Wilmington NC Events
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Things to do in Wilmington North Carolina – Experience top Wilmington NC attractions and things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina at beautiful beaches, historical sites, and local hot spots along the Cape Fear Coast. Museums, music venues, restaurants, and more provide fun things to do in Wilmington, NC for people of all ages and interests. Tour Wilmington, North Carolina by trolley, boat, or on foot to learn more about this fascinating Southern city. Check out our top 21 attractions things to do in Wilmington and start exploring today! 

-  Wilmington, North Carolina Attractions -  

Enjoy Wilmington’s hidden treasures and local hot spots as you spend time along the North Carolina Coast. Step back in time and let history come alive through stories and pictures aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship. Discover underwater sights and sounds at Fort Fisher Aquarium, and explore houses and museums in historic downtown Wilmington. Don’t let the fun stop there! Have some fun in the sun at Wilmington’s gorgeous beaches, dine at delicious Wilmington restaurants, and check out Wilmington’s vibrant nightlife at favorite local music venues. There are so many fun and exciting things to do in Wilmington, and we hope that you have time to experience them all! 
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    USS North Carolina Battleship
    Imagine the fierce combat and daily life of the crew members on board the USS N. Carolina Battleship in the Pacific during World War II. Follow the arrows and climb the ladders to explore 9 levels of the Ship! Step back in time and watch history come alive through the oral histories, photos & mementos found on board the Ship!
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    Fort Fisher Aquarium
    Visit the Fort Fisher Aquarium to experience the sights and sounds of the Cape Fear Waters! Get your chance to touch a sea star, meet a sea turtle, visit with the stingrays, come face to face with alligators, and chat with a scuba diver! During your visit, don’t forget to stop by and meet Luna – a rare albino alligator.
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    Screen Gems Studios
    Take a tour of this 50-acre film lot that has been home to more than 350 productions. 28 Days, I know What You Did Last Summer and The Jackal are just a few of the many films that have called Screen Gems Studios their home.
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    Cape Fear Riverboats
    Take in the sights along the Cape Fear River on a narrated tour, or plan an evening of fun or romance on a dinner cruise! Make this a memorable event for you and your guests! HENRIETTA III offers a suitable tour or cruise for any occasion!
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    Ghost Walk Of Wilmington Ghost Tours
    Join locally renowned actors and ghost hunters on a journey through haunted Wilmington. Take a walking tour or go on a haunted pub crawl to hear the tales of murder and mayhem that cause many to consider Wilmington, North Carolina one of the most actively haunted cities in the world!
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    Horsedrawn Tours Wilmington
    Take a tour of downtown Wilmington with Horsedrawn Carriage and Trolley Service. As seen in Southern Living magazine, your costumed driver will narrate your unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions of historic Wilmington with rescued horses.
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    Segway Tours
    Tour Wilmington, North Carolina on your very own Segway! Choose from several different tours that highlight the spectacular sights in Wilmington. Don’t miss your chance to glide through town on a Segway and visit historic sites or the riverfront boardwalk.
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    Wilmington Trolley Tours
    Take a 45 minute guided tour with The Wilmington Trolley Company to learn all about the homes, people and events that make Wilmington, North Carolina such a remarkable city! Discover TV & movie locations, beautiful mansions, museums, Civil War Shipyards and more!
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    Mahanaim Adventures
    Mahanaim Adventures are your expert guides for kayaking & backpacking adventures in Wilmington & the Cape Fear region of N. Carolina. They will provide the knowledge, expertise, equipment, & other essentials so that you are free to create memories, build bonds and experience the adventure of a lifetime.
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    Bellamy Mansion
    Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina’s best examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free & enslaved black artisans. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history & the design arts. It offers tours, exhibitions & an informative look at historic preservation in action.
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    Latimer House
    The Latimer House, built in 1852 by local merchant Zebulon Latimer, is open to the public as a house museum exemplary of upper-class life in Wilmington during the Victorian period. You are invited to take a step back in time on a tour of the Latimer House and beautiful gardens.
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    Poplar Grove Plantation
    One of America's oldest peanut plantations, Poplar Grove offers daily tours of the 1850 manor house. Outdoors there are live demonstrations of old time crafts, historic buildings, exhibits, and farm animals. Featuring a gift shop, picnic and playground area, craft meetings, festivals and a restaurant on site.
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    Wilmington Riverwalk
    The Wilmington Riverwalk is a scenic boardwalk along the riverbank in downtown. Located around the Riverwalk are numerous restaurants and shops for visitors to explore. From the Riverwalk catch a ride on Henrietta III for a tour up and down the coast, or simply stroll and enjoy the beauty Wilmington has to offer.
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    Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and more Wilmington Beaches
    Wilmington has no shortage of gorgeous sandy beaches for folks to explore. These three beaches are a fisherman's haven with miles of white sand to fish the plentiful Atlantic waters. Thousands make these beaches their vacation destination for swimming, sunbathing, surfing and more.
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    Front Street Brewery and Tour
    Take a peek at the brewing process on a tour of Front Street Brewery in Downtown Wilmington NC. Enjoy a FREE tour and beer tasting during your visit - we highly recommend the food as well. You'll have a new appreciation for beer after learning about this intricate process, or may even be inspired to brew your own.
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    Cape Fear Serpentarium
    The Cape Fear Serpentarium is one of the most interesting things to do and see in downtown Wilmington, NC. The snakes that are featured at the Serpentarium are some of the rarest and seldom seen in the world. This unique facility houses venomous snakes on display including the rattlesnake, cobras and many more.
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    Carolina Beach Amusement Park
    Visit Wilmington’s Seaside Amusement Park and hop on some of your favorite rides including the ferris wheel, titl-a-whirl, scrambler and more! Bring along your camera and take some snapshots of the spectacular view from the top of the ferris wheel!
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    Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
    There is something for everyone at the Jungle Rapids Fun Park! Check out the Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing Wall and Minigolf! Continue your adventures at the water park where you can visit the waterfalls, speed slides, million gallon wave pool and lazy river!
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    Big Dawg Productions
    Cape Fear Playhouse | 613 Castle St. Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910-367-5237 A non-profit community theater company which has been presenting high-quality, thought provoking live theatrical productions for over 15 years. In 2009, they moved into their own home, the Cape Fear Playhouse, in the heart of the Castle Street Art & Antique District. They present a mix of comedy & drama, with a Classic play every fall which ties into the local school curriculum. Auditions are open to anyone & volunteers are always welcome.
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    Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews
    Built in 1888, the elegantly restored & refurbished Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews is a stunning Wilmington event venue! Watch many of the best dancers, singers, comedians, rock bands & more perform at the Brooklyn Arts Center or plan your own event! With 50-foot cathedral ceilings, original brick & plaster walls, & an exceptional balcony, it is a spectacular setting for your wedding, reception, fundraiser, banquet, or other special event!
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    Thalian Hall
    Visit Thalian Hall, one of the most significant theatres in the United States, to experience Wilmington’s most captivating events ranging from music to ballet & theatre, from pop, jazz, folk & country music to the finest in domestic, independent & foreign films. Thalian Hall is the site of recitals, awards ceremonies, film festivals & charity events and is considered “home” to a large number of theatre & performing companies. Click here for more information and events.