Ready to have some fun with the kiddos! There are a ton of great attractions in greater Wilmington (besides the beaches). Below you’ll some of the best kids activities in Wilmington. If you have anything to add to our list, please let us know!

Learn!

You and your kids can learn about Southeastern North Carolina’s history by visiting one of our excellent local museums.  The Cape Fear Museum offer visitors the opportunity to learn about our local history in an up close and personal way through their many interesting exhibits.  You’ll see exhibits about animals, ecology, and military history as well as social changes, economic development, and even pirates!  All ages will find something they can enjoy.  There’s even a fun hands-on area for the youngest museum goers.

If your kids love trains they may really enjoy the Wilmington Train Museum.  There, visitors can learn about the role that railroads have had throughout Wilmington’s history.  Kids will love the model train layout with operating scale model trains and playing in the Thomas the Tank Train play area.  They’ll also have a great time exploring the real steam engine, boxcar, and caboose.

The Battleship USS North Carolina is another option that kids as well as adults may enjoy.  Explore up to 9 levels of the impressive World War II battleship at your own pace and see how the sailors lived while onboard.  Your kids will be having so much fun they won’t even notice that they’re learning at the same time!

Play!

If your kids are full of energy and just need to play hard and have some fun, there are plenty of choices. Both New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington offer many public parks with play structures and trails for walking/biking. Just to name a few, there’s Ogden Park in north Wilmington, Hugh MacRae Park near the corner of College Road/Oleander Drive, Halyburton Park on 17th Street Extension, and Greenfield Park downtown.

Another fun place for younger kids to play is The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Let your child’s imagination run wild as they explore the science center or the pirate ship, “shop” in the pretend grocery store, put on a puppet show, or make a masterpiece in the art room.

If you have older children or kids of various ages, Jungle Rapids may be the place to go. If you want some outdoor fun you can spend the day at the waterpark, play miniature golf, or race on the go kart track. Inside your kids can play in the arcade, play laser tag, climb the rock wall, or kids under 8 years old can play in the Kids Jungle.

Wilmington is a family friendly city with plenty of great activities for kids. We hope you get out and have a great time this summer with your children!

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