Tour Wilmington

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Your Next Beach Vacation- Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC is a small enough city to be charming, yet large enough to accommodate the large department stores and popular food chains.  A city of contrasts, Wilmington blends old town history on one side of the city with new shopping centers (Mayfaire) and the warm, beautiful beach on the other.

A causal beach town, nearby Wrightsville Beach was rated as one of the best surfing towns in America by National Geographic

A Local’s List of the Top 10 Things to do in Wilmington:

  • Tour the Battleship:
    Battleship North Carolina is a huge hit with the tourists. Tour the most decorated battleship of World War II and learn its extensive history. Permanently docked downtown.
  • Hit the Beach!
    Wrightsville Beach is a personal favorite with its gorgeous white sand, gleaming green-blue water and great surfing. For more privacy, Topsail Island is an excellent choice.
  • Dinner on the Marina/On the Ocean:
    Bluewater waterfront restaurant is located right by the marina next to the yacht club. Or experience the beautiful Oceanic restaurant while dining right over the ocean on its unique private pier. (shown above) Also, experience the local cuisine at Front Street Brewery, Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ, and Flaming Amy’s Burrito.
  • Tour Airlie Gardens
    Airlie Gardenslocated near Wrightsville Beach – encompasses 67 acres of quintessential Southern gardens with 10 acres of freshwater lakes. Enchanting gardens feature azaleas, camellias, statuary and the Historic Airlie Oak.
  • Go Golfing
    Wilmington is a golfer’s paradise with over 12 courses including favorites Porters Neck Country Club, Magnolia Greens and Castle Bay Country Club.
  • Eat To-Die-For Doughnuts
    Located in Carolina Beach, (40min from Wilmington) Britt’s Doughnuts has been open for almost 70 years and its ultra-secret recipe (known only to 2 people on earth) and is rated as the #2 doughnut shop in the country according to MSN City Guides and have been described as “the best doughnuts on earth” This shop should definitely be on your must-do list while in Wilmington.
  • Cape Fear Serpentarium
    The Cape Fear Serpentarium is a one of a kind facility which features dozens of exhibits which offer patrons a close encounter with many of the rarest and most dangerous reptile species in the world.
  • Historic Downtown
    Stroll through the Historic District’s charming residential areas with their beautiful old homes on shady streets lined with stately moss-draped live oaks. Walk along the mile-long Riverwalk and enjoy a fascinating corridor running between the shops, restaurants and attractions of Water Street and a variety of colorful boats and yachts along the riverfront.
  • Shopping
    Independence Mall offers an extensive shopping experience which includes 150 specialty stores and 4 department stores: Belk, Dillards, JCPenney, and Sears. The newer Mayfair Town Center has 65 upscale stores and a movie theater.
  • Finally, Don’t miss out on the fabulous local coffeehouse Port City Java with 32 locations in North Carolina. (My favorite drink is the Carmelo Leche)

If those attractions aren’t enough to convince you to visit Wilmington, NC, then consider that the city is known as the “Hollywood of the East” because of the many TV shows filmed here. The prominent shows “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill” were filmed here and the gigantic production Iron Man 3 (staring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow) and the latest Nicolas Sparks film (Safe Haven) are currently being filmed in and around Wilmington. One fantastic company, Tarheel Imaging and Microfilming, has its corporate office in Wilmington and services most of the East Coast by specializing in Electronic Document Management systems, scanning, microfilming and storing for business or medical documents. Take advantage of the much needed benefits for your company when in Wilmington by calling Tarheel Imaging.

Gorgeous beaches, historic downtown, fabulous restaurants, and movie-star intrigue, Wilmington, North Carolina has it all.