Downtown Wilmington has something to offer everyone. Whether you are in the mood for touring Wilmington’s historic Battleship, festivals, fine dining, music, dancing, or simply grabbing a slice of pizza or an ice cream cone with the kids, downtown is the place to be.
A historic landmark in Eastern NC, the Battleship North Carolina is located across the river from downtown and welcomes visitors to take a stroll through history as one can imagine life on the decks of the battleship during World War II. There are also two museums that historic downtown Wilmington has to offer, the Latimer House Museum and Museum of the Bizarre.
Downtown Wilmington is home of the Azalea Festival, which has been in full bloom for over sixty years. This annual festival occurs each April and is fun for all ages. The festival has an exciting street fair, variety of artwork, gardens, history, and of course concerts by popular musicians.
Some of the best dining in Wilmington is located in the heart of downtown. Visitors have the option of eating inside enjoyable restaurant atmospheres or outdoors with a spectacular view of the riverfront. Restaurants such as Manna, The George, Front Street Brewery, Fat Tony’s, and The Copper Penny, just to name a few, have something to offer everyone; whether you crave fresh local seafood, French, Italian, or all-American food, you will find yourself downtown indulging in the best food in Wilmington.
Love to listen to music and dance the night away? If so, downtown has a fantastic nightlife. Nightclubs such as Pravda, Goodfellas, and Sputnik will be sure to keep your night fun and interesting. If you are looking for a more simple and relaxed atmosphere to have a few after dinner drinks, shoot some pool, play darts, and listen to a jukebox with friends, Blue Post Billiards is where you want to be.
Want to grab a quick bite with the kids? Downtown has delicious pizza at Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub and I Love NY Pizza. Have a sweet tooth? If so, you are going to want to stop by a local favorite, Kilwins Chocolates; they have the best fudge and Original Recipe ice cream as well as other specialty sweets.
Wrightsville Beach is a quaint coastal town and one of North Carolina’s most breathtaking beaches. There is so much to do year-round for all ages. Whether you’re into surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, boating, dining, dancing, collecting sea shells, or just simply soaking up the sun on the pristine beach with a good book, Wrightsville Beach has got you covered.
Wrightsville Beach is home to many water sports for those of you who enjoy staying active and having fun. Wrightsville SUP can offer you surf and paddle board lessons as well as rental options. If fishing is your forte, you can enjoy surf fishing, pier fishing, and offshore fishing expeditions at Wrightsville Beach.
Catch the sunrise and grab a cup of coffee from The Post Café or Café Del Mar. Johnnie Mercer’s Pier is a fishing pier where you can spend a leisurely afternoon with your fishing pole or kick back and relax and enjoy the ocean breeze as you look over the Atlantic Ocean.
Dining options at Wrightsville Beach include, but are not limited to, The Bridge Tender, Bluewater Waterfront Grill, and The Fish House Grill. These restaurants have some of the best fresh local seafood and are located on the waterfront. Enjoy a view of the Intracoastal Waterway from any of these wonderful dining options.
You don’t have to leave the beach for a fun night out on the town; there are plenty of options for after dinner drinks and dancing at Wrightsville Beach. Local favorites such as Lagerheads Tavern, 22 North, and Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar are just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
Carolina Beach is another one of North Carolina’s beautiful beaches. Feel the sand between your toes and soak up the warm sunshine. This beach is nothing short of fun for the whole family. Enjoy the spacious beach, nationally-recognized boardwalk, live music, homemade donuts, excellent dining, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
The boardwalk at Carolina Beach is voted one of the top ten boardwalks in the country by Food & Wine magazine. The boardwalk offers shops, restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. During the summer, enjoy rides, concert series, and fireworks on the boardwalk. The fun doesn’t stop after summer; there are annual off-season events as well.
One place that you want to make sure you visit during the summer months is Britt’s Donuts. Enjoy a hot, mouth-watering, delicious handmade donut at a local favorite that is known throughout the state. It is located at the boardwalk in Carolina Beach and is open during the summer season.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers captivating exhibits of aquatic wildlife. Enjoy free daily dive shows and encounters with stingrays, horseshoe crabs, anemones, and starfish in the touch tank. View stunning reefs, sharks, eels, and other exciting aquatic wildlife at this national attraction.