You have to work hard to get bored in Wilmington, NC – there are just so many fun things to do here! Whether your idea of a good time is a hike in the woods, story time with the little ones, a great surf session, enjoying some live music or an evening at the theater, exploring the latest works at a few art galleries, browsing through boutiques, or meeting friends for a delicious meal, you’ll find plenty of options here. The toughest part will likely be narrowing down your choices and fitting it all in!

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Ogden Park in Wilmington NC

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To contact Ogden Park, please call (910) 798-7620. Ogden Oasis From the moment you pull in to Ogden Park you will be struck by its beauty. Located at 615 Ogden Park Drive off of Gordon Road. When you first enter Ogden Park you'll see three baseball fields and one softball field. Youth leagues play here and you will often see parents on the field, practicing baseball with their kids during the week. There is a very clean...
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Wilmington NC Riverwalk at Dusk

Downtown Sundown Concert Series in Wilmington NC

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(Updated for 2015) It’s outdoor concert season in Wilmington once again!  We’re excited for all the outdoor free live music happening around town in 2015.  Many of the concert series kicked off in May and we wanted to update you on the Downtown Sundown schedule. Downtown Sundown takes place Fridays at Riverfront Park on Water Street in downtown Wilmington.  The music starts at 6pm.  I believe there is usually an opening act to start the…

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Guitar player outside

Music on the Town Summer Concert Series 2014

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Wilmington loves outdoor concert season!  In addition to Downtown Sundown and Concerts at Airlie Park, you can also mix it up with Mayfaire Music on the Town, a free summer concert series every Friday evening from 6pm until dark. The Mayfaire concerts are really fun because they allow you to bring blankets, chairs, food, coolers, and even pets so it’s like a big family picnic atmosphere.  Of course, if you don’t get it together to pack…

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Events Center at Halyburton Park

Halyburton Park

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To contact Halyburton Park, please call (910) 341-0075. Halyburton Park is managed by the City of Wilmington, NC and is located on S. 17th St. beyond Cameron Art Museum and just before you get to S. College Road. Halyburton has a smooth paved 1.3 mile loop trail through the pine forest with off-road hiking trails through the middle of the loop. Halyburton is a favorite destination for families because of the two playgrounds, swingset, picnic...
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Women doing pilates.

Pilates Studios in Wilmington

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There are multiple Pilates studios in the Wilmington area, each varying in rate and session structure. At most locations you can get by with a single mat class for around $14. Port City Pilates, on Military Cutoff Rd., is a popular place with a modern studio. One reviewer was completely relived of back pain after a year of training there. Lithie Core Pilates Studio is another great place on Military Cutoff Rd. They offer "Welcome...
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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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Dogs playing on the beach. Leash law information for areas around Wilmington.

Leash Laws and Pet Rules – Wilmington NC, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach

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As dog owners in Wilmington, we’re always looking for fun things we can do with the whole family, including Teddy, on the weekends.  We take him on nice, long leash walks but he also loves to run and play off his leash.  Since we can’t bring the kids to the dog parks in Wilmington (not to mention our golden retriever isn’t very friendly at the dog parks), we have to find places where Teddy is…

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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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Desserts on table outside.

Where to Eat Dessert in Wilmington, North Carolina

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OK – I’m going to have to follow this post with a list of Wilmington gyms and fitness centers BUT there are so many great spots in Wilmington to satisfy your sweet tooth, from donuts at the beach to elaborately decorated designer cakes. Of course the cupcake and frozen yogurt bar crazes have also hit Wilmington. So, on to the sweetness… A local favorite, Apple Annie’s Bakeshop has been in Wilmington since 1984. The family who…

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Hiking trails in Brunswick County, North Carolina with golden retreiver, Ted.

Hiking Trails in Brunswick County NC

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Although Brunswick County is best known for its chic beach towns, not many people know that is it also home to the largest number of rare plant species in the state, and they are all on display in some of these nearby nature trails. Green Swamp Preserve This 15,000 acre ecological treasure trove is located in the heart of Bunswick County, and its brilliant open savannas show off some of the most beautiful examples of…

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Woman doing yoga on the beach in North Carolina.

Greater Wilmington NC Yoga Studios

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Options for practicing yoga in Wilmington abound. Major yoga studios offer a multitude of different classes in many varying styles of yoga. Many focus on the mind-body-spirit connection, and provide space for bodywork and even spa services. Smaller studios and individual practitioners also offer various unique options around town. Wilmington Yoga Center Wilmington Yoga Center, located above Tidal Creek, has been offering yoga for 12 years. They are currently expanding to 5000 square feet with…

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Wine grapes in the sun. Information on wineries outside of Wilmington, NC.

Wilmington Area Wineries

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North Carolina is the twelfth largest wine producing state in the US. The original wines produced in the state were from the Scuppernong variety of muscadine grapes, but today there are over 100 wineries around NC, producing wines of all types. There are a few wineries in town, and three within an hour drive of the Wilmington area, each offering tastings, tours, and unique local wines. Duplin Winery Duplin Winery, located to the North off…

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