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Best things to do in Cape Fear River

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Rainy day? Check out the aquarium, just past Fort Fisher. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and marine life! About a 15 minute drive. ”
108 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“In addition to being a cool destination on the Wilmington Riverfront, the Battleship holds lots of history and has a great view of downtown Wilmington.”
96 locals recommend
Historic Site
“About a 10 minute drive from the studio. Visit more beautiful beaches and marshlands, and check out the historic site to learn more about Fort Fisher’s role in the Civil War.”
81 locals recommend
“Check out beautiful hiking trails, wildlife, the marina, kayak & paddle board rentals, and more! Just a 4 minute drive away.”
60 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Classic glazed donuts draw crowds to this popular boardwalk venue open since 1939. Cash only. Only open during summer season.”
80 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“A unique dining experience and huge portions. Come enjoy asian cuisine and Mai Tais. Pro Tip: try to sit outside in the garden. Usually a long wait here so see if you can make a reservation.”
60 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great place to hang out in Carolina Beach for a fun night out while listening to some great live music!”
42 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“A dive beach bar offering a wide variety of beer with a self-serve cooler, foosball & a sandy patio.”
54 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Casual beachfront stop for coastal cuisine, with ocean views & live music at the nearby Tiki Bar.”
43 locals recommend
“Fun indoor/outdoor tavern with huge drink selection and live music. Pro tip: grab tacos from Block Taco outside at the walk-up window.”
31 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great spot for locals in Carolina Beach! Be prepared to wait if you go during the dinner rush. Oyster shooters, crab legs, oysters, hush puppies, peel n eat shrimp, plus! Strap on a bib and get to crackin'!”
33 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is our big art house in town. Its a nonprofit museum with changing exhibits in 2 wings. Half-price bottles of wine and open late (till 9pm) on Thursday nights. They usually have live music in the cafe or the performance space on Thursday nights. If you like slightly sweet whites, try their Chardonnay. I generally don't like Chard.”
23 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Home to restaurants, shopping, bike rentals, surfboard rentals, and more. Be sure to check out Britt’s Donuts while you’re there! Just a 5 minute drive.”
39 locals recommend
“Our local Play Theater offers many different plays at different times of the year. ”
42 locals recommend
“Casual spot for local, sustainable seafood, which also offers surfing classes & group ocean outings.”
28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“When you tell people you came to Southport, they will ask if you went to Provisions. This place is unique. You order of a blackboard menu, grab your own beer out of the cooler (on the honor system) and find a seat on the deck overlooking the Yacht Basin. They bring your food out yelling your name. Plan to wait during summer months and it is closed in the winter.”
32 locals recommend