Wilmington North Carolina Tourism - Nearby Beaches, Historic Sites, Parks, Festivals, Museums

The city of Wilmington was  founded in 1776. Wilmington is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic District that has lots of  old churches, restored homes and other buildings. There are lots antique shops and art galleries. Tours of the city include: walking tours, horse & buggy tours, Trolley tours and river cruises.

Wilmington beaches near by: Wrightsville beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher

Wilmington main roads in and around the city are I-40 and US 42, US 74/76, US 17 South. The city is  located on the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

Bellamy Mansion is located at 503 Market St. It was built in 1859. On the premises are  Victorian Gardens and  2 story brick slave quarters. there are tours and changing exhibitions. You can rent the mansion for special events.

Burgwin Wright House is located at 224 Market St. The Georgian style home was Built 1770. The house exhibits 18th and 19th century period furniture, an orchard and gardens

Cape Fear Museum is located at 814 Market St. The museum features exhibits and information on the history of Wilmington with a model scale of the city in 1863. There is also a natural history exhibit

Cape Fear Serpentarium is located at 20 Orange St. The Serpentarium features the largest collection of venomous snakes in the world

Greenfield Gardens  is located at Carolina Beach Rd off US 421 South. The gardens is a city park with picnic area, playground, paddle boast, biking and hiking trails, Greenfield Lake

Louise Wells Cameron Art museum is located at 3201 South 17th St. The art museum exhibits 19th century to modern day artwork featuring artwork by: MiNie Evans, Romare Bearden, Claude howell and Mary Cassatt. On the museum's ground is a restored Confederate defensive mounds built during the battle of Forks Road in the last days of the Civil War.

Riverfront Park is located at the Waterfront. Here you will find the Riverfront information booth, riverwalk which is a path that runs along Water Street, Chander's Wharf with shops and restaurants and the Cotton Exchange. The Cotton exchange is located at 300 Block of Front St with shops and restaurant which are located in these 1900 period cotton warehouses

Thalian Hall is located at 310 Chestnut Street in Historic Downtown. It is the center for performing arts theater. Thalian Hall was built in 1858 as an Italianate theater.

USS North Carolina Battleship is moored at Eagles Island. The Battleship has 15 Battle stars. It participated in most all the major offensives in the Pacific during WWII. The Battleship was self contained with a hospital, bakery, kitchen, movie theater and a crew of over 2300 men. legend says it is haunted by ghosts of men killed in action during WWII. There is a visitor center with exhibits, a film, self guide tours and a picnic area

Wilmington Railroad Museum is located at 501 Nutt St with exhibits of railroad history of the Southeast

Wilmington children's museum is located at 1020 Market St. The museum stimulates children's imagination, curiosity and iNate love of learning. There is a pirate room, sand room, art room, science room and more.

Zebulin Latimer House is located at 126 South Third St in the downtown historic district. The house was built in 1852. It is a 4 story Italianate house with period furniture and family portraits. It is the headquarters of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Wilmington Events

North Carolina Azalea Festival is held in April for 5 days. there is a parade, street fair, concerts, artwork, gardens, circus, pageantry

Cape Fear blues Festival is a 3 day event that  feature local, regional & national acts

Riverfest is held in October at Riverfront Park with boat races, music, arts and crafts

Tourist Attraction Near Wilmington

Orton Plantation Grove is located south of Wilmington on US 133. It is a former rice plantation built 1725. There is a tour of gardens

Poplar Grove Historic Plantation is located north of Wilmington on US 17. The Plantation was built in 1700 s. There is tour the big house and tenant farmer's cabin, craft shops and the blacksmith's shop

Brunswick Town State Historic Site is located west of Wilmington off NC 133. Here are the remains of a colonial port (1726)

Fort Anderson  was built by the Confederates during the Civil War to protect the port of Wilmington. A visitor center is located on the premises with exhibits of artifacts and information on the history of area. There are hiking trails and a picnic area

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