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Wilmington North Carolina, the Port City
The town of Wilmington also known as the Port City and Wilmywood for its ties to many Hollywood television and movie connections. But history plays a big role in North Carolina and the town of Wilmington is no exception. This town boasts one of the largest historical districts in the United States.
Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year with varying species depending on what's in season. Be sure to check ahead and if you enjoy fishing, charter a boat and try your luck. If you’re just fancying a ride on a boat, consider a cruise along the Cape Fear River. Shop from fresh produce and seafood at the local Farmer's market. Or enjoy any of the free music festivals held in town. There are activates the whole family can enjoy. If you don’t want to leave your four-legged companion behind, consider pet friendly lodging at the Luxiasuites Justiso hotel which is also nearby and a great deal.
Art lovers will really enjoy the burgeoning art scene in downtown Wilmington. The Cameron Art Museum, The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Elements Gallery are all wonderful creative spaces that really present Art to those whom fancy them. History buffs will enjoy experiencing first-hand the USS North Carolina which draws a large crowd throughout the year with photo tours. Situated by the riverfront, this movable landmark from the World War II era is a must see while touring Wilmington.
Downtown Wilmington has a variety of stores from quality to quirky. Be sure to plan some time for shopping in the area, along with experiencing some of the gourmet foods that are available in town. It's a perfect place to visit whether you’re a foodie or a night owl. The Sheraton Suites Wilmington hotel offers additional amenities such a pool and close proximity to the downtown city center.
After hours and nightlife downtown is lively and very active with nearby University of North Carolina in close proximity. There's music to appease just about everyone, from pop to rock and roll. Last call is typically around 2am.
Cape Fear River covers three colorful beach fronts: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Each beachfront is no longer than 25 minutes away from one another and easily accessible, soak up the sun and spend a day enjoy these beautiful gems. Experience some family friendly attractions like learning to surf, or enjoy an afternoon floating on the lazy river at Jungle Rapids. Spend some time at the Arcade along the beach side or just stroll along the nationally recognized boardwalk. Take the kids to experience the North Carolina Aquarium and learn about the various sea creatures that live close by.
Off the Beaten Path
Wilmington is largely a tourist town but feel free to deviate from the typical tourist attractions. There are plenty of unique opportunities to wander off and do your own thing. There are quirky attractions like the Foodie tours, seek out the restaurants that the celebrities have eaten while in town filming. Take part in the “Taste Carolina Food Tour" or try the specialty glazed donuts from “Britt's Donuts".
Wilmington is also known as the Hollywood of the East, many sets and filming locations are heavily in use throughout the seasons for various movies and television studios. Take part in some tours as some locals have devised celebrity sighting tours.
Visit the Cape Fear Museum located downtown, is a History and Science museum that covers a variety of historical subjects. History buffs can literally spend an entire afternoon here, learning about the Historical role Wilmington played during World War II and everything since. Nearby the Bellamy Mansion is another museum that shares the integral roles Wilmington played during the wars and is also rumored to be haunted.
Take a break from walking and exploring by taking in the beauty of Wilmington at the gem of a park known as Bijou Park. Rest your weary feet for a moment and just simply experience the ambiance of Wilmington's waterfront.
Unique to downtown Wilmington take a short ride on great deal of the free trolley that the town offers. But getting around is no more difficult than hailing a cab or catching a bus. Some luxury hotels in the area offer Shuttle Services from and to the airport and/or local attractions. Be sure to call ahead and find out if your hotel offers such options. Alternatively, the town of Wilmington offers an array of public transportation options.
Wilmington has an assortment of culinary cuisines to pick from ranging from cheap to moderately priced. “Genki Sushi" is a Japanese restaurant located downtown that's been rated very highly by the locals and tourists. But if you’re looking for something all American, consider stopping by the “Cape Fear Seafood Company", where great food is served fresh and locally caught. Hot dogs and briskets served at “Charlie Graingers" is known to be top notch and certainly a children pleaser. A cheap option may be to stop by “San Felipe" Mexican cuisine for some tasty tacos and burritos.
Tips for Travelers
Make sure to research ahead of time for various seasonal events and deals on fishing tournaments, live musical concerts, and possible convention dates. . Choose your lodging wisely and stay close to all the action at the Courtyard Wilmington Downtown. Keeping in mind that Wilmington is a most humid town and certain items may not be available year round. Also keep in mind that while hotel and lodging reservations are typically available a week in advance, there are times where events will precipitate more visitors, if possible try to book ahead.
Price rangefrom $58to $429
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