Wilmington, NC

Travel Guide
Wilmington showing an administrative buidling

Climb aboard a World War II battleship in this port city and catch a show at a theater that pre-dates the American Civil War.

The city of Wilmington lies on the Cape Fear River on North Carolina’s eastern coast. One of its main attractions is the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer) Riverwalk. Several scenic beaches are just outside the city.

Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, much of the local economy relies on the port trade. A thriving film and television industry has developed as well. Wilmington has many museums, cultural centers and a World War II battleship that has been converted into a war memorial.

Attend a theatrical event at Thalian Hall, the city’s main center for the performing arts. The structure’s majestic façade has striking columns and a grand pediment. Appreciate the elaborate décor as you walk through the spacious building, which dates back to 1858. Attend one of several weekly productions across the three main venues.

See the USS North Carolina battleship at the port. Imagine the ship in use during World War II as you pass through nine levels and the crew’s living quarters. Tour the entire ship, including the engine room, to learn about the functions and missions of this gigantic battleship.

Visit the large historic district of the city, which comprises around 230 blocks. Dine at a restaurant on the bank of the Cape Fear River. Browse the items offered at the boutiques along the boardwalk.

Try the Riverwalk for excellent views of the city’s river and a romantic sunset. The nearby Cotton Exchange of Wilmington is a shopping center consisting of historical 19th and early 20th-century buildings.

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at Airlie Gardens. Take a tram through the picturesque grounds.

Summers are hot and very humid in Wilmington, while winters are mild. Reach the city by land, water or air. Fly into the international airport, drive or take a bus or dock your boat at one of the nearby beaches.

Wilmington is a laid-back region that attracts travelers with its blend of scenic landscape and historical monuments.

Where to stay in Wilmington

Baymont by Wyndham Wilmington
Baymont by Wyndham Wilmington
2.5 out of 5
4926 Market St, Wilmington, NC, 28405
The price is $67 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Wilmington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
2.4/5 (977 reviews)
"The beds were super comfortable and slept so well. During the day, we were on the street side and it was noisy. Service was very good, they put us on a ground level which was so convenient. It would have been a hardship to carry our luggage to the next level. My friend and I are in our late seventies ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Wilmington
Comfort Inn University
Comfort Inn University
2.5 out of 5
151 S College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403
The price is $128 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Wilmington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (638 reviews)
"Convenient to college"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Comfort Inn University
Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
2.5 out of 5
5345 Market St, Wilmington, NC, 28405
The price is $118 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Wilmington. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Costco and the Olive Garden in walking distance. We enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Water Street Retreats
Water Street Retreats
3.5 out of 5
106 N. Water St., Wilmington, NC, 28401
The price is $146 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Wilmington. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (129 reviews)
"Location and view"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Water Street Retreats
The Hive
The Hive
4 out of 5
505 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC, 28401
The price is $178 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Wilmington. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"What a gem! We stayed Saturday and Sunday nights before checking in to a beach rental for the next week. We enjoyed the nearby restaurants while there, so didn’t use the kitchen for cooking, but the full refrigerator was needed to store the food we brought for the beach. They absolutely thought of ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Hive
Exquisite Condo Historic Downtown Wilmington
Exquisite Condo Historic Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington, NC
The price is $150 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this condo in Wilmington. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Battleship North Carolina and City Stage Theatre are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Beautiful spot
"We loved the unit and lication."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Exquisite Condo Historic Downtown Wilmington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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