Have kids? Check out some of the great options for small children and older kids.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 798-4370
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Notes: Located close to downtown Wilmington. Great option for kids 6+. Younger kids would likely find more to do at the Children’s Museum or Train Museum.

Children’s Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 254-3534
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Notes: Located in historic downtown Wilmington. Great spot for kids under 10.

Wilmington Railroad Museum
501 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-2634
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Notes: Our boys loved the museum when they were younger. You can easily spend an hour or two there and later stroll the Riverwalk and grab some ice cream.

Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum
3201 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 395-5999
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Notes: Interest exhibits which rotate throughout the year. There is also a cafe on-site. The museum is located about 4-5 miles from downtown Wilmington.

Azaleas in bloom around Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, North Carolina

Greenfield Lake Park

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To contact Greenfield Lake Park, please call (910) 341-7855. One of Wilmington NC's Coolest City Parks Greenfield Lake Park is a beautiful city park located just a couple miles from Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The park features a flat four mile walking and biking path which weaves its way around the lake back to the main parking area. Greenfield Lake is a popular fishing spot for locals who frequently congregate at the spillway at the...
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Azaleas and Live Oaks

Airlie Gardens – Wilmington NC Park Profiles

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To contact Airlie Gardens, please call (910) 798-7700. Airlie Gardens is a property of New Hanover County and is maintained as a historic public garden. The gardens are the last undeveloped land open to the public along Bradley Creek in Wilmington. There is an admission fee that visitors and residents must pay to enter the park. However, entrance to the park is free on the first Sunday of each month for New Hanover County residents. This is...
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Pumpin picking around Wilmington, NC

Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking – Fall Activities in Wilmington NC

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During our first fall season after we had kids, I swore I had never been on so many hay rides collectively in my life!  Wilmington loves to celebrate our temperate fall season with fall festivals, hay rides, and pumpkin picking.  These are fun ways to celebrate with family, friends, and others in our community.  Most of the schools have their own fall festivals which are also fundraisers for the PTAs.  The kids absolutely love those. …

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