Top 20 Activities in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, N.C. is full of amazing things to do! If you are ever bored in this North Carolina community, then there is something wrong! Here is your full guide to the top 20 things you can do while vacationing here.



1. Catch a ride.

The Wilmington Trolley Company offers 45-minute guided tours around Wilmington, guaranteeing you learn something new around every corner.

2. Take your kids to the Cape Fear Serpentarium.

If you can’t use kids as an excuse, just go there yourself. See some of the deadliest reptiles in the world. You’ll never forget it or regret it.

A 12-foot crocodile is just one of many reptiles you'll meet at the Serpentarium.

A 12-foot crocodile is just one of many reptiles you’ll meet at the Serpentarium.


3. Take a catamaran or riverboat tour.

If you’re tired of being stuck on roads, take to the water! Catamaran tours are available for sunset cruises, eco cruises and history cruises. Some riverboat tours even feature murder mystery dinners. Choose the one that fits your interest!

4. Have a little frightful fun.

There are plenty of ghost tours around Wilmington, some of which feature a little multitasking. Have a thrilling time when you join in on a haunted bar crawl through Wilmington.

5. Eat seafood on the waterfront.

Or at least enjoy a cocktail at sunset. There’s nothing more relaxing than dining on a patio as the sun glistens across the water.

6. Get a taste of the local eats and brews.

Downtown you’ll find culinary tours and brewery tours, so stop for a bite or a sip, and discover why the dining scene is so incredible here.

7. Tour Screen Gem Studios.

And be sure to have your camera handy in case you run into any celebrities along the way!

8. Visit a museum or historic battleship.

Wilmington is rich in history, so fit in a fun blast from the past to learn about some of the exciting events that took place here. Click for a list of historical places to visit.

9. Browse a local art gallery.

Get a true sense of Wilmington by viewing it from the eyes of a local artist. You may just find a new piece for your wall at home.

Experience the finer things in life at Wilmington's local art galleries.

Experience the finer things in life at Wilmington’s local art galleries.

10. Visit the farmers’ market.

Wake up early Saturday morning to find fresh produce and herbs, cheeses, meats, honey, jams and jellies to take home with you.

11. Take a bite of the sweet life.

Wilmington is famous for its sinfully delicious selection of sweet shops, so indulge in a cupcake, crepe, donut or pie to satisfy the craving.

12. Find a souvenir that encompasses your visit to Wilmington.

Whether it’s a locally crafted treasure, a home décor item or just a fun trinket, you’ll enjoy perusing the eclectic stores here to find a treasure worth bringing home.

13. Tour the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts.

Inside one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, you’ll learn interesting Civil War facts and get an informative look at historic preservation in action.

14. Watch a concert by the river.

Free, live music plus a gorgeous backdrop equals an incredible way to spend an afternoon.

15. Have a drink at a rooftop bar.

Because you can.

16. Take a tour of the Cape Fear Historic Byway.

Notice the historic architecture in the Old Wilmington Residential District, and gaze across the Wilmington Waterfront for spectacular views.

17. Visit the Antique District.

You can easily spend an afternoon browsing the delightful shops here.

18. Catch a show at Thalian Hall.

Where else would you have the opportunity to watch a performance inside a building listed on the National Register for Historic Places?

19. Throw a Frisbee. Or play catch.

Greenfield Park and Gardens is a lush oasis that features a paved multi-use trail that’s part of the East Coast Greenway.

20. Have a quiet moment of reflection inside Airlie Gardens.

You’ll discover a breathtaking view around every corner of formal gardens, walking trails, lakes and ever-changing flowers.

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